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Goodell says NFL likes OT rule

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Commissioner tells fans he ‘wouldn’t hold your breath’ over changes to the oft-debated sudden-death process

The NFL said again Friday that it likes the league’s oft-debated overtime rule.

Commissioner Roger Goodell points to this season’s pair of overtime postseason games and called them “two of the most exciting games we’ve had.”

Arizona beat Green Bay in a wild 51-45 overtime game, and the New Orleans Saints earned the right to play in Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Indianapolis Colts by beating Minnesota in overtime in the NFC championship game.

The NFL’s sudden-death overtime rule has long been debated, especially after college football went to a system where both teams get the ball at least once. Goodell says the NFL hasn’t “been able to find a better solution” even after talks with players and coaches.

A change may be possible, Goodell says, adding: “But I wouldn’t hold your breath.”

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