I was mulling over the idea that after twenty seasons of wins and losses the panthers were due for the infrequent tie at some point. And then I looked up this historical account of ties.
I realized that ever since the overtime rule changes were instituted, the nfl has had a tied game at least once per season, where up until that point with the old rules, ties had become relatively scarce over time. The tie in 2012 was a case where neither team scored for the entire period, so I guess you could attribute that to being part of the normal swing of things as the nfl were. The other two games, ours included, are cases where both teams scored field goals in overtime. So these rules definiteR games.
Without the new rules the Vikings would have lost that game last year and we would've lost this game today, so a tie doesn't look so bad.
Thank the 2008 AFC Wild Card Game for that - when San Diego won the toss and drove the length of the field and scored on a 22 yd Sproles TD. So for a bit after that we got to hear some media types acted like the idea that Peyton Manning didn't get a chance to get the ball in a playoff OT game was letting the terrorists win. That set the wheels in motion for the current OT rule. Funny thing is once again Peyton Manning ended up in that same situation in a regular season game (this yea's SEA game) and some treated it as this big injustice.
Also with the assist, Tampa blowing a lead in the 4th quarter 2 weeks earlier against San Diego (in TB). Bucs hold on to that lead, them and DEN get in the playoffs, meaning Gruden and Shanahan might have kept their jobs barring playoff gacks. Turner would be out in SD. Shanahan wouldn't have been available to WAS and they don't go after Griffin in the draft. The Rams got Brockers, Jenkins, Ogletree, Bailey and Stacy (also Isaiah Pead and Rokevious Watkins in a trade with the Bears for the Alshon Jeffery pick). It's the butterfly effect that keeps on giving.