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Week 5 of the NFL saw one of the greatest and highest scoring games of all time when the Denver Broncos beat the Dallas Cowboys 51-48.

The teams compiled a staggering 99 points, which is the fourth most of all time. With this offensive explosion we thought we’d take a look at some of the classics from down the years.

2006 AFC Championship Game - New England 34 Indianapolis 38

This contest was one of the great matchups of recent years not only was it an AFC Championship with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line but it had Peyton Manning and Tom Brady facing off, perhaps the best QB rivalry of the last decade.

It was the first time that Manning had managed to get a victory against Brady in the playoffs, though he had to do it the hard way after being down 21-6 at halftime.

1986 - Miami Dolphins 45 New York Jets 51

This game is still talked about to this day some 27 years after it took place. The Dolphins and the Jets are big rivals so this had a lot riding on it; both quarterbacks threw for more than 400 yards with the great Dan Marino being outgunned by New York’s Ken O’Brien.

The Jets scored a touchdown on the last play of the game to send it to overtime where Wesley Walker pulled in the winning TD pass. New York ensure that this game is never forgotten by Dolphins fans.

2009 NFC Wild card game – Green Bay 45 Arizona 51

A playoff classic. Kurt Warner and Aaron Rodgers slugged it out in the wild card round and it was the veteran Warner that got the victory. Towards the end of the game it was a case of ‘you score, we score’ as neither defence seemed capable of stopping the opposition.

Ironically Karlos Dansby ended the game on a great defensive play, he recovered Aaron Rodgers' fumble and returned it into the endzone to send the Arizona crowd wild. Rodgers and the Packers would get their chance the next season when they went all the way and won the Super Bowl.

1966 – Washington Redskins 72 New York Giants 41

This game still holds the record for the highest total points in a single game and as you can see the record has stood for nearly 50 years. Neither quarterback put up big numbers because it was the running backs that did the damage, a sign of a different era of American Football when it wasn’t a pass happy league. You have to ask yourself which will be done first; this points scoring record or England winning the World Cup? The way Peyton Manning is going it could be next week!

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