Article 4 The following shall apply to overtime games in the preseason and regular season.
(a) There shall be a maximum of one 15-minute period, even if the second team has not had an opportunity to
possess the ball or if its initial possession has not ended. If the score is tied at the end of the period, the
game shall result in a tie.
(b) Each team shall be entitled to two time outs, and if there is an excess time out, the usual rules shall apply
(4-5). The general provisions for the fourth quarter of a game, including timing, shall apply.
OFFICIAL NFL PLAYING RULES 93Article 5 The following shall apply to overtime games in the postseason.
(a) If the score is tied at the end of a 15-minute overtime period, or if the second team’s initial possession has
not ended, another overtime period will begin, and play will continue, regardless of how many 15-minute
periods are necessary.
(b) Between each overtime period, there shall be a two-minute intermission, but there shall be no halftime
intermission after the second period. At the beginning of the third overtime period, the captain who lost the
coin toss prior to the first overtime period shall have the first choice of the two privileges in Rule 4, Section 2,
Article 2, unless the team that won the coin toss deferred.
(c) At the end of the first and third extra periods, etc., teams must change goals in accordance with Rule 4,
Section 2, Article 3.
(d) Each team is entitled to three time outs during a half. If there is an excess timeout, the usual rules shall
(e) At the end of a second overtime period, timing rules shall apply as at the end of the first half. At the end of a
fourth overtime period, timing rules shall apply as at the end of the fourth quarter.
(f) At the end of a fourth overtime period, there will be another coin toss pursuant to Section 1, Article 2, and
play will continue until a winner is declared.
Article 6 Disqualified player(s) shall not re-enter during any extra period or periods in the preseason, regul