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NFL: No change to overtime rules for regular season

National Football League owners will keep the overtime format for the regular season unchanged, despite changes to the rules for the playoffs, Commissioner Roger Goodell said

sports Updated: May 26, 2010 14:40 IST

National Football League owners will keep the overtime format for the regular season unchanged, despite changes to the rules for the playoffs, Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Tuesday.

"I think the membership and the competition committee felt we had addressed the issue, we wanted this offseason with respect to the postseason," Goodell said. "We want to continue to talk to our players," he added.

In March, owners voted 28-4 to change the over-time tie-breaker rules for playoff games, modifying the sudden death format.

Under the change, teams that receive the over-time kickoff and kick a field goal on their first possession will no longer win the game, although teams scoring a touchdown will still be considered winners.

If a team kicks an opening field goal, the other team will be allowed possession of its own to try and score a winning touchdown or kick a field goal of its own.

Should each team kick a field goal in over-time, the extra period would continue in a sudden-death format with the victory going to the next team with any kind of score.

At least for now, overtime will continue to be sudden-death in the regular season.