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In overtime in pro football are there two overtimes or does it just end after one as a tie?


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2015-07-15 18:55:39
2015-07-15 18:55:39

Depends on the time of year in which the game is played... regular season games have one overtime period (sudden death, first to score wins) and if at the end of the period (full 15 minutes, each team gets 2 timeouts) the score is still tied, it's over. Tie ball game. Playoff games on the other hand cannot end in ties... they'll continue playing indefinately until someone finally scores. (but the odds of 2 playoff caliber teams not being able to kick a field goal in a 15 minute period to seal a win in OT prevent us from seeing a double overtime game!)

This answer is absolutely right. I'd just add that in postseason, overtime is played just like a brand new game. Therefore, each team gets a full 3 timeouts instead of 2, and there would even be a halftime period if the game was tied after the end of 2 overtimes. No game has ever gone beyond a second overtime, though.


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The NFL operates under sudden death overtime rules where the first team to score in a 15 minute overtime wins. Regular season games can end in a tie while post-season games can not. There is no limit to the number of overtimes in college football and the team with the most points at the end of an overtime period wins. If the teams are still tied at the end of a period, another overtime period begins.

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Because the leaders of the NCAA decided that no game would end in a tie. If the game is still tied after one overtime, the teams will play as many overtimes as it takes to break the tie and declare a winner.

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