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Highest-scoring NFL games of all time - NBC Sports Washington

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The modern NFL is all about points.

Gone are the days of smashmouth defense as games have evolved in favor of offense. The umpire change has only helped improve scoring, and there are growing calls for rough passers and pass interference. And the team is throwing the ball more than ever, which only adds to their point total.

Thursday’s matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers features two of the league’s most prolific offenses. With Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert facing off, there is no doubt that a lot of points will be scored between these two teams of his.

That said, he still holds the record for the most points scored in an NFL game for over 50 years. Which team contributed to that scoring record? Let’s dive into it.

Here are the five highest-scoring games in NFL history, all above 100 points.

113 points: Washington 72, Giants 41 (Nov. 27, 1966)

Not only was it the all-time leading scorer in NFL history, Washington also set the record for the most points scored by a single team in a regular season game. The Giants made his six turnovers and gave Washington he three non-offensive touchdowns (an interception on his return, a fumble return, and a punt on his return). Washington quarterback Sonny Jürgensen had three touchdowns while completing 10 of 16 passes.

106 Scored: Bengals 58, Browns 48 (Nov. 28, 2004)

These two Ohio rivals had a combined 12-20 record in 2004, but still delivered the second-highest scoring games of all time. Browns quarterback Kelly Holcomb scored 30-of-39 with five touchdowns and Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer scored four in 22-of-29. Antonio Bryant (8 receptions, 131 yards, 2 TDs) and Chad Johnson (10 receptions, 117 yards, 1 TD) were the star receivers for Cleveland and Cincinnati respectively.

105 points: Rams 54, Chiefs 51 (Nov. 19, 2018)

Who can forget this Monday night shootout? Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes (33/46, 478 yards, 6 TD, 3 INT) and Rams’ Jared Goff (31/49, 413 yards, 4 TD) shined on the big stage. The Los Angeles defense ultimately made the difference, forcing five turnovers and five total sacks for Mahomes (Aaron Donald had two sacks and two forced fumbles). The Rams will face each other for the first time since this game in Week 12 of the 2022 season.

101 Points: Raiders 52, Oilers 49 (Dec. 22, 1963)

This was the first game to score over 100 points total. Even though this game was played nearly 60 years before him, it had a modern feel, with only 11 total passing touchdowns and his two total rushing scores. Future Hall of Famers George Blanda (5 TD) and Tom Flores (6 TD) led the Oilers and Raiders respectively. This back-and-forth affair included six ties and five lead changes, ending with a game-winning 39-yard field goal by Mike Mercer.

101 points: Saints 52, Giants 49 (Nov 1, 2015)

The Saints won the game by scoring 10 points in the final 36 seconds. This came after he took a 14-point lead as New Orleans entered the fourth quarter. Well, this game was chaos. Quarterbacks Eli Manning (350 yards, 6 TDs) and Drew Brees (502 yards, 7 TDs) played defense all afternoon. Kai Forbath won against New Orleans with his goal on a 50-yard field as time expired.

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