Highest scoring NFL games

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Highest scoring NFL games is a list of some of the highest scoring games in history[1] along with some miscellaneous facts that made the games historically significant.

Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Oilers[edit]

The fourth highest scoring game in the NFL happened on December 22, 1963 (1963 would make this an AFL game). The Oakland Raiders visited the Houston Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans). The two teams combined for a total of 101 points, 52 by Oakland and 49 by Houston. This victory for Oakland was their eighth win in a row. Mike Mercer kicked a field goal with 4:37 left in the fourth quarter, breaking the 49–49 tie and giving Oakland the win. Tom Flores, Oakland's quarterback, threw for a total of 407 yards and six touchdowns. The Oilers were led by future Hall of Famer George Blanda who passed for 342 yards and five touchdowns.[2] Oakland's wide receiver Art Powell had ten catches in the game for a total of 247 yards and four touchdowns. On the other hand, The Oilers had their own offensive threat of Willard Dewveall who had seven catches adding up to a total amount of 137 yards and four touchdowns.[3]

Seattle Seahawks vs Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

The fifth highest scoring game happened on November 27, 1983: the Kansas City Chiefs were steamed by the home team Seattle Seahawks 51–48, a game total of 99 points. Seahawks running back Curt Warner rushed for a franchise record of 207 yards on thirty-two carries and Chiefs receiver Carlos Carson had seven catches for 149 yards and one touchdown. The game ended when place kicker Norm Johnson kicked a 42 yard field goal with 1:46 left in overtime.[3]

Denver Broncos vs Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On October 7, 2013, the Dallas Cowboys hosted the Denver Broncos in a game that featured a total of 99 points, tied for fifth highest total game score. 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. Matt Prater kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired to give the Broncos a 51-48 win. 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 five games and five 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."[4]

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

On December 8, 1985, the Chargers outlasted the Steelers for a 54-44 victory. [5]

Cincinnati Bengals vs Cleveland Browns[edit]

On September 16, 2007, the Ohio intrastate rivals had another offensive battle, this one going to the Browns 51-45.

Miami Dolphins vs New York Jets[edit]

AFC EAST Division rivals light up scoreboard with 96 combined points. The New York Jets hosted the Miami Dolphins on September 21, 1986 at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Giants Stadium defeating the Dolphins 51-45 in overtime. The contest featured 1,066 yards of offense, 59 first downs and 93 pass attempts by the teams. Dolphins' quarterback Dan Marino had 448 yards through the air and a personal best 6 TD 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, his 4th of the game, from O'Brien in overtime. 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.

Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

On December 30, 1995, these NFC Wild Cards combined for 95 points and 874 yards of offense. At the time, it was the highest scoring post-season game until the 2010 Arizona-Green Bay overtime shootout. This game did not go to overtime and three more points could have been scored had Philadelphia Eagles kicker Gary Anderson not missed a field goal. The Eagles still won 58-37, benefiting from 7 Detroit Lions turnovers. 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[edit]

On October 17, 1983 the Redskins and Packers played on a Monday night with the Packers winning 48-47, for a 95 point total.[6]

Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

On January 4, 2014 the Colts and Chiefs played on a Saturday evening in a Wild Card Playoff Game with the Colts winning 45-44, for an 89 point total. Following an early second half Chiefs touchdown, the Colts rallied back for a 28 point comeback, the second largest in NFL playoff history. [7]

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