Biggest Upsets in Super bowl History

Posted by on November 22, 2016

4. Super Bowl XXXII: Denver Broncos defeat Green Bay Packers

It wouldn’t be a Super Bowl conversation if Brett Favre didn’t make an appearance, however he turned out to be on the losing end of the 1997 season. In the height of his prime, Favre and his three MVP awards led the defending world champion Packers against a cinderella Broncos club who had snuck under the radar in a wild card spot. Labeled as 11-point favorites, the Packer’s defense simply could not slow down John Elway as the Broncos put up 31 points in the victory.

3. Super Bowl XXXVI: New England Patriots defeat St. Louis Rams

Now before you look at the New England Patriots from a 2016 perspective and question how this was an upset, keep in mind that this Super Bowl took place over a decade ago, well before Tom Brady established himself as perhaps the greatest quarterback of all-time. Moreover, if you factor in that the Rams were 14-point favorites and were heading into their second Super Bowl in three years, the Patriots 20-17 victory proves landmark. Quarterback Kurt Warner lead the Rams to a 14-2 record, and displayed an offense that was quickly dubbed “The Greatest Show on Turf”. However turnovers proved essential, despite the Rams significantly outgaining the Patriots in total offense. In the end, Tom Brady was able to lead his team down the field and set up an Adam Vinatieri game- winning field goal which helped New England claim their first Super Bowl championship just months after the historic September 11th attacks.

2. Super Bowl III: New York Jets defeat Baltimore Colts

This serves as one of the most recognizable Super Bowl upsets of all-time primarily due to the implications that Vegas had on the game, as well as the fact that this match-up took place under the old AFL-NFL system. The Jets not only opened as 18-point underdogs in the gambling world, but also were the champions of the American Football League, which was thought have significantly less talent compared to the National Football League. Regardless, Jets quarterback Joe Namath followed up on his pregame guarantee and the Jets took home the third ever Super Bowl. Not only were the AFL Jets able to match their NFL opponents, but they won the game convincingly by opening up a 16-0 lead before allowing a late touchdown.

1.Super Bowl XLII: New York Giants defeat previously undefeated New England Patriots

In the weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLII, almost all of the conversation wasn’t about if the Giants could spring the upset, but rather if this Patriot’s team was in fact the greatest of all-time. Led by the dynamic duo of Tom Brady and Randy Moss, the Patriots flew through the regular season undefeated, and were 60 minutes away from achieving perfection. This was until Eli Manning was able to connect with David Tyree on perhaps the most recognizable play in Super Bowl history, capping the Giants comeback victory and ending the Patriots pursuit of perfection.

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