The Seattle Seahawks completed an almost perfect game against the Denver Broncos, defeating them to win Super Bowl XLVIII by a 43-8 final score. And even the lopsided final score indicates a game that was closer (if that’s even a possible description) than it seemed. The Seahawks dominated virtually every facet of the game, scoring on offense, defense, and special teams. Still, was the blowout the biggest in Super Bowl history?
The answer is surprisingly no, though the Broncos are ignominiously involved nonetheless. Super Bowl blowouts were more common before the turn of the 21st century, and the worst are painful to look at, depending on the fan base viewing it.
5. Super Bowl XXII, Washington Redskins 42, Denver Broncos 10 (32 point blowout).
4. Super Bowl XXVII, Dallas Cowboys 52, Buffalo Bills 17 (35-point blowout)
3. Super Bowl XLVIII, Seattle Seahawks 43, Denver Broncos 8 (35-blowout)
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2. Super Bowl XX, Chicago Bears 46, New England Patriots 10 (36-point blowout)
1. Super Bowl XXIV, San Francisco 49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10 (45-point blowout)
So, all in all a tough trip down memory lane for Broncos fans, whose team makes it on here with painful regularity. What’s interesting is that in their three blowout defeats, the Broncos had two of the better quarterbacks in league history. It’s seemingly a paradoxical situation, though in each case, Denver clearly ran into a much deeper, and more complete opponent.
Also of note, the Cowboys might have gotten closer to the record if Leon Lett hadn’t had his fumble return stolen from him at the one-yard-line by a hustling Don Beebe.
The Seahawks win has to be seen as probably more impressive than arguably any of the other ones on this list, however. Given the spectacular season that Denver had (setting records in several offensive categories, including total points), the Seahawks win shines that much brighter.
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