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Quarterback Josh Allen hasn’t moved on from the Buffalo Bills‘ dramatic playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

During an appearance on the “Bussin with the Boys” podcast, Allen said that losing the overtime coin toss affected him more than losing the divisional-round game, according to Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith.

The 26-year-old signal-caller and Patrick Mahomes went back and forth throughout the contest to send the game to overtime tied at 36. However, Allen didn’t call the coin toss correctly and had to watch from the sideline as Mahomes drove down for a walk-off touchdown.

Allen blamed a production meeting prior to the matchup for jinxing his winning ways in the coin toss.

“Up to that point, I think I was 9-0 throughout the season. In our production meeting, it was jinxed, and I was 0-for-2 in that game,” Allen said. “They brought up that stat, you’re 9-0 … I go 0-2 on coin tosses that game.”

He added: “I switched it up, I went heads first, and then I went tails at the end, and it was obviously flip-flopped.”

Allen threw for 329 yards with four touchdowns in the contest. The 42-36 shootout will forever be remembered as a postseason classic, but Allen isn’t taking much satisfaction in its meaning.

“People still come up to me and talk about it. That’s the game people talk about,” Allen said. “To be a part of it is great, but to be on the losing end of it is not so great. It doesn’t make me feel any better when someone comes up and says, ‘That was the greatest game I’ve ever seen.’ It’s like, we lost.”

The NFL later updated its postseason overtime rules by guaranteeing both teams at least one possession in response to the Chiefs-Bills matchup.

 Andre Burakovsky scored 1:23 into overtime and the Colorado Avalanche opened the Stanley Cup Final with a 4-3 victory over the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.

Burakovsky ended it after the Avalanche failed to score on a power play that began late in regulation when three-time champ Patrick Maroon put the puck over the glass. Burakovsky is one of only two Avalanche players who have won the Cup.

The game likely wouldn’t have even reached OT if not for big penalty kills by the Avalanche, who were 3 for 3 against Tampa Bay’s potent power play. The final kill featured a crucial save by goaltender Darcy Kuemper and a series of clears by Norris Trophy finalist defenseman Cale Makar.

An earlier kill built momentum for Colorado, which opened the scoring on captain Gabriel Landeskog’s goal 40 seconds after Josh Manson’s penalty expired. Manson — one of general manager Joe Sakic’s expensive trade deadline pickups — more than made up for a holding the stick minor with some big hits.

The Avalanche’s other deadline acquisition also kept up his knack for scoring key goals. Artturi Lehkonen had their third goal of the first period after Valeri Nichuskin scored the second as part of a dominant performance all over the ice.

Tampa Bay’s latest additions also played a major role, with Nick Paul outracing Colorado defenseman Jack Johnson to a loose puck for a goal in the first that limited the damage and kept the defending champs in the game. Brandon Hagel, who has been banged up and was a question mark to play, got beaten to a loose puck by Landeskog, an uncharacteristic goal for reigning playoff MVP Andrei Vasilevskiy to give up by letting the initial shot sneak through under his left arm.

In another example of what has made the Lightning the NHL’s best team over the past three years, they turned the tide in the second period with goals by Ondrej Palat and Mikhail Sergachev 48 seconds apart. That set the stage for the first of what should be many fantastic finishes in a series between evenly matched opponents.

The arena was rocking from the start of warmups for the first Stanley Cup Final game in the city in 2001 — also the last year the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup, with Sakic serving as captain. Fans chanted, “We want the Cup!” throughout the leadup and at times during the game, which was a showcase of the high-scoring hockey that has been the standard all season.

Tampa Bay’s most prolific goal-scorer from each of the past two title runs was back, with center Brayden Point returning to play his first game since injuring his right leg a month ago.

Colorado has a series lead despite playing without forwards Nazem Kadri (right thumb) and Andrew Cogliano (right hand), who were injured last series in a sweep of Edmonton in the Western Conference final.

