Oh, come on. It was a joke, made by somebody mathematically ignorant. The odds are MUCH lower than that. Let's say the chance of the Pats scoring exactly 38 points in a given game is 10%. (That seems a little high). Let's say the chance of the opposition scoring exactly 14 points is also 10% (that seems about right, or a little low). Let's assume the two events are uncorrelated. Then the chance of an exact score of 38-14 would be 1%. Let's arbitrarily boost things, and assume that the chance is approximately 2%. Then the odds against 14 straight occurences are approximately 50^14:1, which is somewhat less than 9 * 25 * (10^20) : 1, which is less than 20,000,000,000,000,000,000,000:1 EDIT: By "less" I meant "less likely", as in "smaller probability".

I think you copied the wrong number. Those are the odds of a Herald football story actually being about football. *spygate, ambulance chasing,playing agent to contract seekers, sensationalgossip etc.*