Time to change arbitrary and absurd NFL overtime format



January 23, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Kansas City Chiefs fans react after officials ruled that New England did not touch the ball on a punt by Kansas City in the fourth quarter that the Chiefs thought was bobbled during the AFC Championship game on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — True to the cliche, football often amounts to a game of inches. The 37-31 overtime loss to New England in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium was vivid, wrenching testimony to that for the Chiefs and their fans.

“We were this close, on an offsides, to being in Atlanta” for the Super Bowl, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday, adding, “With an interception. With the ball in our hand. Game over.”

But while Reid quibbled over the fact that officials in a game of this magnitude normally first issue a warning about a player lined up over the line of scrimmage, as Dee Ford was with just over a minute left in regulation and the Chiefs leading 28-24, he acknowledged the ruling that offset Charvarius Ward’s interception was “legitimate.”

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