2023 NFL playoffs: New postseason additional time guidelines means it is higher to offer than obtain | Technoscoob
The NFL is about to embark on its first postseason with the brand new additional time guidelines, and coaches who win the toss will now doubtless weigh whether or not to take the weird step of kicking off to the opponent in additional time.
The league modified its additional time guidelines this previous offseason largely as a result of ending of the Payments-Chiefs divisional spherical recreation. The Chiefs gained 42-36 after profitable the coin toss in additional time and scoring first, which means Josh Allen and the Payments offense by no means touched the ball within the additional time interval.
For the playoffs solely, each groups will need to have the chance to own the ball. Gone are the times of profitable the toss, scoring a landing and ending the sport.
And that ought to change a coach’s method to technique. Being assured an offensive possession in additional time ought to lead coaches to have their captain defer ought to he win the additional time coin toss.
Kicking off to the opponent would enable the toss-winning crew the chance to know precisely what it must win or prolong the sport. It will additionally give the crew the chance to finish the sport with a defensive rating. And it could very doubtless give the crew higher beginning discipline place through a defensive cease and ensuing punt over the kickoff
Successful the toss and electing to kick is what’s virtually at all times finished in faculty soccer. However even then, you are assured to begin your offensive possession on the 25-yard line. Successful and kicking in NFL additional time would (very doubtless) give the toss-winning crew the benefit of improved beginning discipline place over the opponent.
Since 2010, there have been 12 additional time playoff video games. Groups who gained the coin toss are 10-2 in these video games, although solely seven of the 12 who gained the coin toss gained on their first possession with out the opposite crew possessing the ball.
The league used these numbers — 10-2 and 7 out of 12 — to justify the adjustments to the additional time guidelines. In actuality, it was the breathtaking Payments-Chiefs recreation that compelled the change.
The Chiefs gained the additional time coin toss within the AFC title recreation towards the Bengals and nonetheless misplaced the sport. Within the controversial NFC Championship Recreation between the Saints and Rams following the 2018 common season, the Saints gained the additional time coin toss and nonetheless misplaced the sport.
Of the 12 additional time video games since 2010, not as soon as has a crew gained the additional time coin toss and elected to kick to its opponent. And in line with TruMedia, since 2017 just one crew has chosen that route within the common season.
In 2019, Mike Tomlin opted for this within the Steelers’ Week 5 match towards the Ravens. Mason Rudolph, who was thrust into the beginning position early within the season with an damage to Ben Roethlisberger, suffered a concussion halfway via the third quarter and was changed by Devlin Hodges. The Steelers mustered simply six extra factors for the rest of regulation.
With sturdy winds in Pittsburgh and a struggling offense, Tomlin determined to kick to the Ravens and make them play into the wind after profitable the OT coin toss. That meant a defensive cease would doubtless give the Steelers the ball again with higher discipline place and the wind at their backs. Finally the Steelers fumbled close to midfield after getting the cease and the Ravens made the game-winning 46-yard discipline purpose to win.
The brand new playoff additional time guidelines embody 15-minute durations as a substitute of the 10-minute additional time interval within the common season. If the crew that obtained the ball first does not rating a landing, or if the rating is tied after every crew has possessed the ball, the subsequent rating would win. (If the crew that possesses the ball first commits a security on the preliminary possession, the kickoff crew would win.)
Every crew may have three timeouts per “half.” Although there aren’t technically halves like in regulation, two additional time durations can be thought-about a half for all intents and functions. That additionally means a two-minute warning would happen towards the top of the second additional time, although it is extremely unlikely a winner would not be determined by then. There would even be no coaches’ challenges allowed in additional time.
There have been 4 additional time video games for the reason that 2019 season, so the league is averaging a couple of a season. Contemplating the league simply witnessed probably the most video games determined by six or fewer factors in addition to probably the most video games inside one rating within the fourth quarter, it is greater than doable these additional time guidelines come into play this postseason.