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.