On Sunday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings ended their game with a tie, a first in 2013 as a result of the new rule change. Before last year, this rule did not exist, and the Packers would have won the game after scoring a field goal on their opening drive. The new rule states that both teams must have overtime possession if no touchdown is scored. In Sunday’s overtime game, both the Packers and Vikings scored a field goal, and fans packed up to leave as the end result was a draw.
This rule change was not only news last night to unaware fans, but also to some players! After the game, some Packers players had admitted to expecting a second over time, rather than ending their contest in a tie. Although it may be hard to believe that these professional players do not know all the rules, it is indeed true. Unfortunately, the fact that some players may expect another over time could affect the outcome of the game. Looks like some discussions are going to had at the Packers next team meeting.
NFL ties are so rare that there have only been two in the past 378 games. The last one to occur was last season, in a San Francisco 49ers vs St. Louis Rams matchup. This year and last also mark the first two back-to-back seasons with a tie since 1988 and 1989. Finally, this game was the first NFL game to end in a tie that did not highlight a missed overtime field goal in about 30 years.
A tie in the NFL can be tough, and many players expressed their hard feelings about the tie after Sunday’s game. Some said it gave them an empty feeling, while others viewed it as a loss.
For the Vikings, the tie was not so bad, being that they only have two wins this season, they should take what they can get. The Packers have been fighting a lot of tough breaks lately, and a win would have been the better outcome for this 5-5 team.
The Packers will continue their season on Thanksgiving day with a game against the Detroit Lions. The Vikings will meet the Chicago Bears on December 1st, and try for their third win of the season. Packers tickets and Vikings tickets are available at Ticket Monster for the lowest prices on the web. http://www.Ticketmonster.com houses allNFL tickets at the best prices, because there are no service fees! The site also has easy read schedules, active NFL blogs, and a social media hub for fans to discuss and engage with others fans.