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NFL could change over­time rule

An NFL spokesman said Satur­day the league could change its over­time for­mat for play­off games at a meet­ing next month.

Un­der the new for­mat, both teams would get the ball at least once un­less the first team to get the ball scores a touch­down. If the first team to get the ball makes a field goal and the other team ties the game, action would con­tinue un­til a team scores again.

Un­der the cur­rent rules, the first team to score wins.

The de­bate about the rules gained steam af­ter the NFC cham­pi­onship game, when New Orleans beat Min­nesota 31-28 in over­time and Brett Favre’s Vik­ings never got the ball in the ex­tra pe­riod. Un­der the pro­posed rule, Min­nesota would have got­ten an­other pos­ses­sion be­cause the Vik­ings didn’t al­low a touch­down.

The com­pe­ti­tion com­mit­tee will dis­cuss the new con­cept with teams and play­ers at league meet­ings March 21-24 in Or­lando, Fla., when it could come to a

vote.

Saints kicker Gar­rett Hart­ley and holder Mark Brunell closed out the Vik­ings.

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