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The Biggest Blowouts in AFC Championship and NFC Championship History

The Buffalo Bills Own The Biggest Blowout In Conference Championship History

The Buffalo Bills Own The Biggest Blowout In Conference Championship History

Back in 1990, the Buffalo Bills were THE team to contend with. They began their four-time consecutive Super Bowl run that season with a 13-3 record (best in the AFC), a 44-34 beatdown of the Miami Dolphins in the Division Round and a get-the-NFC’s-attention 51-3 annihilation of the Los Angeles Raiders in the AFC Championship Game.

That’s the biggest blowout of any conference title contest in NFL history. Alas, the Bills lost the Super Bowl that season (and the next three seasons, too).

The New York Giants hold the record on the NFC side. They suffocated the Minnesota Vikings 41-zip in 2000. The Giants, too, wound up losing the Super Bowl that season.

How about that? It’s not an anomaly. In fact, a blowout in the Conference Championship more often than not predicts a Super Bowl loss. For the AFC, nine of the 13 smackdowns were followed by a let down in the big game.

For the NFC, half the dominators (five of 10) won the Super Bowl, but three of those teams were Joe Montana‘s San Francisco 49ers.

TOP 10 AFC CHAMPIONSHIP BLOWOUTS

  SPREAD SEASON WINNER PTS LOSER PTS
1. 48 1990 Buffalo Bills 51 Los Angeles Raiders 3
2. 29 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers* 34 Houston Oilers 5
3. 21 1971 Miami Dolphins 21 Baltimore Colts 0
4. 20 1981 Cincinnati Bengals 27 San Diego Chargers 7
5. 19 1992 Buffalo Bills 29 Miami Dolphins 10
5. 19 1999 Tennessee Titans 33 Jacksonville Jaguars 14
7. 17 1973 Miami Dolphins* 27 Oakland Raiders 10
7. 17 1976 Oakland Raiders* 24 Pittsburgh Steelers 7
7. 17 1984 Miami Dolphins 45 Pittsburgh Steelers 28
7. 17 1985 New England Patriots 31 Miami Dolphins 14
7. 17 1993 Buffalo Bills 30 Kansas City Chiefs 13
7. 17 2002 Oakland Raiders 41 Tennessee Titans 24
7. 17 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers* 34 Denver Broncos 17

TOP 10 NFC CHAMPIONSHIP BLOWOUTS

  SPREAD SEASON WINNER PTS LOSER PTS
1. 41 2000 New York Giants 41 Minnesota Vikings 0
2. 31 1991 Washington Redskins* 41 Detroit Lions 10
3. 30 1975 Dallas Cowboys 37 Los Angeles Rams 7
4. 28 1978 Dallas Cowboys 28 Los Angeles Rams 0
5. 27 1989 San Francisco 49ers* 30 Los Angeles Rams 3
6. 25 1988 San Francisco 49ers* 28 Chicago Bears 3
6. 25 2006 Chicago Bears 39 New Orleans Saints 14
8. 24 1985 Chicago Bears* 24 Los Angeles Rams 0
9. 23 1972 Washington Redskins 26 Dallas Cowboys 3
9. 23 1984 San Francisco 49ers* 23 Chicago Bears 0

* = Super Bowl winner

Photo: billsgab.com

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

Photo: nydailynews.com

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