A rule change was enacted before the 1974 National Football League (NFL) season to add one sudden death overtime period (15 minutes) to all preseason and regular season games. If no team scored in this period, the game would result in a tie. This rule was enacted to decrease the number of tie games.

The first ever regular season overtime, a September 22 game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Denver Broncos, ended in a 35-35 draw. It was not until November 10, when the New York Jets defeated the New York Giants, 26-20, that an overtime game would produce a winner.

Based on this information, which of the following statements is accurate:

There's not enough information to determine if this rule change impacted the number of ties.


Without knowing how many ties occurred in pre-1974 NFL seasons we can't determine if the number of ties in 1974 was more than, less than, or the same as in past years.

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