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Now can the NFL adopt a better overtime system?

One of the best, albeit also one of the sloppiest, back and forth games of the year ended with a lackluster, anti-climatic 40-yard field goal this past weekend.

After all of the rollercoaster emotions from the previous three hours, I felt like I was robbed of my inalienable right for an equally thrilling ending.

The NFC championship game shouldn’t have been decided by the flip of a coin.

Nonetheless, New Orleans proceeded to march methodically down the field 39 yards to set up the game winning kick.

What exactly has to happen for the league to realize it’s only tarnishing its own shield?

It’s like the fans are kids in the back seat of a long road trip asking Roger Goodell, “Are we there yet?”

Solution? I don’t think college rules are the answer. The Green Bay-Arizona game might have never ended in that scenario.

Instead, I propose getting rid of the kicking game all together and making it first team to score a touchdown wins. Make the team earn it. A defense is far more likely to hold with 80 yards to work with, rather than 40.

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