There will be a new overtime rule that will go into effect when regular-season games go into overtime beginning in 2012.
In a landslide 30-2 vote, the league’s owners voted Wednesday to extend the playoff overtime rule that began last season, to the regular season.
One of the two descending votes was by Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, who told BaltimoreRavens.com he was not in favor of the rule.
Under the new rule, each team will posses the ball at least once in overtime as the long as the first drives result in anything other than a touchdown. Under the old “sudden death” rule, the first team to score, won.
In the playoffs last year, the rule came into effect when the Denver Broncos scored a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage in overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
If the Broncos had kicked a field goal, the Steelers would have received the ball, giving them a chance to match the Broncos with a field goal of their own or top the Broncos’ score with a touchdown.
Ironically, Bisciotti voted against changing the rule for the playoffs a year ago.