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“I’m a traditionalist,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said.

His teammate, safety Charlie Peprah, was able to explain the rule from memory. While he understands the idea of wanting to give each team “equal opportunity” because the old way allowed for what he called “kind of a cheap way to win,” he also is “a big fan of: ‘You’ve got to stop them.’”

The tweak was made in March 2010, two months after the New Orleans Saints beat the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 in overtime in the NFC championship game. The Saints won the OT coin toss and drove to Garrett Hartley’s 40-yard kick on the opening possession.

As of now, the change is only for the playoffs, although NFL owners eventually could add it to the regular season, too. Because none of this year’s playoff games went to an extra period, no one knows exactly what would be in store if the Steelers and Packers need OT to determine who wins the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

“I hope it doesn’t come down in this game, but it’s going to be different,” Pittsburgh’s Arians said. “It has made you sit down and think and have another game plan, so to speak, for overtime.”

During “game management” meetings this week, both coaching staffs discussed the factors that could come into play:

_Do you kick away the ball even if you win the coin toss?

_Do you make an extra effort to score a touchdown instead of a field goal, including perhaps going for it on fourth-and-short to extend a drive?

_Do you change your defensive strategy?

“There are a lot of things you can talk about in advance,” Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said, “but you also have to be able to adjust.”

Both kickers _ Pittsburgh’s Shaun Suisham and Green Bay’s Mason Crosby _ insist they’re not bothered a bit by the way their roles could be affected if Sunday’s game winds up needing more than 60 minutes of action.

“If we get the ball first, I’ve still got to make that kick. But you hope the offense scores a touchdown,” Crosby said. “Then it’ll be over. Right?”

Yes, Mason, that’s right.