For over the last decade, we have been blessed with Super Bowls that have stayed close to the end, that is until now, as the Seahawks proved once again that “defense wins championships” and record-breaking offenses fall short, as the Broncos were decimated 43-8.
So you might wonder was this the worst defeat in Super Bowl history? Well, let’s look at the past and rank the top-5 biggest losses in Super Bowl history.
5) Super Bowl XLVIII 2013 Season – Seahawks 43 Broncos 8:
This game had all the ingredients to be a classic – you had Peyton Manning and Denver’s record breaking offense, going toe-to-toe, with the number one defense led by the bone crushing secondary “The Legion of Boom.”
Instead of an epic game, we had a thrashing, as the Broncos offense started on the wrong foot from the first play giving up a safety, and did not find the end zone until the end of the third quarter when it was already too late. Seattle showed they belong in the discussion when it comes to elite defenses, as Peyton Manning adds another big game blunder for critics to heckle him about for years to come.
4) Super Bowl XXII 1987 Season – Washington Redskins 42- Denver Broncos 10:
The game started out all Broncos, as they built a 10-0 lead to start the Super Bowl off, but it was all downhill after that.
In the second quarter led by Super Bowl MVP quarterback Doug Williams, the Redskins turned it up a notch, piling up a record 35 points in the second quarter. John Elway and the Denver Broncos had nothing left after that, as their offense never sniffed the end zone after the first quarter
3) Super Bowl XXXV 2001 Season – Ravens 35 Giants 7:
Another defense that showed no mercy was Baltimore’s in 2001, led by Ray Lewis when he was in his prime.
The Ravens defense held the Giants offense to zero touchdowns, 152 total yards, forced five turnovers, and recorded four sacks in this game, sealing their place in history as one of the best defenses of all-time. If it wasn’t for a kickoff return touchdown by the Giants, this game would have ended in a shutout, which clinches this games place as one of the worst defeats in Super Bowl history.
2) Super XX 1985 Season- Bears 45 Patriots 10:
We are starting to see a trend here as we have another defense in the Bears, which can argue that they are the greatest defense ever to play the game.
This game was just downright embarrassing for the Patriots as they were held to only seven yards rushing and allowed a record seven sacks. Something interesting people seem to forget, is that New England only took a little over a minute in to the game to score, but after that, it was all Bears.
1) Super Bowl XXIV 1989 Season- 49ers 55 Broncos 10:
Yet another Super Bowl blowout the Broncos had to endure, this one at the hands of the 49ers, as they captured their fourth Super Bowl to end their decade of dominance in the 80s.
Denver had nothing for Joe Montana and the game’s MVP Jerry Rice, as Montana threw for five touchdowns and Rice who was on fire, totaling seven catches,148 receiving yards, and three touchdowns en-route to a Super Bowl record 55 points for San Francisco. The 49ers simply dominated every aspect of the game as they totaled 294 more yards than Denver and had possession of the ball over 19 minutes more than the Broncos.
Honorable Mentions: Super Bowl XXVII Cowboys 52 Bills 17, Super Bowl XVIII Raiders 38 Redskins 9, Super Bowl XXXVII Buccaneers 48 Raiders 21.
Article has been updated with a poll.