When it comes to professional sports, ties are as rare as hen’s teeth outside of sports like hockey or soccer. Professional football games end with a winner, and it’s a rare game that ends with a tie. However, it does happen. This weekend, the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams played to an impressive 24-24 tie. After five full quarters of football, the game ended and there was no official winner; there was an official loser in the form of San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith, who left the game in the second quarter with a concussion.
“I don’t know exactly how it feels yet,” admitted Niners coach Jim Harbaugh after the game. ”I asked several people, most of our players, and I think they feel like I do right now. So I don’t know how to feel.”
The last game to end in a tie in the NFL was the November 16, 2008, tilt between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Philadelphia Eagles, which ended at a 13-13 deadlock after five quarters of play. The NFL instituted overtime play in 1974 in part to cut down on the number of tie games.
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