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On Friday, FiveThirtyEight ran a post that collected data on nearly 200,000 English soccer scores from the last 126 years. The most common score was a 1-1 draw, there were more than 13,000 0-0 draws, and an alarming number of games where one side didn't score at all. The most common reaction was that this was confirmation that, taken as a whole over the last century, soccer really is sort of dull. That in mind, a redditor called TortiseWrath made a similar graphic for all NFL scores since 1970.

First, here's the chart from the FiveThirtyEight post:

Illustration for article titled How Do The Most Common NFL Scores Compare To Soccer?
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And here's the graphic from reddit:

Illustration for article titled How Do The Most Common NFL Scores Compare To Soccer?

You'll want to at the very least click the Expand button on that image, or probably open in a new tab. You can find a version with raw totals instead of percentages here.

With how football is scored, the scores bunch differently than a sport like soccer. Its most common score is 20-17, which occurs 1.11 percent of times with the home team winning, and 0.89 percent of time in favor of the visitor. And as a whole, visitors fare much better in the NFL than they do in English soccer.

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There are a few issues with the comparison, since ideally you'd go back to the beginning of the league's days in 1920. But this is a pretty straightforward visualization of scoring in modern football.

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