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And Another Thing


Get over(time) it

Lots of chatter today about the NFL's sudden-death overtime format, and how unfair it was that the Vikings never got to touch the football in the Saints' 31-28 win.

I have two things to say about that:

1. Oh, please.

2. Oh, puh-leeze.

Seriously, the NFL's been playing sudden-death games since at least the fabled 1958 Colts-Giants championship game. Now it's an issue? Just because the Vikings, supposedly, never had a chance?

Listen: The Vikings had plenty of chances to win that game in regulation. They made five turnovers instead. So the fact it went to overtime at all is entirely on them.

And once they got to overtime?

Yeah, they lost the coin toss. So boo-hoo. So stop them already.

Remember, at one point in the game-winning drive, the Saints gambled on fourth-and-one and made the first down. All Minnesota had to do was stuff Pierre Thomas, and Favre has the ball in his hands again.

They failed. And New Orleans won. How's that unfair?

Ben Smith's blog.