Jan 232012

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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SeasonRoundRoad OT WinnerHome OT LoserScoreNext Playoff Game
2011NFC ChampionshipNew York GiantsatSan Francisco 49ers20-17Won
2007NFC ChampionshipNew York GiantsatGreen Bay Packers23-20Won
2004AFC Wild CardNew York JetsatSan Diego Chargers20-17Lost
2003NFC Divisional RoundCarolina PanthersatSt. Louis Rams29-23Won
1998NFC ChampionshipAtlanta FalconsatMinnesota Vikings30-27Lost
1989NFC Divisional RoundLos Angeles RamsatNew York Giants19-13Lost
1989AFC Wild CardPittsburgh SteelersatHouston Oilers26-23Lost
1986AFC ChampionshipDenver BroncosatCleveland Browns23-20Lost
1981AFC Divisional RoundSan Diego ChargersatMiami Dolphins41-38Lost
1977AFC Divisional RoundOakland RaidersatBaltimore Colts37-31Lost
1971AFC DivisionalMiami DolphinsatKansas City Chiefs27-24Won
1962AFL ChampionshipDallas TexansatHouston Oilers20-17-
1958NFL ChampionshipBaltimore ColtsatNew York Giants23-17-

Additional Info

  • 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.
SeasonRoundRoad OT WinnerHome OT LoserScore
1958NFL ChampionshipBaltimore ColtsatNew York Giants23-17
1977AFC Divisional RoundOakland RaidersatBaltimore Colts37-31
1989NFC Divisional RoundLos Angeles RamsatNew York Giants19-13
2003NFC Divisional RoundCarolina PanthersatSt. Louis Rams29-23


Reference: Pro-Football-Reference.com

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