This year's NFC Championship game was one of the worst BS games of all time and gospel as to why the golden goal is the stupidest rule in football. I don't have the stat, or even know where you would find it, but I'd bet that close to 90% of teams that win the flip for OT go on to win the game by a field goal.
When the Saints won the flip, my heart sunk. Game over. To think Drew Brees couldn't drive the ball to within field goal range would be insane. If the Vikes would have won the flip, I would have creamed my shorts. Even Brett Favre wouldn't have been able to screw that one up. But in the end, it would have seemed unfair, even if the Vikings won.
With teams like the Vikings, Colts and Saints, whichever team wins the flip in OT is going to win automatically. The field is usually shortened to no more than 40 yards as a result.
OT should have to be decided by a minimum of six points, won by a golden TD or extend until someone wins at the end of a period. The point of this is to make the game exciting, fair and end in a timely manner. Not give the coin flip winners a hugely unfair advantage.
I'm not ever watching the NFL again until this rule is changed. Period. With this rule in place, the NFL is stupid. I can't describe it in any other way.
PS I'm also going to die a Vikings fan, and a Brett Favre fan.
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