NFL 2017: Scoring Reached Record Highs
NFL 2017: Scoring Reached Record Highs

A total of 11,661 points were scored during the 2016 season, the third-highest total all-time (11,985 points in 2013 and 11,680 points in 2015). Games averaged 45.55 points per game, the third-highest average since the 1970 merger and trailing only the 46.82 points per game average in 2013 and the 45.63 average in 2015. In all, 1,306 total touchdowns were scored, also the third most all-time.

 

Highest Total Points Seasons

Year Points Year Points / Game Year TDs
Source: NFL
201311,985201346.8220131,338
201511,680201545.6320151,318
201611,661201645.5520161,306

Nine NFL teams scored at least 400 points last season -- Atlanta (540), New Orleans (469), New England (441), Green Bay (432), Dallas (421), Arizona (418), Oakland (416), Indianapolis (411) and San Diego (410) -- tying the 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2015 seasons for the second-most all-time.

Those nine teams combined for a .601 winning percentage and fi ve qualifi ed for the playoffs.

Led by the NFC champion Falcons, whose 540 points tied for the eighth-highest single-season total in NFL history, many of the NFL's top-scoring offenses translated those points into wins.

Super Bowl LI featured the top-scoring team in each conference -- NFC's Atlanta (540) and AFC's New England (441).

 

NFL Teams with at least 400 Points (2016)

Team Points Record Pct.
*Playoff team (Source: NFL)
Atlanta Falcons*54011-5.688
New Orleans Saints4697-9.438
New England Patriots*44114-2.875
Green Bay Packers*43210-6.625
Dallas Cowboys*42113-3.813
Arizona Cardinals4187-8-1.469
Oakland Raiders*41612-4.750
Indianapolis Colts4118-8.500
San Diego Chargers4105-11.313

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