As a Steelers Fan, The NFL Needs To Change Overtime

Chad DavisContributor ISeptember 11, 2009

PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 11:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers passes the ball in the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans on September 11, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Titans 13-10 in overtime.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

What a way to start the 2009 NFL season, huh?

The Steelers and Titans battled in a classic confrontation that had its ups and downs for both teams.

The Steelers started the scoring in the second quarter when Ben Roethlisberger hit Santonio Holmes for a touchdown.  The Titans followed less than a minute later with a score of their own.

It was a defensive struggle in the second half, with both teams only able to muster field goals.  A Hines Ward fumble deep in the Tennessee territory kept the Steelers from winning the game in regulation.

After 60 minutes, the two teams were tied 10-10.  Pittsburgh won the coin toss, drove down the field and won the game.

With a field goal.

This has been a thorn in my side for quite some time now, and as I have said, I am a Steelers fan.  I am happy they won, but I'm not happy HOW they won.

A win is a win is a win, but I feel like it is a little bit of a cheap win.  This was an epic battle back and forth for the entire game, and this is how it ends.

I will never forget the most exciting football game I ever went to.  It was an NCAA Division I-AA game quite a few years ago (before it became the Bowl Subdivision) between Hofstra University and Youngstown State.

An epic battle, with YSU winning in double overtime.

College football overtime is some of the most exciting football you ever want to see.  Both teams get a fair shot. 

As much as I love the fact that the Steelers won last night, I can't help but feel sorry for the Titans, who didn't even get a chance.  A coin toss determined their fate. 

I'm not saying that the NFL has to use a carbon copy of college football.  Instead, why couldn't the Steelers have kicked off, and if the Titans scored a touchdown, the game was over, and if they got a field goal, the game would continue until the clock wound down? 

Force the team that wins the toss to go in for a touchdown.  I'm tired of seeing cheap wins.  Yes, the kicker is an important part of the football team, but don't decide an overtime game by a field goal.  A kick at the end of regulation?  Yes.  In overtime?  No.

The NFL really needs to take a look at this.


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