FIrst NFL tie in 6 years
CINCINNATI — Trick plays went backward. Punts barely went forward. Chances to take the lead got frittered away with numbing ineptitude.
If ever a game deserved to end without a winner, this was it.
After 3 hours and 46 minutes of ugly and unsettling play, the Eagles and Bengals walked away with the NFL’s first tied game in six years Sunday. It ended 13-13 after Cincinnati’s Shayne Graham missed a 47-yard field-goal attempt with 7 seconds left in overtime.
For the first time since the Falcons and Steelers played to a 34-34 tie on Nov. 10, 2002, the NFL had a game that went 75 minutes with neither team coming out ahead.
Players on both teams were unsure of the rules, thinking the game would continue until someone scored. It was only in the closing seconds of overtime that they all knew they were headed for a rarity.