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The Chiefs’ victory over the Jaguars was the first 28-2 score in NFL history

Nick Bromberg
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Leave it up to a couple of 2-14 teams from the year prior to make some history on the NFL's opening weekend of 2013.

The Kansas City Chiefs' 28-2 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars was the first time in NFL history that a game has ended with that final score.

As you can imagine, games where teams only score a safety are quite rare, and it was the 37th game and first since 1993 when a team finished with just two points on the scoreboard.

Yes, the Jaguars' offense was that putrid. Jacksonville had two turnovers, gave up six sacks and had just 178 yards of total offense. The Jaguars scored their points on Sunday on the Chiefs' first possession of the game when they blocked a Dustin Colquitt punt and the ball rolled out of the end zone.

Chiefs-Jaguars was also one of three games on Sunday involving safeties, though in the case of the Titans and Jets, they each were able to score more points on offense.

Here are some more safety points of interest:

• The 28-2 scoreline is the 19th NFL score combination involving a team only scoring a safety.

• The most common score combinations are 2-0 and 14-2, which have happened five times each. Those 2-0 games? The Akron Pros over the Buffalo All-Americans in 1923, the Kansas City Cowboys over the Buffalo Rangers in 1926, the Frankford Yellow Jackets over the Green Bay Packers in 1928, the Packers over the Chicago Bears in 1932, and the Bears over the Packers in the most recent game in 1938.

• That 1993 game was a 7-2 win for the New England Patriots over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Patriots' touchdown came on a pass from Drew Bledsoe to Ben Coates.

• The most lopsided win involving a lone safety was the Los Angeles Rams' 45-2 win over the Baltimore Colts.

• The most common score in NFL history is 20-17, which has happened 240 times. However, the scoreline didn't happen during Sunday afternoon's slate of games.

(H/T Stefan Fatsis)

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