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What scores have never happened in the NFL?

Due to NFL scoring rules many outcomes remain unseen, while others are simply non-viable. Scores that have never happened before are known as Scorigami.

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Noah Fant #87 of the Denver Broncos is tackled by C.J. Mosley #57 of the New York Jets at Empower Field At Mile High on September 26, 2021, in Denver, Colorado.
MATTHEW STOCKMANAFP

With the NFL season underway everyone is waiting for the potential moment where a game ends in a result that has never happened before. There are 1,421 missing scores in NFL history. If a game produces a result that has never happened before, the internet goes wild and shouts Scorigami! But what is Scorigami?

Scorigami!

The word Scorigami is a concept created by Jon Bois and refers to all the NFL scores that have never happened before.

The official scoring rules award scores of a two-point safety, three-point field goal, six-point touchdown, seven-point touchdown + one-point extra point, eight point touchdown + two-point extra point, and the latest implementation in 2015 of a one-point score. Until that date, one-point scoring was impossible as an extra point play was ruled dead and the referee would stop the play.

There is still a long list of score possibilities up to 70-70 (considered to be the highest "possible" score) that have never happened before in NFL history. Some of the basic Scorigami results are 2–2, 4–0, 4–2, 4–3, 4–4, 5–2, 5–4, 5–5, 6–4, 6–5, 7–4, 8–2, 8–4, 9–4, 11–2, 11–4. After that, the numbers ending in digits 2,4,5, and 8 repeat constantly.

Impossible scores in NFL football

Due to the scoring rules mentioned above, some results are impossible to get. Among the non-viable outcomes are 1-1, 1-0, 2-1, 3-1, 4-1, 5-1, and 7-1.

Five to 1 is impossible because it can only occur after a field goal and a conventional safety while 7 to 1 is also impossible because a team can only get to 7 after scoring a touchdown by successfully kicking a PAT.

However, one of the questions often asked is: "Why is 6-1 not impossible?"

6 to 1 used to be unviable until the one-point safety was introduced in 2015. However, it's such a rare situation to happen under NFL rules, that likely it won't be happening any time soon. For the result to be achieved, the winning team has to score a touchdown and in the following one-point safety attempt somehow make such a poor play that they end up getting scored against.

This outcome has never happened in the NFL and has only been seen twice in NCAA football.

Check all missing results here.

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