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.Β  The Redskins failed to make a first down on their first two drives, neither punt made it

Quirky find: a 1951 palpably unfair act awarded 1 point

A palpably unfair act is loosely defined as an act by a player or team that far exceeds the bounds of sportsmanship, that the referee is empowered to make any equitable ruling necessary. It is a very rarely evoked provision of the rules. Toledo at Dayton, October 13, 1951 Dayton, up 20-0

Palpably unfair acts

[Last updated 12/1/2017: Dayton extra point from 1951.] What happens when something obviously unfair yet not specifically covered by the rules happens during a football game? The palpably unfair act rule gives the referee full discretion to decide what should happen when such events occur, up to and including awarding one team

Another fair catch kick attempt denied

The Cardinals lined up for a potential game-winning fair catch kick yesterday, but an offsides call on the preceding punt ended that chance.News articles about the game were, as usual, not aware of the history of the play. The East Valley Tribune (Arizona) even cited Wikipedia's claim that "a