The Avalanche swept Nashville in the first round, as well, and dispatched rival St. Louis in six before taking out Connor McDavid and the Oilers. If anything, Game 1 against the Lightning showed this series won’t be easy for either team.

The Calgary Flames eliminated the Dallas Stars from the playoffs with a 3-2 overtime win in Game 7 on Sunday night.

Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger made an incredible 64 saves, but wasn’t able to secure the victory as Johnny Gaudreau beat him in overtime.

Oettinger’s 64-save performance is the second-most stops in a Game 7 in NHL history, according to Stats by STATS. Only Kelly Hrudey had more when he stopped 73 shots for the Islanders against the Capitals in 1987.

Jamie Benn opened the scoring for Dallas just 40 seconds into the contest. Tyler Toffoli tied things up in the second before Vladislav Namestnikov and Matthew Tkachuk traded goals to enter the third period tied at two apiece.

The Flames will now take on their rival Edmonton Oilers in the second round. It’s the first time since 1991 that the Battle of Alberta will be renewed in the postseason.

The New York Rangers are off to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime in Sunday’s Game 7. Artemi Panarin came up clutch with the game-winner.

The Rangers simply never quit.

They went down 3-1 in the series but came back in Game 5, 6, and 7 to advance. They’re the first team in Stanley Cup Playoff history to record three straight comeback wins in elimination games within the same series. They trailed 2-1 and 3-2 in Game 7 before Mika Zibanejad scored with less than six minutes left in regulation to force OT.

New York was outshot 45-30 in the contest, but Vezina Trophy favorite Igor Shesterkin was sensational between the pipes, tying Ed Giacomin’s franchise record for 42 saves in a Game 7.

The Rangers now own an all-time record of 8-1 in Game 7s at Madison Square Garden.

New York will take on the Carolina Hurricanes in Round 2. The two sides squared off in the qualifying round of the 2020 postseason, which the Canes swept 3-0.

NFL owners have approved a change to the overtime rule, now guaranteeing both teams have a possession in playoff games, the league announced Tuesday.

Overtime rules in the regular season will remain the same, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The modified rule jointly proposed by the Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles comes in the wake of the high-profile overtime contest between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills in the playoffs.

Kansas City and Buffalo engaged in one of the highest-scoring conclusions to a postseason game in NFL history.

Bills quarterback Josh Allen and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes led their teams to a combined 25 points in the final two minutes of regulation before Kansas City sealed it in overtime with a touchdown pass from Mahomes to tight end Travis Kelce.

Buffalo’s high-flying offense didn’t get the football in overtime after Kansas City won the coin toss.

The ending once again shined a light on the NFL’s controversial overtime rules, which some argue give too big of an advantage to the team that earns the first possession.

Seven of 12 playoff overtime games played under the current format, implemented in 2010, have been won on the opening possession, and 10 of those 12 were won by the team that won the coin toss, according to ESPN.

On Wednesday, the USFL officially unveiled a few changes to the traditional football rules, designed to bolster offense and big-play potential, improve game flow, give trailing teams more scoring opportunities as time winds down, enhance player safety, and get officiating calls right in a way that’s fair for both teams.

“Fans are the USFL’s top priority, so our rules are designed to give fans the traditional physical play they know and love while adding some modern fast-paced elements,” said Mike Pereira, USFL Head of Officiating. “The overwhelming majority of rules that govern gameplay in the USFL are standard at the professional or collegiate level. But we are incorporating a few unconventional ideas that we’re convinced will add offense, alter some coaching decisions and strategy for the better, and make it easier to get major penalty calls correct. Collectively, these changes will be good for the game of football and keep fans more engaged and entertained.”

The biggest rule changes pertain to extra-point conversions after touchdowns, onside kicks, overtime and passing plays, but they’re not the only modifications. Here’s what you need to know about the USFL’s rules.

