In the NFL, which team has had the greatest time in possession but still lost the match?

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  • With regards to this specific question, are you prepared to include overtime and playoff games? I don't know if the possession time is available, but the longest game in NFL history will set a baseline for this.
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    Sep 28, 2021 at 19:10

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The '96 Rams, or the '09 Dolphins

According to Statmuse.com, the 1996 St. Louis Rams lost this game to the Baltimore Ravens, despite having the ball for 45:43. If you're limiting the question to non-overtime games, then the record belongs to the 2009 Miami Dolphins, who lost this game (at home, no less!) to the Indianapolis Colts despite having the ball for 45:07.

(The Statmuse database goes back to the 1991 season so there is a possibility games before that may have greater time in possession)

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