The NFL has various overtime rules for playoffs. This is how they function.

Over the past few seasons, the NFL has modified its playoff overtime regulations, with the most recent change coming in 2022.

The rule was implemented in March 2022, following an instant classic in the divisional round between the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Despite a frenzied finale to regulation in which both teams combined for 25 points in the final two minutes of play, Buffalo and quarterback Josh

Allen did not get the opportunity to possess the ball in that game, which the Bills eventually lost 42-36.

Fullscreen button Patrick Mahomes (15), quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, celebrates his overtime win over the Buffalo Bills

Patrick Mahomes (15), quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, celebrates his overtime win over the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Divisional playoff football game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.

The rule amendment, a modified version of the proposal presented by the Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles, was approved at the 2022 annual meetings in Palm Beach, Florida.

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