The Highest Scoring Game in NFL History
The National Football League (NFL) is the oldest professional sports league in the United States and has brought us some of the most exciting and thrilling games ever. There have been some legendary games over the years and one of the most impressive achievements is the highest scoring game in NFL history.
The highest scoring game in NFL history took place in October 20, 1966 between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants. When the final whistle blew the score stood at Redskins 72 – Giants 41. An astonishing 113 points had been scored, with the Redskins taking home the victory.
Breaking Down the Game
The Redskins opened the scoring with a field goal before the Giants replied with a touchdown. The first quarter ended with the Redskins leading 16-7. By the end of the second quarter, the Redskins had extended their lead to 34-21.
The third quarter saw a barrage of points with the Redskins scoring 5 touchdowns and the Giants managing 1. The scoreline at the end of the third quarter was an incredible 63-27 the Redskins way. The final quarter saw the Redskins score another 9 points and the Giants adding two touchdowns but it was not enough and the final score stood at 72-41.
The standout performance of the game came from Redskins’ quarterback Sonny Jurgensen. He threw for an astonishing 447 yards and 6 touchdowns, a record for the most passing yards and touchdowns in a single game.
The Giants’ quarterback, Charley Conerly, impressed with 343 yards and 4 touchdowns despite the loss. Another notable performance came from Redskins wide receiver Bobby Mitchell who had 8 receptions for 179 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The Legacy of the Game
This historic game has left a lasting legacy with the game’s record 113 points still standing to this day. It not only showcased some of the league’s best-ever individual performances, but was also a great spectacle for the fans.
So next time you’re enjoying an exciting game of NFL, spare a thought for the 1966 Redskins and Giants, and the incredible 113 points they scored in what will go down in history as the highest scoring game in NFL history.