Arizona Cardinals and the Top 20 Teams with the Fewest Total Yards in a Playoff Game

The Carolina Panthers Made Mincemeat Out Of The Arizona Cardinals Offense In The 2014 Wild Card Round

The Carolina Panthers Made Mincemeat Out Of The Arizona Cardinals Offense In The 2014 Wild Card Round

Wow. The Carolina Panthers smothered the Arizona Cardinals today, yielding under 100 total yards, a paltry 78 to be exact – the lowest total in modern NFL history (and all of NFL history).

And by far. No other team has been held to less than 100 yards in a postseason game since the 1970 merger.

There’s more to look at here, amongst the 20 lowest yard totals in the playoffs.

Two Super Bowls make the list. The 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers and 1985 Chicago Bears both held their big game opponents to under 125 yards.

The ’85 Bears also held their NFC Championship opponents, the Los Angeles Rams, to 130 yards, helping cement that team’s legacy as either the greatest or second-greatest defense of all time.

Two rankers actually won their games (*), one of whom, the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, went on to win it all.

TEAM TOTAL YARDS SEASON ROUND OPPONENT SCORE
1. Arizona Cardinals 78 2014 NFC Wild Card Carolina Panthers 27-16
2. Minnesota Vikings 114 2000 NFC Champ. New York Giants 41-0
3. Los Angeles Rams 118 1975 NFC Champ. Dallas Cowboys 37-7
4. Minnesota Vikings 119 1974 Super Bowl Pittsburgh Steelers 16-6
5. Washington Redskins* 120 2005 NFC Wild Card Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-10*
6. New England Patriots 123 1985 Super Bowl Chicago Bears 46-10
7. Kansas City Chiefs 126 2006 AFC Wild Card Indianapolis Colts 23-8
7. Baltimore Ravens 126 2010 AFC Division Pittsburgh Steelers 31-24
9. Los Angeles Rams 130 1985 NFC Champ. Chicago Bears 24-0
10. Miami Dolphins 131 1999 AFC Division Jacksonville Jaguars 62-7
11. New York Giants 132 2005 NFC Wild Card Carolina Panthers 23-0
12. Baltimore Ravens* 134 2000 AFC Division Tennessee Titans 24-10*
13. Cincinnati Bengals 139 1970 AFC Division Baltimore Colts 17-0
13. New York Jets 139 1982 AFC Champ. Miami Dolphins 14-0
15. Houston Oilers 142 1978 AFC Champ. Pittsburgh Steelers 34-5
16. Indianapolis Colts 146 1996 AFC Wild Card Pittsburgh Steelers 42-14
17. Minnesota Vikings 148 1992 NFC Wild Card Washington Redskins 24-7
18. New Orleans Saints 149 1987 NFC Wild Card Minnesota Vikings 44-10
19. Baltimore Ravens 150 2001 AFC Division Pittsburgh Steelers 27-10
20. Miami Dolphins 151 2001 AFC Wild Card Baltimore Ravens 20-3

Modern NFL history = 1970 (AFL-NFL Merger) through the present, here.

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