Overtime, replay changes on tap
Indianapolis - The NFL's competition committee will consider two rules changes for overtime in the regular season and expanding the replay review system.
The committee is expected to present a proposal at next month's owners meetings that would implement the current playoff overtime rules for the regular season. The league introduced a measure two years ago that gave each team at least one possession in overtime for playoff games only. The committee is now expected to approve a measure that would use that system for regular season games as well.
Two playoff games were decided in overtime in the 2011 season. The Broncos beat the Steelers in the wild card round and the Giants beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. Under the rules format, each team is guaranteed one possession in the extra session unless the receiving team scores a touchdown or there's a defensive score on the first possession. The Broncos beat the Steelers on their first possession when Tim Tebow completed a touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime. The Giants beat the 49ers on a field goal on their second possession of overtime.
The committee is also set to recommend that the instant replay system be expanded to include all turnovers as plays that would be subject to a booth review and would thus not require a coach's challenge. The current rules require a coach to challenge a turnover to have it overturned.