Document Type


First Faculty Advisor

Rick Gorvett

Second Faculty Advisor

John Quinn


statistics; NFL; overtime rules


Bryant University

Rights Management



The NFL has attempted to create fair overtime rules over the course of the past decade; however, this study is interested in determining what playoff overtime rule (or rules) could the NFL implement to result in outcomes where both teams have a relatively equal chance of winning a game. This study aims to find which overtime rules work best at minimizing the differences between teams who possess the ball first versus teams that kick the ball off to start an overtime period. By collecting various NFL statistics from and, this study hopes to run multiple simulations of different overtime scenarios, to minimize the differences of win percentages between all teams. After collecting win percentages of all teams, this study will look to see if there is any significant improvement in decreasing the difference of win percentages. The goal of this study is to determine a method in which the NFL can effectively allow for both teams to win a game in a playoff overtime scenario.