As found at NFL.com, after a Google search of “NFL rule book”:
- The sudden death system of determining the winner shall prevail when score is tied at the end of the regulation playing time of all NFL games. The team scoring first during overtime play shall be the winner and the game automatically ends upon any score (by safety, field goal, or touchdown) or when a score is awarded by Referee for a palpably unfair act.
- At the end of regulation time the Referee will immediately toss coin at center of field in accordance with rules pertaining to the usual pregame toss. The captain of the visiting team will call the toss prior to the coin being flipped.
- Following a three-minute intermission after the end of the regulation game, play will be continued in 15-minute periods or until there is a score*. There is a two-minute intermission between subsequent periods. The teams change goals at the start of each period. Each team has three time outs per half and all general timing provisions apply as during a regular game. Disqualified players are not allowed to return.
*Exception: In preseason and regular season games there shall be a maximum of 15 minutes of sudden death with two time outs instead of three. General provisions that apply for the fourth quarter will prevail. Try not attempted if touchdown scored. If there is no score in the 15 minutes, the game shall end in a tie.
It literally took me a minute to uncover this information. I mean, seriously, I’m pretty sure you can look up the entire rulebook online. You know, just in case you aren’t a professional football player, and its not your job to already know these rules, NFL.com makes it super easy for you to learn them all on your own. Now even you can know all of the rules of your favorite game, just like the athletes you love. In fact, you may even come to know them better – whoo-hoo!
(Editor’s note: The Pundit is still really, really bitter about yesterday).