NFL approves new overtime rule proposed by Eagles

NFL: NOV 01 Cowboys at Eagles
PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman chat during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles on November 1, 2020 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA.(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

A few weeks ago the Philadelphia Eagles requested a rule change concerning the current overtime structure. Today, that proposal was approved at the NFL Owner’s meetings.

The Eagles have long been one of the most active teams when it comes to requesting changes to NFL rules, consistently looking to improve the fairness of the game and this year was no exception. Following playoff games that saw QB’s like Patrick Mahomes, and Josh Allen lose games in overtime without ever touching the ball, both Philadelphia and Indianapolis decided that ‘first touchdown wins’ was simply not fair…as many of us have agreed for years.

The new rule will give an opportunity for both offenses to possess the football at least once, and if both teams score, the rest of the OT would be decided on a shootout basis.

In order to change a rule within the NFL game, a minimum of 75% of the Owners (24 Owners) must rule in favor. It’s really encouraging to see Jeffrey Lurie and the Eagles at the forefront of positive change in the NFL.

Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire

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