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Did Packers suffer from McNabb Syndrome on overtime rules?

Eric Edholm
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Packers and Vikings player mill around Lambeau Field after a 26-26 tie (USA Today Sports Images)

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.

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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.

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.

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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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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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