The NFL’s overtime rules are one of the most controversial in sports. The referee flips a coin and allows the visiting team to call heads or tails. If the first possession results in a touchdown, the game is over before the other team touches the ball. Many people feel that overtime rules must change now because they are simply unfair.
Between 2010 and 2022, 10 out of 11 overtime games were won by the team that won the toss. It used to be even more brutal because a field goal could win the game. However, more changes are needed for a better outcome. There have been several games that have proven that. Check out 20 NFL games that prove overtime rules must change now (via Sporting News).
20. Broncos vs. Steelers (2012)
Pittsburgh was massive favorites prior to this 2012 playoff game but couldn’t live up to the hype. Meanwhile, Denver’s Tim Tebow had the game of his life as he inspired the franchise to its first postseason win in six years. Ben Roethlisberger was also consistent with his passes for the Steelers. In the end, it didn’t matter as the game went to overtime.
The Steelers called tails but the coin came up heads. Denver received the possession and they made it count. Tebow found Demaryius Thomas and the receiver scored an amazing game-winning touchdown by running the length of the field. It was a heartbreaking end for Pittsburgh but they lost momentum (via Denver Post). Losing because of a coin toss is cruel and the rules must change now.