The Biggest Upset in Super Bowl History

The Biggest Upsets in Super Bowl History

As we witnessed yesterday’s Super Bowl odds divide the nation, we wanted to dive deeper to find out what makes this sporting event so popular. Yes, there are always favorites, but things don’t always go to plan as we saw in a recent NFL teammate challenge by four Tottenham Hotspur players from the English Premier League.

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Anyway, let’s get back to it and take a look at some of the Super Bowl results that haven’t gone quite as expected.

Super Bowl IV: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Minnesota Vikings

This was a game where there was only one anticipated winner, but the Chiefs had other ideas. This really should have been a walk in the park for the Vikings but the Chiefs powered through and emerged 23-7 victors.

The most Valuable Player Award (MVP) went to Chief quarterback, Len Dawson. However, the real star here was the defence. With Buck Buchanan and Willie Lanier, the Chiefs managed to hold the Vikings back with only one successful touchdown.

Super Bowl XXXII: Denver Broncos vs. Green Bay Packers

The defending champions, the Packers, were billed as the favorites here. It was supposed to be a battle between two formidable quarterbacks, Elway and Favre, but it was Terrell Davis who had the biggest impact on the game. Thanks to his three touchdowns, the Broncos went on to win 31-24 and you can be sure that many sports gamblers were left counting their losses.

As for Elway, this was far from being his finest game. However, his air-borne scramble that came late in the game has gone down in history.

Super Bowl XXXVI: New England Patriots vs. St Louis Rams

St Louis Rams were the powerhouse here and there was little doubt in anyone’s mind that they would walk away as winners. However, the Patriots pulled off a 20-17 win which was seen as being nothing short of miraculous.

It was this game that saw Tom Brady secure his place as an NFL legend. There were just 90 seconds to go, with overtime almost guaranteed, when Brady drove forward and allowed Vinatieri to secure the winner.

Super Bowl XLII: New York Giants vs. New England Patriots

Every single NFL fan can tell you where they were when this upset took place. The Patriots were all set to finish off a perfect season, but the Giants had very different ideas as they secured a 17-14 win.

This game is now viewed as a classic and many regard it as one of the biggest sporting upsets of all time. Certainly, the catch from Tyree and the touchdown from Burress will never be forgotten.