On last Monday night’s football night “ManningCast” on ESPN2 with Peyton and Eli Manning, Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson appeared towards the end of the Las Vegas Raiders vs Baltimore Ravens game and gave his thoughts on the NFL’s rules for overtime.
First, Wilson declared that he was unhappy with the rules, saying, “And if no one scores, we end up in a draw and everyone goes home? How awful is that?” Then Wilson caused a stir on social media with his idea of solving his problem with NFL season games ending in a draw.
“I have a crazy idea. Imagine this right here. Imagine we went through it all, this 10-minute overtime, or whatever, no one scored. You’ll be back for another coin toss. Discard the coin. … The Raiders (One of the teams in Monday’s match) face another coin toss and they win it. So now you get to choose, for a kick – should we kick it, or should they kick it? You need to kick it from 35, or maybe 40 ”(transcribed by Insider).
In other words, the kicker has one field goal attempt that determines a win or a loss.
Ties are still rare in the NFL, but since the NHL moved to a regular season penalty shootout in 2005-06, it is the only league in the “Big Four” in North America (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) where regular season matchups can end in a draw. Wilson has personal experience with a game that ends in a draw, which funnily enough came as a result of both Stephen Hauschka and Chandler Catanzaro missing chipshot field goals in overtime.
It’s an idea. A good one? Not so sure on that front.