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Highest Scoring Games in NFL History


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Dec 13, 2023
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The National Football League (NFL) has been the stomping ground for some of the most electrifying, high-octane offensive showdowns in sports history. These gridiron battles, where defense takes a backseat and the scoreboard lights up like a Christmas tree, have left fans on the edges of their seats and statisticians running out of ink. Let’s dive into the record books and check out some of the highest-scoring games the NFL has ever witnessed.

A Shootout to Remember​

In the annals of the NFL, few games have turned into the offensive fireworks that some matchups have. These games are like a game of Madden on rookie mode – points galore, with defenses often looking like they’ve got their cleats stuck in the mud.

The Record Holders​

Let’s cut to the chase and drop the digits that have made history:

Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants, 1966​

The date was November 27, 1966, when the Washington Redskins and New York Giants clashed in a game that would go down as the highest-scoring game in NFL history. The two teams combined for a whopping 113 points, with the Redskins triumphing with a scoreline that read more like a basketball game – 72-41. It was a wild ride, with the scoreboard operator probably needing an ice bath for his fingers after the game.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns, 2004​

Fast forward to December 12, 2004, and you’ve got the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns putting on an offensive clinic, racking up a total of 106 points between them. The Bengals snagged the W with a 58-48 score, in a game where defense was as absent as a snowball in the Sahara.

Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Oilers, 1963​

Taking it back to the ’60s again, on December 22, 1963, the Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers lit up the scoreboard with a total of 101 points. The Raiders edged out the Oilers with a 52-49 victory, in a game that had fans’ heads spinning like a top with each touchdown.

High-Flying Offenses​

These games are the stuff of legend, where offensive coordinators had the Midas touch, and everything turned to gold. Quarterbacks threw dimes, receivers caught bombs, and running backs found holes bigger than the plot in a bad movie.

The Unsung Heroes​

It’s not just about the QBs slinging it or the receivers snagging it; let’s give a shoutout to the O-line, creating more protection than a suit of armor. Without them, none of these fireworks would be possible.

The Impact​

What do these games mean for the league? They’re a testament to the evolution of the game, where the aerial attack has become king, and a stout defense can sometimes be as useful as a screen door on a submarine when up against a high-powered offense.

A Changing Game​

The NFL has seen a shift from the ground-and-pound days to a league where air raids are the norm. It’s a passer’s paradise, and these high-scoring affairs are proof in the pudding.


While some purists might bemoan the lack of defensive duels, there’s no denying the thrill of a high-scoring NFL game. These record-breaking contests are a reminder that in the NFL, any given Sunday can turn into a points party, and fans are here for the ride – holding on for dear life.

For those gridiron gurus who want to dig deeper into the treasure trove of NFL high-score history, check out this resource:

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