NFL Kickoff ‘09: Close Games

During the 2008 NFL season, 14 percent of the games were decided in the last two minutes or overtime.

In 32 percent of those games, a potential game-winning/tying drive or actual game-winning drive took place within the 20-yard line with two minutes to go.

Nearly half were decided by one score:

There were 256 games played during the ‘08 regular season:

  Margin of




   % of
8 points or less


7 points or less


3 points or less



10 Responses to “NFL Kickoff ‘09: Close Games”

  • August 19, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    “Close Games”

    Parity by any other – throw in 20 rookies Kaycee in 2008 and one can see how 6-8 losses were near as wins otherwise: 2-14 as to 8-8 or 10-6 Chiefs.

    Yes, tis clear…crystal: Herm is STILL The Man!


  • August 19, 2009  - steve says:

    Parity by any other-not really. We had Herm as head coach. Bringing the 31st ranked defense to the table. Kick a field goal and they will hold. Yeah, right. But it was the players and asst. coaches fault, right Herm? Ever notice he never stepped up and said, “My Bad”. RTT0W, you really are backing the wrong nag in this horse race of comment sense. Keep up the postings, it helps the rest of us appreciate our sanity a little more.

  • August 19, 2009  - Harold C. says:

    Last year the Chiefs lost 7 games by 7 points or less. If they had won all of them then they would have had a 9-7 record. Sometimes that is barely enough to get into the playoffs….sometimes not.

    But the fact of the matter is….they lost ALL of them….so is Herm the man….or the goat?

    (One of their two wins was by 7 points so I guess Herm and company did win 1 close game….out of 8….not something to claim manhood from.)

  • August 19, 2009  - Harold C. says:

    Also last year, of our 6 divisional games, 4 of them were 7 points or less.
    All 4 were the last 4 divisional games of the season.
    One of those 4 we won.
    Of the other 2 games earlier in the season we one one against the Donkeys.
    The two games we had with the theoretical best team in the West (the Chargers) were lost by 1 point.
    The only game we lost by a big margin in our divison was against the Raiders in the second game of the season.
    The second game this year will be against the Raiders.

  • August 19, 2009  - Harold C. says:

    We one one? Uhhhh…I mean we “won one”. Sorry about that. Where is our post editing capability Bob?

  • August 19, 2009  - arrowhead1978 says:

    Wow rumors are swirling that the Jets may want to trade for Dwayne Bowe… I know that Haley/Pioli would probably trade him since thats what Pioli did in New England… I wonder what they would get for him, 2010 3rd and 7th round draft picks?? LOL, good luck Cassell if they do…

  • August 19, 2009  - Harold C. says:

    That would be ridiculous….it would take away the only remaining target for Cassel.

  • August 19, 2009  - Todd's The Man says:

    Keep up the great work Coach Haley. ALL of KC is behind you and we know that you will lead us back to glory very soon now.

    AND NOW, Clark Hunt has affirmed Todd’s The Man!

  • August 19, 2009  - arrowhead1978 says:

    Harold, it would be ridiculous, but such is the patriot way… I can actually imagine that it would happen though, because they (pioli/haley) seem to have a firm grasp on personel and how not to evaluate it… Since right now the team is still 70-80% Herms….

  • August 19, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Rin started it – his flock hath affirmed it: Herm is STILL The Man … well done thy fine feathered finks. Mi gente continue to follow He that is me – my wake be their destiny!

    heh heh heh!!!


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