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Old 02-06-2017, 11:39 AM
 
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If there's a better way to begin OT, the NFL would appreciate hearing about it. The coin flip merely decides which team gets the ball first -- not WHO wins the game.
Who wins the coin flip gets the ball. To score, you need the ball. You score and you win; game over. The whole chain of events which favored the Patriots, was decided by the Patriots winning a coin flip. In hockey overtime shootout, if the first shooter scores, the game does not end. The other team gets the same opportunity.
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Old 02-06-2017, 11:42 AM
 
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Who wins the coin flip gets the ball. To score, you need the ball. You score and you win; game over. The whole chain of events which favored the Patriots, was decided by the Patriots winning a coin flip. In hockey overtime shootout, if the first shooter scores, the game does not end. The other team gets the same opportunity.

if the team winning the coin flip and receiving the ball fails to make a first down and has to punt, that team will only have to move the ball 30 yards to be able to kick a game winning FG...more Unfairness!!!!
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Old 02-06-2017, 11:44 AM
 
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You must not watch much football... this has always been the case in the NFL... as it such should be. Falcons defense needed to do its job.
Due to a coin flip and the format used in OT, the Falcons offense did not have the opportunity to test the Patriots defense. It really isn't too hard to understand. It is very possibly the biggest sporting event in the country, and the format of OT favors the winner of a coin flip. If the Falcons had won the flip I would say that they likely would have won. Should a coin flip really be so deciding?
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Old 02-06-2017, 11:44 AM
 
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Due to a coin flip and the format used in OT, the Falcons offense did not have the opportunity to test the Patriots defense. It really isn't too hard to understand. It is very possibly the biggest sporting event in the country, and the format of OT favors the winner of a coin flip. If the Falcons had won the flip I would say that they likely would have won. Should a coin flip really be so deciding?
Why even play the OT? Just let the coin flip decide the game...


You have 60 minutes to decide the game. This is not "Fun Fair Play Football". All players know what the deal is.


Winning the coin flip in OT is not an automatic win.


Is this fair?


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Old 02-06-2017, 11:48 AM
 
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You must not watch hockey either. Another name for OT is SUDDEN DEATH. It has always been the first team to score wins the game.
Sudden death in hockey. It is fine for sports where there is an equal opportunity to get the puck from the opening face off. If who received the puck first was decided by a coin flip, I might have written my first post about hockey overtime.
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Old 02-06-2017, 11:50 AM
 
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College Football got it right, the NFL did not.
Agreed
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Old 02-06-2017, 11:50 AM
 
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College football has it sort of figured out. A few things inherent in football are absent in OT, such as punting, but at least there is not an obvious advantage gained by a coin flip.
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Old 02-06-2017, 11:56 AM
 
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I know the rules can be changed. But "all" Atlanta had to do was prevent a TD.
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Old 02-06-2017, 11:59 AM
 
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Why even play the OT? Just let the coin flip decide the game...


You have 60 minutes to decide the game. This is not "Fun Fair Play Football". All players know what the deal is.


Winning the coin flip in OT is not an automatic win.


Is this fair?


The winner of the game doesn't automatically win the game. I don't think anyone has ever said that. It is about gaining a big advantage based on something that is based on luck and not actual athletic skill. It isn't technically unfair in the strict sense of the word because the Falcons could have won the coin flip. It is just a clear advantage based on a coin flip, and not something involved in the structure of football.
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Old 02-06-2017, 12:01 PM
 
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I know the rules can be changed. But "all" Atlanta had to do was prevent a TD.
The Patriots were not faced with the same challenge because they won a coin flip.
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