xml:space="preserve">

The NFL will unveil its shiny, new overtime system this weekend in the wild-card round (so it's probably better the whole Donovan McNabb played out the way it did or the Redskins quarterback might have suffered a brain aneurysm trying to figure it out). Ravens fans, you can avoid such a fate by reading this post.

OK, here's the deal (I will explain it in the hypothetical context that the Ravens and Chiefs will go into overtime Sunday). If the Chiefs win the coin toss and kick a field goal on the first possession, the Ravens will get a chance to match it with a possession of their own. If the Chiefs score a touchdown, game over.

Advertisement

If the Chiefs were to kick that field goal and the Ravens responded with a field goal, sudden-death would then go into effect. Or the Ravens could score a touchdown to trump the Chiefs' field goal and win instantly.

Got it? Good. Let's continue. Defensive scores are in effect, too, of course. So if the Chiefs won the toss and got the first possession and the Ravens recorded a safety or took an interception to the house, the game would be over without the Ravens offense stepping on the field. This wasn't so hard, was it?

Update: Apparently it was hard after all (and I'm no better than McNabb), because I mixed up the overtime rules, too. This post has been updated. My apologies, and thanks to those of you who submitted corrections.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement