The Nifty 50 Club
By Jerry Tapp
In the 2012 season, there were eight games in which a team scored 50 or more points. Two teams, New England and Seattle, had two games each with 50-plus points; the Seahawks actually topped the 50-point mark in consecutive weeks (December 9 and 16).
The eight games with a team scoring 50 or more points was the second most in a season since teams scored 50 or above in 10 games in 1966 (the first year of the Super Bowl era).
There are a couple of interesting notes about teams that scored 50-plus last seasons:
- Although the Seahawks scored 50-plus in two straight weeks, when they scored 58 in their shutout of the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 9, it was Seattle’s first game with 50 or more points since 1983, an almost 30-year wait.
- The New York Giants defeated the New Orleans Saints 52-27 on Dec. 9. It was their first game with 50-plus points since 1986.
- The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens topped the 50-point mark on Nov. 11 last season with a 55-20 win over Oakland. It was the Ravens’ first game with 50-plus points in their franchise history.
- The Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Bucs both have not scored 50 or more points in their franchises’ histories.
Following is a look at the last time each team has scored 50 or more points in a game.
Never: Houston, Tampa Bay
1998: Atlanta, Minnesota
2000: Jacksonville, St. Louis
2003: San Francisco
2004: Kansas City, Cincinnati, Indianapolis
2008: New York Jets, Buffalo, San Diego
2010: Arizona, Oakland, Philadelphia
2011: New Orleans
2012: New England, Chicago, Seattle, Baltimore, New York Giants, Green Bay
Since 1966, there have been 114 regular season games and nine playoff games where a team has scored 50 or more points. The last time a team scored 50 in a playoff game was on Jan. 10, 2010 when the Arizona Cardinals beat the Green Bay Packers, 51-45.
Since ’66, the Dallas Cowboys have had the most games with 50-plus points (10). Here’s a look at the teams that have scored 50 or more in five or more games since 1966 (includes regular season and playoff games).
9: New England
8: Cincinnati, Oakland
7: San Diego, San Francisco
6: Buffalo, Indianapolis, Minnesota
5: Green Bay, St. Louis, Washington