Over the weekend, the Buffalo Bills found out the hard way at how idiotic the NFL’s overtime rules are, much like the Atlanta Falcons found out during Super Bowl 51.
The NFL’s overtime essentially is reliant on a coin toss if you have two elite offenses going against each other, there is no other way to put it. Elite offenses usually get the best of elite defenses, therefore the NFL must change their overtime rules.
The Falcons know all too well how a coin toss can decide the fate of a game
Back during the 2016 NFL season, the Atlanta Falcons boasted one of the greatest offenses to ever take an NFL field. They were simply elite, seemingly they were able to score on most of their drives.
Matt Ryan was the league MVP, Julio Jones was putting up monster numbers, Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman were the leagues best running back duo, and Taylor Gabriel and Mohammed Sanu proved to be two excellent options in the passing game, certainly, if the game was on the line you would put the ball in the hands of the offense.
The team was carried by the offense, while their defense struggled throughout the year. There is no question in anyone’s mind that the Falcons offense was the reason for their Super Bowl appearance.
Now let’s put away all the 28-3 jokes and arguments, yes they did have a 25-point lead but that does not mean they should not get a chance to answer the Patriots in overtime with their best unit—the offense.
It is a shame, as the overtime could have turned into a shootout if the NFL’s overtime rules had been different, and the Falcons would have had a great chance to end up winning the game.
The NFL has seen way too many instances of their overtime plaguing one team for it not to change things up, it just simply needs to happen. The rules are unfair and not fun, just ask any Atlanta Falcons fan or Buffalo Bills fan.