There are no ties in the NFL! No, wait, there are ties? Yes! There are in fact ties in the NFL! Who knew! Well, evidently, not Fox's graphics department after the 49ers-Rams game. After the 49ers and Rams finished with a 24-24 tie, it was indeed the end of the first overtime... and the end of the game. You see, because, it's the only overtime period. It's amazing that there is still confusion over tied games in the NFL after all these years. Donovan McNabb you are not alone!
(Pic via Matt_Maisel)
Even the ref at the coin toss for OT said both teams have a chance to possess the ball.
While we are on last game gaffes Moose Johnston had a great one in the Saints- Falcons game. The Saints were up 31-27 wth about 40 seconds left and were punting from their own end zone. Moose said they could run around, burn time off the clock, and take a safety. That would take the Saints to 33 and Atlanta would still need a touchdown to win. Apparently Moose had a brain cramp on who gets the two points on safety.
"It's amazing that there is still confusion over tied games in the NFL after all these years."
Appears you're among the confused about the NFL's OT rules:
1) The NFL's regular season OT rules changed this season to match the playoff system, so what the rules were before this season are irrelevant.
2) Even NFL.com's own write-up of the new rules implies there are MULTIPLE OT periods by stating that, like in the playoffs, they will play "until there is a winner". I questioned NFL.com about whether there are multiple periods or not -- they had to have a meeting to figure it out before finally deciding there was only one OT period, which means their write-up was incorrect. And even then, they did not answer any of the questions about how one OT period would work with the "both teams must have the opportunity to possess the ball" requirement.
So, I'll give the FOX NFL people a pass on this one.
Same thing with how people don't realize that a ten second run of only comes in play when the clock is running. The analyst thought the game was over when Stl had the last delay of game with 6 seconds left.
Sam Bradford looked like he had a McNabb moment at the end of the game! looked and played like he expected another period of play.