The Divisional Round of the playoffs couldn’t have been an easy watch for New England Patriots fans.
Sure, the weekend itself was amazing, but Sunday night’s thriller between the Chiefs and Bills just showed how far the Patriots’ offense has to go before it can compete with the AFC’s best in a win-or-go-home scenario.
The biggest talking point from the game was the controversial fashion in which Kansas City knocked off Buffalo. After forcing overtime, the Chiefs won the coin toss and wasted no time scoring the game-winning touchdown.
In turn, Josh Allen and Co. didn’t get a chance to touch the ball. While Buffalo choked the game away by allowing KC to get in position for a game-tying field goal with 13 seconds left, everyone can agree the current OT rules need to be changed.
Despite the win, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is leading this charge.
Patriots fans will enjoy Andy Reid’s take on the NFL’s overtime rules.
If you remember, this same bogus rule helped the Patriots knock off Mahomes and the Chiefs in the 2019 AFC Championship Game.
The game went to overtime, and Tom Brady led a 13-play, 75-yard touchdown drive on the opening possession to seal the win. Much like the Bills on Sunday, the Chiefs were at fault for their defensive ineptitude, as they allowed the Patriots to convert three 3rd and 10s on the drive.
If you can separate the two narratives, though, you’ll realize how unfair it was that Mahomes was left sitting on the bench watching his season end without getting a chance to respond. Same goes for Allen and the Bills, who were scoring at will against Kansas City’s defense before the end of regulation.
This game was just the latest evidence that when two juggernaut offenses go to overtime, whoever gets the ball first usually wins, meaning the coin toss has way too much say in the outcome of these games.
Like Reid suggests, find a way where both offenses see the field. We’d personally be in favor of instilling one 10-minute overtime period. No sudden death. No first score wins nonsense. Just 10 extra minutes of football to determine who moves on. That seems fair, no?
Reid and the Chiefs tried to change the rule back in 2019. As expected, the NFL showed its stubbornness by not only refusing to adopt the proposal, but by not even taking it to a vote, which would’ve needed 24 of 32 owners to say yes.
With the demand for change increasing ten fold since 2019, though, the league is no doubt feeling the pressure. Who knows? With Reid’s help, football fans (and NFL teams/players) might just get what they’ve been looking for.