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Overtime!

Overtime games are the best, aren’t they? This last Sunday, of the 9 morning games 3 of them ended in OT. When was the last time you remember an overtime game before this most recent Sunday of fantastic football? Heck, when was the last time you remember so many close games on one day? The lead changed so many times in some of those games, I lost count.

Let’s talk about the overtime games we saw this weekend, in order of least awesome to most awesome.

First, we have the Chiefs. vs. Saints game. Down 24-6, the Chiefs definitely were not doing well. Having, well, sucked all game, somehow the Chiefs picked it up and came back to tie the game 24-24 and force overtime. Everyone who knows of the Saints, knows they are explosive on the offense. Everyone who knows the Chiefs, knows they’ve never really been explosive on offense.

Talk about surprising, the Saints failed to score on their opening overtime drive, giving the Chiefs their best chance to win the game, all they had to do was score. The kick is up, its Good! Chiefs win! The Chiefs won 27-24 over the Saints. Good game from the 4th quarter on.

Next, there was the Dolphins vs. Jets game. The Jets were down 7-17 in the second quarter, coming back to within 4 in the fourth quarter, 13-17, it looked like they would lose to the Dolphins. They came back 20-17, with the Dolphins tying the game up at 20. Mark Sanchez almost gave the game away in overtime, fumbling the ball but recovering it himself. The Jets didn’t score on the opening overtime drive, often the prelude to the closing curtain in overtime.

Were you also expect that to be it for the Jets? Nope, just starting a new paragraph. I know, I’m also in shock. Miami made it well into Jets territory before attempting a field goal. A 48-yard attempt for the win, wide-right. Ouch. The Jets moved into the Miami red zone and attempted a field goal. Kick is up, it’s good! With a 33-yard field goal to win the game in overtime, Jets won 23-20 over the Dolphins.

Finally, is the Lions vs. Titans game. This one, was a monster of a game. It tied at 41-41 to send the game into overtime, after a  huge, unexpected comeback by the Lions that included Matthew Stafford going out injured, and a backup QB named Shaun Hill throwing 2 touchdowns to bring the Lions back and tie the Titans in the 4th quarter. 41-41, forty-one to forty-one, one more time, 41 forty-one to 41 forty-one. Amazing.

The Lions scored 14 points in 18 seconds to end the 4th quarter and tie the game. Can this get anymore unrealistic? Nobody is going to believe this. “Ah yes, well you see, the Tennessee Titans scored 41 points, and the Lions with their backup QB in scored 14 points in 18 seconds to tie the game and end the fourth quarter” to which a reasonable person would pick up the phone and ask the person that answers it if family or friends can be committed to a mental hospital involuntarily.

After the game was tied at 41, overtime started. This one was pretty good. The Titans scored on the first drive of overtime with a field goal to put them up 3, putting the Lions in a tough spot, score or lose. The Lions did not disappoint, going as far as the Tennessee 7-yard line. On 4th down with 2 yards to go for a first down, the crowd was into it, causing the Lions to accidentally snap the ball despite wanting to call a timeout after failing to draw the Titans off-sides. QB Shaun Hill got nowhere, game over, Titans win. The Titans won 44-41 over the Lions in what is sure to be remembered as the best overtime game of the season.

Everyone enjoys a good overtime game, but three in one week? That’s my kind of week. Close games, lead changes, low scores, high scores, comebacks, upsets, this is the NFL I know and love. Between the overtime games and the games that changed leaders over and over or were within 1 score multiple times in the 4th quarter, I don’t know about you but, I hope every week is like this.

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