Top five biggest win margins in NFL history

The NFL is always a highly competitive league. No matter who the opponent, every team has to play their hardest to earn that win. Sometimes, however, either the effort is not there or things just don't go your way. Either that or your opponent just beats you unmercifully. With that being said, let's take a look at the top five biggest NFL win margins ever.

December 8, 1940: Chicago Bears 73 - Washington Redskins 0
Washington never stood a chance. The Chicago Bears beat the Redskins up and down the field for the biggest margin of defeat ever in NFL history. Chicago destroyed Washington in every aspect of the game. The Bears ran the ball 53 times for 381 yards while holding the 'Skins to just five rushing yards on 15 carries. The Bears defense picked off three different Washington quarterbacks eight times, three of which were returned for touchdowns. Bears running back Bill Osmanski rushed for 109 yards and a score while Harry Clarke rushed for 73 yards and two scores. What makes this even worse for Washington fans was this was actually the Championship Game….

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October 18, 2009: New England Patriots 59 - Tennessee Titans 0
How can a team lose when their running back (Chris Johnson) rushes for 128 yards on only 17 carries? Oh yeah, when your quarterbacks throw for a total of -7 yards. This game was all about Tom Brady(notes), as he threw for 380 yards and six touchdown passes. Randy Moss(notes) caught eight passes for 129 yards and three scores while Wes Welker(notes) hauled in ten passes for 150 yards and two scores of his own. Patriots running back Laurence Maroney(notes) also had a great game rushing for 123 yards on 16 carries and also found the end zone.

January 15, 2000: Jacksonville Jaguars 62 - Miami Dolphins 7
Something tells me this game didn't go down as Miami quarterback Dan Marino had hoped. Starting in his last game in the NFL after an amazing career, Marino never seemed to get settled in at all. He did throw a nice 20 yard touchdown pass to Oronde Gadsden, but that only cut the lead to 41-7. Jaguars' running back Fred Taylor(notes) ran all over the Dolphins for 135 yards and a score, and also scored on a 39 yard pass as well. The Jaguars' defense ate the Dolphins alive, picking off Marino twice and also forcing six fumbles and recovering five of them during this 2000 playoff game.

January 14, 2001: New York Giants 41 - Minnesota Vikings 0
This game might not have the point differential of the biggest blowout, but the shock value is what stands out. The Giants absolutely pummeled the Vikings in this playoff game by allowing only nine first downs and 114 total yards to a team that was fifth in the NFL in points scored during the 2000 season, averaging 24.8 per game. New York held Daunte Culpepper(notes) to only 78 yards passing, and Cris Carter and Randy Moss only had five receptions combined. Giants quarterback Kerry Collins(notes) fared much better, throwing for 381 yards and five TD passes while wide receiver Ike Hilliard(notes) hauled in ten passes for 155 yards and two scores.

November 26, 1972: New York Giants 62 - Philadelphia Eagles 10
For a rivalry as intense as the Giants vs. Eagles, this game left little to the imagination. The G-Men rolled over the Eagles, allowing only eight first downs all game and caused five turnovers. New York quarterbacks threw for five touchdowns combined and running back Ron Johnson ran for 123 yards and two scores. Receiver Bob Tucker also had a nice game, catching eight passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

Honorable Mention:

September 9, 1979 - New England Patriots 56 - New York Jets 3

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Updated Wednesday, Oct 27, 2010