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What year did overtime begin in NFL games?

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2009-04-27 17:17:02

The year was 1974. The first regular season OT game was

September 22, 1974 between Pittsburgh and Denver. Ironically, the

game ended in a 35-35 tie. That's correct. However, the first

overtime game in the NFL occurred during the 1958 NFL Championship

Game between the Colts and Giants. The teams were tied at the end

of regulation, and since a winner had to be declared, a

sudden-death period was added. The Colts won, 23-17, on a 1-yard

touchdown run by Alan Ameche. But as the first answer correctly

states, overtime didn't become a part of the regular season until

1974.


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