Favorites have fared higher than underdogs within the Tremendous Bowl, profitable 37 of 56 video games whereas going 28-26-2 ATS (the 2015 sport between the Patriots and Seahawks closed at choose’em).
However underdogs have produced a few of the most memorable moments within the storied historical past of the Tremendous Bowl.
Primarily based on level spreads, listed below are the 5 greatest upsets in Tremendous Bowl historical past, all by double-digit underdogs:
5. Broncos (+11) over Packers, 31-24, 1998
John Elway lastly led Denver to a Tremendous Bowl win after the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame quarterback suffered three blowout losses within the NFL title sport. Elway, 37 on the time, helped arrange a tie-breaking landing within the second half by choosing up a key first down when he launched himself into the air and was knocked right into a helicopter spin in one of the vital iconic performs in Tremendous Bowl historical past.
Terrell Davis rushed for 157 yards and three TDs en path to Tremendous Bowl MVP honors within the back-and-forth affair that wasn’t determined till he punched it in from a yard out with 1:47 left.
Afterward, Broncos proprietor Pat Bowlen exclaimed, “This one’s for John!” after he was handed the Lombardi Trophy.
4. Chiefs (+12) over Vikings, 23-7, 1970
A yr after the Jets surprised the Colts in Tremendous Bowl III (see beneath), the AFL champion Chiefs proved it wasn’t a fluke by dominating the Vikings in Tremendous Bowl IV. Kansas Metropolis led 16-0 at halftime and held Minnesota to 67 speeding yards whereas making three interceptions and recovering two fumbles.
3. Giants (+12) over Patriots, 21-17, 2008
The 2007 New England Patriots have been 35 seconds away from the one good 19-0 season in NFL historical past when Plaxico Burress scored the profitable TD for the Giants, hauling in a 13-yard go from Eli Manning.
The Patriots, who beat New York 38-35 within the remaining sport of the common season to finish the league’s first 16-0 marketing campaign, went forward 14-10 within the Tremendous Bowl on Tom Brady’s 6-yard TD go to Randy Moss with 2:42 left.
However that was greater than sufficient time for the Giants, who responded with an 83-yard drive highlighted by David Tyree’s iconic “Helmet Catch.”On third down at midfield, Tyree made a leaping one-handed catch by which he pinned the soccer to the crown of his helmet for a 32-yard first down conversion.
Bettors beat Nevada sportsbooks out of an official state report $2.57 million on the sport. It was one in all solely two Tremendous Bowl losses by the state because it began monitoring them in 1991. The opposite was the 1995 Tremendous Bowl between the 49ers and Chargers.
2. Patriots (+14) over St. Louis Rams, 20-17, 2002
In Tom Brady’s first season as a starter, he led defensive-minded New England to its first Tremendous Bowl title as a two-TD underdog to the high-flying Rams, aka the “Biggest Present on Turf.”
The Patriots turned three turnovers into 17 factors for a 17-3 lead earlier than Kurt Warner and Co. rallied for 2 late fourth-quarter TDs to tie the sport with 1:30 left. As announcer John Madden urged New England to play for extra time, Brady engineered the game-winning drive, marching the Patriots 53 yards in 9 performs to arrange Adam Vinatieri’s 48-yard subject purpose as time expired.
New England went on to win 5 extra Tremendous Bowls and Brady received six extra. The Rams needed to wait 20 years and transfer again to Los Angeles earlier than profitable one other one.
1. Jets (+18) over Baltimore Colts, 16-7, 1969
“Broadway Joe” Namath famously assured his AFL champion Jets would beat the closely favored NFL champion Colts.
New York’s protection backed up his phrases because it pressured 5 turnovers, together with 4 interceptions, choosing off Baltimore starter Earl Morrall thrice and backup Johnny Unitas as soon as.
The Jets led 7-0 at halftime and constructed a 16-0 lead within the fourth quarter earlier than the Colts scored their solely TD with 3:32 left.
Namath accomplished 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards and no TDs or interceptions en path to incomes Tremendous Bowl MVP honors. He was the primary participant in Tremendous Bowl historical past to be named MVP with out accounting for a TD. The victory was the primary Tremendous Bowl win for the AFL, which merged with the NFL in 1970.
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