NFL Reality Check: How to Get Rid of Football Ties

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NFL Reality Check: How to Get Rid of Football Ties
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
"So do I get to kiss your sister or what?"

There is an old saying in American sports that, "winning isn't everything…it's the only thing." Well, it's not! Not in the NFL, at least. 

There was a tie in the NFL this week. A tie. The Packers and Vikings fought for 75 game minutes—and nearly four real-life hours—in frigid temperatures for what? To kiss their sisters.

There were almost two ties, if not for an accidental touching of the ball on a punt late in overtime of the Broncos-Patriots game that gave the ball back to the Patriots for a game-winning field goal. As strange of an ending as it was in New England, at least there was a proper/real result on the scoreboard. 

Tying is still a potential NFL outcome, and while the recently adopted overtime rules have curtailed teams from winning with a short drive to set up a long field goal, thus ending the contest without giving the other team a chance to even have the ball, at least those games finished the way NFL games are supposed to finish: with a winner and a loser.

In Sunday's tie between Green Bay and Minnesota, both teams scored in overtime and neither won the game. Both teams walked away feeling like losers. There is something inherently wrong with that system. 

So let's fix it.

There are more than a handful of ways to change the NFL overtime system so this extra session of meaningless football never happens again. Some of these are serious suggestions for the league while others are, let's face it, a little bit fun.

It's up to you to figure out which is which.

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