Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
As I discussed on Newstalk 1130 WISN while filling in for Mark Belling Friday, four of the Packers’ last six playoff games have gone into overtime.
January 4, 2011
In an NFC wildcard playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, Al Harris returned an interception 52 yards for the game winning touchdown 4:25 in overtime, making this the first playoff game ever to be won in overtime with a defensive touchdown. The game is most remembered for Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's ironic comment after winning the coin toss for the start of overtime. He announced to the to the crowd at Lambeau Field and the national television audience, "We want the ball, and we're going to score."
January 11, 2004.
Late in the game in Philly, the Packers lead 17-14. and appear to be headed to victory when it's 4th and 26 for the Eagles.
A tying field goal by David Akers sent the game into OT. A Brett Favre interception allowed Philadelphia to win with another Akers kick.
On January 21, 2008, another Favre INT that led to this by the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game...
And on January 10, 2010 in Arizona....
Starting this post-season, the OT rules have been changed. The game can’t end with a field goal on the first possession of overtime. If a team kicks a field goal on its first possession, the opponent is guaranteed one chance to get the ball.
If the first team to receive possession in overtime scores a touchdown, the game is over.
This will change strategy. The team that gets the ball first may opt to go for a TD as opposed to a FG since a FG is longer a victory.
Keep in mind as you watch the playoffs.