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What does Scorigami mean in the NFL and where does it come from?

Joshua Rogers September 6, 2021
What does Scorigami mean in the NFL and where does it come from?
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What does Scorigami mean in the NFL and where does the term come from? The quirky portmanteau is an interesting and occasional term that pops up in the NFL and beyond.

What does Scorigami mean in the NFL?

A Scorigami is when a score that has never occurred in a sport or league takes place for the first time.

It usually occurs in the NFL because of the unique nature of how points are scored in football, where it is virtually impossible to score one point on its own, as well as the rarity of the two-point safety and eight-point touchdown and two-point conversion.

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The most recent Scorigami for an NFL game occurred on 10 January 2021, when the Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 48–37.

Before that date, the scoreline of 48-37 had never happened before in the NFL.

There is an official NFL Scorigami chart that tracks results here.

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Where does Scorigami come from?

The term was coined by SB Nation sportswriter Jon Bois in 2016.

He wrote at the time: ‘Scorigami is a word I made up. It is the art of achieving a final score in an NFL game that has never happened before. As you might expect, this is pretty difficult to do.”

As of January 2021, there have been 1,066 unique scores. However, Bois and others have called Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll “the wizard of modern Scorigami, without question”.

 From 2011 to 2019, the Seahawks had at least one Scorigami every season.

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Scorigamis in other sports

While Scorigamis are common in football, they can occur in other sports too.

On 9 September 2020, MLB had its first Scorigami in 20 years.

The Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 29–9, a score that had never previously occurred in Major League Baseball.

Before that, the most recent Scorigami for an MLB game had been a 24–12 win by the Cincinnati Reds over the Colorado Rockies on 19 May 1999.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.