Ryan asked in SportsFootball (American) · 3 years ago

Why do the rules only allow one overtime period in football?

In the playoffs they keep playing overtimes until a winner is decided. But why do the rules say the game ends after one overtime in the regular season and not in the post season. In basketball and baseball and all other major sports they keep playing until a winner is decided

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  • 3 years ago
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    Why should you NEED more then one OT period? When you consider how rare a tie is there is no reason for them to have more then one OT in regulation, they need to have it in the playoffs because they can't have two teams move on.

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  • 3 years ago

    So that the game doesn't go on forever in a non-essential game, thus unnecessarily exposing the players to harm.

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  • 3 years ago

    To keep injuries down. Tired players are more likely to get hurt.

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Only reason I know is the owners prefer it the way it is. Someday the NFL will have a reasonable OT policy, God willing.

      

    Source(s): Allahu Akbar
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