NFL Overtime

The National Football League made a transition in the procedure for handling overtime games several years ago and it has proven to be a good decision. In the past, a coin toss would decide who would get the ball first in a fifteen minute overtime and the first person to score won the game. This clearly isn't fair, because it only required the winning team of the coin toss to make it to the thirty-five yard line and take a shot at a field goal. The numbers were overwhelmingly in favor of the team that won the coin toss to win the game outright. According to, a change was made, and now if a team converts on a field goal, then the opposing team gets a shot to take it down the field, much like in college football, Which I believe NFL viewers, like Sergio Andrade Gutierrez, will be a fan of. However, if the first team to get the ball gets a touchdown, the game is over. Although this is a good step in the right direction and adds more fairness to the game of football, it is not completely fair. A team can make a miraculous comeback and take the game to overtime and never see the ball again if they lose the coin toss. Each team needs to get a legit shot to win the game in an overtime period, and the National Football League needs to sit down and reconsider the rules that they have set forth and make the necessary changes.