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Biggest Blowouts in NFL History: Historic Games
Fans of the NFL love to know the biggest blowouts in their team’s history, be it those that were in their favor or the biggest defeats in their favorite franchise’s history. It’s important at-hand knowledge for fans to know that they can share with their friends and loved ones. There are many historical games that have had enormous score differences in NFL history, meaning there are football fans out there who have to live with the knowledge that their team had the biggest loss in NFL history. Today, we are going to discuss the 10 biggest blowouts in NFL history.
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Top 10 Biggest NFL Blowouts of All Time
- 1. 59 Points — New England Patriots 59, Tennessee Titans 0, 2009
Coming off a tough overtime loss to the Denver Broncos the week prior, the New England Patriots entered their week six matchup against the Tennessee Titans laser-focused. The results spoke for themselves, as New England would hand the Titans what is tied for the most lopsided score in NFL history since the 1970 merger, a 59-0 win for the Patriots in Gillette Stadium. The result, although surprising, wasn’t all that shocking considering Tennessee entered the matchup 0-5 while this was still a peak Tom Brady-era Patriots team. Speaking of Brady, he threw for six touchdowns that day, five of which came in the second quarter, an NFL record for touchdown throws in one quarter.
- 2. 59 Points — Los Angeles Rams 59, Atlanta Falcons 0, 1976
The mid-1970s Los Angeles Rams were the class of the NFC West, coming off of three straight division championships and three consecutive playoff appearances. They entered their week 13 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons with an 8-3-1 record, having just defeated the New Orleans Saints 33-14. The good times would continue for the Rams in week 14 as they would obliterate the Falcons 59-0 behind 20 rushes, 121 yards and three touchdowns by star running back Lawrence McCutcheon. The Rams would go on to win their division and make the playoffs yet again in 1976 before falling in the second round of the playoffs to the Minnesota Vikings.
- 3. 59 Points — Cleveland Browns 62, Washington Commanders 3, 1954
The Cleveland Browns were one of the dominant teams of the early ’50s in the NFL thanks to the elite play of Hall of Fame quarterback Otto Graham, who led the team to three championships (1950, 1954 and 1955) and was a three-time MVP. Cleveland made light work of the Washington Commanders in their week seven matchup in 1954, winning 62-3, which would have been the biggest blowout in NFL history had the Browns kept Washington from finding its lone field goal of the contest. It was quarterback George Ratterman who really shone that day, going 10-for-11 on his passing and throwing for three touchdowns and 208 yards.
- 4. 58 Points — Seattle Seahawks 58, Arizona Cardinals 0, 2012
By 2012, the Seattle Seahawks were right on the cusp of turning into the perennial contender they would go on to become under Pete Carroll and behind the play of Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and the “Legion of Boom” defense. The week 14 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals would go on to become part of Seahawks lore, as Seattle tore through its foe 58-0 thanks to eight turnovers forced by its outstanding defense (two interceptions by Richard Sherman and Bobby Wagner) and three touchdown runs by Lynch.
- 5. 57 Points — Chicago Bears 57, Baltimore Colts 0, 1962
The week 11 matchup between the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Colts was a somewhat surprising one, as both teams were mediocre that campaign, with Chicago finishing 9-5 that season (and out of the playoffs) and the Colts 7-7. In fact, the Bears were coming off five straight seasons without a playoff appearance. So when Chicago defeated Johnny Unitas and the Colts by such a one-sided 57-0 margin, many were shocked. The star that day for Chicago was Billy Wade, who threw for three touchdowns on 23-of-32 passing to go with 328 yards. This performance may have been a sign of things to come for the Bears, however, as Chicago would win the NFL championship in 1963.
- 6. 56 Points — Baltimore Colts 56, Green Bay Packers 0, 1958
Week six of the 1958 season saw Unitas on the other side of a historic blowout, as his Colts defeated the Green Bay Packers 56-0 to maintain their perfect record and move to 6-0 on the season. That was a brutal season for the Packers, who went 1-10-1 and wouldn’t win another game for the rest of that league year. Unitas was five-for-16 passing that day and threw for two touchdowns while the Colts’ other quarterback, George Shaw, went 10-for-13 and threw for three touchdowns of his own. Baltimore would go on to win the NFL championship that year, winning the title after “The Greatest Game Ever Played” against the New York Giants.
- 7. 56 Points — Pittsburgh Steelers 63, New York Giants 7, 1952
A matchup between two mediocre teams in week 10 of the 1952 season saw history made as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Giants 63-7, thanks to a masterful performance by Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Finks, who went 12-for-24 that day for 254 yards and four touchdowns for Pittsburgh. Steelers edge Dick Hensley was unstoppable as well that day, catching seven balls for 154 yards and two touchdowns, including a long reception of 60 yards.
