Hard to blame anyone for wanting more football following the wild finish to the Bills-Chiefs Divisional Round game.
The back-and-forth scoring through the end of regulation and into the overtime, culminating in a Chiefs victory, was the stuff of legend. But rules are rules, and when Kansas City won the toss, with the way the offenses were performing, and the defenses were gassed, the game was all but over. Kansas City scored a touchdown. Ballgame.
But that wasn’t good enough for a lot of people, as the likes of analysts, fans, players both past and present and more, all took to social media to voice their displeasure.
It’s understandable that when the ride is that fun nobody wants it to end.
Of course, it was just a few years ago that the overtime rules came into question, in the playoffs, in Kansas City, when the Patriots defeated the Chiefs in the AFC Championship. After a wild fourth quarter, New England won the toss, drove the ball down the field, and scored a touchdown, game over. People were unhappy about the “first team to score a touchdown wins” rule back then, too. Kansas City proposed a rule change. Travis Kelce told the media the rules needed to change that offseason, too.
Highly doubt you’ll be hearing the same from him this offseason.
Some analysts didn’t wanna hear it. Though it should be noted the lone voice that stood out in acceptance of the current overtime rules came from...you guessed it...New England.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick is himself in favor of change, suggesting overtime be played similarly to regulation, with whoever is leading at the end the winner. Not sure what happens if there’s yet another tie.
One thing seems certain; the debate as to whether or not the NFL’s overtime rules are fair or best for the game will likely rage on well into the offseason. And no one will be surprised if a change is proposed yet again. Until such time we’ll be left wondering what could have been if Buffalo was allowed to touch the ball in oT.