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.
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.”