What are the overtime rules in the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl?
In the NFL playoffs, a game simply cannot end in a tie. Find out how overtime works in the regular season vs in the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl.
NFL playoff overtime rules are somewhat similar to those in the regular season. A three-minute intermission after the end of regulation leads to a mid-field coin toss just like the one at the start of the game, with the winning team deciding to receive or kick the ball, opting to defend a certain goal post or defer.
In the regular season, both teams get two timeouts in a 10-minute period.
In the playoffs, overtime periods are 15 minutes and replay reviews are initiated by the officiating crew.
But because playoff games cannot end in a tie, for obvious reasons, the rules slightly change. Let’s take a look at how overtime works in the NFL playoffs.
How does Overtime work in the playoffs and Super Bowl?
NFL overtime rules in spotlight after Bills vs. Chiefs
The playoffs overtime rules were back in full force after the Bills vs Chiefs game in the Divisional Round. The incredible game resulted in much controversy around the league, especially with its dramatic ending; Mahomes and Kansas City scored a touchdown on the opening possession, and Allen and the Bills didn’t have a chance to respond. The game ended with a 42-36 win for the Chiefs, who are now facing the Bengals in the AFC Championship game.
Check all live updates on the Chiefs- Bengals here, and who's winning the NFL AFC Championship Game.