According to the NFL, in those nearly 20k games, there have been 1,075 different final scores achieved in NFL history. In over 100 years of pro football, these are THE 5 most common final scores in regular season games in history:
- 20-17 (282 games)
- 27-24 (230 games)
- 17-14 (200 games)
- 23-20 (198 games)
- 24-17 (172 games)
There are several interesting aspects of this historical record:
- Over its 100+ year history, pro football has been remarkably competitive. Having a 3 point margin be that common is a testament to how evenly matched teams have been.
- It really underscores how important having a good kicker can be if games are consistently close.
- It also emphasizes that if games are that close, details matter. Having coaches and players that pay attention to the details of the game gives you a better chance to win.
In short, when the game is this competitive, details matter!