Sunday's game between the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers ended in a tie. Yes, a tie. Danny Amendola of the Rams thought they were going to play another overtime instead of ending in a tie. Dashon Goldson of the 49ers didn't even know the game could end in a tie.
These examples show why the league needs to change their overtime format. By adding the rule that a field goal during the extra quarter's first possession cannot win overtime, the NFL wants to make the games more competitive. But the league does nothing to even educate its players on how the overtime quarter works.
The NFL needs to change its overtime rules. The fact that a game can end in a tie is terrible. None of the other big three pro sports allow ties, and the NFL needs to follow suit. These are three proposals that the NFL should consider instead of the current format.