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Are extra timeouts given in NFL overtime?
April 28, 2009 4:10PM
In a regular-season overtime, each team is awarded two timeouts.
In a postseason overtime, each team is awarded three timeouts. This is because in the postseason, overtime is considered the beginning of a new game that will continue through successive quarters until somebody scores. If teams played through two overtime quarters without scoring, they would be given three more timeouts for the third and fourth quarters of overtime, just as they would during regulation time.