Clay Matthews says NFL should ‘go to college rules’ after Packers don’t touch ball in OT

If NFL owners reconsider a rule change that would guarantee both teams a possession in overtime, perhaps the Green Bay Packers will be on board this time.

For the second straight year, the Packers’ season ended Saturday night with the opponent winning the coin toss and scoring a touchdown on the opening drive of overtime this time the Arizona Cardinals, who moved on to the NFC championship game with a 26-20 victory.


Cardinals get wild OT win over Packers to reach NFC title game Last year’s NFC title game ended in similar fashion, with the Seattle Seahawks winning the coin toss and driving for the winning score while Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers who rallied the Packers with two desperation heaves late in regulation Saturday watched from the sideline.

The NFL tweaked the rule prior to the 2012 season, moving from a strictly sudden-death format to a system in which both teams got the opportunity to possess the football unless the first team scored a touchdown.

In March, owners voted down a proposal from the Chicago Bears that would’ve given both teams a possession regardless and the Packers weren’t one of the three teams that voted for it, Bears chairman George McCaskey told the Chicago Sun-Times at the time.