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Packers voted against overtime possession rule change in early 2015

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It must have felt a little like Groundhog Day for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, as the Wisconsin franchise saw their playoff hopes end in a first possession overtime loss for the second straight year.

With Aaron Rodgers having not touched the ball in overtime against either the Seattle Seahawks last season or the Arizona Cardinals this past weekend, many Packers fans, understandably, have called for the NFL to change the rules to allow both teams a possession in OT.


As it turns out, however, Green Bay actually had the opportunity to support such a rule change back in early 2015, but, rather ironically, they opted against doing so.


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According to the Chicago Tribune's Rich Campbell, the Packers voted against a Chicago Bears proposal back in March 2015 that, if passed, would have given teams the chance to respond to a first possession touchdown in overtime.

Obviously, with how things turned out on Sunday night - the Cardinals ending the game with a Larry Fitzgerald TD that rendered Rodgers' hail-mary play in regular time worthless - Green Bay probably wish the rule had come into force for this season.

As it turns out, however, even if the Packers had voted in support of the rule change, it wouldn't have made much difference. Campbell notes that only three NFL teams voted in favor of the proposal.


Still, with the likes of Rodgers and Clay Matthews publicly voicing their frustration at how OT currently plays out, they might want to take their concerns to their own front office first.

Iny my opinion, the rule needs changing. Perhaps the Packers have been convinced of that fact now too after suffering under the current system for two straight years.

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