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A Complete Record of NFL Overtime

Posted by Andrew McKillop on August 22, 2011

Post Highlights

  • The Broncos and Steelers have played the most overtime games (40).  Coincidentally those two teams played the first regular season overtime game in 1974, a 35-35 tie.
  • The Bears and Broncos have won the most overtime games (23).
  • The Buccaneers have never scored an overtime touchdown.
  • The most common overtime matchup has been the Broncos-Raiders.  The Raiders hold a 5-3 edge over the Broncos in overtime games.


In 1974 the NFL enacted overtime in the regular season.  Before then there were three overtime games in the NFL postseason, and one in the AFL postseason.  In total there have been 491 overtime games played.  Listed below are the all-time overtime records of each team in the NFL (including playoff games).

Data was compiled by utilizing Pro-Football-Reference’s handy Team Game Finder Tool.  I highly recommend this tool whenever you have to deal with NFL scores and stats.  This tool has already saved me hours of data compiling and organizing.


NFL Overtime Records

Note: Overall records include the tally of playoff overtime games.

AFC East
Team OT Gm W L T W Pct Playoff OT
Bills 31 19 12 0.613 1-0
Dolphins 36 15 20 1 0.431 2-1
Jets 39 19 18 2 0.513 1-2
Patriots 38 18 20 0.474 1-0
AFC North
Team OT Gm W L T W Pct Playoff OT
Bengals 27 15 11 1 0.574
Browns 34 17 16 1 0.515 1-1
Ravens 17 9 7 1 0.559
Steelers 40 22 16 2 0.575 2-2
AFC South
Team OT Gm W L T W Pct Playoff OT
Colts 28 13 14 1 0.482 1-4
Jaguars 11 7 4 0.636
Texans 8 1 7 0.125
Titans/Oilers 37 16 21 0.432 1-3
AFC West
Team OT Gm W L T W Pct Playoff OT
Broncos 40 23 15 2 0.600 1-0
Chargers 32 14 18 0.438 2-1
Chiefs 34 14 18 2 0.441 2-1
Raiders 34 16 18 0.471 1-1
NFC East
Team OT Gm W L T W Pct Playoff OT
Cowboys 27 15 12 0.556
Eagles 32 12 16 4 0.438 1-0
Giants 37 19 16 2 0.541 1-2
Redskins 36 22 13 1 0.625
NFC North
Team OT Gm W L T W Pct Playoff OT
Bears 38 23 15 0.605 1-0
Lions 30 13 16 1 0.450
Packers 35 13 18 4 0.429 2-3
Vikings 39 18 19 2 0.487 0-2
NFC South
Team OT Gm W L T W Pct Playoff OT
Buccaneers 31 14 16 1 0.468
Falcons 35 14 19 2 0.429 1-0
Panthers 14 5 9 0.357 1-0
Saints 20 9 11 0.450 1-0
NFC West
Team OT Gm W L T W Pct Playoff OT
49ers 33 19 13 1 0.591
Cardinals 36 19 15 2 0.556 1-0
Rams 25 13 11 1 0.540 1-1
Seahawks 28 8 20 0.286 0-2


The Broncos and Steelers have played the most overtime games (40).  Coincidentally those two teams played the first regular season overtime game in 1974, a 35-35 tie.

The Bears and Broncos have won the most overtime games (23).  But the Jaguars have the best overtime winning percentage (.636).  Followed by the Redskins (.625) and the Bills (.613).

The Titans/Oilers have lost the most overtime games (21).  But the Texans have the worst overtime winning percentage (.125).  Followed by the Seahawks (.286) and the Panthers (.357).

Overtime Streaks

From 1991-2003 the Patriots played in at least one overtime game every season (13 consecutive seasons).

The Steelers have played in at least one overtime game every season since 2000 (11 consecutive seasons), the longest active streak in the NFL.

From 1987 to 1992 the Cardinals didn’t play in an overtime game (6 years).  The longest overtime drought in the NFL since 1974.    The Seahawks have the NFL’s longest current overtime drought.  The last time the Seahawks played in an overtime game was in Week 2 of the 2008 season vs. the 49ers.


