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Russ Spears
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So the end of my 2nd game had both teams tied at 16, thanks to a last-card 24yd touchdown run (I only put that because I was shocked it happened). I couldn't find in the rule book an explanation for going into overtime, so should the game end as a tie (which is fine by me)?

I'm sure there's a variant rule that will have OT, I was just looking for an "official" ruling.
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Bill Bennett
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See "End of Game" on p. 10. Basically, it says to start a new half; flip the coin to see who gets the ball; and first team to score wins.
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Stephen Glenn
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Or you could use the current NFL overtime rules.

From NFL.COM:

MODIFIED SUDDEN DEATH

The modified sudden death system of determining the winner shall prevail when the score is tied at the end of regulation playing time of NFL games. The system guarantees each team a possession or the opportunity to possess, unless the team that receives the opening kickoff scores a touchdown on its initial possession.

» At the end of regulation time, the Referee will immediately toss a coin at the center of the 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 until a winner is declared. Each team must possess or have the opportunity to possess the ball unless the team that has the ball first scores a touchdown on its initial possession. Play continues in sudden death until a winner is determined, and the game automatically ends upon any score (by safety, field goal, or touchdown) or when a score is awarded by the Referee for a palpably unfair act. Each team has three time-outs per half and all general timing provisions apply as during a regular game. The try is not attempted if a touchdown is scored. Disqualified players are not allowed to return.

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Jeff Simmons
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I prefer to play the college rules overtime (each team gets the ball at the opponent's 25 yard line) as opposed to "sudden death". It doesn't come up much, but I like giving each team a chance as opposed to the flip of the coin method for the NFL.
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