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Breaking Down the 10 Worst Super Bowl Mismatches Of All-Time

While there’s been plenty of good and memorable games in Super Bowl history, there’s been some blowouts along the way as well. Remember the stretch between 1984 and 1989 when the closest game was 19 points? Yes, it’s happened, and today we are going to go through the Top 10 Super Bowl Mismatches of All-Time.

10. Baltimore Over New York Giants 34-7 in SB XXXV in 2001 – The Ravens defense overwhelmed Kerry Collins and the Giants, as Brian Billick topped good friend Jim Fassel on the stage in Tampa. Trent Dilfer remains the worst starting QB to win a Super Bowl, but hey, at least he’s got one.

9. Oakland Over Minnesota 32-14 in SB XI in 1977 – Yet another Vikings letdown, this time at the hands of John Madden and the silver and black. The Raiders D stopped the Vikings run game, and Raiders back Clarence Davis, who had just over 500 yards during the season, ran for 137 in the win for Oakland.

8. Green Bay Over Oakland 33-14 in SB II in 1968 – There was no way the Packers would lose in Vince Lombardi’s last game as coach for the Pack, and they pounded the Raiders 33-14 for the back to back titles. Up 16-7 at half, Packers guard Jerry Kramer said to his teammates (referring to Lombardi), “Let’s play the last 30 minutes for the old man.” They did, as they went on for the 19-point easy win.

7. Denver Over Atlanta 34-19 in SB XXIII in 1999 – The upstart Falcons were crushed by the offense led by John Elway in his last game in the NFL. The HOF QB threw for 336 yards, threw a TD and ran for one in his final game. The Falcons were just happy to be there after upsetting the 15-1 Vikings two weeks before.

6. Washington Over Denver 42-10 in SB XXII in 1988 – The unlikely story of Doug Williams, who in one quarter won the MVP with five TD passes. Denver couldn’t stop the Skins, allowing over 600 yards of offense, including 204 to an unknown RB named Timmy Smith.

5. Dallas Over Miami 24-3 in SB VI in 1972 – Dallas finally got over the hump, as Tom Landry’s team had knocked on the door so often, but finally won one behind two TD passes for Roger Staubach and a defense that allowed Miami just three points. Dallas’ D stopped Paul Warfield all day, and that was all they needed to do to win their first title.

4. Dallas Over Buffalo 52-17 in SB XXVII in 1993 – Over at halftime with the Cowboys leading 28-10, they crushed the Bills in putting up a record 52 points. Troy Aikman was named Super Bowl MVP, completing 22 of 30 passes for 273 yards and four touchdowns. Buffalo turned the ball over 9 times, still an NFL record. It was their third straight SB loss.

3. San Francisco Over San Diego 49-26 in SB XXIX 1995 – The coming out party for Steve Young, he finally escaped Joe Montana’s shadow with a huge game, throwing six touchdowns. The Niners led 28-10 at the half, and it was never close as they blew out the Chargers who had upset the Steelers two weeks earlier.

2. San Francisco Over Denver 55-10 in SB XXIV 1990 – It was a blowout from the coin toss, as Montana threw 22 of 29 passes for a total of 297 yards and then a Super Bowl record 5 touchdowns. The Niners led 27-3 at halftime, and Elway and the Broncos were no match for this awesome outing by San Fran.

1. Chicago Over New England 46-10 in SB XX 1986 – Never a game, unless you felt the Pats actually had a shot against the best Super Bowl defense ever at 3-0. The Bears toyed with the Pats, setting Super Bowl records for sacks (seven) and fewest rushing yards allowed (seven). The Bears’ 36-point margin over the Patriots was a Super Bowl record until Super Bowl XXIV (45). The Patriots were held to negative yardage (-19) throughout the entire first half, and just 123 total yards in the entire game, the second lowest total in Super Bowl history.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. Ben Dover

    February 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Matt Loede, you’re an idiot. The Bears didn’t have the best Super Bowl defense ever, I can’t beleive you are even allowed to write on this blog you moron.
    Who did the Bears play in Super Bowl XX, nobody, that alone is why they were able to be dominant defensively.
    Do you think they would have been able to shut down the 1985 Miami Dolphins like that? No, they may even lost if that was the match-up like they did during the ’85 regular season.
    All-time great defenses repeat as champions, they doninate for years, they aren’t a flash-in-the-pan, lucky to get there, one-time shot, loud mouth who make crappy music videos.
    You are a typical brain-dead ESPN viewer, gobbling up their bile as fact. Here are some facts about great defenses,
    From 1983-88 the Bears were in the top 10 of NFL defenses, with 3 #1s.
    From 1974-1981 the Steelers were in the top 10 of NFL defenses, with 2 #1s.
    From 2000-2011 the Steelers were in the top 10 of NFL defenses, with 4 #1s.
    The difference is that the Steelers of the 70’s were 4 of 5 in AFC Championship Games and the Steelers of the 00’s were 3 of 5 in AFC Championship Games.
    The Bears were 1-2. That’s not a great defense.

    • Jonesy

      February 3, 2011 at 10:51 pm

      Matt wrote “best Super Bowl defense” and I’m pretty sure that by qualifying his comment with that he’s referring to Super Bowl games, not regular season stats… before you call someone an idiot, learn how to read! Then after you do that, please tell the rest of us idiots out here which “Super Bowl defense” was better than the Bears in that game.

  2. Rachel

    February 3, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    STEELER FANS! Go to and LIKE the post about the Steelers! It’s a contest, and we need the most “likes” so we don’t have to dress up in cheese-head hats! HELP US OUT! If we win, a bunch of Packer’s fans have to chant “Here We Go, Steelers” while waving their Terrible Towels! HA!

  3. john

    February 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Ben your a tard, the Bears defense of 85 WAS the best defense for a ONE-GAME Super Bowl ever. Yeah the Steelers D was great, but the Bears were historic, as was the 2001 Ravens. For ONE GAME – I’ll go in this order

    85 Bears
    01 Ravens
    76 Steelers (who didn’t even make the SB)

    before you start calling people names, do yourself a favor and realize one thing – he writes it, you read it – now who is the moron?

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