Originally Posted by duckseason
The problem is that it isn't fair to say one team has to stop the other, without ever finding out whether the other team could make a stop. If your team deserves to lose because they couldn't make a stop, then so does your opponent. This is especially a problem in those 31-31 games where both offenses have been moving the ball at will all day. It's also pretty weak that the team only needs to get to the 35 yard line and kick a FG. Overtime is usually anti-climactic in the NFL. I'm not in favor of adopting the college format, but I think both teams should have to kick the ball off at least once. It would level the playing field, and make things much more interesting. The fact that the team to win the toss ends up winning the game 62% of the time is more than enough of a reason to change the format.
There was an experiment in NFL Europe a few years back where overtime was as per NFL rules, except that both teams had to have at least one possession in overtime - if the team that got the ball first scored, the other team at least got a chance to respond (and maybe win the game if the first team only kicked a field goal).