How Long is Halftime in the NFL?

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The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders perform at halftime of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM Sep 03, 2022, 11:55 AM

How much time do you have to grab a beer during halftime? Build a parlay with live NFL odds? Take the dog for a walk?

Throughout the regular season, NFL halftimes are the same length.

How Long is Halftime in the NFL?

Per NFL rules, halftime is 13 minutes:

RULE 4, SECTION 1, ARTICLE 3. HALFTIME: Between the second and third periods, there shall be an intermission of 13 minutes. During this
intermission, play is suspended, and teams may leave the field. The Back Judge will time halftime. See 13-1-1 for fouls by nonplayers between halves.

Halftime of the Super Bowl and Thanksgiving games are much longer, typically between 20 and 30 minutes.

The NFL also has official rules for “intermissions,” i.e., breaks between quarters:

RULE 4, SECTION 1, ARTICLE 2. INTERMISSIONS. There will be intervals of at least two minutes between the first and second periods (first half) and between the third and fourth periods (second half).

During these intermissions all playing rules continue in force, and no representative of either team shall enter the field unless he is an incoming substitute, or a team attendant or trainer, entering to see to the welfare of a player. The Head Coach may enter the field to check on the welfare of a player who is injured, but no assistant coach may enter the field

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