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. The 2007 New England Patriots, who completed a the league's first perfect 18-0 season but painfully lost in Super Bowl XLII to the New York Giants, would be a prime candidate for that category. But the Pats are far from the first team to drop the ball in the Super Bowl. The 1968 Baltimore Colts were in a similar situation as they dominated the NFL during the regular season but were upset in the title game by the New York Jets.
Other times, it's one missed play from a key player that brought a team a loss. Kickers are often picked on in this category with missed field goals costing a number of teams slim wins the Super Bowls. Scott Norwood could be the most famous of them all as he missed a 47-yard field goal in the final moments of Super Bowl XXV to allow the New York Giants to beat the Buffalo Bills. Garo Yepremian and his wildly bizarre play in Super Bowl VII rivals Norwood's fail. Yepremian, a kicker, tried to fake a field goal but ended up fumbling the ball, which was picked up by the Washington Redskins for a touchdown. Thankfully for Yepremian and the Miami Dolphins, the miscue didn't cost them the game and the Phins completed their perfect 1972 season.
As Yepremian and the 1972 Miami Dolphins will tell you, even the littlest of Super Bowl fails are still remembered for decades to come. That leads us to one conclusion: If you're going to commit an epic fail, don't do it at the Super Bowl or you will never live it down.
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 over 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.
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 have catapulted the Cowboys ahead of the Steelers and 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.
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 it's 1995 inception, booted the kickoff out-of-bounds, which allowed for the Pats to get the ball at their own 40. Tom Brady calmly led the team down the field where 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.
In a play perfect for the blooper reels for years to come, Garo Yepremian made a costly mistake in Super Bowl VII as the 1972 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.