History

Worst Teams to Have Won a Super Bowl

Every team that wins the Super Bowl has achieved something amazing, but not all winners are not created equal. Some are considered the greatest in history. The Packers of the late 60s are on such a list. The 49ers of the 80s and the Steelers of the 70s also inhabit that list. This, however, is the story of the worst teams to win a Super Bowl, and four reside here. Each is a good team to be sure, but they are not among the greats in history.

#1: The Jets

The Jets led by Broadway Joe were not among the best of the league as they were huge underdogs to defeat the Colts in the Super Bowl. Joe Namath guaranteed a victory, and he delivered. The shock ran through the nation for weeks after the stunning defeat of Johnny Unitas and his Colts team. Don Shula went on to have a great career as a coach, but that victory always haunted him. The Jets surely were not deserving to be known as one of the great teams in history.

#2: The Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl the next year as they came out of nowhere with Len Dawson as quarterback. Len Dawson is widely considered to be a great player, but he is not considered one of the best quarterbacks in history. The Chiefs rarely make the playoffs even today, but they have a proud franchise that hangs its hat on a Super Bowl victory that happened long ago. No one picked them to win, but somehow they did.

#3: The Indianapolis Colts

The Super Bowl won by the Colts with Peyton Manning at quarterback was against a bad Chicago Chicago Bears team that was helmed by Rex Grossman. The Colts have the distinction of employing the first black coach to win a Super Bowl, and Tony Dungy was only the second black coach to go to the Super Bowl. His opponent in that game, Lovie Smith, is the other man on that list. The Colts were led by a powerful offense, but they relied on Bob Sanders to save them on defense. Their defense had let them down many times, and they were nearly let down again. They simply were not good enough to blow away the Bears as everyone thought they should.

#4: New England Patriots

The first Patriots Super Bowl win with a young Tom Brady came as a shock to the nation. They defeated the Greatest Show On Turf, and they won the game on a field goal kick. They have gone on to be one of the best teams in the history of the game, but their first team was not all that good. They should have lost to the Rams by quite a margin, but they held on to create what is now considered a dynasty.  They are coming off a big win against the Falcons giving them their fifth of the Brady/Belichick era.  BetFirm shows that Vegas has them favored to win it yet again in 2018 as well.

#5: How Does One Judge The Worst Team?

The idea of a bad team winning the Super Bowl is not an easy one to digest. There are no bad teams making their way through the playoffs to reach the Super Bowl. One may call the Giants that beat the Patriots twice in the Super Bowl bad teams. One may consider the 2006 Super Bowl in Pittsburgh a bad team, but these teams are not bad. They are simply the most-unlikely team to win that season. They overcame odds that no one could have imagined, and they won the biggest game in the world. Their accomplishments must be lauded for how remarkable they are in retrospect.

History

Biggest Comebacks in Super Bowl History

The Super Bowl is something that is highly anticipated by millions of Americans, who all want to see an amazing game take place in front of their eyes. Based on the fact that the two best teams in the National Football League tend to wind up making it to the big game, the game is typically very competitive.

However, there are some years when a team completely dominates. If you tuned into the Super Bowl this year and watched the New England Patriots get slammed by the Atlanta Falcons in the first half, you likely thought that the Falcons were going to coast to a championship. However, the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history was about to take place, as the New England Patriots fought back and eventually took the game in overtime.

After being down by twenty five points in the third quarter, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots started chipping away at the lead. After taking the team down the field for three separate touchdowns and a field goal, the Patriots tied the game. What many people thought was impossible, after looking at the screen and realizing that the Patriots would need a miracle to make a comeback, the Patriots found themselves having a coin toss for possession in overtime. As luck would have it, the Patriots also won the coin toss and wound up getting the ball first in overtime.

The rules have changed over the last several years, making it all the more important to get the ball first in overtime. This is based on the fact that if the receiving team scores a touchdown, the game is officially over. However, if the team that gets the ball first only scores a field goal, the opposing team gets the ball back for a final drive. After getting the ball, Tom Brady wound up driving straight down the field in a short period of time. The game ended with a touchdown, effectively making this Super Bowl the biggest comeback that has ever taken place.

When you consider the next biggest margins that have been overcome in a Super Bowl, they pale in comparison. The Patriots actually hold the second biggest comeback as well, which took place just two years ago. The Patriots were down ten points to the Seattle Seahawks, who many considered to be the favorite team to win the game. After scoring two touchdowns to take a four point lead over the Seahawks, Seattle got the ball back and took the ball all the way down the field. One of the things that was most shocking about this game was the fact that Seattle had four plays on the goal line to punch the ball in, yet were stopped, despite having a dynamic running back. The New England Patriots held on again, after a thrilling comeback victory.

The New Orleans Saints had an exciting comeback as well, as they wound up beating the Indianapolis Colts in 2010, after being down by ten points in the game. Perhaps the biggest turnaround in a Super Bowl happened after the Denver Broncos took a ten point lead over the Washington Redskins. The year was 1987 and after finding themselves down by ten early in the game, the Redskins opened up the game and completely shut down the Broncos. The Redskins went on to score six touchdowns and truly embarrassed the Denver Broncos.

Most of the time when two powerhouse teams make it to the big game, it ends up being a closely contested battle. However, Tom Brady and the Patriots truly took things to a new level this year, as they came back from incredible odds. Chances are, the game will go down as one of the most impressive comebacks in history.

