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PFR Game Score Finder

Posted by Neil on November 5, 2012

We don't know what tonight's game will hold, but it just might end with an historically-unique final score. If so, as a Pro-Football-Reference user you'll know first because you can run a search on any combination of final scores to see how often they've occurred all-time.

Using the main table on this page, and clicking the "count" column header to sort by he number of instances in the database, you can find the rarest and most common scores in pro football history. You might be surprised to see the number of combinations that have taken place just once, running the gamut from 66-0 blowouts to brutal 5-3 affairs. And at the other end of the spectrum, 20-17 is by far the most common all-time final score.

Play around with the tool for a while, and you'll always know where to find an answer when somebody asks, "how often does this score happen?"

6 Responses to “PFR Game Score Finder”

  1. George Says:

    Your missing game data from all four teams on the bye week ARZ, CLV, GB, WAS
    plus the Bears............? missing 5 games worth of data.
    Only 259 of 264 games played, odd..?

  2. Neil Says:

    Hi George,

    Where are we missing the data? I tried some Bears games in the score finder, and it seems fine. I'm not sure I understand which bug you're referring to.

  3. George Says:

    Sorry , I didn’t know how to start a new thread.

    The problem I see lies in NFL team stats.
    Bears play 8 games, packers, cards, browns, wash. 9
    Your stats only show 7 and 8 respectively,
    Stats are missing as well, ie. CB had 2036 yards passing before this past weekend.

    Odd thing, four out of the five missing are on a bye this coming weekend.
    packers, cards, browns, wash.

  4. Neil Says:

    I see, so you mean they're missing games in tables like these:

    We'll get that fixed.

  5. George Says:

    Thanks by the way for your attention.

  6. Tony Says:

    I am a huge fan of the site. I love what you guys do; being a hardcore football fan and a stats nerd, PFR is a daily stop for me. Keep up the good work, and thanks for doing so!
    On a minor note, I've noticed that this page: , the list of all the game scores, does not include data from some of the games this year, and also, at the top of the screen, the "14,657 games from 1920-present" has not changed since the Super Bowl last season (I'm sure the number is close to 14,850 or so by now). Minor things, I know, but my OCD sometimes gets the best of me, haha.
    Thanks again for all the good work!! Much appreciated.