NFL Playoff Overtime Rules: What's the Difference?

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There are few phrases in sports as great as "overtime football", but are you up to date on all of the new NFL playoff overtime rules? If two teams are still deadlocked after 60 minutes of intense play, they have to get back out there and finish what they started if they want to win a championship. It's free football, for crying out loud! The NFL's rulebook is constantly undergoing changes and evolves over time. There are some key differences between regular season and playoffs overtime rules. When the Bills and Chiefs squared off in the 2022 playoffs, a game that we ranked as the best NFL game of all time, Josh Allen never got a chance to answer the Chiefs touchdown on their first possession of overtime. The rules were changed so that both teams must possess the ball in playoff overtimes because even if you have one of the best defenses in NFL history, there's just something patently unfair about having a coin toss decide your fate. Here is everything you need to know about the NFL overtime rules in the playoffs.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs 2022 AFC Divisional Playoffs

New Overtime Playoff Policy

NFL Regular Season Overtime

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