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That's Scorigami! The internet is abuzz with two unique NFL scorelines

Cleveland Browns' 40-25 win against the Baltimore Ravens and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers's 55-40 win against the St Louis Rams are scores that have never happened before

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb scored three touchdowns in the 40-25 Scorigami against the Baltimore Ravens. AP Photo
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb scored three touchdowns in the 40-25 Scorigami against the Baltimore Ravens. AP Photo

Maths geeks and sports fans united in celebration on Sunday after the NFL produced two results that have never happened before.

Scorigami, a concept created by John Bois, logs every result and as games progess, it offers the probability whether the score will be unique. The whole history of the league can be found drilled down to how many times a score has occured.

The scorigami scoreboard. The white gaps are scorelines that have never happened. nflscorigami.com
The scorigami scoreboard. The white gaps are scorelines that have never happened. nflscorigami.com

Due to American football's scoring system where teams typically score seven points for every touchdown and kick and three for a field goal, some results are impossible to get, such as 1-1.

If a game produces a result that has never happened before, the internet goes wild.

That's what happened in the NFL on Sunday after Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the St Louis Rams threw caution to good defence and combined for a 55-40 scoreline. It was the 1,050th unique result in the league.

Earlier the Cleveland Browns beat the Baltimore Ravens 40-25 to record the 1,049th.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston contributed to the 55-40 scorigami against the St Louis Rams. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston contributed to the 55-40 scorigami against the St Louis Rams. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

What is Scorigami?

Every game is logged and if the scoreline is unique, it's a scorigami scoreline. The most common scoreline is 20-17 which can be achieved with common seven (touchdown and extra kicking point) and three point (field goal) scoring.

It's impossible to score one point on its own in the NFL. And the occurrences of when two points are scored are rare - either through gusty play such as a two-point conversion instead of kicking after a touchdown, or through complete incompetence like a defensive team scoring a safety.

If it's a very high-scoring game or there's several instances of safeties or two-point conversions, Scorigami comes into play.

This video basically explains everything if you have 20 minutes of free time.

What's the reaction been to the double Scorigami?

Yes - everyone's gone mad:

Updated: September 30, 2019 01:54 PM

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