Eeven though the actual time from start to finish in real life will be different for each NFL game, the clock is only supposed to run for 60 minutes.
Depending on the number of time-outs, the speed of fouls, or how often the ball is run rather than passed, the time it takes to use up the 60 minute game clock will vary, but most competitions are over once the game clock is over. double. zeros.
Unless, of course, the two teams are tied. Then it leads to overtime and even double overtime if necessary.
Consequently, there have been NFL games with a game clock well over 60 minutes and here’s a look at the longest of all time.
Longest NFL game: Dolphins vs. Chiefs in 1971
The longest time the clock has ever ticked in an NFL game was the matchup between the Miami Dolphins and the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1971 AFC Divisional Round, which took place on Christmas Day 1971.
On that occasion, both teams had to double overtime and they recorded the longest playing time in NFL history of 82 minutes and 40 seconds.
A second-half back-and-forth meant the game ended 24-24, requiring extra time to determine a winner.
The first 15 minutes of overtime produced no more points, and it took about halfway through the second period of overtime for the breakthrough to occur.
Garo Yepremian then stepped up and threw a 37-yard field goal to give the dolphins the 27-24 victory.
“On the touchline I was dying to take the kick and after kicking the ball I looked up at the sky and thanked God for giving me the chance to kick it.”
This memorable match shattered the previous record, which was 77 minutes and 54 seconds of a Texas versus Lubricators game in 1962.