History

The Biggest Super Bowl Blowouts of All-Time

Making the Super Bowl is the goal of any football fan from childhood, adulthood, to actual NFL player. The dream of being in the “show” is the culmination of hard work, drive, determination, and grit. However, sometimes there are just teams in the Super Bowl that are ready for the right to be called NFL champions. The team is ready to bring the intensity from the first whistle to the final gun, and winds up running up the score. What there is today from history are ten instances of this exact situation, where the would-be champions brought their intensity on over-drive.

Super Bowl I & II

First on our list, we have to go back to Super Bowl I, and we find the Green Bay Packers with a trouncing victory over Kansas City. The first Super Bowl gave the ability for one team to say they were the first champions of the modern day NFL. With this fact of paramount importance, and with a team that played hard all year, the Packers finished off the Chiefs 35-10. The Packers, in the traditional style of a champion, would make it back to the biggest stage of sports once again the following year. This time to take on the Raiders of Oakland, where the Packers proved that year one was no fluke. With a final score of 33-14, the Packers sent the Raiders back to the black hole without the title.

Super Bowl XVIII

However, it is often said that the most dangerous team is a hungry team. This is always the case with the Raiders, as they found themselves not only moving down the field, but right to Super Bowl XVIII. Their opponents were the Washington Redskins and they were going to try to send the Raiders back home empty of a win. However, the Raiders knew the best way to celebrate their new home of only two years in Los Angeles, and that was with a crushing Super Bowl win. In addition, that was the exact result, as when the final gun sounded the Raiders had beaten the Skins 38-9.

1985 Bears

When we think of how great the 1980’s NFL was ,some great teams and players do come to mind. There was Joe Montana with the 49ers, Phil Simms and Lawrence Taylor of the Giants, but the Bears surely stood out with a bone-crushing defense, and a sweeping ground attack. Led by the likes of Walter Payton, Mike Singletary, and Richard Dent the Bears made sure the Patriots did not forget their visit to the Superdome. With a resounding final score of 46-10 and a Richard Dent MVP award, the Bears took home their championship.

Denver Broncos Woes

On the list of being on the receiving end of Super Bowl blow-outs is one thing, however, having too much experience with being blown out is unfortunate. The Denver Broncos make this unfortunate list in 3 separate appearances of Super Bowls 22, 24, and 48. I remember the classic battle of Super Bowl XXIV, as two future legends of the gridiron took the field in Joe Montana, and John Elway. The game went well, if of course you were a 49er’s fan. In this post season battle, the 49ers beat the Broncos 55-10. However, of the three Super Bowls listed the Broncos only scored an average of 9.33 points, and never scored more than 10. Meanwhile, in the Super Bowls they would allow their opponents to score an average of 46.67 points.

A loss is a learning opportunity to better your game, and come back harder next year. A loss, however, by a blowout proportion means you have to make a major correction somewhere, and somehow. This would definitely be the case if you would find yourself on this list multiple times, like the Broncos. In football and like life it is a game of inches, and you will have to fight for those inches. However, always remember as in the words of Al Pacino, “On any given Sunday you will win or lose. The question is can you win or lose like a man.”

Previews

Cities that Should Host a Super Bowl

The honor of hosting the Super Bowl is fought for every year by cities who believe themselves deserving. They present reports to the hosting committee, and the city makes a pitch that would flatter anyone. This is a story about six cities that are ready to host the big game. They may not be cities that have NFL franchises today, but they are cities that must be allowed to showcase how they will host the world for its best game.

#1: Las Vegas

Las Vegas is quite deserving of a Super Bowl because the city knows how to host a party. Sin City is the place where a guest may have anything they want, and the guests who stay in the city for the Super Bowl will be more than entertained. This place is not yet considered kosher by many NFL owners, but the time will come when Las Vegas as a Super Bowl host will happen. It is only a matter of time before the NFL cools its stances on organized gambling.

#2: San Antonio

San Antonio may not seem like the obvious choice for a Super Bowl, but the Alamodome is a large stadium that will host the game well. The Super Bowl may well be a reason to upgrade the stadium, and the city hosts a fine party every year. The Riverwalk is one of the nicest party locations in America, and it offers fine food on both sides. The visitors will hear live music, have fantastic drinks and the city will welcome everyone with open arms. It is quite simple to see why San Antonio would host a lovely Super Bowl, and the city must continue to apply for status as a Super Bowl host.

#3: Los Angeles

The new stadium that is to be built for the Rams will be an amazing stadium for the Super Bowl, and the city of Los Angeles will come out for the event. The city has been starved for football for years, and upgrading from the old LA Coliseum will help improve the beauty of the game. The weather in Los Angeles is lovely all year, and the game will host visitors who want to see Los Angeles for the first time. The newness of it all in LA will make the game special when it finally arrives.

#4: San Diego

San Diego must host the Super Bowl because of its amazing weather. The city has almost no rain all year, and the ocean breeze blows into the city at all times. There is not a person who goes to San Diego and leaves disappointed. The city will have ample reason to upgrade its stadium, and the Chargers will have a much better place to play.

#5: Honorable Mention

Atlanta and Chicago must enter this list because they are lovely cities with the facilities and passion for football. Holding the Super Bowl at Soldier Field will be a sight because the stadium has so much history. The new stadium in Atlanta is the next in line to get a Super Bowl game, and the visitor to both cities will see a city open to every new possibility.

The cities listed in this article are not the only cities that may host a Super Bowl, but they are the cities that are most-deserving. They have been without a Super Bowl for some time, and cities like Las Vegas are waiting for their first glimpse of professional football. A Super Bowl in town would bring the world to the city where they will see the market for football is strong.