List of highest scoring NFL games

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The highest score in a National Football League (NFL) game occurred on November 27, 1966, when the Washington Redskins and New York Giants combined for 113 points in a 72-41 victory for the Redskins. Only five games in NFL history have eclipsed 100 total points, with the most recent being a 105-point game in 2018 between the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs. The highest score in a playoff game occurred in the 2009–10 NFL playoffs, a 96-point game in which the Arizona Cardinals defeated the Green Bay Packers 51–45 in overtime. The most points scored in a Super Bowl was 75, in Super Bowl XXIX, which the San Francisco 49ers won 49–26 over the San Diego Chargers.

List[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Points scored Score Winning team Losing team Date Ref
113 72–41 Washington Redskins New York Giants November 27, 1966 [1]
106 58–48 Cincinnati Bengals Cleveland Browns November 28, 2004 [2]
105 54–51 Los Angeles Rams Kansas City Chiefs November 19, 2018 [3]
101 52–49 Oakland Raiders Houston Oilers December 22, 1963 [4]
101 52–49 New Orleans Saints New York Giants November 1, 2015 [5]
99 51–48 (OT) Seattle Seahawks Kansas City Chiefs November 27, 1983 [6]
99 51–48 Denver Broncos Dallas Cowboys October 6, 2013 [7]
98 54–44 San Diego Chargers Pittsburgh Steelers December 8, 1985 [8]
96 51–45 Cleveland Browns Cincinnati Bengals September 16, 2007 [9]
96 51–45 (OT) New York Jets Miami Dolphins September 21, 1986 [10]
95 48–47 Green Bay Packers Washington Redskins October 17, 1983 [11]
90 49–41 San Diego Chargers Cincinnati Bengals November 12, 2006 [12]
90 52–38 New Orleans Saints Detroit Lions October 15, 2017 [13]
89 48–41 New Orleans Saints Arizona Cardinals December 18, 2016 [14]
88 48–40 Tampa Bay Buccaneers New Orleans Saints September 9, 2018 [15]
87 45–42 (OT) Oakland Raiders Cleveland Browns September 30, 2018 [16]
85 51–34 Pittsburgh Steelers Indianapolis Colts October 26, 2014 [17]
84 50–34 San Diego Chargers Cincinnati Bengals December 20, 1982 [18]
83 43–40 New England Patriots Kansas City Chiefs October 14, 2018 [19]

Playoffs[edit]

Points scored Score Winning team Losing team Date Ref
96 51–45 (OT) Arizona Cardinals Green Bay Packers January 10, 2010 [20]
95 58–37 Philadelphia Eagles Detroit Lions December 30, 1995 [21]
89 45–44 Indianapolis Colts Kansas City Chiefs January 4, 2014 [22]
87 45–42 Jacksonville Jaguars Pittsburgh Steelers January 14, 2018 [23]
73 73–0 Chicago Bears Washington Redskins December 9, 1940 [24]

Super Bowl[edit]

Points scored Score Winning team Losing team Date Ref
75 49–26 San Francisco 49ers San Diego Chargers January 29, 1995 [25]
74 41–33 Philadelphia Eagles New England Patriots February 4, 2018 [26]
69 52–17 Dallas Cowboys Buffalo Bills January 31, 1993 [27]
69 48–21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Oakland Raiders January 26, 2003 [28]

Game notes[edit]

Regular season[edit]

113 points (New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins, 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, D.C.. The Redskins outscored the Giants 72–41. There were a total of 16 touchdowns: 10 by the Redskins and 6 by the Giants, plus a field goal by Washington's kicker Charlie Gogolak[29] 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 69 yards for a touchdown.[30]

106 points (Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns, 2004)[edit]

On November 28, 2004, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer threw for 4 touchdowns and Rudi Johnson ran for 2 more along with a career-high 202 rushing yards as the Bengals survived 413 passing yards and 5 touchdowns by Kelly Holcomb to defeat the Cleveland Browns 58–48, in the second-highest scoring game in NFL history. Deltha O'Neal returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown in the final 2 minutes to end the Browns' comeback hopes and to cap the scoring.

105 points (Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Rams, 2018)[edit]

On November 19, 2018, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw for 413 yards and accounted for five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing), including a game-winning 40 yard strike to tight end Gerald Everett with under 2 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter as the Rams outduel the Kansas City Chiefs 54-51 in the highest-scoring Monday Night Football game in NFL history. In a losing effort, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 478 yards and 6 touchdowns, but threw three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown by Rams linebacker Samson Ebukam) and lost two fumbles (one returned for a touchdown also by Ebukam). The game was sealed for the Rams when Mahomes threw a desperation pass that was intercepted by Rams free safety Lamarcus Joyner. Both teams combined for fourteen touchdowns and 1,001 yards. It is the only NFL game in which both teams have scored 50 points.[31]

101 points (Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Oilers, 1963)[edit]

Played on December 22, 1963, the game took place in the American Football League (AFL), but it was absorbed into official NFL records after the NFL–AFL merger. 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.[32] 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.[33]

101 points (New York Giants vs. New Orleans Saints, 2015)[edit]

On November 1, 2015, the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints scored a combined 101 points.[34] The Saints won 52–49. Notably, Saints quarterback Drew Brees tied an NFL record by throwing seven touchdown passes, and Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw six touchdown passes. The 13 touchdown passes between the two quarterbacks set an NFL record.[35] The only field goal was scored on the final play of the game, when the Saints' Kai Forbath successfully kicked a 50-yard field goal to win the game, the longest kick of his career at the time.

99 points (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. Seahawks running back Curt Warner rushed for 207 yards on 32 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.[33]

99 points (Denver Broncos vs. Dallas Cowboys, 2013)[edit]

On October 6, 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 to Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan 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 completed 33 of 42 passes 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."[36]

98 points (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.

96 points (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.

96 points (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 touchdown 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. The Dolphins receiving corps was led by the "Marks Brothers", Mark Duper and Mark Clayton, combining for 328 yards receiving and 3 touchdown receptions.

95 points (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. Redskins kicker Mark Moseley missed a field goal in the final seconds, securing the win for the Packers.

Playoffs[edit]

96 points (Green Bay Packers vs. 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 when Cardinals defensive back Michael Adams strip-sacked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby picked up the loose football, returning it 17 yards for the winning score.

95 points (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.

89 points (Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 2013 playoffs)[edit]

On January 4, 2014, the Colts and the Chiefs played in a Saturday evening 2014 NFL 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 comeback in NFL playoff history.[a][37]

Super Bowl[edit]

75 points (Super Bowl XXIX: San Diego Chargers vs. San Francisco 49ers)[edit]

The highest-scoring Super Bowl was Super Bowl XXIX on January 29, 1995, in which the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers defeated the AFC champion San Diego Chargers 49–26 for a combined 75 points.[38]

74 points (Super Bowl LII: New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles)[edit]

The second highest-scoring Super Bowl was Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018, in which the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles defeated the AFC champion and defending champion New England Patriots 41-33 for a combined 74 points. It is worth noting that there were multiple missed PAT attempts, including one missed kick from both teams and 2 unsuccessful 2-point conversion attempts from the Eagles, and a field goal attempt from the Patriots near the beginning of the second quarter that hit the upright.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Behind only "The Comeback"

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