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The Falcons blew out the Rams in week 14 in one of the most embarrassing games of the season. Atlanta was up 21-0 at halftime, 28-0 early in the third quarter, and then 42-0 entering the fourth quarter. Two late Los Angeles touchdowns muted the final score, but the 22.0 Game Script tells all.

That was the second biggest Game Script of the season, but it was also only the second most notable Game Script of the week. That’s because of the crazy Jets/49ers game. San Francisco scored two early touchdowns, taking a 14-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game! The 49ers led by 11 or 14 points for the next 50 minutes of game action, too. But New York scored a touchdown, a two point conversion, and a field goal in the second half of the fourth quarter, and ultimately won in overtime, 23-17. Even considering the six plus minutes of overtime, the 49ers finished with a Game Script of +11.5. That’s the largest Game Script of any team that lost since at least 2012, and maybe longer.

Below are the full Game Script results from week 14:

TeamH/ROppBoxscorePFPAMarginGame ScriptPassRunP/R RatioOp_POp_ROpp_P/R Ratio
ATL@RAMBoxscore42142822322556.1%442365.7%
GNBSEABoxscore38102815.2263046.4%422661.8%
CIN@CLEBoxscore23101312.9323845.7%312258.5%
CARSDGBoxscore28161211.8293843.3%442068.8%
TENDENBoxscore131038.9234235.4%54985.7%
PIT@BUFBoxscore272078.8314242.5%301862.5%
MIAARIBoxscore262336.7263145.6%362757.1%
NWEBALBoxscore302376.5392660%541479.4%
KANOAKBoxscore211386.3262749.1%423058.3%
TAMNORBoxscore161156.2283544.4%421672.4%
HOU@INDBoxscore221753.3264138.8%461575.4%
MIN@JAXBoxscore251693342954%412463.1%
DETCHIBoxscore201731.5382857.6%331766%
WAS@PHIBoxscore27225-1.2232350%502566.7%
NYGDALBoxscore1073-2.9313348.4%402561.5%
NYJ@SFOBoxscore23176-11.5414050.6%282750.9%

There have been some games that followed a similar pattern to 49ers/Jets, but what makes that game stand out is how San Francisco was up 14-0 with 11 minutes left in the first quarter. In fact, I only see 25 games since 1998 where a team ran an offensive snap down 14 with over 55 minutes left in the game; the Jets were the fifth to win such a game, with the Giants the previous last such team to do so.

As always, please leave your thoughts in the comments. And the 2016 Game Scripts page is now updated.

  • Tom

    I was at the Rams game…I was thinking the Game Script might be pretty large considering Atlanta scored in the first 10 seconds of the game, and then rattled off another 34 unanswered points until the Rams finally got a score at the beginning of the 4th quarter, down 41-0. Not sure if teams actually tank, but that game looked really weird…dropped passes, missed coverages, etc.

    • Adam

      What’s the atmosphere like at a Rams game? Are the fans engaged or is it just a trendy place to be seen in LA?

      • Tom

        Hahaha…from what I saw, definitely NOT a trendy place to be seen…the Coliseum is kind of old school…not sure if “hip” folks would want to go there…well, maybe for the USC games. Of course, I’m not very hip, so who knows?

        I can’t give a fair account of the atmosphere because this was only the second NFL game I’ve ever been to, the other being a Chargers-Raiders game in San Diego a few years back (and that one could hardly be called a home game for the Chargers).

        That being said, the crowd seemed lethargic to me…basically, this was something fun to do on a Sunday. People cheered when they were supposed to, etc., but in my mind the home crowd had no affect at all on the opposing team, and I say that even if the Rams had won.

        To be fair to the LA fans, it’s hard to get excited when your team is down 21-0 half time!

        • Adam

          Lol…so I take it the Rams aren’t drawing movie stars to sit in the front row like the Lakers? Maybe Kroenke should pay Jack to go to a few games as a way to increase the “hip” factor.

          All kidding aside, as an outsider I’ve never understood the LA sports culture. It almost seems like fans want to care, but it’s not cool to care too much. I find it loony that fans will shell out hundreds or even thousands of dollars to attend a game, yet insist on missing the first quarter just to be “fashionably late”.

          • Tom

            Hahaha…well, my take (and I’m a native) is that I don’t think it’s a matter of being cool or not (although there’s certainly that element), it’s really two things:

            1. There’s a lot to do here – Disneyland, mountains close by for skiing and hiking, the beach, good weather, etc.- so people are distracted and just don’t really *need* to latch on to a team. It’s like, “Well the Rams lost…let’s go on a bike ride”. You *will* see a lot of “fans” freaking out when the Lakers are good, but that’s just because the Lakers happen to be good that year…otherwise, most folks don’t give a crap.

            2. Like any huge metropolis, there’s a ton of people constantly coming here from other states and other countries and they hang on to whatever traditions and teams and cultures they already have. There’s just not this feel of a collective whole, all backing the same team, like, I’m assuming, you’d see in Cleveland or Green Bay.

            So anyway, I don’t really know about being fashionably late, etc…I’ve never even been to a Lakers game, and I don’t see any movie stars. I think folks here are just kind of casual about the sports thing…heck, my buddy and I were laughing our heads off at the Rams game, standing up and telling people “Don’t give up, THERE’S STILL TIME. We just need 4 touchdowns in 3 minutes!”

            That being said, it should be noted that there are some HARD CORE Dodgers fans…tatoos, jerseys, the whole thing. Even when they’re losing, people go to Dodgers games, big time.

            • Richie

              I’m also a native. I think #2 is the main factor. So many people I know are fans of the team from their hometown (or their dad’s home town) .

              Now the Rams also have the problem of an entire generation that hasn’t had a home town NFL team to root for.

  • Richie

    I still couldn’t believe the Jets won. I didn’t watch the game, but saw some early highlights, and just assumed the 49ers won. I thought there was a mistake when my office pool scored a loss for me pitching the 49ers.