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Have their ever been forfeits in the NFL?

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  1. Pujo

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    Does anyone know if any NFL games ended in a forfeit? I was reading about the Cleveland Indians' Ten Cent Beer Night and was wondering if anything similar's happened in football.
     
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    Yes. The Patriots in the 2nd half against the Bears in SB 20 and against the Colts in the 2nd half of the 2006 AFCCG. The team was actually on the field but it looked more like a forfeit to me ;) ;)
     
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    Weren't the Providence Steamrollers famous for having the first NFL game under lights? Brought on becouse they were also the first NFL team forced to forfeit a game due to darkness?
     
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    The Steelers forfeited the 2004 AFC championship game when they went for it on 4th and 2.
     
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    This doesn't answer the question but I found it intriguing nonetheless.

    http://www.nfl.com/fans/rules/emergencies

    Forfeit. The Commissioner, (except in cases of disciplinary action; see last section on "Removing Team from Field"), League President, and their representatives, including referees, are not authorized unilaterally to declare forfeits. A forfeit occurs only when a game is not played because of the failure or refusal of one team to participate. In that event, the other team, if ready and willing to play, is the winner by a score of 2-0.
     
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    Actually, I thought the forfeit occured when they didn't go for it on fourth and goal from the 2 yard line later in the game.
     
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    anyone remember when the Buffalo Bills forfeited the 2 point conversion to the Patriots (in 1998?) after the Pats won it on the last play of the game (Beldsoe to Coates for 1 yard)?

    Of course, the Bills had a right to be angry. On 4th and 9, Jefferson was given credit for a reception on a sideline play in which I don't think he got even one foot down.

    On the 'last play' of the game, the Bills were called for pass interference against Terry Glenn on a Hail Mary attempt in the end zone (no more contact than you would typically see on those plays).


    OH, and it was Adam Vinatieri who scored the two point conversion, running it in with NO ONE but Pats around him.
     
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    Yeah, I remember that... one of the strangest things I have ever seen... I always thought Carroll should have told them to simply take the 1 point instead of the 2... I think that play affected a lot of gamblers...
     
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    Why?? There's less chance of messing it up by running it in than by kicking it and potentially missing.....
     
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    They had already won the damn game. The Bills had left the field and if you can't convert an XP with no defense on the field then you don't deserve the damn point. This isn't exactly a big deal, and we're talking about something that happened almost a decade ago, but IMHO the classy thing to do would to have simply taken the 1 point.
     
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    I remember that, but I also remembered Flutie having been given a generous spot when he ran out of bounds which prolonged a Bills drive just prior to that.

    This I totally disagree with. First of all, it was not a Hail Mary in which the ball is tossed up for grabs, it was a pass intended and targeted specifically for Terry Glenn. And if you watch the play, it is clear that Glenn has leaped in the air and has the pass coming in to his chest, only to be shoved away at the last moment. LOTS OF CONTACT. CLASSIC CASE OF INTERFERENCE. Bills fans thought the call was lame, but it really would have been lame if the refs had NOT made that call.
     

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