Top 10 Biggest Super Bowl Blow-Outs
By Joshua Bauer
January 30, 2012 4:37 pm
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There is nothing worse than a bad Super Bowl. With only two teams left to care about come championship time, there is only a small percentage of the nation who are actually invested in the competitors. Apart from homeowners and the occasional pockets of die hards for each team across the country, most of the rest of us football fans are just hoping for a good game. Sure, it's fun to watch a team you love crush another, weaker opponent under their cleated heel, but when you're just turning in as a football lover and you have to watch the same game, it can get pretty boring.
The great Super Bowls have always been close games, one's fought down to the wire. Wide right to end Super Bowl XXV. The Titans just a couple yards short to end XXXIV. David Tyree starting and finishing his career with his winning catch in XLII. Miami almost blowing the perfect season in the nail-biter 14-7 Super Bowl VII. These are the games the remain with you long after they're played, the ones you treasure and reminisce about with buddies years down the road. The miraculous. The historic. The things that makes us love football.
For those who love articles about things like that, turn back now. Read no further if you love stories of last second victories and come from behind losses, because you'll find none of that glorious nonsense here. Nope, what follows for you lucky few who persist in reading are the ten biggest blowouts in Super Bowl history. The one-sided, boring, never in doubt, "Thank God for the commercials" games that make us cringe during the two weeks leading up to the "big game". They're the party ruiners, the seasons spoilers, but here they are anyway for your... I guess, enjoyment?
10. XII-Broncos vs Cowboys, Louisiana Superdome, 1/15/78
Ah, Denver, you sure did have to lose alot of Super Bowls before you got yours. This was Denver's first trip to the holy land of the NFL, taking their Orange Crush defense to face Roger Staubach and a Dallas team that owned the 1970's (it was their fifth Super Bowl trip in that decade). Dallas' Doomsday Defense (whatever happened to all the cool nicknames?) just dominated Broncos' QB Craig Morton all day, who had 4 of Denver's 7 turnovers at the half, while Staubach played INT-less football in the face of Tom Jackson and the pressuring Denver D. In the end, Dallas' defense lived up to their name and the entire eleven man roster was initially nominated for MVP, though it was decided to give it to DE Harvey Martin and DT Randy White (the only co-MVPs of the Super Bowl). Denver, meanwhile, put up a paltry showing, never crawling closer than 10 points, with QB Morton (who,ironically, lost the Dallas QB job to Staubach in the 60s) putting up Tebow-esque numbers (4-15, 19 yds). The first of several Broncos' losses, a messy game, and, unless you were a Dallas fan, horribly unenjoyable. Final score 27-10
9. XL-Steelers vs Seahawks, Ford Field, 2/5/2006
It was against Seattle... What did you really expect was going to happen? Granted, the Seahawks were 13-3 in 2005, but they're an NFC West team and that division has been largely junior varsity compared to the rest of the NFL in the last decade or so (Arizona had a good season, 49ers just had one, but even counting the Rams, that division can never seem to get it together longer than a season per team). While the storylines surrounding the game were interesting (Steelers were a six seed, Seahawks were 11-1 to end the season with the highest scoring offense in the league) and the match ups were great (Alexander vs Bettis, rookie Roethlisberger vs veteran Hasselbeck), it suffered from West Coast bias. See, in the NFL, teams in the west seem to get this horrible reputation as being too far away to care about here on the east coast, and they are largely (unfortunately) trivialized. Four o'clock games are mostly ignored, seen as lesser, so those teams go unknown save for a couple good runs. While the game was actually tight, with a see-saw score that was up for grabs until the 4th, the eventual Steelers victory seemed somehow less exciting and meaningful because it was over Seattle, who didn't live up to their regular season billing at all. Maybe it's just me, but this one was only a big deal if you loved the Steelers, or if you hate bad officiating (many blamed several bad calls for the loss). Final score 21-10.
8. I - Chiefs vs Packers, LA Memorial Coliseum, 1/15/67
The game that marked the merger, Kansas City had beaten Buffalo for the right to face Green Bay in the first AFL-NFL Championship Game, the Super Bowl (or the Supergame as some termed it). Unfortunately, the contest itself turned out to be vastly less than the hype made it out to be. Both teams were looking to establish their league's dominance, both trying to become the "Big Dog" in the new era of football. Unfortunately, only Vince Lombardi and the Packers made these goals a reality, dominating the AFL scoring leaders and making the Chiefs interception hungry secondary look like they were playing in slow motion. Though the Chiefs put up a solid fight in the first half, down by only four at the break and leading in several stat categories, they never showed up in the second and were outscored 21-0 the rest of the way. The Packers owned Kansas City in every statistical category (even penalties) and didn't even let the Chiefs past midfield in the second half. Again, barring the history of the game, this was a pretty boring contest, with no real question about who would emerge victorious. Final score 35-10.