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

Catcher’s interference in the postseason

Jacoby Ellsbury became the first player ever to draw multiple catcher's interference calls in a postseason career.  Ellsbury also holds the regular season career record (31) and the single-season record (12). [Update: Tommy La Stella became the second batter to be involved in multiple postseason catcher interference calls on 10/2/2018.] Dates are

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

Players with the longest postseason losing streaks

  With the Twins' loss last night, Joe Mauer is now 0-10 in playoff games.  Is this a baseball record? Most appearances in playoff losses, no wins Active players are shaded. Tiebreaker games/one-game playoffs are not included. Player Record Teams Notes Jody Reed 0-11 1988 Red Sox 1990 Red Sox 1996 Padres Rick Porcello 0-11 2011 Tigers 2012 Tigers 2013 Tigers 2016 Red Sox 2017 Red Sox Porcello was on

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,