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Rams, 49ers claim they didn't know the rules of overtime

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01:52 AM ET 11.13 | Donovan McNabb may be off the hook and absolved of his rule book sins as after Sunday's 24-24 tie between the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams. Members on both sides were uttering the same tune McNabb was singing back in 2008. According to players ranging from Rams receiver Danny Anemdola to 49ers linebacker Dashon Goldson, nobody knew how overtime worked. But these guys weren't referencing the complexity of the first drive rules -- they pretty much didn't know the basic function of overtime as it has been for years. But regardless of the reason why, it was really the senseless penalties that caused this mess, so before you burn your rule book in angst, take a few pop shots at that fluid offensive line moving before the snap on two major plays in overtime for the Rams.

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November 13, 2012  01:50 PM ET

Honestly Mr Osama: I didn't think you EXPECTED me to pay my taxes - I thought that was for everyone else

November 13, 2012  02:22 PM ET

So, this wasn't exactly the Rocket Science Bowl between MIT and CalTech, was it?

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November 13, 2012  04:19 PM ET

I would be embarrass to admit that I didn't know the rules of overtime, but look what you are dealing with non educated men who only know one thing every Monday is pay day.

November 13, 2012  04:31 PM ET

bull. that's the same sorry excuse phili and cinci gave. they're supposed to be professionals, how do you not know the rules?!?

November 13, 2012  04:38 PM ET

Fox put a graphic of the score and 'end of 1st OT' on the screen after time expired so noone really knew wtf was happening. Crazy left coasters

November 13, 2012  05:20 PM ET

Apparently this concussion problem is much worse than previously thought. Or it could be that these guys are just stupid.

November 13, 2012  06:07 PM ET

Is it really that much to ask for the players to understand the game better than the fans?

November 13, 2012  06:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Is it really that much to ask for the players to understand the game better than the fans?

Or at least as well as...

November 13, 2012  06:09 PM ET
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bull. that's the same sorry excuse phili and cinci gave. they're supposed to be professionals, how do you not know the rules?!?

Well apparently Goldson needs to take the class "NFL Rules 101", he also took off his helmet which gave St. Louis a first down. Maybe the first day of training camp should always be devoted to understanding the Rule Book.

November 13, 2012  06:17 PM ET

Are you kidding me? Didnt know the basic rules of overtime. Pay some Madden and get a lesson.

Id hate to see the wunderlicks on these guys.

November 13, 2012  06:18 PM ET

*play* some Madden

Ipad keyboards are rough to use!

November 13, 2012  06:21 PM ET

I think the referees are confused as well.

November 13, 2012  06:25 PM ET

Reminds of what Jimmy Johnson told Bill Belichick on the boat...

"If I draft a dumb player, hit me in the head with a hammer"

November 13, 2012  06:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Is it really that much to ask for the players to understand the game better than the fans?

"you can't fix stupid.." Ron White

November 13, 2012  07:44 PM ET

What's next? Are we going to discover that the average taxpayer doesn't fully understand Form 1040 and all its many children?

November 13, 2012  08:37 PM ET

this is just plain silly!

November 13, 2012  09:22 PM ET
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Honestly Mr Osama: I didn't think you EXPECTED me to pay my taxes - I thought that was for everyone else

Hope you meant Obama, because Osama sleeps with the fishes.

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November 14, 2012  09:16 AM ET

That the fans don't know, is not a big deal. Nice to have this discussion every few years.

But that the players don't know - and the coaches didn't tell them as OT rolled along.... silly

I was as clueless as McNabb before it happened the last time.

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