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Doug Walby October 16, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Last night the Chargers-Broncos game made me think. Other than very low scoring games, has there ever been a game in which one team scored all their points in the first half (while shutting out their opponent), and the other team scored all their points in the second half (while shutting out their opponent)? Chargers were 24-0 in first half, 0-35 in second half, this seems like a very rare scoring pattern.

Do you have a database that could be searched to see how many times this has happened in past games? I’d be inclined to bet that this has never happened before with anywhere near this large a point spread.

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Chase Stuart October 16, 2012 at 11:08 pm
Doug Walby October 17, 2012 at 10:52 am

Hey thanks, that’s a great search tool. What I also meant to include in the search was if the team that only scored in the second half won the game, as happened Monday. But even with that included in the search there were a couple dozen previous games that fit the pattern. Quite a few of them were high scoring games as well, so I truly lost my virtual bet on that one.

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Richie October 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I fine-tuned the search a bit, to only include games where a team had a 14+ point lead at halftime, and then the trailing team won the game by shutting the other team out in the second half. http://pfref.com/tiny/IXwxL

Only 26 games fit this criteria.

The last one was 2006. The Giants had a 21-0 lead over Tennessee at halftime. The third quarter was scoreless, and then Tennessee scored 24 in the fourth! http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/200611260oti.htm

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Richie October 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Oh, and it looks like the Den-SD game tied the record for deficit based on this scoring pattern. In 1946 the Eagles overcame a 24-0 deficit against Washington, to win the game 28-24. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/194610270was.htm Nobody overcame more than 24.

In fact, I can only find one regular season game where a team overcame a halftime deficit larger than 24 points. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/198012070sfo.htm 1980 SF vs NO. And then there was the Buf-Hou playoff game where Buffalo faced a 25-point halftime deficit. (Love ya blue!)

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Steven December 2, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Is there an article in that you list yards, receptions, TDs or any of your indices for receivers depending on the coverage (man2man, zone)?

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