Originally posted by Traveling Again
What's the best way to do it?
I've never liked sudden death. The new playoff rules seem to be a wounded step in the right direction...but still lacking. [http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5022064]
I'd rather see them play a full period (or maybe shortened to 10 or 12 minutes) and see who scores most. (If still tied, continue to anot ...[text shortened]... ut I admit that I like it very much now. It's exciting. It's fair. It's pretty simple.
according to the article, since 1994, the team winning the coin toss in OT has won the game about 60% of the time - since they moved the kickoff back from the 35 to the 30.
The don't give any stats for what it was before 1994, but I'm assuming it was pretty close to 50%. So why not just move the OT kickoff up to the 35 (or even the 40) to give the receiving team a little less of an advantage? That would be the easiest approach.
On the other hand, the new rules would make it less "obvious" that you would want the ball first. The team that goes first has to deal with certain dilemmas - suppose you drive the ball inside the 10. Do you kick the easy FG on first down, knowing you'll still be giving the other team one more chance - or do you go for the TD and end it right away? It might even make more sense to go for it on 4th down - if you score it's over, if you don't, you can make a stop and get the ball in great field position for an almost sure game-winning FG. So the strategies here might be rather interesting.