The Packers… The Bears… Two Games, Four Points

2005-01-02 Packers vs Bears Game - Farve takes a snap - through binoculars 2
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In football, points are what matters. Points decides who wins and who loses the game. The highest you can score on a play is six points, via a touchdown, which you can then add on to with a one or two point conversion. The lowest you can score is one point, but since that one point conversion only happens after a six point touchdown, essentially the lowest you can score on a play is two points which happens by safety.

A safety occurs when the offensive player holding the ball is tackled or downed inside his own endzone. Other ways to score a safety include things like a quarterback or punter walking or running out of the back end of their own endzone, or having a holding penalty called on you in the endzone.

Regardless of how it’s scored, a safety is the lowest amount of points that can be scored by itself. That would make the lowest possible final score of a football game be 2-0.

How many 2-0 NFL games have their been?

Perfect record keeping wasn’t around during the early days of the National Football League, but a search through the available box scores of all the games played between the early 1920’s and now reveals that five games have ended by the score of 2-0. Two of those games involved the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.

On October 16th, 1932 the Packers played in Chicago against the Bears and won 2-0. Six years later, on September 18th, 1938, the Bears came to Green Bay and won 2-0.

The Packers actually had prior experience in 2-0 games, having lost one in 1928 to the Frankford Yellow Jackets.

There were two other 2-0 games found. The first one ever occurred in 1923 when the Akron Pros beat the Buffalo All-Americans and then the second one ever took place in 1926 when the Kansas City Cowboys beat the Buffalo Rangers.

Five games ever to end by the score of 2-0 and the Packers have been involved in three of them. Just think, we call 10-7 or 13-10 games a defensive battle, imagine watching or playing in a 2-0 game!

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