Rams-49ers first NFL tie game since 2008

Brian Bahr

The NFL saw its first tie game since 2008 on Sunday. Just how rare is a draw in professional football?

The St. Louis Rams did not lose. The San Francisco 49ers did not win. Instead, the two NFC West rivals played each other to a hard-hitting, ugly 24-24 tie that gave the NFL its first tie game since the Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals fought to a 13-13 tie in 2008.

Since the NFL folded the AFL into one league in 1970, there have been only 46 tie games during the regular season. This week's tie was only the third since 2002 and just the fourth time in more than 20 years.

NFL owners changed regular season overtime rules in March 2012 to mirror the rules used for extra playing time in the post season. Under that rule, each team gets a possession, unless the team that wins the coin toss scores a touchdown on the resulting drive.

That rule change was implemented to prevent the team that won the coin toss from winning the game on a field goal alone. It would not have mattered for either of these teams as each one missed field goal opportunities in the lone extra frame allowed by the rules.

The Rams franchise has finished four games since 1970 with a tie, all between 1970 and 1976. The 49ers have tied three times prior to this week's game.

A tie game is already drawing some fire from fans who would prefer to see the game settled. The ineptitude of both these teams in overtime on Sunday is unlikely to be enough to push the NFL to make any kind of change to the rules.

Latest News

In This Article

Teams
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.