My apologies if this has been discussed on these boards before or if it is all over espn (I wouldn't know because I canceled my cable). But I wanted to vent about the stupidity of the NFL sudden death overtime.
The NFC championship was basically decided tonight by a coin flip. Maybe some would argue that the Vikings defense had their chance in OT to stop them, blah, blah.... If two teams are evenly matched enough that regulation ends in a tie, I do not believe that one team driving 40 yards and kicking a field goal, without the other team getting a chance, shows the superiority of the winning team. In fact, in a high scoring game both teams would average more than 3 points per possession, and thus a 3 point OT drive for the win would actually be unsuccessful drive according to that game's standards.
Anyway, I know that luck always plays a part in every game, but in this instance the NFL could change its rules to eliminate how big a part luck plays. The OT coin flip gives one team a huge, unearned advantage. The NFL needs to do it like college. That is the fairest way. So, congrats Saints. Way to pick heads or tails.
[Edit: I loved the "each team must get at least one possession" idea discussed in the comments. Actually, I think I like it even more than the college overtime system.]