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The Kansas City Chiefs came out on top during Sunday’s AFC battle against the Buffalo Bills, but the Chiefs know what it’s like to be on the wrong end of the overtime rules.
Kansas City lost in the AFC Championship Game three years ago when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots scored on the first possession of overtime in the 2018 AFC Championship Game.
After that season, the Chiefs proposed changing the overtime rules. But now, head coach Andy Reid said, “I’m glad we didn’t change them.”
Reid said he still thinks the rules should change and believes there will be renewed interest in a rules change this offseason.
“That, I’m sure, is something they’re going to look at again,” Reid said. “I wouldn’t be opposed to it. That’s a hard thing. It was great for us last night, but is it great for the game? Which is the most important thing we should all be looking out for. To make things equal, it probably needs to be able to hit both offenses, both defenses.”
While Kansas City didn’t have much support the last time they tried to change the overtime rules, Sunday’s game ended on solid grounds for reconsideration.
Patspulpit.com reports that the last time the Chiefs tried to change the rules, the proposal read:
“By Kansas City; to amend Rule 16 to (1) allow both teams the opportunity to possess the ball at least one time in overtime, even if the first team to possess the ball in overtime scores a touchdown; (2) eliminate overtime for preseason; and (3) eliminate overtime coin toss so that winner of initial coin toss to begin game may choose whether to kick or receive, or which goal to defend.”