Fit to be tied

For just the 19th time since the National Football League instituted overtime for regular season games in 1974, a game has ended in a tie. The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings battled for 75 minutes during their Week 12 game and neither walked away with a victory.

The 26-26 tie was the first undecided game since last season’s Week 10 matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams. Sunday’s game marked the second overtime tie the Packers and Vikings have played during their rivalry. The Packers now hold the lone distinction as the team with the most ties (5) since the overtime rule was instituted.

The very first game under the sudden death overtime rules ended with an even score as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos tied 35-35 on Sept. 22, 1974.  Here’s a rundown of all tie games since overtime was added to regular season games.


Date Result
Sept. 22, 1974   Steelers 35, Broncos 35
Sept. 19, 1976    Vikings 10, Rams 10
Nov. 26, 1978     Packers 10, Vikings 10
Oct. 12, 1980 Packers 14, Buccaneers 14
Oct. 4, 1981         Dolphins 28, Jets 28
Dec. 19, 1982      Colts 20, Packers 20
Oct. 24, 1983      Giants 20, Cardinals 20
Nov. 4, 1984       Eagles 23, Lions 23
Oct. 19, 1986      49ers 10, Falcons 10
Dec. 7, 1986        Cardinals 10, Eagles 10
Sept. 20, 1987    Broncos 17, Packers 17
Oct. 2, 1988         Jets 17, Chiefs 17
Nov. 19, 1989     Browns 10, Chiefs 10
Nov. 16, 1997     Eagles 10, Ravens 10
Nov. 23, 1997     Giants 7, Redskins 7
Nov. 10, 2002     Falcons 34, Steelers 34
Nov. 16, 2008     Bengals 13, Eagles 13
Nov. 11, 2012     Rams 24, 49ers 24
Nov. 24, 2013   
Vikings 26, Packers 26

 

Related Links:
Infographic: Overtime in the NFL
Birth of Overtime
Team Histories: 49ers | Rams


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