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The NFL Has Ties? Who Knew?

You know how you were surprised when Donovan McNabb didn't know an NFL game could end in a tie?

Turns out he isn't alone. Dan Steinberg polled some of the Redskins about that rule and others and found out that, gasp, football players don't really watch games on their days off and that not all of them really need to know all the rules.

"I think most quarterbacks probably know," Shaun Alexander, who was familiar with the rule, told Steinz. "That's kind of weird that Donovan didn't know, but I think most other positions probably don't, they probably just play."

By Cindy Boren  |  November 19, 2008; 3:13 PM ET
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I'm not sure I would have known that if I didn't see the Redskins tie.

But I'm not the quarterback of the Eagles

Posted by: moo21 | November 19, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Kelly. Malcom Kelly. Permission to be active on sunday has been granted!

Posted by: REDneckSKINhead | November 19, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I knew ever since I started playing fubbal video games cuz they always listed your record as 0-0-0 or whatever

Posted by: alex35332 | November 19, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

The NFL is bloated with rules that are constantly changing, so it's understandable that the players won't know all of them.

Still, seems like knowing "how the game ends" is pretty basic. Another reason to get rid of Shaun Alexander.

Posted by: Joe_in_Raleigh | November 19, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Our defense actually stopped them less than 1/2 of the time. It wasn't bad defense, but its also not as good as the score suggested.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 19, 2008 3:08 PM

This is kinda shakey. You're assuming that we wouldn't have stopped them if the game hadn't ended and you're assuming that we wouldn't have stopped them if they didn't stop themselves with the penalties.

Posted by: talent_evaluator

Talent, not assuming anything about what would have happened on those drives. Just pointing out our defense wasn't the reason for 5 of the 9 drives ending. Both of the penalty halted drives forced them to go 20 yards in 3 plays and that's pretty tough. One I recalled being a questionable holding call, did take away a first down.

As for the final drive, I forget where it ended, but it might have been in the red zone. And on that drive, we couldn't stop them even though we knew what was coming.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 19, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I knew that games (of the regular season variety) could end in a tie.

Posted by: freakzilla | November 19, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Has there ever been a double OT in the post?

Posted by: alex35332 | November 19, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

It's alright for other players not to know.

Except for the Qaurterback. And the Head Coach.

And they should communicatet that to the other players when it gets late into the 5th period.......

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 19, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

map, map

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 19, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: Cindy Boren | November 19, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

postseason games can't end in ties.

Posted by: gregskins | November 19, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe that a veteran pro bowl quarterback would not know that there is only one quarter of overtime before the game ends in a tie.

How could Donovan lead his team in the final minutes of overtime if he was unaware that the game was about to end? I would hope the game would not end with QB McNabb expecting to continue the drive after changing end zones!

Posted by: txfort | November 19, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

oh, so many things:

1) Perhaps Donovan also thought that Super Bowls don't end if your team is down 3. That might explain his clock management in SB XXXIX.

2) Playoff games do in fact go to a 2nd overtime. It happened once back in the 1971 playoffs when Miami beat Kansas City in double overtime.

3) The fact that so many players don't know this rule is shocking for multiple reasons.

a) there have been ties in the recent past (can we all remember Frerotte's head butt on the wall? that game ended 7-7. i was there!). And more importantly,

b) every "standings" section in every paper since the dawn of time has had a W column, an L column and a T column.

This means that Donovan et al saw that column every day as a kid checking the scores, every day as a college player keeping an eye on his potential employers, and every day as a pro checking out his team's playoff chances and NOT EVEN ONCE did they say, "hmmm, why do they bother with that T column? it's not like games can end in a tie."

effing morons.

Posted by: DreamOutLoud | November 19, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Is McNabb not a team captain? Last time I checked the referee tells the team captains before the coin toss the rules of overtime! Has anyone in the media called Donovan out on this fact? No. But I will. Donovan, LISTEN TO THE OFFICIAL TELLING YOU THE RULES BEFORE THE COIN TOSS!

Posted by: LandryllHitYou | November 19, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

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