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QUESTION: How many safeties have there been in overtime?

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It’s overtime in a NFL football game. Your opponent is pinned all the way down to their one-yard line. Your defense goes in and sacks the quarterback! Safety! Two points! Your team wins!

How many times has this happened in NFL history? A safety in overtime. If you are able to answer this question please leave your answer in the comments, and I will give you a high-five. (If you answer, please give your source. Otherwise, I will welcome guesses, but please state that you are guessing).


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According to Wikipedia: “Only two NFL games have ever ended in overtime with a safety: In 1989 when the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Los Angeles Rams 23-21 when Mike Merriweather blocked a punt into the end zone, and in 2004 when the Chicago Bears defeated the Tennessee Titans 19-17 when Billy Volek fumbled in his own end zone and a teammate recovered it but was unable to get out of the end zone. A… Read more »

Tom Saaristo

When I lived with 3 other guys we’d all sit around and watch NFL games [believe it”> and my mantra was “WE WANT A SAFETY!” Safeties aren’t THAT uncommon, but a game ending in a safety, even before I read Carto’s response I knew it had to be minimal.