Extra points

When teams score a touchdown in the USFL, they’ll have the option to attempt a one-, two- or even three-point conversion. Teams will receive:

– One point for a kick made with the ball snapped from the 15-yard line
– Two points for a scrimmage play from the two-yard line that successfully crosses the goal line
– Three points for a scrimmage play from the 10-yard line that successfully crosses the goal line

As a result, a team trailing by nine points can still tie the game with a touchdown (and a three-point conversion), while an 18-point lead is still a two-possession game.

Onside kicks

Teams will have two options to retain possession after scoring. The first option will be a traditional onside kick attempt from the 25-yard line. 

The second will be running a 4th-and-12 play from their own 33-yard line. If the team makes a first down, fantastic — it retains possession from that spot. If the team attempting the “onside” fails, however, the defense gets the ball wherever the offense is downed.

Overtime

Overtime will be a shootout in which each team’s offense will alternate plays against the opposing defense from the two-yard line. Each team will run a total of three plays, and each successful scoring attempt will receive two points. The team with the most points after each team has run its three plays wins. 

If the score is tied after each team runs three plays, the subsequent attempts become sudden death until a winner is declared.

Two forward passes

Offenses will be allowed to throw two forward passes behind the line of scrimmage, expanding teams’ playbooks while adding even more excitement and trick-play potential to games.

Other rules changes

Instant replay: Each coach will be allowed one replay challenge. Replay Command at FOX Sports Control Center in Los Angeles will make all replay decisions, meaning that one replay crew will make all the decisions. This will ensure accurate, consistent, and faster rulings.

USFL Replay Command will have the authority to overrule incorrect personal foul calls, including roughing the passer, hits on defenseless players, face-mask penalties, horse-collars, and more. USFL Replay Command will also be responsible for determining whether the act of pass interference is obviously intentional when it occurs 15 yards beyond the line of scrimmage (see below).

Defensive pass interference: The penalty for defensive pass interference will mirror the NCAA rule, with exceptions. Defensive pass interference will be a spot foul if it occurs less than 15 yards from the line of scrimmage, but it is a 15-yard penalty if the spot of the foul is beyond 15 yards. The goal is to decrease the punitive nature of defensive pass interference penalties.

However, a defender intentionally tackling a receiver beyond 15 yards past the line of scrimmage would be a spot foul.

Offensive pass interference: If a pass does not cross the line of scrimmage, there can be no penalty for either offensive pass interference or ineligible player downfield. This rule change opens up the offense without undermining defense and forgoes punishment for infractions unrelated to the play

Kickoffs: All kickoffs will be from the 25-yard line. No kicking team member may line up any further back than one yard, while the receiving team must have a minimum of eight players in the set-up zone between their 35- and 45-yard lines. After a kickoff travels 20 yards, the first touch must be by the receiving team. If an untouched kick becomes dead, the ball belongs to the receiving team at that spot.

Rich McKay, chairman of the NFL’s competition committee, expects the league to discuss possible changes to its overtime format Tuesday.

“I have no question it will be brought up,” McKay said Sunday, according to Mark Maske of The Washington Post. “I have no question that there will be a team or two that is going to suggest a rule change.”

Following McKay’s comments, NFL.com’s Judy Battista reported that the Indianapolis Colts submitted a proposal to ensure each team records an overtime possession in both the regular season and playoffs. It’s unclear how much support there’ll be for the change, although there’s reportedly at least some sentiment in the committee to guarantee both teams one possession during overtime in the postseason, per Maske.

Additionally, McKay expects some proposals Tuesday will be made strictly for the playoffs.

The competition committee met Sunday in Indianapolis ahead of the NFL Scouting Combine, which begins Tuesday. Any changes to the league’s overtime rules would require at least 24 out of 32 votes to pass.

A push for overtime modifications grew louder following last month’s divisional-round thriller between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills. The Bills didn’t touch the ball in overtime after the Chiefs won the coin toss and scored a game-winning touchdown on their opening drive.

