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What Was The Highest Scoring Game in NFL History?

During Week 5 of the 2013 NFL season, football fans were treated to an impressive display of offense when the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys managed to put up a combined 99 points with Denver winning the game 51-48.

This high scoring game between the Broncos and Cowboys saw Peyton Manning throw for 414 passing yards and 4 touchdowns while Tony Romo had 5 passing touchdowns on 506 yards passing, which was just the 15th time in NFL history a QB threw for more than 500 yards - the two teams combined for a total of 1,039 net yards. 

But how has this game stacked up against other high scoring games? This got us interested in looking back through the record books to find the highest scoring games of all-time as well as some related facts and statistics.

What was the highest scoring game in NFL history?

The highest scoring game in NFL occurred on November 27, 1966 between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins when the teams combined for a record setting 113 points.

Box score:

Nov. 27, 1966 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
New York Giants 0 14 14 13 41
Washington Redskins 13 21 14 24 72

During the game the two teams combined for 7 rushing touchdowns, 6 passing touchdowns, a punt return touchdown and a defensive interception touchdowns. At no point during the game did the Giants lead even though they produced more offensive yards at 389 yards vs. 341.

Interestingly, the following week, the New York Giants ended up losing to the Cleveland Browns 49 to 40 (a total of 89 points) - for the season, the 1966 Giants went 1-12-1 and gave up a total of 501 points or 35.8 points per game.

What was the highest scoring game in NFL playoff history?

The highest scoring game in NFL playoff history occured during a 2009-10 NFL Wild Card playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals when the teams combined for a record setting 96 points.

Box score:

Jan. 10, 2010 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT Final
Green Bay Packers 0 10 14 21 0 45
Arizona Cardinals 17 7 14 7 6 51

During the game the two teams combined for 3 rushing touchdowns and 9 passing touchdowns and a fumble return touchdown on the last game of the play in overtime when Aaron Rodgers was sacked fumbling the ball which was recovered by Karlos Dansby for a 17-yard TD to send the Cardinals to NFC Divisional. Interestingly, just before the end of regulation, Cardinals kicker Neil Rackers missed a 34-yard field goal that would've won the game in regulation.

Other Highest Scoring NFL Games

Here is a look at the other highest scoring games:

Date Visitor Home Total
Nov. 27, 1966 New York Giants 41 Washington Redskins 72 113
Nov. 28, 2004 Cleveland Browns 48 Cincinnati Bengals 58 106
Nov. 21, 1948 San Francisco 49ers 63 Brooklyn Dodgers 40 103
Dec. 22, 1963 Houston Oilers 49 Oakland Raiders 52 101
Nov. 27, 1983 Kansas City Chiefs 48 Seattle Seahawks 51 99
Oct. 6, 2013 Denver Broncos 51 Dallas Cowboys 48 99
Dec. 8, 1985 Pittsburgh Steelers 44 San Diego Chargers 54 98
Jan. 10, 2010 Green Bay Packers 45 Arizona Cardinals 51 96
Sep. 16, 2007 Cincinnati Bengals 45 Cleveland Browns 51 96
Sep. 21, 1986 Miami Dolphins 45 New York Jets 51 96

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