The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings turned in the league's first tie in a year, and only its fourth since 2000.
But some Packers apparently were expecting more football after 15 minutes of OT had expired.
According to MMQB's Robert Klemko, some Packers players he talked to were surprised when the game ended in a 26-26 tie. As in, they didn't think ties happened in the NFL.
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 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
It's one thing for a player not knowing how to act — happy or sad, or both — after a tie. But it's another for one to be ambivalent about the game and be unaware that it could even happen in the first place. And it's likely that Quarless was not the only one, from the sound of Klemko's original tweet.
And there's no excuse, really. Between the coaches on the sideline and the referees — however awkwardly they might explain the funky "new" overtime rules over the stadium PA — it's not as if ties in the regular season are new. Maybe for a rookie, but Quarless is in his fourth NFL season and Sunday was his 35th NFL game.
This naturally hearkens back to Donovan McNabb's most infamous quotation about overtime, in which he reveals he has no idea about how it works:
"I've never been in a tie. I never even knew it was in the rulebook."
We'll find out more from Klemko and which Packers players might have been guilty of this same football crime. But for now: Wow.
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