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Proposed rule change would give both teams at least one possession in NFL overtime

This would have helped the Broncos in Seattle last season.

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The league will discuss several rule changes at the NFL Annual Meeting in Arizona next week. Twenty-three rule changes and four bylaw changes have been proposed, per

Among the notable proposals: a change to overtime procedure.

The Bears, of course, are now coached by John Fox, who suffered a 26-20 overtime loss in Seattle as Denver's then-head coach last season.

The Broncos scored 17 fourth quarter points against the Seahawks in Week 3 and tied the game at 20-20 to send it to overtime. In overtime, the Seahawks won the coin toss, received the ball, and scored a touchdown, winning the game.

Chicago's proposed rule change would have given Denver a chance to match the score.

Other proposed rule changes include the following:

  • The Colts proposed a preseason experiment that would give teams a chance for essentially a three-point conversion. Under the proposal, a team that converts a two-point conversion would get the opportunity to try for an extra point, kicking from the 50-yard line.
  • The Patriots proposed moving PATs back to the 15-yard line, keeping two-point conversions at the 2-yard line.
  • The Lions proposed that all penalties be reviewable. The Titans proposed that personal foul penalties would be reviewable by way of a coach's challenge.
  • One proposal suggested that coaches call a timeout instead of throwing a challenge flag. If the challenge is won, the team would win back its time out.
  • Several instant replay proposals were made. Along those lines, New England suggested that cameras be placed on every sideline, goal line, and end line for better replay angles.
  • A bylaw proposal suggested eliminating the roster cutdown from 90 to 75 players. The alternative would be trimming from 90 to 53 players after preseason.
Of note, no proposal was made for a potential playoff expansion. The current definition of a catch — a hot topic last season — was also not addressed.