NFL: Tie comes as an unwanted surprise

15 November 2021 23:47:25 GMTPlus11
Tie came as something of a shock

Running backs on both sidelines were unaware that Sunday's game could end all square when the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions produced the NFL's 27th tie since the establishment of overtime in 1974.

The Steelers, who remain in play-off contention, are now 12/1 to win the AFC North - which is the tightest division in the NFL now with four teams separated by one win.

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But anything other than victory against the winless Lions will feel like defeat for Mike Tomlin's men, who were trying to move into field-goal range when tight end Pat Freiermuth fumbled with eight seconds left in overtime.

Pittsburgh's rookie RB Najee Harris admitted he was ready to get back on the field to try to win the game in double overtime, which would be the case in college football, when he was told it was over.

Harris surprised by tie

"I didn't even know you could tie in the NFL," Harris said, via DK Pittsburgh Sports. "In my mind, I was sitting on the bench saying to myself I have another quarter still. I ain't ever had a tie in my life before."

Lions rusher Godwin Igwebuike, who has been in the NFL since 2018, told reporters after the game that he was asking people on Detroit's sideline how many overtimes there could be.

He was told that there could be two or three by different voices, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette beat writer Brian Batko.

The tie came with another kicker for the Steelers, who saw linebacker T.J. Watt exit the game after getting hurt late in the third quarter.

The three-time Pro-Bowler did not return, with Pittsburgh coach Tomlin stating later that Watt was dealing with both hip and knee injuries.

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