In a December 13, 2015 game between the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers, the time of possession of the two teams was recorded as:

Falcons: 28:21
Panthers: 31:21

Adding these two gives a total game time of 59:42, which is 18 seconds short of a full game. Is there an explanation for this? Or is this simply an error in the source data?


Another game I found that has a similar discrepancy:


That is from NFL.com. It's one second short of a full game. Another error in the data?

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You haven't added the source of data which may help in clarifying but official NFL website shows the possession of these two teams for this match as:

Falcons: 28:30
Panthers: 31:30
Total: 60

nfl stat


ESPN also shows the same stat.

espn stat


So, 59:42 might be an error.

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    I had seen that ESPN page, while looking for an alternate data source, but I must have overlooked the Possession graphic. Thanks!
    – neizan
    Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 17:10

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