The top 5 highest-scoring NFL games of the 21st century
These are the five highest-scoring NFL games of the 21st century.
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What is the highest-scoring NFL game?
The highest-scoring game in NFL history was between the Washington Redskins and New York Giants on November 27, 1966. Washington won the game 72 to 41, and also set the record for most points scored by one team in a regular season game. The Giants had six turnovers and handed Washington three non-offensive touchdowns.
Ranking the top 5 highest-scoring NFL games of the 21st century
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 55, Los Angeles Rams 40 | September 19, 2019
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Rams combined for 95 points in this contest. At one point, the Buccaneers led by 18 points, but it was the Rams who managed to come back and cut the Buccaneers' lead to five points early in the fourth quarter.
It was the big plays for the Bucs that made it hard for the Rams to come back and win the game, with Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston passing for 385 passing yards and four touchdown passes. Buccaneers defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh sealed the game with a 37-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown with 1:06 left in the fourth quarter.
Wide receiver Chris Godwin finished the game with had career-highs in catches (12) and receiving yards (172). Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw for 517 passing yards, but his three interceptions that cost the Rams. Goff was also at fault for the fumble return that ended the game.
4. Denver Broncos 51, Dallas Cowboys 48 | October 6, 2013
If you like high-scoring offenses and touchdowns, then this is the game for you. Arguably the greatest quarterback to ever play the game, Peyton Manning, and arguably the best quarterback in Dallas Cowboys history, Tony Romo, combined for 920 passing yards and nine touchdowns in this contest.
The craziest part of this game was at the end when Romo accounted for three Cowboys touchdowns. However, Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno put his team in a position to tie the game and, as time expired, Broncos kicker Matt Prater kicked a 28-yard field goal to win it.
Manning threw for 404 passing yards with four touchdowns, and Romo threw for 506 passing yards and five touchdowns. Romo broke the Cowboys record, which was set by Don Meredith. He was also just the fifth quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 500 passing yards and five touchdowns in a game.
It was a great day to be a receiver. Dez Byrant had six catches for 141 receiving yards and two touchdowns for the Cowboys, while Broncos tight end Julius Thomas finished the day with nine catches for 122 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The play of the day came from Peyton Manning as he faked out the entire Cowboys defense and the cameraman on a one-yard bootleg.
3. New Orleans Saints 52, New York Giants 49 | November 1, 2015
Two Hall of Fame quarterbacks dueled it out in this contest as the Saints won by a field goal. Drew Brees and Eli Manning combined for 13 touchdown passes, with Brees throwing for seven of those, tying an NFL record. Giants quarterback Manning also had himself a day, passing for six touchdowns and 350 passing yards. Three of Manning’s touchdowns went to Odell Beckham Jr., who finished the day with 130 receiving yards.
Overall, the 101 points scored tied for third-most in an NFL game, with the two offenses combining for 1,030 yards. It was a tough loss for the New York Giants to swallow, as they rallied from a 42-28 deficit to take a 49-42 lead with 5:04 left. However, the Saints ended up tying the game on a C.J. Spiller touchdown, before kicker Kai Forbath nailed a 50-yard field goal to end a miraculous game.
2. LA Rams 54, Kansas City Chiefs 51 | November 19, 2018
This was a game for the ages as two high-powered offenses squared up at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Monday Night Football. The Chiefs and Rams combined for 105 points, making this game the highest-scoring affair in Monday Night Football history.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes might have been in the middle of his MVP season, but it was Jared Goff who came out on top. Goff finished the game with 413 passing yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. The most impressive touchdown from Goff was to his tight end, Gerald Everett, who caught a 40-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
The Chiefs and Rams combined for 14 touchdowns, including three by defensive players. Patrick Mahomes also had himself a night, passing for a career-high 478 passing yards and six touchdowns. It was the two interceptions for Mahomes that were the difference-maker.
1. Cincinnati Bengals 58, Cleveland Browns 48 | November 28, 2004
The Ohio rivals played the wildest game in their history in 2004, one that defied logic and wound up as the second-highest-scoring game in NFL history, trailing only the Washington Redskins' 72-41 victory over the New York Giants on November 27, 1966.
It was a painful loss for Browns fans as their quarterback, Kelly Holcomb, threw for 400 yards and five touchdowns in a losing effort. Bengals running back Rudy Johnson played a big part in that, rushing for 202 yards and two touchdowns.
At the end of the game, the Browns had the chance to send the game to overtime, but they fell short as Bengals cornerback Deltha O'Neal sealed the deal with a 31-yard pick-six with 1:43 left in the game.
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