The NFL's traditional "sudden death" overtime format died a sudden death Wednesday at the league's annual owners meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.
NFL owners voted to adopt the same overtime rules for the regular season that are used for the postseason.
The team that loses the overtime coin toss is now guaranteed a possession provided the club that won the toss doesn't score a touchdown on its opening drive.
The NFL instituted the postseason overtime rule during the 2010 offseason following the 2009 NFC Championship Game between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints. The Saints won the overtime coin toss and drove for the game-winning field goal on their first possession.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and members of the NFL's competition committee believed too many teams were enjoying an unfair competitive advantage by winning the overtime coin toss and proceeding to score without the coin-toss loser receiving at least one possession.
The playoff overtime rule came into play ...