The 49ers have won eight consecutive overtimes game.  Their last overtime loss occurred in 2003.  The Patriots (2000-03) are the only other team to win eight consecutive overtimes games.

The Patriots also hold the record for most consecutive overtime losses.  The Patriots lost their franchise’s first ten overtimes games (1977-87).  The Packers have lost their last six overtime games.  The streak started in the frigid 2007 NFC Championship vs. the Giants.

Last year the Texans won their first overtime game, breaking a seven game overtime losing streak which stretched back to the start of the franchise.

How Overtime Was Won

Most overtime games have been won by a field goal.  Check out the table below.

Score # Pct
FG 347 73.2%
TD 125 26.4%
Safety 2 0.4%


Check out the table below to see a breakdown by team.

AFC East
OT Scores OT Scores Allowed
Team TD’s Pct FG’s Pct TD’s Pct FG’s Pct
Bills 4 13% 15 48% 1 3% 11 35%
Dolphins 3 8% 12 33% 6 17% 14 39%
Jets 5 13% 14 36% 3 8% 15 38%
Patriots 4 11% 14 37% 3 8% 17 45%
AFC North
OT Scores OT Scores Allowed
Team TD’s Pct FG’s Pct TD’s Pct FG’s Pct
Bengals 1 4% 14 52% 4 15% 7 26%
Browns 6 18% 11 32% 4 12% 12 35%
Ravens 3 18% 6 35% 1 6% 6 35%
Steelers 9 23% 13 33% 2 5% 14 35%
AFC South
OT Scores OT Scores Allowed
Team TD’s Pct FG’s Pct TD’s Pct FG’s Pct
Colts 3 11% 10 36% 5 18% 9 32%
Jaguars 4 36% 3 27% 2 18% 2 18%
Texans 0 0% 1 13% 4 50% 3 38%
Titans/Oilers 1 3% 15 41% 5 14% 15 41%
AFC West
OT Scores OT Scores Allowed
Team TD’s Pct FG’s Pct TD’s Pct FG’s Pct
Broncos 4 10% 19 48% 1 3% 14 35%
Chargers 9 28% 5 16% 5 16% 13 41%
Chiefs 3 9% 11 32% 3 9% 15 44%
Raiders 4 12% 12 35% 6 18% 12 35%
NFC East
OT Scores OT Scores Allowed
Team TD’s Pct FG’s Pct TD’s Pct FG’s Pct
Cowboys 6 22% 9 33% 4 15% 8 30%
Eagles 3 9% 9 28% 4 13% 12 38%
Giants 6 16% 13 35% 4 11% 12 32%
Redskins 6 17% 16 44% 3 8% 10 28%
NFC North
OT Scores OT Scores Allowed
Team TD’s Pct FG’s Pct TD’s Pct FG’s Pct
Bears 7 18% 15 39% 5 13% 10 26%
Lions 1 3% 12 40% 7 23% 9 30%
Packers 5 14% 8 23% 4 11% 14 40%
Vikings 7 18% 10 26% 10 26% 9 23%
NFC South
OT Scores OT Scores Allowed
Team TD’s Pct FG’s Pct TD’s Pct FG’s Pct
Buccaneers 0 0% 14 45% 3 10% 13 42%
Falcons 5 14% 9 26% 5 14% 14 40%
Panthers 1 7% 4 29% 2 14% 7 50%
Saints 2 10% 7 35% 1 5% 10 50%
NFC West
OT Scores OT Scores Allowed
Team TD’s Pct FG’s Pct TD’s Pct FG’s Pct
49ers 3 9% 16 48% 4 12% 9 27%
Cardinals 3 8% 16 44% 7 19% 8 22%
Rams 6 24% 7 28% 3 12% 7 28%
Seahawks 1 4% 7 25% 4 14% 16 57%


Scoring Overtime Touchdowns

The Chargers and Steelers have scored the most overtime touchdowns (9).  Followed by the Bears and Vikings (7).

The Buccaneers and Texans have never scored an overtime touchdown.  The Bengals, Lions, Panthers, Seahawks, and Titans have only scored one overtime touchdown in their team’s history.

