super bowl The Worst Super Bowls of All Time

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Of the many Super Bowls played in NFL history, not all of them have always lived up to the hype that comes with the Big Game. Sure, the Super Bowl ads still sold for millions of dollars and the halftime show may or may not have featured an aging rock star or a wardrobe malfunction, but the Super Bowl games themselves, (you know, the actual football parts), really blew.

Even though the Super Bowl (the NFL's championship game), technically, matches up the top two teams in the league to vie for the Lombardi Trophy, there have been some real downers. Some were disasters for one team or the other, some were low scoring defensive struggles, and some were such big blowouts that they lacked any kind of on field excitement.

What were worst Super Bowls of all time? These are the biggest Super Bowl blowouts, most boring Super Bowl match ups, and even a few were among the highest scoring Super Bowl ever, but just weren't any fun to watch. Cast your votes below to rank the absolute worst, definitely NOT super, Super Bowls in football history.
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3 people just voted on Super Bowl XLVIII (Seattle Seahawks Beat Denver Broncos)


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Super Bowl XLVIII was one of the league's worst for many, many reasons. The pre-game drama included the matchup between the No. 1-ranked defense of the Seattle Seahawks against the No. 1-ranked offense of the Denver Broncos, with both team's units boasting All-Pro talent.

Seattle's defense suffocated Peyton Manning and Denver's offense, though, holding them in check from the first play on - which was a safety after the snap sailed over Manning's head.

Final Score:
Seattle 43, Denver 8
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Super Bowl XXVII (Dallas Cowboys Beat Buffalo Bills)


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The first of back-to-back match ups between the Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys in the Big Game, Super Bowl XXVII proved that the Bills were no match for America's Team.

After an exciting first quarter that included three touchdowns and a 14-7 Dallas lead, the Cowboys turned it on the remaining three quarters, outscoring the Bills 38-10 and routing them for their first title in 15 years.

Final Score:
Dallas 52, Buffalo 17
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Super Bowl XXIV (San Francisco 49ers Beat Denver Broncos)


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One team that didn't have great Super Bowl luck during the 80s? The Denver Broncos. Although they made the Big Game quite a bit during the decade, they failed to ever really compete in one.

Super Bowl XXIV was no different, as the Broncos couldn't stop the San Francisco 49ers's vaunted offense, getting blown out on the biggest stage and setting an NFL record for the largest point margin in the Super Bowl history.

Final Score:
San Francisco 55, Denver 10
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Super Bowl XXXV (Baltimore Ravens Beat New York Giants)


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Every once in a while there's a team that is just destined to win the Lombardi Trophy, and after watching Super Bowl XXXV, it was clear that the Baltimore Ravens was that team.

Boasting one of the most suffocating defenses in the league's history, the Ravens left no doubt that they'd earned that title, burying the New York Giants in decisive fashion, with Baltimore's defensive leader, Ray Lewis, earning game MVP honors for his performance and leadership of his defensive mates.

Final Score:
Baltimore 34, New York 7
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Super Bowl XX (Chicago Bears Beat New England Patriots)


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Most sports fans remember this one because it involved the Chicago Bears doing their "Super Bowl Shuffle" and the team's massive defender, William Perry, scoring a rushing touchdown.

While the New England Patriots might have been a great underdog story that fans were interested in supporting, the Bears squashed their hopes early, leading 23-3 at halftime before pouring it on in the second half.

Final Score:
Chicago 46, New England 10
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Super Bowl XXII (Washington Redskins Beat Denver Broncos)


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Another bad performance by the Denver Broncos on the big stage, the Denver Broncos would have been better off just sitting in the locker room than actually taking the field against the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXII.

Even after taking a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, Denver flopped mightily, giving up 35 second quarter points to lose in another embarrassing performance.

Final Score:
Washington 42, Denver 10
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Super Bowl XXVIII (Dallas Cowboys Beat Buffalo Bills)


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The rematch between the Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XXVIII was a little prettier than the game they had played just 12 months earlier—but it still ended with Buffalo on the losing end.

Cleaning up a few mistakes they made in the previous matchup, Buffalo failed to slow down Dallas running back Emmitt Smith, who ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns on his way to winning the game MVP trophy. The game ended a stretch of four-straight Super Bowl losses for Buffalo, as well.

Final Score:
Dallas 30, Buffalo 13
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Super Bowl XXXVII (Tampa Bay Buccaneers Beat Oakland Raiders)


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For all intents and purposes, Super Bowl XXXVII was pretty much over by halftime, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers led the Oakland Raiders 20-3 after two quarters thanks to a tremendous defensive effort.

The second half only showed the Bucs were about as good on defense as everyone initially believed, picking off five passes from Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon and returning three for defensive touchdowns. This game was also a nice payback for Tampa head coach Jon Gruden, who had been traded to the team from Oakland the previous offseason.

Final Score:
Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 21