Tackling the Chart: Two-Point Conversions and Team Differences in Football

On October 16, 2005, the New York Giants scored a touchdown and reflexively followed convention by kicking the extra point to pull into a 10-10 tie with 19 seconds left in their game against the Dallas Cowboys. An ESPN.com recap titled “Cowboys Pull Through the Muck to Edge Giants” says about the game, “[It] was over when the Cowboys won the coin toss before overtime. The Giants defense was on the field for nearly 37 minutes during regulation and the heat in Texas Stadium was starting to take its toll.”

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