For the first time ever both NFL Championship games went to overtime, and the NFL ruined both games, but for different reasons.
In game one we witnessed perhaps the most egregiously bad no-call in the history of the game, as a mugging (calling it pass interference doesn’t do it justice) by an LA Rams defensive back was inexplicably missed on a key third down late in the fourth quarter. If called properly, New Orleans would have either scored a touchdown or kicked a last-second field goal and almost certainly won. Instead they settled for a field goal allowing LA time to kick a long last-second field goal themselves, tying the game and sending it to OT where the Rams won. What makes it even more inexplicable is that a ref is seen standing no more than five yards away clearly looking at the play! How does this clown have a job??!! And it gets better: there were clearly not one but TWO penalties on the play: the other being helmet-to-helmet contact.
In game two, The hated New England Pats and the KC Chiefs staged an epic back-and-forth game that went to OT tied 31 all. The game was then basically won………..by flipping a coin. Yea! Other than NE fans, everyone on the planet wanted to see KC and Patrick Mahomes get one last shot at glory, but it was not to be. The NFL needs to change its OT rules for playoffs immediately: give each team one possession, regardless if the team getting the ball first scores a TD. Play 10 minutes minimum, or 15. Adopt the college rule: equal possessions at the 25. I have always liked the college rule better even though its’ detractors say “it is not real football”: it’s more exciting and equitable. A coin-flip isn’t real football either. Don’t like starting at the 25? Start at the 40. Regardless, the current system stinks. With two gassed defenses on the field, it was little doubt that whoever won the coin toss would score a TD. Sad way to end an epic game.