All-time great games shouldn't be decided by coin tosses

By , Audacy Sports

Josh Allen turned in one of the most impressive playoff performances in recent memory Sunday evening, throwing for 329 yards and four touchdown passes, while adding another 68 yards on the ground.

Unfortunately for the Buffalo Bills, his one mistake of the night -- calling tails instead of heads in the overtime coin toss -- brought an end to their season, and served as an unceremonious conclusion to one of the greatest games in the history of the sport.

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Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs got the ball after winning the overtime coin toss, and marched 75 yards to win the game, with Travis Kelce hauling in the winning score.

In some senses, it feels like karma swung back in the favor of Mahomes and Chiefs, who were on the other side of an overtime coin toss defeat at the hands of the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game back in January of 2019.

But in an honest moment, the Chiefs would probably admit to you that the same rule that cost them a trip to the Super Bowl three seasons ago isn't all of a sudden a great one because it worked for them this time around.

If you're the Bills, there's something to be said for coming up with a stop -- or at least holding the Chiefs to a field goal -- in overtime. But by definition, defenses are going to be exhausted by the time they reach overtime, especially given the breakneck speed that the final few minutes of the fourth quarter were played at.

The Chiefs may very well still have won the game even if Allen and the Bills got a chance to touch the ball in overtime. But they didn't, and it's because a hunk of alloy didn't land on the right side.

No one is suggesting that the NFL pivot to the NCAA's overtime rules, but what is the argument against letting each side have a chance to touch the ball in overtime, especially in the playoffs? Truthfully, there isn't one.

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