- 8. 55 Points — New Orleans Saints 62, Indianapolis Colts 7, 2011
Coming off a 26-20 defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccanneers, the Saints demolished the Colts 62-7 in week seven of the 2011 season to improve their record to 5-2 and drop Indianapolis to 0-7. There’s debate as to how badly Indianapolis actually wanted to win that season, as it was the “Suck for Luck” campaign fans put together online to push the Colts to lose that season in order to have a chance to draft potential franchise quarterback Andrew Luck in the ensuing NFL draft. Regardless, Drew Brees was otherworldly that day, completing 31 of his 35 throws that day for five touchdowns and 325 yards.
- 9. 55 Points — Atlanta Falcons 62, New Orleans Saints 7, 1973
The Saints were also on the losing side of a historic blowout – by the exact same scoreline, in fact – to open the 1973 NFL season when New Orleans fell 62-7 to the Falcons. Quarterback Dick Shiner led the way for Atlanta with 227 yards and three throwing touchdowns on 13 of 15 passing. Tight end Jim Mitchell was also effective on the day, catching seven balls for 111 yards while receiver Ken Burrow caught two touchdown passes. Saints quarterback Archie Manning (that last name might sound familiar) struggled on the day, going five for 13 passing with one touchdown and five interceptions.
- 10. 54 Points — Cincinnati Bengals 61, Houston Oilers 7, 1989
An unexpected blowout took place in week 15 of the 1989 season as the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Houston Oilers 61-7 for one of the biggest victories in NFL history. This result was somewhat surprising because the Bengals entered the matchup with a 7-7 record while the Oilers came into it 9-5, the former missing the playoffs that year with the latter qualifying for it. Either way, Bengals all-pro quarterback Boomer Esiason was great on the day, throwing for 326 yards and four touchdowns on 20 for 27 passing while wide receiver Tim McGee caught six balls for 147 yards and one touchdown.
Top 5 Biggest NFL Blowouts in NFL Playoff History
- 1. 55 Points — Jaguars 62, Dolphins 7, 2000
The final game of Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino’s career was a 62-7 defeat to the in-state-rival Jacksonville Jaguars, the biggest blowout in NFL playoff history. The Miami Dolphins had won their wild-card matchup with the Seattle Seahawks 20-17 the week prior before the wheels fell off in the divisional playoff matchup with Jacksonville. Marino was 11 for 25 on the day with one touchdown, two interceptions and one fumble while Jaguars running back Fred Taylor had a field day, running 18 carries for 135 yards and one rushing touchdown, including a long 90-yard run.
- 2. 48 Points — Bills 51, Raiders 3, 1991
The first of four consecutive Super Bowl appearances (and losses) for the Buffalo Bills came in the playoffs following the 1990 season, a stretch that saw Buffalo defeat the Los Angeles Raiders 51-3. The Bills were dominant on both sides of the ball that day, with Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly throwing for 300 yards and two touchdowns, running back Thurman Thomas running 25 times for 138 yards and one touchdown and Buffalo’s defense picking off Raiders quarterback Jay Schroeder five times.
- 3. 46 Points — Giants 49, 49ers 3, 1987
The eventual 1986 Super Bowl champion New York Giants boasted one of the nastiest defenses in the NFL that year, with their divisional playoff round matchup against the San Francisco 49ers providing a great example of that, as both Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and wide receiver Jerry Rice were knocked out of the matchup with injury as the Giants blew the doors of the Niners 49-3. Giants running back Joe Morris was unstoppable on the day, running 24 times for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
- 4. 45 Points — 49ers 55, Broncos 10, 1990
Of course, the Montana-era 49ers were usually on the giving end of those lopsided results, as exemplified by the 1989 Super Bowl between San Francisco and Denver which saw the Niners come out on top 55-10. Montana and Rice were unstoppable that day, with the quarterback going 22 for 29 on passes for 297 yards and five touchdowns, and the receiver catching seven balls for 148 yards and three scores.
- 5. 44 Points — Commanders 51, Rams 7, 1984
New Year’s Day of 1984 saw one of the biggest blowouts in NFL playoff history go down, as Washington defeated the Los Angeles Rams 51-7. The Commanders’ legendary quarterback Joe Theismann was great on the day, throwing for 302 yards and two touchdowns while receiver Charlie Brown caught six balls and 171 yards. Washington would make it all the way to the Super Bowl that year, falling to the Raiders 38-9 in Super Bowl XVIII.
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