Revamped OT makes ya think

, Last Updated: 10:48 AM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- "It ain't over till it's over" is one of the great quotes attributed to baseball's Yogi Berra.

This season in the NFL, if any of the playoff games go into overtime it may not truly be over until it's over thanks to the league's new overtime policy that strictly applies to the playoffs. During the regular season, if a game ended tied in regulation time, the teams would flip a coin, kick off and the first team to score won the game. It used to be the same for the playoffs.

In the last off-season, however, the NFL's competition commission decided they didn't much like the overtime rule and felt it gave too much of an edge to the team that won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball. Too often, the team that won the coin flip won the game without the other team getting its hands on the ball.

So this post-season, if a team goes down and kicks a field goal on its first possession the game isn't over. Instead, the other team is guaranteed a possession and the game is in sudden death from that point on.

However, if a team scores a touchdown on its first possession, the game is over. it seems that field goals are viewed as cheap shots on a first possession. Whichever way it goes, the new rule will put some coaching decisions under the magnifying glass.

"I spent some time in the off-season with the coaches, and then went back and we reviewed it again the last couple days here and all the different scenarios," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "You know, there are some unique things that you're going to be challenged with if they appear."

Overtime decisions could lead to a second-guessers dream. Say a team is inside the 10-yard line on the opening drive and it's fourth down. Do you kick the field goal and then hope you hold the other team or do you try for a TD to end the game?

"There are certain situations where you have to make a pretty big decision, particularly if the other team is up by a field goal and you're in that second possession there -- your first possession but the second possession of the overtime," Reid said.

"You start getting inside that 10-yard line, there are some big-time decisions that you have to kind of digest and make sure that you have an answer for when you get there."

Then the fun starts.


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