Highest scoring NFL games

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The Highest scoring National Football League games are the NFL games with the highest number of combined points in history.[1]

Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants, 1966[edit]

The Washington Redskins and the New York Giants combined for a total of 113 points in one game on November 27, 1966, in Washington. The Redskins outscored the Giants 72–41. There were a total of 16 touchdowns, 10 by Washington and 6 by New York, and a field goal by Washington’s kicker Charlie Gogolak[2] with only 7 seconds left. The game was played before the introduction of nets behind the goal post causing the loss of fourteen footballs to the stands. Thirteen of the footballs were lost due to extra points, and one was lost by Brig Owens who threw the ball into the crowd after he returned a fumble 62 yards for a score.[3]

Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Oilers, 1963[edit]

The fourth-highest scoring game was played on December 22, 1963. (The game took place in the American Football League, but has been absorbed into official National Football League records.) The Oakland Raiders defeated the Houston Oilers 52-49, combining for a total of 101 points. It was Oakland's eighth win in a row.

Oakland placekicker Mike Mercer kicked a field goal with 4:37 left in the fourth quarter, breaking the 49–49 tie and giving Oakland the win. Raiders quarterback Tom Flores threw for 407 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Oilers quarterback and future Hall of Famer George Blanda passed for 342 yards and 5 touchdowns.[4] Oakland's wide receiver Art Powell caught 10 passes for a total of 247 yards and 4 touchdowns. Houston had their own offensive threat in Willard Dewveall who had seven catches adding up to a total amount of 137 yards and four touchdowns.[5]

Seattle Seahawks vs Kansas City Chiefs, 1983[edit]

On November 27, 1983, the Seattle Seahawks defeated the visiting Kansas City Chiefs 51-48 in overtime. The 99 points scored is tied for fifth-highest scoring game in NFL history. Seahawks running back Curt Warner rushed for a franchise record of 207 yards on thirty-two carries. Chiefs receiver Carlos Carson had seven catches for 149 yards and one touchdown. The game ended when placekicker Norm Johnson converted a 42-yard field goal with 1:46 left in overtime.[5]

Denver Broncos vs Dallas Cowboys, 2013[edit]

On October 7, 2013, the Dallas Cowboys hosted the Denver Broncos for a game in which 99 total points were scored, tied for fifth-highest in NFL history. Near the end of the fourth quarter the game was tied, 48-48. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (who achieved more than 500 passing yards for the first time in franchise history) threw a critical interception at his own 24-yard line with 2 minutes remaining in the game. Denver placekicker Matt Prater kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired to give the Broncos a 51-48 win.

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning went 33-42 for 414 yards, throwing 4 touchdown passes and 1 interception in a winning effort. This performance prompted KCNC-TV to report, "After 5 games and 5 big wins, the Broncos are on pace to become the first team in the history of the NFL to exceed 600, maybe even 700 points, in a season. It is the most remarkable five-game stretch in the history of professional football. The numbers don’t lie. What Manning has done in his first five games — his "assault" on the record books — is simply unprecedented."[6]

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. San Diego Chargers, 1985[edit]

On December 8, 1985, the San Diego Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers combined for 98 points in a 54–44 Chargers victory. [7]

Cincinnati Bengals vs Cleveland Browns, 2007[edit]

On September 16, 2007, Ohio intrastate rivals Cleveland and Cincinnati battled to combine for 96 points, with the Browns defeating the Bengals 51-45.

Miami Dolphins vs New York Jets, 1986[edit]

In a September 21, 1986 AFC East showdown at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the New York Jets hosted the Miami Dolphins, combining for 96 points, with the Jets defeating the Dolphins in overtime, 51-45.

The contest featured 1,066 yards of combined offense, 59 first downs and 93 total pass attempts. Dolphins' quarterback Dan Marino had 448 yards through the air and a personal best six touchdown passes, while Jets signal-caller Ken O'Brien threw for 479 yards and 4 TD passes. The shootout came to an end when Jets wide receiver Wesley Walker caught a 43-yard bomb touchdown from O'Brien in overtime, his fourth of the game. Walker finished with 6 catches for 179 yards, a staggering 29.8 yds per reception average. The Dolphins receiving corps was led by the "Marks Brothers", Mark Duper and Mark Clayton, combining for 328 yards receiving and 3 TD receptions.

Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals, 2009 playoffs[edit]

In the 2009-10 playoffs, the Cardinals and Packers combined for 96 points in a 51-45 overtime Arizona win. It is the highest-scoring postseason game in NFL history.

Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1995 playoffs[edit]

In a December 30, 1995 Wild Card playoff game, the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions combined for 95 points in what was the NFL's highest scoring postseason game until the 2009-10 playoffs.

The Eagles dominated the game on seven Detroit turnovers, winning 58-37. The Eagles scored 31 points in the second quarter alone, and led 38-7 at halftime. They extended their lead to 51-7 with nine minutes left in the third quarter. After that, Detroit scored four touchdowns while the Eagles added another.

Washington Redskins vs. Green Bay Packers, 1983[edit]

On October 17, 1983 the Redskins and Packers played on a Monday night with the Packers winning 48-47, a combined 95-point total.[8] Redskins kicker Mark Moseley missed a field goal in the final seconds, securing the win for the Packers.

Arizona Cardinals vs. New York Jets, 2008[edit]

On September 28th, 2008, the New York Jets beat the eventual NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals, 56-35. This 91-point game was a battle of the quarterbacks; Brett Favre for the Jets, and Kurt Warner of the Cardinals.[9]

Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 2013 playoffs[edit]

On January 4, 2014, the Colts and Chiefs played in a Saturday evening Wild Card playoff game. The teams combined for 89 points, with the Colts winning 45-44. Following an early second half Chiefs touchdown, the Colts rallied back for a 28-point comeback, the second largest in NFL playoff history.[10] [11]

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