Own­ers give go-ahead for OT rule to ap­ply in reg­u­lar sea­son

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

PALM BEACH, FLA. | NFL own­ers passed the play­off over­time rule for the reg­u­lar sea­son Wed­nes­day.

All games that go to over­time now can’t end on a field goal on the first pos­ses­sion. The op­pos­ing team must get one se­ries, and if it also kicks a field goal, the ex­tra pe­riod con­tin­ues.

Of course, if it fails to score it loses and if it gets a touchdown, it wins. The rule has not come into play since it was in­sti­tuted in 2010, with only two play­off games go­ing to OT. One ended on the first play, Tim Te­bow’s 80-yard touchdown pass to De­mary­ius Thomas for Den­ver over Pitts­burgh. The other had sev­eral pos­ses­sions for each team be­fore the Gi­ants beat the 49ers in the NFC ti­tle game.

The vote on adopt­ing the over­time was 30-

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Own­ers also have given the re­play of­fi­cial per­mis­sion to re­view turnovers just as he re­views all scor­ing plays.

Other rules changes: a team will lose a down for il­le­gally kick­ing a loose ball; too many men on the field be­comes a dead ball foul; and a player re­ceiv­ing a crack­back block is now con­sid­ered a de­fense­less player and the hit will re­sult in a 15-yard penalty. agreed to terms on a one-year deal.

Ja­cobs was re­leased March 9 by the New York Gi­ants af­ter he failed to reach agree­ment on a re­struc­tured deal. He is ex­pected to play be­hind Frank Gore and could share the backup role with Ken­dall Hunter.

Ja­cobs, 29, spent seven sea­sons with New York, win­ning two Su­per Bowls and beat­ing the 49ers 20-17 in over­time of the NFC cham­pi­onship game at Can­dle­stick Park on Jan. 22. He ran for 571 yards and seven touch­downs last sea­son as a backup to Ah­mad Brad­shaw.

Bran­don Ja­cobs

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