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NFL overtime rules under scrutiny after Chiefs knock out Bills in wild playoff game

  • January 24, 2022

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The Kansas City Chiefs’ thrilling overtime defeat of the Buffalo Bills on Sunday led to NFL fans wanting some type of rule change for next season and beyond.

The Chiefs were awarded the football first thanks to the coin toss going their way. Overtime rules state if the team with possession first scores a touchdown, then they are the winner. Patrick Mahomes found Travis Kelce for the game-winning touchdown and the Bills and Josh Allen never got the ball.

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates with fans as he walks off the field after an NFL divisional round playoff football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs won 42-36 in overtime.
(AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis (13) celebrates with teammate Stefon Diggs (14) after catching a 19-yard touchdown pass during the second half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo.
(AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

He found Hill and Kelce on the drive to get in position to give Harrison Butker the chance to tie the game. Butker nailed the 49-yard field to send the game into overtime.

Mahomes finished 33-for-44 with 378 passing yards and three touchdown passes. He had a touchdown each to Hill, Kelce and Byron Pringle.

Allen finished with 329 passing yards with four touchdown passes. Each of his touchdown passes went to Davis, who finished with eight catches for 201 yards.

Fans watch from the stands during overtime in an NFL divisional round playoff football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs won 42-36.
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Buffalo misses out on a Super Bowl appearance at the hands of the Chiefs for the second consecutive season.

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It will be interesting to see whether the overtime rules are addressed or revamped during the offseason.

Article source: https://www.foxnews.com/sports/nfl-overtime-rules-scrutiny-chiefs-bills-playoff-game

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