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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has a radical idea for eliminating ties from the NFL once and for all.
Wilson’s team, of course, is coming off a 6-6 tie with the Arizona Cardinals in which the kickers for both teams missed potential game-winning kicks.
Wilson says he would like to see one kick attempt break any future ties.
“Let’s say we’re the away team. We win the coin toss, we get the ball on the 35-yard line going in. You kick one field goal,” Wilson said, according to ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia. “You can’t do anything else but a field goal. You make the field goal, the game’s over. If you miss the field goal, the game’s over and the other team wins.
“I just think that if you play that long, you’re putting your lives on the line. You should find a way to win. I don’t like ending in a tie.”
Wilson’s idea may sound crazy, and perhaps it would be more equitable if both teams traded field-goal attempts until one side missed, but it would certainly solve the issue of ties.
Whether the NFL considers implementing such a rule change may come down to public opinion. While Sunday’s tie was ultimately unsatisfying – particularly for fans of the two teams – there’s no denying that the overtime period and missed kicks were truly compelling television.