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Sudden death OT dies sudden death; still no reason to 'take the wind'

In a smart move the NFL owners voted Wednesday to change the overtime rules for the regular season.

Now the team that loses the coin toss going into overtime will be guaranteed a possession as long as the team that won the toss doesn’t score a touchdown on its first possession.

It’s the same rule that had been adopted last during the 2010 offseason for the postseason. It totally makes sense.

And it calls to mind one of the most bone-headed plays in Lions’ history (and there are a few). It was nearly 10 years ago when Marty Mornhinweg “took the wind,’’ gave the Bears the ball on the first possession of overtime. They scored on a field goal, the Lions lost and Marty was soon fired.

That exact scenario could not happen now due to the new ruling and the fact that Jim Schwartz would never make such a call.

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Blogger John Leach said...

Absolutely Paula. I, for one, could never understand why the rules were different in playoff games vs the regular season. Seemed dumb. And yeah, Schwartz would never make the same bone-headed call as Mornhinweg. Now if we could only get him to stop going berserk after his team has been beaten, and the opposing head coach claps him on the back.....

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