A statistic based on the difference between the number of points scored by the winning team and the number of points scored by the losing team. Margin of victory is used to quickly determine how significant the victory was by a particular team. A small margin of victory generally denotes a close, evenly matched game, while a large margin of victory denotes a blowout by one team.
Margin of victory is the quickest and easiest way to determine whether or not a game was competitive. A small margin of victory often means that the two teams played a close game. A large margin of victory means that a game was uncompetitive. While margin of victory can say a lot about how a game went, it is a mildly flawed statistic because of late game scores. It also doesn't explain whether a game was uncompetitive due to a mismatch or merely because one team was having a poor game.