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Russell Wilson suggests do-or-die field goal to break ties

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Russell Wilson is not a big fan of ties.

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback was on the end of one Sunday night, and he suggested a way to break the tie: a field goal contest.

“Let’s say we’re the away team,” Wilson suggested, via Sheil Kapadia of ESPN. “We win the coin toss, we get the ball on the 35-yard line going in. You kick one field goal. You can’t do anything else but a field goal. You make the field goal, the game’s over. If you miss the field goal, the game’s over and the other team wins.

“I just think that if you play that long, you’re putting your lives on the line. You should find a way to win. I don’t like ending in a tie.”

To be fair to Wilson, it’s hard to tell if he’s being totally serious here. Maybe he came up with this in the spur of the moment. Still, it seems like a pretty silly way to end a game. At least force the other team to kick, too, but then it starts to sound like a shootout in the NHL, which isn’t a universally proper treatment. It just seems unfair to essentially boil the result down to a coin toss and not give both teams a chance, like college overtimes. In fact, if Wilson wants to completely stop ties, college overtime rules might be the best way, although Wilson’s proposal has the potential to give us some great coach faces like those we saw Sunday.

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