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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:


And here's the graphic from reddit:

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.


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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