The Saints won the overtime toss and proceeded to drive down for the game-winning field goal on the only possession by either team in the extra session.
Naturally, talk of the futility of the NFL overtime system has been a hot topic Monday morning. Let us first state that, yes, overtime football sucks. There’s no good way to do it. The NFL coin-flip system sucks. The college football trade-possessions-at-the-25 system seems to be better, but can often drag on forever.
With that said, critics of the NFL overtime system seem to believe that losing the coin flip is a death sentence and winning it is an express pass to victory.
The Cold, Hard Football Facts say otherwise. NFL teams that won the toss were 7-6 (.538) in 2009.