Since 1989, Just 14 Regular Season Games Have Ended in a Tie

Published on September 27th, 2020 5:17 pm EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

Is betting on a tie game in American football a good idea? On September 27th, 2020, the Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles played to a 23-23 tie.

This result obviously raises the question - what are the odds of a regular season NFL game ending in a tie?

Since the start of the 1989 season, just 14 games have ended in a tie.

There are 256 games in every NFL regular season.

Since 1989, there have been just over 30 NFL regular seasons. The number of games per season has not been uniform since that date, thanks to the inclusion of new teams, etc.

Based on the numbers, there is a roughly 0.2% chance that a NFL regular season game ends in a tie.


The lowest scoring tie game of the "modern era" took place on November 23rd, 1997, when the Washington Redskins and New York Giants played to a 7-7 tie.

The highest scoring tie game of the "modern era" took place on Sunday, October 12th, 2014, when the Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers played to a 37-37 tie.


Sportsbooks will always offer the ability to bet on a NFL game ending in a tie.

These bets are absolute "sucker's bets", however, as the odds are significantly stacked against you.

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