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When the offense doesn’t get far: games with the shortest longest plays

The longest play from scrimmage in Week 5’s Dolphins-Titans game was only 17 yards.ย  Is this the lowest ever?

Shortest longest play from scrimmage, 1981-2017

Scores are linked to the box score atย Pro Football Reference. Does not include defense or special teams.

Both teams

Game Date Length Notes
Broncos 13, at Bears 3 12/18/1993 16 39 degrees and rainy at kickoff;
mud-soaked field (pictured above)
Giants 21, Redskins 10 10/28/1990 17
Dolphins 30, Patriots 10ย  10/7/2001 17 Tom Brady’s first loss as starting QB
Dolphins 16, Titans 10 10/8/2017 17 A Titans 59-yard TD pass was nullified by offensive pass interference.
Packers 35, 49ers 14 1/4/1997
NFCย DIVISIONAL
18 34 degrees, rainy, and 20 mph wind at kickoff
Bills 13, at Ravens 10ย  10/31/1999 18 The Bills gained 29 yards on a combined pass + roughing-the-passer penalty.
Saints 24, at Buccaneers 21 10/23/1983 19
Dolphins 42, Chiefs 0 10/11/1987
STRIKE GAME
19
Houston Oilers 17, Chiefs 7 9/16/1991 19 The Oilers gained 25 yards on a combined pass + personal foul penalty.
Colts 6, at Patriots 0 12/6/1992 19 32 degrees and 20 mph wind at kickoff;
attendance: 19,429 (lowest in Foxboro Stadium history for non-strike game)
Jaguars 17, at Steelers 3 10/3/1999 19 The Steelers were safetied on each of their final two drives.
Lions 14, at Saints 10 9/3/2000 19 The Saints gained 27 yards on a pass interference penalty.
Giants 16, Eagles 3 9/30/2007 19 Osi Umenyiora had 6 of the Giants’ record-tying 12 sacks.
Ravens 28, Browns 10 9/21/2008 19

Single team

Game Team Date Length Notes
Packers 21, Buccaneers 0 TB 12/1/1985 11 The infamous “Snow Bowl”.
Redskins 23, Eagles 0 PHI 9/30/1991 11
Lions 19, at Bengals 13 CIN 11/22/1992 11
Cowboys 27, Giants 0 NYG 9/8/1996 12
Giants 17, at Buccaneers 13 NYG 9/12/1999 12 The Giants won despite making just 4 first downs in 15 drives.
Jaguars 6, Ravens 3 JAX 11/14/1999 12
Texans 21, at Jaguars 0 JAX 12/26/2004 12
Jets 17, at Patriots 6 NYJ 11/15/1981 13 rain, 20 mph wind
Dolphins 12, at Bills 0 MIA 9/4/1983 13 Dan Marino made his NFL debut two weeks later.
Houston Oilers 7, Chiefs 6 HOU 10/9/1988 13 Warren Moon missed the game due to a broken shoulder;
backup Cody Carlson broke his thumb in the first quarter
Saints 10, Falcons 9 ATL 12/18/1988 13
Steelers 16, Chargers 3 SD 10/10/1993 13 PFR mistakenly credits John Friesz with a 31-yard pass.
Steelers 14, Eagles 3 PHI 12/11/1994 13 Randall Cunningham’s final game as an Eagle.
49ers 17, Bears 0 CHI 12/17/2000 13 The Bears gained 26 yards on a combined pass + face mask penalty.
Jets 13, at Panthers 12 CAR 10/28/2001 13
Lions 9, Cowboys 7 DET 11/3/2002 13 The 3-5 Lions lost their next 8 games.
Packers 9, Vikings 7 MIN 12/21/2006 13 36 degrees and rainy at kickoff.
Steelers 31, Browns 0 CLE 12/28/2008 13 Bruce Gradkowski went 5/16 for 18 yards and 2 interceptions.
Colts 23, Titans 0 TEN 12/28/2008 13 The Titans had already clinched home-field advantage and were resting many starters.
Chargers 31, Jets 0 NYJ 10/5/2014 13 Geno Smith missed a Saturday night team meeting because he misadjusted for the time-zone change.

 

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