A handful of teams haven’t scored an overtime touchdown for at least a decade.

Team Last OT TD Opponent Score
Lions 1984: Wk 7 Buccaneers 13-7
Eagles 1988: Wk 12 at Giants 23-17
Colts 1989: Wk 14 Browns 23-17
Browns 1991: Wk 8 at Chargers 30-24
Bengals 1998: Wk 2 at Lions 34-28
Broncos 1999: Wk 15 Seahawks 36-30
Raiders 2000: Wk 6 at 49ers 34-28


Allowing Overtime Touchdowns

The Vikings have allowed the most overtime touchdowns (10).  Followed by the Cardinals and Lions (7).

The Bills, Broncos, Ravens, and Saints have only allowed one overtime touchdown in their team’s history.

The only overtime touchdown the Bills ever allowed occurred in 2002, when the Jets Chad Morton returned the opening kickoff of overtime 96 yards for a Jets win.

A handful of teams haven’t allowed an overtime touchdown for at least a decade.

Team Last OT TD Opponent Score
Saints 1979: Wk 1 Falcons 34-40
Patriots 1987: Wk 9 Cowboys 17-23
Giants 1989: WC Rams 13-19
Chargers 1995: Wk 6 at Chiefs 23-29
49ers 2001: Wk 7 at Bears 31-37


Home or Away Success in Overtime

The home team has a slight advantage in overtime with a 250-224-17 (.526 W Pct).  Although last year was the first year since 2004 that the away team had the better record in overtime games (11-8).

The Panthers haven’t hosted an overtime game since 2001.  In three home overtime games they have never won.

The Bengals last won a home overtime game in 2001.

The 49ers last lost a home overtime game in 2000.  They lost to the Raiders 34-28.   That game also marked the last time the Raiders won an away overtime game.

The last time the Bears or Eagles lost an away overtime game was in 2002.


Additional Facts

The most overtime games in one season occurred in 2002 and 2003, when there were 26 overtime games (counting playoffs).  Last year’s 19 overtime games were tied for the third most ever.

In Week 6 of 1995 there were 5 overtimes games.  Those are the most overtime games played in one week.

The 1983 Packers (2-3) and the 2003 Panthers (4-1) played in five overtime games.  The most overtime games played by one team in one season.  The Panthers four overtime wins in 2003 is the most by any NFL team in one season.  Many teams have lost three overtime games in one season.  The last team to do so were the 2010 Bills.

No team has ever played in three consecutive overtime games.  The last team to play in back to back overtime games were the 2010 Jets.

The most common week for overtime games in the NFL has been Week 12 (37 overtime games).  Followed by Week 2 (35 overtime games).

The most common overtime matchup has been the Broncos-Raiders.  The Raiders hold a 5-3 edge over the Broncos in overtime games.

The Dolphins-Patriots have faced off against each other seven times in overtime.  With the Dolphins holding the 4-3 edge in overtime games against the Patriots.

The Eagles-Giants have played seven overtime games against each other.  The Giants have a 6-1 edge in overtime games against the Eagles.  The last time the Giants lost an overtime game to the Eagles was in 1988.


There have been 27 playoff overtime games.  Check out the list from Pro-Football-Reference’s Team Game Finder tool.


Reference: Pro-Football-Reference.com Team Game Finder Tool – Overtime Games


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3 Responses to “A Complete Record of NFL Overtime”

  1. JMichael said

    How many regular season overtime games have ended with a score with 30 seconds or less remaining in the overtime period?

    • Andrew McKillop said

      I don’t know the answer to that question. You would have to look into all the gamebooks or logs, since box scores won’t tell you the time. Not really a project I’m interested in.

      But if you are, the ProFootballResearchers.org have a huge library of gamebooks if you are a paid member.

  2. [...] Historically, about 75 percent of overtime games have been decided by field goals, while the other quarter has been sealed with touchdowns. This year’s contests have mostly mirrored this trend; ten games have been won by field goals, three by touchdowns, and three by turnovers, a new outcome under the current rules. [...]

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