Updated: February 6th, 2012
Simply put the New York Giants did it again. For the second time in five years the New York Giants win a conference title on the road in overtime. The Giants are the first franchise in NFL history to win two playoff games on the road in overtime. But keep in mind only a handful of playoff games have gone to overtime.
Going back to the NFL’s first overtime game in 1958, there have only been 29 playoff overtime games. The road team is 13-16 (.448 W Pct) in such games. Historically the home team has a slight edge in playoff overtime games. The Giants have completely bucked this trend though.
The Giants are 2-0 as the road team in playoff overtime games, but 0-2 as the home team in such games. Including losing the NFL’s first overtime game to the Baltimore Colts at home in the famous “Greatest Game Ever Played”.
It seems that recently only teams from New York know how to win playoff overtime games on the road. Going back to 2004 there have been nine playoff overtime games. The road team has won only three of those games. The Giants twice, and the New York Jets once.
Listed below are all instances of road teams winning playoff overtime games.
Overtime Road Wins in the NFL Playoffs
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|Season||Round||Road OT Winner||Home OT Loser||Score||Next Playoff Game|
|2011||NFC Championship||New York Giants||at||San Francisco 49ers||20-17||Won|
|2007||NFC Championship||New York Giants||at||Green Bay Packers||23-20||Won|
|2004||AFC Wild Card||New York Jets||at||San Diego Chargers||20-17||Lost|
|2003||NFC Divisional Round||Carolina Panthers||at||St. Louis Rams||29-23||Won|
|1998||NFC Championship||Atlanta Falcons||at||Minnesota Vikings||30-27||Lost|
|1989||NFC Divisional Round||Los Angeles Rams||at||New York Giants||19-13||Lost|
|1989||AFC Wild Card||Pittsburgh Steelers||at||Houston Oilers||26-23||Lost|
|1986||AFC Championship||Denver Broncos||at||Cleveland Browns||23-20||Lost|
|1981||AFC Divisional Round||San Diego Chargers||at||Miami Dolphins||41-38||Lost|
|1977||AFC Divisional Round||Oakland Raiders||at||Baltimore Colts||37-31||Lost|
|1971||AFC Divisional||Miami Dolphins||at||Kansas City Chiefs||27-24||Won|
|1962||AFL Championship||Dallas Texans||at||Houston Oilers||20-17||-|
|1958||NFL Championship||Baltimore Colts||at||New York Giants||23-17||-|
- Teams that won a playoff overtime game on the road are 4-7 (.364 W Pct) in their next playoff game (when applicable).
- The New York Giants have been a participant in four games (2-2) that have featured a road team winning a playoff overtime game; the most by any NFL franchise.
- The New York Giants and Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans are tied for losing the most playoff overtime games as the home team (two).
- Five out of the first six playoff overtime games were won by the road team.
- There have been only four instances (out of 13) of a road team winning an overtime playoff game on a touchdown.
|Season||Round||Road OT Winner||Home OT Loser||Score|
|1958||NFL Championship||Baltimore Colts||at||New York Giants||23-17|
|1977||AFC Divisional Round||Oakland Raiders||at||Baltimore Colts||37-31|
|1989||NFC Divisional Round||Los Angeles Rams||at||New York Giants||19-13|
|2003||NFC Divisional Round||Carolina Panthers||at||St. Louis Rams||29-23|