Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin admitted that he didn’t know there were ties in the NFL after his team tied with the Cincinnati Bengals.
The NFL had its first tie of the season after the Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers headed into overtime with 34 points apiece and failed to put together a winning drive.
Bengals kicker Mike Nugent kicked a go-ahead field goal, but Panthers kicker Graham Gano responded with just over two minutes remaining in overtime.
After the game, it was revealed that Panthers rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin did not know that ties existed. “I didn’t know you could tie in the NFL,” the Panthers receiver told the Charlotte Observer.
This is the first admission of lack of knowledge of ties in the NFL since 2008 when former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb admitted to asking Eagles trainers if overtime existed.
The Panthers’ record now stands at 3-2-1, and the Bengals are now 3-1-1. The Panthers have been more vulnerable on defense this year after ranking second in the NFL in defense last season.
Despite his ignorance of overtime rules, Benjamin had himself a respectable game as he caught seven passes for 49 yards and a touchdown.