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Old 12-23-2013, 05:03 PM
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Off hand I can't think of one myself, but I'd bet more knowledgeable fans recall a game they feel is the worst they've seen.

Yesterday I watched the Patriots - Ravens game. For a time it seemed every play drew a flag; 16 penalties makes that game a bit of a stinker, especially as the Ravens scored only 7 points in a home game and gave up 41 to the Patriots. The Cardinals - Seahawks game had 16 penalties too, but all that aside, is there an awful game you can recall?

Some folks think the 10-24-2010 game between the Redskins and Bears was among the worst ever, marked by 9 turnovers (6 for Chicago, 3 for Washington), 6 sacks, a combined 17% conversion rate on 3rd downs, 13 penalties; yuck.

Here's an NFL page on the ten worst games of the 2010 season, and the above listed Redskins-Bears disaster didn't even rate a mention. My Broncos are listed TWICE, including a fiasco of losing 43-13 at the Cardinals when Kyle Orton flopped. BTW, Orton will fill the void left by Tony Romo's back injury.

Ten worst of the decade?

Maybe there are too many awful games to list?

Whatever, if you got a stinker stuck in your craw, let 'er rip here!
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Old 12-23-2013, 06:35 PM
Location: Beacon Falls, CT
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I have one from 2010 that wasn't on your list. Miami at NYJ, week 14.

Quarterbacks combined to go 22 of 63 for 271 yards with a touchdown and a pick. Running backs combined for 63 carries and 188 yards (less than 3 a carry). There were 7 total fumbles, 4 of which were lost (three by Miami and one by New York). Throw in 11 combined sacks (6 for Miami and 5 for New York) and it was far and away the ugliest game I have ever bore witness to.

No lie - 9 of the Jets drives that afternoon began at their 30 or better. 5 of those 9 drives began at their 40 or better! And Gang Green could only muster 6 points. The game had 4 total scores and only one of them was a legitimate drive that wasn't preceded by a turnover. Lengths of the scoring drives: 13, 26, 21, 71.

It doesn't get much worse than that in the NFL.
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Old 12-23-2013, 06:56 PM
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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The "Snowplow Game" between New England and Miami. The first of many BS wins for the Pats.
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by UconnHuskies630 View Post
It doesn't get much worse than that in the NFL.
While undoubtedly bad, that game may have seemed like a barn burner compared to the Browns at Bills match-up I witnessed in 2009.

Cleveland Browns vs. Buffalo Bills - Box Score - October 11, 2009 - ESPN

Derrick Anderson lead the Browns to a 6-3 victory over the Bills while completing 2 of 18 pass attempts for 23 yards. Trent Edwards went 16 of 31 for 152 yards. Both QBs threw a pick. With the exception of a big end around by Cribbs and a long scramble by Edwards both teams had below average rushing games.

This game was so bad, Bills fans actually joined together in Buffalo and across the nation, and raised enough money to put up a Fire Dick Jauron billboard the following week.

Edit: When I clicked on the OPs link for the 10 worst of the decade I figured that game had to be there, sure enough, #2.
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Old 12-23-2013, 10:56 PM
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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Monday Night Football October 24, 1983

NY Giants 20, St. Louis Cardinals 20

Both teams came into the game at 2-5.

In a battle of two medicore NFC East rivals, the Cardinals and Giants played for nearly five hours--and STILL couldn't produce a winner, as the game ended in a 20-20 tie, the last deadlock to date on MNF.

This game has often been called the worst game in the history of MNF. The Giants were a terrible team in their first season under coach Bill Parcells, while the Cardinals were their usual mediocre selves. Cardinals K Neil O'Donoghue missed three field goals in overtime--including a 19-yard gimmie--to keep the game tied.

Some stats
Passing - NYG 20-46 210 yds., 0 TDs, 2 INTs... STL 16-33 204 yds., 0 TDs, 3 INTs
Penalties - NYG-11... STL-9
Punts - NYG-10... STL-7 (both punters averaged only 35 yds. per punt)
4 total missed field goals

I was 15 and I remember how bad that game was.
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Old 12-24-2013, 05:56 AM
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Superbowl between the Steelers and Seahawks. Horrible officiating. Terrible coaching on both teams. Neither team was really the best and both sneaked or lucked into it.
Oh, well. It gave me some quotes I attribute to Bill Cowher I use every year:
" Good playing and an easy schedule only get you so far, LUCK is sometimes what gets you to the Superbowl."
" Sometimes the best teams don't get to the Superbowl, its the LUCKY ones that do."
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Old 12-24-2013, 06:41 AM
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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Good post! Many times, teams that are consistent all year, balanced, get bounced. The last 3 Super Bowls were won by teams that were lower seeds and as they say, got hot, had to win on the road to get in, battle tested. Sometimes the bye week isn't necessarily a good thing. When was the last time the #1 and 2 seed won the Super Bowl???
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Old 12-24-2013, 06:46 AM
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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Worst game I've ever seen. Any game Curtis Painter started for the Colts. Some painful to watch stuff.
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Old 12-24-2013, 07:21 AM
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As I've been a Denver Bronco fan since 1962, I've seen some ugly performances out of them, here's one of them;

Opening game of the 1965 season. Played at Houston, the final score was Oilers 45, Broncos 7. This one is notable as in this game the Broncos could not get a first down the entire game, be it running, passing, or penalty. IIRC at the time it set a pro football record for futility. The touchdown happened on a kickoff return by Goldie Sellers that went for 95 yards.
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Old 12-24-2013, 09:24 AM
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I think it was in the late 80s or early 90s. Dallas Vs Atlanta. Both teams were down to their third string QB. It was a battle between Hugh Millen and Babe Laufenberg. No more needs to be said.
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