The biggest Super Bowl fails are not any ordinary fails. These fails are committed with the championship of the National Football League on the line and while millions of people are watching on live television around the world. Seriously, the Super Bowl is the last place you want to royally screw up but as these professional football players, teams and owners have shown, Super Bowl fails happen and they are hard to forget.
Just like it's simple to spot the biggest college football bowl game upsets, it's easy to pick on heavily favored teams who were expected to win the Super Bowl but collapsed once they hit the field.
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While it was likely not his personal doing, the Dallas Cowboys owner funded the creation of the new Cowboys Stadium, which hosted Super Bowl XLV in February 2011. The massive stadium was advertised to set attendance records with 100,000 people but fell well short after many paying fans were barred from entry due to capacity concerns from the fire marshall. As you can imagine, those fans were not too happy with either Jones or the league for the fail.Was this a big fail?
In a play perfect for the blooper reels for years to come, Garo Yepremian made a costly mistake in Super Bowl VII as the Miami Dolphins battled to complete their perfect season. Yepremian tried to fake a field goal attempt by throwing a pass rather than kicking the ball. Too bad he actually fumbled the ball, which allowed Mike Bass of the Washington Redskins to recover and return it for a touchdown.Was this a big fail?
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Sadly, Hall of Fame tight end Jackie Smith is forever known for this one play than his outstanding career. He dropped probably the easiest touchdown in Super Bowl history that ended up being the turning point in the game, a Pittsburgh victory. Yes, Smith was at the end of his career, but even at 38, you still gotta hang onto the ball.Was this a big fail?
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The Panthers had improbably tied up Super Bowl XXXVIII against New England with less than a minute to play in regulation at 29. It seemed like the game was headed to the Super Bowl's first ever overtime. So what happened? Carolina kicker John Kasay, who had been with the team since its 1995, booted the kickoff out-of-bounds, which allowed for the Pats to get the ball at their own 40. Adam Vinatieri booted another game winning Super Bowl kick for the Patriots. Had Kasay kicked the ball in bounds, the result may have been different.Was this a big fail?