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Kirk Cousins hit tight end Kyle Rudolph with a 4-yard fade on third-and-goal in overtime, and the Minnesota Vikings pulled out a 26-20 victory over the Saints in the wild-card round of the NFC playoffs on Sunday.

The Vikings will face the top-seeded 49ers in San Francisco on Saturday afternoon in the divisional round.

It was the second straight time the Saints’ season had ended in overtime in the Superdome.

The disappointing end for the favored Saints (13-4) came nearly a year after New Orleans lost in the NFC championship game to the Los Angeles Rams in a game marred by missed Rams penalties late in regulation.

Dalvin Cook gained 130 yards from scrimmage and scored two touchdowns. Cousins finished with 242 yards and one TD passing, highlighted by his 43-yard completion to Adam Thielen on the opening possession of overtime to give Minnesota (11-6) the ball on the Saints 2-yard line and set up the winning score.

Replays on the video board showed a possible push-off by Rudolph on defensive back P.J. Williams as he leaped to make the catch that ended the game.

”They brought all-out pressure and then Kirk made a great throw,” Rudolph said. ”Like I said, I’m just so proud of our guys. I’m proud of Kirk, blocking out the noise and coming down here and playing huge all game.”

Minnesota’s defensive front forced record-setting quarterback Drew Brees into two turnovers – one game after the Saints had finished the regular season with an NFL record-low eight. Brees also was sacked three times and finished 26 of 33 for 208 yards, one TD and an interception.

New Orleans trailed by 10 at the start of the fourth quarter but forced overtime with Brees’ 20-yard touchdown pass to Taysom Hill, a key defensive stand after Brees’ lost fumble, and Wil Lutz’ 49-yard field goal with 2 seconds left.

Brees’ first turnover came on a deep throw downfield for Ted Ginn Jr. late in the first half. Safety Anthony Harris corralled the ball as he fell to the turf and then returned it 30 yards across midfield. That led to Cook’s first touchdown on a 5-yard run that gave the Vikings their first lead at 13-10.

The Saints were threatening to score with less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter when Danielle Hunter sacked Brees, who lost the ball. It was recovered by defensive tackle Jalyn Holmes on the Minnesota 36.

Saints safety Vonn Bell, back from a knee injury that sidelined him three games, helped set up the opening scoring chance of the game when he recovered Thielen’s fumble, which was forced by recently acquired cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

But Everson Griffen’s sack of Brees on third-and-goal limited Minnesota’s damage to a 29-yard field goal.

Hill, the Saints’ do-it-all reserve QB, was instrumental in the first touchdown drive of the game. He rushed for a first down before completing a 50-yard pass to rookie Deonte Harris and then, while lined up as a tight end, delivered a block that helped Alvin Kamara score on a 4-yard run around the right end to make it 10-3.

Hill was the Saints’ leading rusher with 50 yards and Kamara was held to 21 yards rushing on seven carries.

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

Deonte Harris’ 54-yard kickoff return and Brees’ 20-yard pass to Michael Thomas in the final seconds of the first half gave New Orleans a chance to tie it, but Lutz’s 43-yard field-goal attempt went wide right.

In the third quarter, Hill’s apparent first-down run on a fake punt was nullified by tight end Josh Hill being called for a false start.

INJURIES

Vikings: Tight end Tyler Conklin was carted from the sideline to the locker room in the first half. … Right tackle Brian O’Neill walked off with an apparent leg injury in the third quarter but returned.

Saints: Linebacker Kiko Alonso limped off the field with what the Saints said was a knee injury in the second quarter and did not return. … Left guard Andrus Peat limped to the sideline with an apparent right leg injury in the fourth quarter but returned.

NEXT UP

Vikings: Prepare for next weekend’s trip to San Francisco to face a 49ers team that, like the Saints, went 13-3 in the regular season.

Saints: Head into the offseason with contract work ahead on key personnel, including Brees, who turns 41 on Jan. 15, and versatile running back Alvin Kamara, who could opt to hold out for an extension as he enters the final season of his rookie deal.