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Eagles Players Didn't Know NFL Games Can End in a Tie

Nov 16, 2008 – 5:40 PM
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Enrico Campitelli

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A quarterback like Donovan McNabb could play his entire career in the NFL and never be part of a tie game. That said, shouldn't a quarterback of an NFL team be aware of the possibility of a tie?

During his post game press conference, Donovan McNabb was asked what his thoughts on the Eagles tie today with the Cincinnati Bengals. Donovan answered by stating he didn't even know you could play to a tie in the NFL. He then wondered aloud what would happen in the event of a tie in the playoffs. Really? The quarterback of an NFL team, the coach on the field, didn't know you could play to a tie. REALLY?

The Eagles ineptitude in Cincinnati was frustrating enough but hearing your quarterback who threw three interceptions in the loss, er, tie tell us he didn't know a tie was possible simply pours salt on the wound. On the Eagles post game show on Comcast, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell questioned any quarterback's decision making ability in overtime when you don't know that a tie is a potential outcome. Would you go for that deep pass instead of dumping it short to Westbrook? Nobody knows.

After the game, Correll Buckhalter said that he and wide receiver Greg Lewis were discussing the possibility of a tie and had to ask a trainer to clarify what the actual rule says.

Update: Here's video of McNabb's comments.
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