NFL games tied at the end of three quarters

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Monday’s NFL game between Philadelphia and Indianapolis was tied at the end of the third quarter, 20-20. The Eagles went on to win the game, played in Indianapolis, 30-27.

It was the second game this season that went into the fourth quarter with the score tied. In Week One, the Bears and Bills were tied 17-17 going into the fourth quarter. The Bills won that game, 23-20, in overtime.

Since 2000, there have been 234 games that were tied at the end of the third quarter, that’s about 16.6 games per season, or about one game a week. (We are pretty much on the mark with one such game each week this season.) Of those 234 games, the home team has won 123, or 52.6 percent of those contests. (Notice how both away teams won these games this season.)

The New England Patriots, the NFL’s best team this century, has been the most successful team since 2000 when it comes to games that are tied at the end of three quarters. Bill Belichick’s Patriots are 11-1 in games where they are tied going into the fourth quarter. The Washington Redskins have played in the most games with 24; the New York Giants the least with seven.

Here’s a look at each team’s record since 2000 in games where they were tied at the end of the third quarter.

New England, 11-1, .917

Arizona, 11-3, .786
Atlanta, 12-4, .750
Indianapolis, 11-4, .733
Denver, 8-3, .727

Green Bay, 9-5, .643
Cincinnati, 7-4, .636
San Diego, 8-5, .615

New York Giants, 4-3, .571
Cleveland, 9-7, .563
Philadelphia, 8-7, .533
Pittsburgh, 9-8, .529
Carolina, 6-6, .500
New Orleans, 5-5, .500

Tennessee, 10-11, .476
Miami, 8-9, .471
St. Louis, 6-7, .462
San Francisco, 6-7, .462
Houston, 9-11, .450
Chicago, 4-5, .444
Tampa Bay, 6-8, .429
Buffalo, 7-10, .412
New York Jets, 7-10, .412
Jacksonville, 6-9, .400
Seattle, 6-9, .400

Kansas City, 9-14, .391
Dallas, 7-11, .389
Detroit, 5-8, .385
Washington, 9-15, 375
Minnesota, 5-9, .357
Baltimore, 3-7, .300

Oakland, 3-9, .250

* The New England Patriots had won 11 straight games when they were tied at the end of the third quarter until last season when they lost to the Miami Dolphins on December 15. The two teams were tied at 10-10 starting the fourth quarter, but Miami won 24-20. It was the Pats first loss in a game where they were tied at the end of the third quarter since 2000. Denver has the current longest winning streak in such games at four; the Rams have the longest current losing in games where they are tied at the end of the third quarter with five.

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