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:
|The number of ties appear to have increased after this rule change.|
|The number of ties appear to have stayed the same after this rule change.|
|The number of ties appear to have been reduced after this rule change.|
|There's not enough information to determine if this rule change impacted the number of ties.|