The shortest NFL game on record took place in the 1973 season between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants. The game lasted only 14 minutes and 53 seconds, making it the shortest football game ever played. The final score was a 0-0 tie, as neither team was able to move the ball even once during that span of time. The cause of such a short game was due to a thick fog which descended on RFK Stadium around kickoff time and drastically reduced visibility. Despite this, the teams still managed to get their respective plays off until the clock hit 0:00. To this day, it remains one of the most memorable games in NFL history.
The day of the game, December 16th 1973, began with gloomy weather and by kickoff time a thick fog had enveloped the stadium. Visibility was so poor that neither team was able to make any substantial headway on the field. Even though offensive plays were attempted, the conditions prevented either side from scoring. The teams competed for 14 minutes and 53 seconds before the referees declared a 0-0 tie due to the reduced visibility. To this day, it remains one of the most fascinating games in NFL history as it is still considered to be not only the shortest NFL game ever played but also one of the most remarkable matches in league history given its unique circumstances.