Seeing the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams tie was enough to make us all despise the NFL's overtime format.
The recent improvements to the overtime rules certainly helped, but seeing a game end in a tie almost feels like being punched in the face after dedicating four-plus hours to seeing a victor emerge.
Ties are not exactly commonplace (the Rams/49ers tie was the first since 2008,) but they happen with enough frequency for everyone to realize they are terrible.
What are the alternatives? Are any realistic?
The answer is yes, but there are also some off-the-wall ways in which the NFL could change its overtime formula.
Let's examine both the possible and the impossible as we look at four ways the NFL could ensure a tie never happens again.