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The Chiefs-Bills offensive showdown reignites debate over the NFL’s overtime rules

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On Sunday night in Kansas City, a rather familiar scene unfolded: one team triumphed in overtime, bringing an exciting game to a conclusion with neither team touching the ball.

In this case, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Buffalo Bills, 42-36, with Patrick Mahomes connecting with Travis Kelce on an eight-yard pass to win the game in overtime.

It brought an end to a thrilling offensive showdown in which the two teams combined for 25 points in the final 1:54 of the game, a see-saw struggle that seemed to change every down.

Fans and experts, on the other hand, couldn’t help but be disappointed by the game’s conclusion, which saw the Chiefs win the coin toss and score on the first drive of overtime to win the game. Josh Allen, who threw for 329 yards and four touchdowns, never got a chance to touch the ball in the Bills’ comeback attempt.

This has happened before. In 2017, the New England Patriots came back from a 28-3 deficit in the Super Bowl to win on the first drive of extra, never allowing that season’s MVP, Matt Ryan, to touch the ball.

It happened again in the 2018 AFC Championship game between the Patriots and the Chiefs, with the MVP of the season, Patrick Mahomes, never receiving a chance to touch the ball in overtime.

Others believe that, while the overtime rules aren’t ideal, they are fair, and it is up to defenses to come up with a stop. Of course, both defenses were destroyed in this game by quarterbacks at the top of their game.

It’s possible that anything will change in the near future. Last year, the Baltimore Ravens proposed a new overtime rule in which one team chooses where the ball will be placed to begin the extra period, and the other team chooses whether to play offense or defense from that point. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, one idea offered a sudden-death rule, with the first side to score winning, while another suggested a game lasting seven minutes and 30 seconds.

With Sunday’s unsatisfactory conclusion to an all-time great game, perhaps other teams will demand a rule change.

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