Ranking The Super Bowls From The Worst To The Best – I Through XLV

Today we take the major undertaking of ranking the Super Bowls – I through XLV, with the 46th edition of the matchup between the Pats and Giants to be played Sunday in Indy.

When doing this list, it had nothing really to do with the teams in the game, but the quality of play, and the overall excitement of the game. We all remember those seasons of the Super Bowl being a total blowout, and needless to say, those didn’t rank high on our list.

So with that said, here’s our list. We would love to hear comments, opinions, and what you do and don’t like about the list!

45. Super Bowl XXIV 1990 San Francisco 49ers 55 Denver Broncos 10 – A snooze fest that will go down as maybe the biggest snoozer in Super Bowl history. This game was over quickly, and by halftime the 49ers led it 27-3. The game was watched by 73 million, and most of them stuck around just for the commercials.

44. Super Bowl V 1971 Baltimore Colts 16 Dallas Cowboys 13 – Two teams that played tight all day, as they made mistake after mistake. The Colts, losers two years earlier to the Jets, turned the ball over 7 times, and the game was known as the “Blunder Bowl” or the “Stupor Bowl.” There was also a number of penalties and officiating miscues. Dallas also had 4 turovers and a SB record 10 penalties. Awful game.

43. Super Bowl I 1967 Green Bay Packers 35 Kansas City Chiefs 10 – The game played in Los Angeles by Lombardi’s Packers and the Chiefs wasn’t even a sellout, and was shown on two TV networks at the time. It was a decent game for about 30 minutes, but then the Packers used two TD’s in the third quarter to turn a 14-10 game into a 28-10 blowout.

42. Super Bowl VI 1972 Dallas Cowboys 24 Miami Dolphins 3 – Dallas had been the dance already, and were known as the team “not being able to win the big games” and “next year’s champion”. They pounded Don Shula’s Dolphins, as Bob Lilly and the defense held the Dolphins run game in check, and Roger Staubach threw for just 119 yards, but the Cowboys run game slammed Miami for 252 yards. It was a slow game that Dallas simply dominated.

41. Super Bowl XX 1986 Chicago Bears 46 New England Patriots 10 – The Bears ran through the NFL that season with a defense for the ages. They put the final touches on a one-loss season with a slaughter of the Patriots, holding New England to 123 total yards and 12 first downs. The only Super Bowl for Mike Ditka as a coach, and his only mistake was giving William Perry a TD, and not one to all-time great Walter Payton.

40. Super Bowl XXXIII 1999 Denver Broncos 34 Atlanta Falcons 19 – The Falcons ‘Dirty Bird’ was no match for John Elway and the Broncos in this Super Bowl blowout. It was Elway’s final game, and he played well, throwing for 336 yards, and running in and throwing for a score and being named the games MVP. He also did it against his old coach in Dan Reeves. Still the only Super Bowl appearance for the Falcons.

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2 Responses to “Ranking The Super Bowls From The Worst To The Best – I Through XLV”

  1. Mar says:

    How you rated the Green Bay / Denver Bronco (John Elway’s first SB win) so low is laughable. It should be in the top 3. One of the greatest games ever played.

  2. John Randall says:

    Totally agree with Mar. Super Bowl XXXII had it all: Star power (Elway, Farve, Davis, Reggie White, Atwater, Holmgren, Shanahan, etc); The upset factor- the AFC hadn’t won in forever and here was an AFC Wildcard beating a defending champion for the NFC; Big plays and performances, especially Elway’s dive for a first down; the game was decided in the final minute of the game; and finally, both teams scored in each quarter! Truly a great game, certainly ranking above XXIII where two vaunted offenses only scored 36 points between them or XLIII where the Steelers struggled mightily to beat a seriously flawed Cardinals team.