Nfl Playoff Overtime Rules Vary. They Function Like This

Written by John fenster

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The NFL has tweaked its playoff overtime rules multiple times, most recently in 2022.

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The rule was established in March 2022 after an instant classic between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round.

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The structure is similar to the regular season, but both sides can hold the ball and games cannot result in ties.

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following regulation, the visiting team captain calls a midfield coin toss like at the start of games following a three-minute halftime. 

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If the first team scores a touchdown, the game continues and the second team gets the ball.

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If the game is still tied after the first overtime period or if the second team's initial possession has not ended, the teams will play another. 

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However many overtime sessions are needed, play will continue until a winner is found.

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There will be a two-minute break between overtime periods, but not after the second.

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