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In the National Football League (NFL), tied games occur when a regular season game has gone into overtime and both teams have the same score at the end of the 15-minute overtime period.[1] Under current overtime rules adopted in 2012, "teams... have the opportunity to possess the ball at least once in the extra period unless the team that receives the [first] overtime kickoff scores a touchdown on its first possession". If that team instead scores a field goal, the other team has an opportunity to tie or surpass that score.[2] Prior to the rule change, any score by either team in overtime would end the game.[3] Ties have counted as a half-win and half-loss in league standings since 1972; before that, ties were not counted in the standings at all.[4]

Tie games were once frequent in the NFL, but have become increasingly uncommon due to a rule change in 1974 that extended the existing sudden-death overtime for post-season games into the regular season.[5] Only six ties have occurred since 1989, a statistic that has been attributed to the increasing accuracy of kickers.[6] Unlike in soccer, where teams routinely play for ties due to the benefit of a point in the standings, NFL teams never play for ties; ties are most often the result of mishaps or mistakes from the teams involved. They have been described as the least wanted result that a football game could produce, but a deserved outcome for the participating teams due to the poor play the two teams exhibit.[7] Due to the rarity of tie games, some players who have been involved in them , such as former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, have recounted that they did not even know NFL games could end in ties.[1][8]

From 1920-73, the NFL had a total of 256 tied games. Only three seasons (1934, 1950, 1952) went without a tied game, while five seasons (1920, 1923, 1926, 1929, 1932) had at least ten ties. The most ties, 17, occurred in the 1920 season.[9][10] Since 1974, there have only been 18 tied games, the most recent occurring in the 2012 season when the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams played to a 24-24 draw. The highest-scoring tie game since the rule change was the first one, a 1974 game where the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos tied 35-35. The Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles share the lead for the most tied games since the rule change, with each team having played in four tied games.[11]

Tied games (1920-73)Edit

Season No. of ties Ref.
1920[upper-alpha 1] 17 [9]
1921 7 [10]
1922 9 [10]
1923 13 [10]
1924 7 [10]
1925 9 [10]
1926 14 [10]
1927 6 [10]
1928 6 [10]
1929 10 [10]
1930 7 [10]
1931 3 [10]
1932 10 [10]
1933 5 [10]
1934 0 [10]
1935 4 [10]
1936 2 [10]
1937 3 [10]
1938 3 [10]
1939 3 [10]
1940 4 [10]
1941 2 [10]
1942 1 [10]
1943 3 [10]
1944 3 [10]
1945 1 [10]
1946 3 [10]
1947 2 [10]
1948 1 [10]
1949 3 [10]
1950 0 [10]
1951 3 [10]
1952 0 [10]
1953 3 [10]
1954 2 [10]
1955 3 [10]
1956 2 [10]
1957 1 [10]
1958 3 [10]
1959 1 [10]
1960 5 [10]
1961 3 [10]
1962 4 [10]
1963 5 [10]
1964 6 [10]
1965 2 [10]
1966 5 [10]
1967 9 [10]
1968 4 [10]
1969 5 [10]
1970 9 [10]
1971 8 [10]
1972 5 [10]
1973 7 [10]

Tied games (1974-present)Edit

No. Date Home team Away team Score Note(s) Ref.
1 September 22, 1974 Denver Broncos Pittsburgh Steelers 35-35 Second regular-season overtime game in NFL history and highest-scoring tie game under modern rules. [11][6]
2 September 19, 1976 Minnesota Vikings Los Angeles Rams 10-10 [11]
3 November 26, 1978 Green Bay Packers Minnesota Vikings 10-10 Both teams finished the season 8-7-1. Minnesota won the NFC Central over Green Bay by virtue of a 1-0-1 head-to-head record against the team. [7][11]
4 October 12, 1980 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Green Bay Packers 14-14 [11]
5 October 4, 1981 Miami Dolphins New York Jets 28-28 [11]
6 December 19, 1982 Baltimore Colts Green Bay Packers 20-20 Only game of the season that Baltimore (0-8-1)[upper-alpha 2] did not lose. [10][11]
7 October 24, 1983 St. Louis Cardinals New York Giants 20-20 Only overtime tie in Monday Night Football history. [11][14]
8 November 4, 1984 Detroit Lions Philadelphia Eagles 23-23 [11]
9 October 19, 1986 Atlanta Falcons San Francisco 49ers 10-10 [11]
10 December 7, 1986 Philadelphia Eagles St. Louis Cardinals 10-10 [11]
11 September 20, 1987 Green Bay Packers Denver Broncos 17-17 [11]
12 October 2, 1988 New York Jets Kansas City Chiefs 17-17 [11]
13 November 19, 1989 Cleveland Browns Kansas City Chiefs 10-10 [11]
14 November 16, 1997 Baltimore Ravens Philadelphia Eagles 10-10 [11]
15 November 23, 1997 Washington Redskins New York Giants 7-7 Lowest-scoring tie game under modern rules. Redskins quarterback Gus Frerotte injured himself during the game by headbutting a stadium wall while celebrating a touchdown. [11][15]
16 November 10, 2002 Pittsburgh Steelers Atlanta Falcons 34-34 Atlanta mounted a 17-point comeback to force overtime. Pittsburgh wide receiver Plaxico Burress was stopped a yard short of the end zone on the final play of overtime. [11][16]
17 November 16, 2008 Philadelphia Eagles Cincinnati Bengals 13-13 Bengals kicker Shayne Graham missed a 47-yard field goal with seven seconds left in overtime. [11][17]
18 November 11, 2012 San Francisco 49ers St. Louis Rams 24-24 St. Louis had a game-winning field goal taken away because of a penalty. Both teams missed field goal tries in the extra period. [11][18]

Total ties per club (1974-present)Edit

Club Ties Season(s) occurred
Green Bay Packers 4 1978, 1980, 1982, 1987
Philadelphia Eagles 4 1984, 1986, 1997, 2008
St. Louis/Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals 2 1983, 1986
Atlanta Falcons 2 1986, 2002
Denver Broncos 2 1974, 1987
Kansas City Chiefs 2 1988, 1989
Minnesota Vikings 2 1976, 1978
New York Giants 2 1983, 1997
New York Jets 2 1981, 1988
Pittsburgh Steelers 2 1974, 2002
Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams 2 1976, 2012
San Francisco 49ers 2 1986, 2012
Baltimore Ravens 1 1997
Cincinnati Bengals 1 2008
Cleveland Browns 1 1989
Detroit Lions 1 1984
Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts 1 1982
Miami Dolphins 1 1981
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 1980
Washington Redskins 1 1997

NotesEdit

Notes
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