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NFL Softens Brutal Proving Ground: Kickoffs

Rule change expected to cut back on number of violent returns

(Newser) - Under fire for concussions and player safety, the NFL is pushing kickoffs five yards closer to the opposing end zone, a move that will mean more touchbacks and fewer returns, one of the most exciting plays in the game—and one of the most violent. Plenty of players and fans... More »

NFL Tweaks Sudden Death for Playoff OT

If first team scores TD, it's over; opponent gets chance if it's a FG

(Newser) - The National Football League changed its overtime rules for postseason games today, and starting next season, if a team wins the coin toss and then kicks a field goal, the other team gets the ball. If that next series ends with another field goal, play will continue under the current... More »

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