Could overtime be shortened to just 10 minutes? It's an idea the NFL competition committee is willing to propose, according to NFL.com.
The idea is that during preseason and regular-season games, overtime will be slashed from 15 minutes to 10. That way, teams that have a Thursday game the next week won't be at a disadvantage from potentially playing an entireextra quarter just four days earlier. It also could prevent some OT injuries and exhaustion for starters.
However, under the possible change,15-minute overtime periods would remain in place for playoff games.
The NFL rules won't change in overtime —both teams will have a chance to get the ball and the first team to score a touchdown will win the game. The downside of the proposal is that there could be more ties during the regular season.
NFL committee rules state 24 of the 32 teams will have to approve of the change for it to go into effect. Team owners will have their annual meeting at the end of March to discuss potential league changes.
Per ProFootballTalk.com, in the past five years 83 NFL games have gone into overtime. Out of those 83 games, only 22 have passed the 10-minute mark. Essentially, the proposal would have a limited impact on NFL games if it's passed.