The biggest blowouts in Super Bowl history

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It’s the biggest game of the year, but the Super Bowl is known to not always be a nail biter. Over the years there have been some totally lopsided games. Here’s a look at some of the worst Super Bowl blowouts over the years.

Super Bowl XXIV (1990)

San Francisco 49ers, 55
Denver Broncos, 10

In Super Bowl XXIV, the 49ers gave the Broncos the biggest beatdown in Super Bowl history. The 49ers’ 55 points became and still remains the biggest among all Super Bowl blowouts, and the 45 point margin was the widest ever. Joe Montana tossed a record 5 touchdown passes and became the 3rd player to ever be named MVP of the Super Bowl and NFL MVP in the same season.

Super Bowl XX (1986)

Chicago Bears, 46
New England Patriots, 10

Mike Ditka is a Chicago legend for many reasons. He was a champion for the Bears as a player in 1963 and coached the team to their only Super Bowl victory in 1986. Ditka’s “Monsters of the Midway” dominates defensively all season, but especially shined in the Super Bowl. They caused 6 turnovers in the 36 point victory.

Super BowlXLVIII (2014)

Seattle Seahawks, 43
Denver Broncos, 8

After a safety to start the game the Broncos were in an immediate 2-0 hole. And it did not get better for Denver from there. Seattle’s defense bombarded Peyton Manning with pressure for 4 quarters. The Broncos’ offensive line could not handle the swarming front seven of the Seahawks and were forced into committing four turnovers. Linebacker Malcolm Smith took home the MVP honors after returning an interception 69 yards for a touchdown in what went down as among the the biggest Super Bowl blowouts.

Super Bowl XXVII (1993)

Dallas Cowboys, 52
Buffalo Bills, 17

Troy Aikman threw for four touchdowns and Emmit Smith ran for 108 yards as the Cowboys walked away with a stunning 35 point Super Bowl victory. The Cowboys were known for the star-studded offense but the defense was amazing in the Super Bowl. They came away with 9nine turnovers, a Super Bowl record. It was also particularly bad for Buffalo fans because the Bills became the first team to lose three-straight Super Bowls.

Super Bowl XXII (1988)

Washington Redskins, 42
Denver Broncos, 10

The Redskins were down by 10 points early in Super Bowl XXII, but they went on to shock the Broncos and the world with 42 unanswered points. When quarterback Doug Williams hurt his ankle, it looked bad for the underdog Redskins. But he returned to the game and promptly threw an 80 yard TD to Ricky Sanders to start the 42 point barrage.

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Super Bowl XXXV (2001)

Baltimore Ravens, 34
New York Giants, 7

When the Giants and Ravens met in Super Bowl XXXV it was a pretty one-sided affair that earned its place on lists of Super Bowl blowouts. Baltimore’s defense was widely recognized as the best in football and it showed in the big game. The 152 yards of total offense they allowed was the third-lowest total ever in a Super Bowl. The Ravens also recorded 4 sacks, and forced 5 turnovers. The Giants were held off the board until the closing seconds of the game to avoid the 34 to nothing shutout.

Super Bowl XXXVII (2003)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 48
Oakland Raiders, 21

Jon Gruden was the Raiders’ head coach from 1998 until 2001. Then after a contract dispute Raiders owner Al Davis “traded” Jon Gruden in a rare move. The Raiders shipped their coach to Tampa Bay for draft picks and money. But he came back to haunt them. Gruden’s new team, the Buccaneers destroyed the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII by 27 points.


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