Too late for OT change to help 2009 Vikings

The rules of overtime could be changing, and the way the Vikings lost in the NFC Championship could be a driving force in why the Competition Committee is set to investigate a rules change.

It won't change anything for the Vikings from their NFC Championship Game loss, but in light of the New Orleans Saints scoring on the first possession of overtime, the NFL is considering changing the rules of overtime when the Competition Committee meets late next month.

The chatter concerning the potential of changing the overtime policy is all over the board and still up in the air. Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported that the modified rules likely wouldn't entail a two-possession minimum, but more likely the first team to score seven points. Rich Eisen of NFL Network reported a similar potential, but said the idea might be the first team to score six or more points – which would also be a touchdown, but not taking into account an extra point under that scenario.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed that such discussions are taking place, clarifying that the committee is running the idea past teams and players about guaranteeing at least one possession for both teams unless the team that gets the ball first goes down the field and scores a touchdown.

There's no telling if having the rule in place this year would have made a difference in the final outcome of the Vikings-Saints game, but it has always been high-drama situations that result in changes being made to the rules of the NFL. If not for what is viewed as a blown call against the Houston Oilers in an AFC Championship Game at Pittsburgh, we might not have replay now. Rules changes like the tuck rule and possession for a receiver with two hands under the ball have been the result of postseason questions.

It won't change anything for the 2009 Vikings, but it may serve as solace that they may be the last team that is denied a chance to go to the Super Bowl because overtime ends without them getting a chance to touch the ball after stopping their opponent for a field goal attempt.


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  • Vikings offensive line swingman Artis Hicks may become the Vikings first free agent casualty. Team officials met with Hicks' agent at the Combine, according to the Star Tribune, and want him to return. But given his role as the primary backup to every offensive line spot other than center, the belief is that there will likely be an offer forthcoming once free agency begins next week that would give Hicks a chance to win a starting job – and get paid starter money – a scenario not likely with the Vikings.

  • The team has also met with the agent of Benny Sapp and there is more quiet optimism about the potential of getting a deal done before free agency opens at 12:01 a.m. EST Friday morning.

    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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