Eagles and Bengals Play to First NFL Tie Since 2002

Ryan CallahanAnalyst INovember 16, 2008

The Philadelphia Eagles hit a new low this afternoon, achieving a tie against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The score was 13-13 at the end of regulation and neither team could score any points in 15 minutes of overtime. The Bengals, who were 1-8 going into the game, must be thrilled with the result as they improve their record to 1-8-1.

This is the third week in a row in which the Bengals have not lost, getting a win, a bye week, and a tie.

For the Eagles, they now stand at 5-4-1 on the year. The announcer of the game told us that, "A tie is better than a loss, but not as good as a win." Excellent analysis, I must say.

McNabb threw three interceptions and had one fumble despite throwing for 300 plus yards. McNabb had loads of time in the pocket on almost every play, but still forced balls in double coverage.

Brian Westbrook did absolutely nothing on the ground or in the receiving game, Hank Baskett was the leading receiver for the Eagles with 74 yards including a big play that set up the lone Eagles touchdown.

For the Bengals, T.J. Houshmanzadeh had a big game having his second 100-yard game of the season, and he also scored a touchdown.

The Bengals defense played admirably, forcing four turnovers, but failed to get any pressure on McNabb.

Chad Ocho Cinco had another quiet day and unfortunately for him, the Bengals will no longer be able to go 8-8, as he said they would over the bye week.

In special teams, Shayne Graham missed a long field goal for the win near the end of overtime and Sav Rocca had a nice day, kicking punts of 31, 17, and 34 yards in the second half.

The Eagles defense was the lone bright spot for the Eagles, allowing only 13 points and many three and outs. Their run defense was especially good, but they had no answer for T.J. Houshmanzadeh.

As far as ties are concerned, this is the first NFL game to end in a tie since 2002, when the Atlanta Falcons and Pittsburgh Steelers played to a 34-34 tie.

I am wondering how they both managed to score 34 in regulation but couldn't score any in overtime.

When will the NFL move towards a college overtime setup?

Sure, college football gets a lot of things wrong (*cough* BCS *cough*) but their overtime setup is far superior to the NFL's.

The college format is more exciting and would prevent ties. No matter how bad the two teams are that are playing, teams would have to be able to put up some form of points if they start at the 25-yard-line.

The team to win the coin toss this season in overtime is 6-3-1. The college format puts less on winning the coin toss and more on scoring points.

Congratulations to the Eagles for making NFL history with the first tie in six years!