Double Overtimes and the NFL Playoff Overtime Rules

Differences between NFL regular season and postseason playoff rules: Regular Season Postseason Number of periods 1 unlimited Length of periods 10 minutes 15 minutes Timeouts per team 2 3 per 2-period "half" Timing rules 4th quarter 1st quarter for 1st overtime, etc. If the 1st overtime ends with the teams still tied ... The game ends in a tie. 2-minute break, switch sides of field typical of

NFL teams that never kicked off

In the 1986 NFC Championship game, the Giants won the coin toss and chose to play the first quarter with the 15-30 mph winds at their backs instead of receiving the opening kickoff.  The Redskins failed to make a first down on their first two drives, neither punt made it

Reader mail! Extra points

Updated 10/22/2017: Jeff Heath extra point. In 1971 the Bears had two non-kickers score PATs: Bobby Douglass on a rush and Dick Butkus on a pass from Douglass. Douglass was the Bears' holder on placekicks. Prior to the 2-pt conversion rule in '94; how many times during the era after the

When the offense doesn’t get far: games with the shortest longest plays

The longest play from scrimmage in Week 5's Dolphins-Titans game was only 17 yards.  Is this the lowest ever? Shortest longest play from scrimmage, 1981-2017 Scores are linked to the box score at Pro Football Reference. Does not include defense or special teams. Both teams Game Date Length Notes Broncos 13, at Bears 3 12/18/1993 16 39 degrees and rainy at kickoff; mud-soaked

Field goal attempts on consecutive plays

The Steelers and Bears attempted field goals on consecutive plays from scrimmage today.  When was the last time this happened with no kickoff in between? Field Goal Attempts On Consecutive Plays, 1982-2017 Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys, November 25, 1993: The Dolphins, trailing 14-13, had driven to the Cowboys 24 with

Every safety … ever

The bookkeeping for most scoring plays is clear, simple, and consistent: the type of play, the scoring player, the passer (if applicable), and the yardage. Safeties are an exception; at best, the box score line will show the tackler and the player safetied; at worst, they'll read something like "Safety,

When overtime wasn’t sudden death

The evolution of the overtime rule in the NFL is as follows: 1941 — Sudden-death rule was added for divisional playoff games (at the time, these were one-game playoffs to break a division tie to advance to the NFL title game) 1946 — Sudden-death was extended to the championship game to

Longest nonscoring plays in NFL history

    Is there a list of the longest plays that didn't result a touchdown? Elias Sports Bureau probably has a list (they verified that Percy Harvin's 104-yard kickoff return was the longest nonscoring play in NFL history), but I've never seen one published. Both scrimmage (runs and passes) and nonscrimmage (returns) plays are