Monday, November 17, 2008


I didn't believe it when I first heard it. I'm still having a little trouble believing that the Pittsburgh Steelers' 11-10 win over the San Diego Chargers was the first 11-10 game in the history of the NFL.

In case you're scoring at home, that's 12,837 games. Not even in the days of the Columbus Panhandles and the Toledo Maroons did the NFL produce an 11-10 score.

The 10, of course, is easy: a touchdown, a conversion, and a field goal. 11 is a little trickier, but not that odd: three field goals and a safety, or a TD, a missed PAT, a field goal, and a safety.

Of course, the officials had to pull a little trickery to cement the 11-10 Steelers win. They admittedly blew a call on the game's final play, nullifying a Troy Polamalu fumble recovery that would have pushed the score to a more normal (and not-unprecedented) 17-10 (or even 18-10 with the extra point).

Too bad for Polamalu, who is one of my favorite NFL madmen. But I'm glad the refs missed the call.

11-10 is too beautiful to waste.

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