The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings ended their Week 12 contest in a 26-26 tie Sunday. The final seconds ticked off the clock in overtime after the two teams traded field goals but could not muster any more points afterward.
A tie in the NFL is not a very common conclusion. Surprisingly enough, however, there were several Packers players who had no idea the game could possibly end that way, according to Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated.
This is nothing new but still hard to believe: I heard multiple Packers admit they expected a second overtime, didn't know they could tie.— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) November 24, 2013
One player who was admittedly confused was tight end Andrew Quarless, who is now in his fourth year in the league:
One of the Packers who didn't know OT rules was starting TE Andrew Quarless: "I thought we was gonna go to another overtime. I never knew."— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) November 25, 2013
Does this whole situation sound familiar? It should.
In 2008, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, on the heels of a 13-13 tie against the Cincinnati Bengals, infamously stated in a press conference that he had no idea that a game could end in a tie.
Bengals kicker Shayne Graham missed a 47-yard field goal with seven seconds left, and McNabb fully expected a second overtime:
Is there anyone specific to blame for the clueless behavior of some of these players? After all, the referees take the time to explain overtime rules in detail before the OT cointoss. One could easily speculate that positional coaches would explain the situation to players beforehand as well.
It appears as though some team meetings may be in order across the NFL. After all, if players begin to take some plays off expecting another overtime period, the outcome of the game could be heavily affected.
Luckily, that did not seem to be the case in Sunday's matchup. There was no impending score evident as the final seconds ticked off the clock. Still, it does lead us to wonder if such a situation could arise in the future and come back to haunt a team's season.