39. Super Bowl XI – Oakland Raiders 32, Minnesota Vikings 14 – Jan. 9, 1977

Great matchup on paper, but this was never in doubt for John Madden’s steady Raiders.

38. Super Bowl XVIII – Los Angeles Raiders 38, Washington Redskins 9 – Jan. 22, 1984

This was yet another blowout at a time when Super Bowls were almost never competitive, but at least Marcus Allen put on a hell of a show.

37. Super Bowl XL – Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Seattle Seahawks 10 – Feb. 5, 2006

DETROIT - FEBRUARY 05:  Wide receiver Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers scores a touchdown on a pass from receiver Antwaan Randle El #82 in front of cornerback Marcus Trufant #23 of the Seattle Seahawks in the fouth quarter of Super Bowl XL at Ford Field on February 5, 2006 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

When you think of this game, you think of bad officiating. Combine that with bad quarterback play and it’s hard to reminisce too fondly.

36. Super Bowl XXXV – Baltimore Ravens 34, New York Giants 7 – Jan. 28, 2001

28 Jan 2001:  Jermaine Lewis # 84 of the Baltimore Ravens runs 84 yards for a touch down in the second half during Super Bowl XXXV between the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons/ALLSPORT

It was fun to see that incredible Ravens defense dominate one more time, and at least Baltimore didn’t make it a blowout until late in the third quarter.

35. Super Bowl XVI – San Francisco 49ers 26, Cincinnati Bengals 21 – Jan. 24, 1982

Although the final score line was close, San Francisco was in control throughout and this was probably the least entertaining of the the 49ers’ Super Bowl victories.

34. Super Bowl XLI – Indianapolis Colts 29, Chicago Bears 17 – Feb. 4, 2007


After starting with the bang that was Devin Hester’s 92-yard kickoff return touchdown, the 41st Super Bowl was rather boring. Neither quarterback played particularly well in a turnover-filled game that Indy won rather handily.

33. Super Bowl XIX – San Francisco 49ers 38, Miami Dolphins 16 – Jan. 20, 1985

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  (L-R) Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Marino and Joe Montana attend the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

At least this was a hell of a quarterback matchup between Joe Montana and Dan Marino, but the tit-for-tat many anticipated never came to fruition. This was over in the third quarter.

32, Super Bowl XV – Oakland Raiders 27, Philadelphia Eagles 10 – Jan. 25, 1981

A large chunk of America probably tuned out when it was 21-3 early in the third quarter, but at least this was a nice little upset for Tom Flores and the Raiders.

31. Super Bowl XXIV – San Francisco 49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10 – Jan. 28, 1990

Yes, it was the most-lopsided blowout in Super Bowl history, but that incredible performance from Joe Montana and Jerry Rice is what made this so entertaining. Unless you’re a Broncos fan.

30. Super Bowl XLV – Green Bay Packers 31, Pittsburgh Steelers 25 – Feb. 6, 2011


I was at this game, and yet while it was a neck-and-neck battle and the Steelers had a chance to win it in the final seconds, I can’t actually recall one particularly special play. Not saying there weren’t some big ones, but the most notable play that night was a first-quarter Nick Collins pick-six that was more like a punt return. That’s not a good sign, which is a shame because on paper this was a hell of a matchup.

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About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at theScore.com, a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at CBSSports.com, Deadspin, FoxSports.com, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Comeback Media, but his day gig has him covering the NFL nationally for Bleacher Report.