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NFL: The Closest Super Bowls in History

The New York Giants Won Super Bowl XXV By One Point When Scott Norwood's Field Goal Attempt Went Right

The New York Giants Won Super Bowl XXV By One Point When Scott Norwood’s Field Goal Attempt Went Right

Four of the last five Super Bowls have been decided by a possession – seven points or less (well, eight if you want to be technical, but “8” just doesn’t have that ring, and the two-point conversion is not as much a “given” as the PAT).

The game wasn’t always so thrilling. Many were no-contests, particularly through the late 1970s and 1980s. Take a look at the 20 Biggest Blowouts in Super Bowl History to confirm.

All together, 16 of the 46 Super Bowls played have been decided by a possession, listed below. These examples exemplify a recent fact about the NFL – an increase in parity between teams and conferences over the past two decades.

Ten of the 16 closest Super Bowls occurred after 1990, including five of the top six.

CHART UPDATED: February 3, 2013 to include the Baltimore Ravens 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers. What a game that was!

  SB SEASON DIFF WINNER PTS LOSER PTS
1. XXV 1990 1 New York Giants 20 Buffalo Bills 19
2. XLVII 2012 3 Baltimore Ravens 34 San Francisco 49ers 31
2. XLII 2007 3 New York Giants 17 New England Patriots 14
2. XXXIX 2004 3 New England Patriots 24 Philadelphia Eagles 21
2. XXXVIII 2003 3 New England Patriots 32 Carolina Panthers 29
2. XXXVI 2001 3 New England Patriots 20 St. Louis Rams 17
2. V 1970 3 Baltimore Colts 16 Dallas Cowboys 13
8. XLVI 2011 4 New York Giants 21 New England Patriots 17
8. XLIII 2008 4 Pittsburgh Steelers 27 Arizona Cardinals 23
8. XXIII 1988 4 San Francisco 49ers 20 Cincinnati Bengals 16
8. XIII 1978 4 Pittsburgh Steelers 35 Dallas Cowboys 31
8. X 1975 4 Pittsburgh Steelers 21 Dallas Cowboys 17
13. XVI 1981 5 San Francisco 49ers 26 Cincinnati Bengals 21
14. XLV 2010 6 Green Bay Packers 31 Pittsburgh Steelers 25
15. XXXIV 1999 7 St. Louis Rams 23 Tennessee Titans 16
15. XXXII 1997 7 Denver Broncos 31 Green Bay Packers 24
15. VII 1972 7 Miami Dolphins 14 Washington Redskins 7

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Top 10 Quarterbacks with the Most Passing Touchdowns in the Super Bowl

Joe Montana Has the Most Passing Touchdowns in Super Bowl History

Joe Montana Has the Most Passing Touchdowns in Super Bowl History

San Francisco 49ers‘ Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana is amongst the leaders in a host of Super Bowl offensive categories, including this one: he’s got the most passing touchdowns in the big game with 11.

But that’s not to say this is an unbreakable record. Tom Brady is just two off the pace. Brady is tied for second all-time with Terry Bradshaw.

Here are the top 10 quarterbacks with the most career passing touchdowns in the Super Bowl. Not surprisingly, they all have rings, and six of the 10 have more than one as a starter.

Another Niners quarterback, Steve Young, holds the single-game record – he threw six in Super Bowl XXIX.

QB TDs TEAM SUPER BOWL TDs SEASON
1. Joe Montana 11 San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XVI 1 1981
        Super Bowl XIX 3 1984
        Super Bowl XXIII 2 1988
        Super Bowl XXIV 5 1989
             
2. Tom Brady 9 New England Patriots Super Bowl XXXVI 1 2001
        Super Bowl XXXVIII 3 2003
        Super Bowl XXXIX 2 2004
        Super Bowl XLII 1 2007
        Super Bowl XLVI 2 2011
             
2. Terry Bradshaw 9 Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl IX 1 1974
        Super Bowl X 2 1975
        Super Bowl XIII 4 1978
        Super Bowl XIV 2 1979
             
4. Roger Staubach 8 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl VI 2 1971
        Super Bowl X 2 1975
        Super Bowl XII 1 1977
        Super Bowl XIII 3 1978
             
5. Steve Young* 6 San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XXIX 6 1994
             
5. Kurt Warner 6 St. Louis Rams Super Bowl XXXIV 2 1999
      St. Louis Rams Super Bowl XXXVI 1 2001
      Arizona Cardinals Super Bowl XLIII 3 2008
             
7. Troy Aikman 5 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl XXVII 4 1992
        Super Bowl XXX 1 1995
             
7. Brett Favre 5 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XXXI 2 1996
        Super Bowl XXXII 3 1997
             
9. Jim Plunkett 4 Oakland Raiders Super Bowl XV 3 1980
      L.A. Raiders Super Bowl XVIII 1 1983
             
9. Doug Williams 4 Washington Redskins Super Bowl XXII 4 1987

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PGA and LPGA Golfers Who Have Scored 59 or Less on Tour

David Duval and Annika Sorenstam After Scoring an Official 59

David Duval and Annika Sorenstam After Scoring an Official 59

Ten golfers in PGA and LPGA history have scored a 59 or less in either an official, unofficial or qualifying tournament on tour. They are listed below.

Annika Sorenstam is the lone LPGA representative. She shot a 59 in the 2000 Standard Register PING tournament at Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix. Sorenstam put “on a display of precision golf that was two strokes better than any woman had ever shot,” said the Associated Press of the achievement.

What about the men, then? There is historical evidence of a handful of professional 55’s and more frequent 56’s and 57’s. These, though, were either not tour-related or occurred on a course less than 6,500 yards, the minimum length required for the men’s record books.

Nine men have shot 59 or less on the PGA Tour – five in an official capacity, three qualifiers and Phil Mickelson at the unofficial Grand Slam of Golf in Hawaii.

There are other pro golfers that have scored either 58 or 59, but on different tours (like the Japan and Canadian). Including those below, that makes 19 golfers total with the ultimate in scorecard bragging rights. See all of them here.

GOLFER SCORE RND YEAR TOURNAMENT COURSE TYPE Tour
1. Al Geiberger 59 (-13) 2/4 1977 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic Colonial Country Club (Cordova, TN) Official PGA
2. Chip Beck 59 (-13) 3/5 1991 Las Vegas Invitational Sunrise Golf Club (Las Vegas, NV) Official PGA
3. David Duval 59 (-13) 5/5 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic Arnold Palmer West Course (La Quinta, CA) Official PGA
4. Shigeki Maruyama 58 (-13) 1/2 2000 U.S. Open qualifying round Woodmont Country Club South Course (Rockville, MD) Qualifying PGA
5. David Gossett 59 (-13) 4/6 2000 Qualifying school tournament Jack Nicklaus West Course (La Quinta, CA) Qualifying PGA
6. Annika Sörenstam 59 (-13) 2/4 2001 Standard Register PING Moon Valley Country Club (Phoenix, AZ) Official LPGA
7. Phil Mickelson 59 (-13) 2/2 2004 PGA Grand Slam of Golf Poipu Bay Golf Course (Kauai, HI) Unofficial PGA
8. Harrison Frazar 59 (-13) 4/6 2008 Qualifying school tournament Jack Nicklaus West Course (La Qunita, CA) Qualifying PGA
9. Paul Goydos 59 (-12) 1/4 2010 John Deere Classic TPC Deere Run (Silvis, IL) Official PGA
10. Stuart Appleby 59 (-11) 4/4 2010 Greenbrier Classic Greenbrier Old White Course (Springs, WV) Official PGA

Photos: ingolfwetrust.com / atevenpar.blogspot.com

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