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The 10 Highest-Scoring and 10 Lowest-Scoring Super Bowls

Super Bowl XXIX, Featuring The San Francisco 49ers And San Diego Chargers, Was The Highest Scoring Of Them All

Super Bowl XXIX, Featuring The San Francisco 49ers And San Diego Chargers, Was The Highest Scoring Of Them All

So, what’s the over/under for Super Bowl XLIX? It’s 47.5 right now (and live, here). Twenty of the 48 Super Bowls played saw combined point totals of 48 or more, including the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 seasons. Will the trend continue?

Not sure. But, as the recent signs point out, it’s more likely that Sunday’s game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will tally a score closer to today’s first list – the highest scoring Super Bowls – than to our second list – the lowest scoring.

Forty-eight points is nice and all, but in Super Bowl XXIX, Steve Young‘s San Francisco 49ers and Stan Humphries‘ (what?) San Diego Chargers combined for a whopping 75 points, the most ever. It’s the only time the Big Game breached the 70-point barrier.

Another seven Super Bowls saw offensive explosions of 60 points or more.

What about the flip side? There’s never really been a very low scoring Super Bowl. No field goal-ruled scores like 9-6 or 12-3. In fact, every single Super Bowl has had at least two touchdowns (you can see all SB TD’s here (Part I) and here (Part II)).

The lowest scoring Super Bowl of them all was VII, when the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins combined for three touchdowns and 21 points.

10 HIGHEST SCORING SUPER BOWLS

COMBINED POINTS SUPER BOWL (SEASON) WINNER LOSER
1. 75 XXIX (1994) San Francisco 49ers 49 San Diego Chargers 26
2. 69 XXXVII (2002) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48 Oakland Raiders 21
2. 69 XXVII (1992) Dallas Cowboys 52 Buffalo Bills 17
4. 66 XIII (1978) Pittsburgh Steelers 35 Dallas Cowboys 31
5. 65 XLVII (2012) Baltimore Ravens 34 San Francisco 49ers 31
5. 65 XXIV (1989) San Francisco 49ers 55 Denver Broncos 10
7. 61 XXXVIII (2003) New England Patriots 32 Carolina Panthers 29
7. 61 XXVI (1991) Washington Redskins 37 Buffalo Bills 24
9. 59 XXI (1986) New York Giants 39 Denver Broncos 20
10. 56 XLV (2010) Green Bay Packers 31 Pittsburgh Steelers 25
10. 56 XXXI (1996) Green Bay Packers 35 New England Patriots 21
10. 56 XX (1985) Chicago Bears 46 New England Patriots 10

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10 LOWEST SCORING SUPER BOWLS

COMBINED POINTS SUPER BOWL (SEASON) WINNER LOSER
1. 21 VII (1972) Miami Dolphins 14 Washington Redskins 7
2. 22 IX (1974) Pittsburgh Steelers 16 Minnesota Vikings 6
3. 23 III (1968) New York Jets 16 Baltimore Colts 7
4. 27 VI (1971) Dallas Cowboys 24 Miami Dolphins 3
5. 29 V (1970) Baltimore Colts 16 Dallas Cowboys 13
6. 30 IV (1969) Kansas City Chiefs 23 Minnesota Vikings 7
7. 31 XLII (2007) New York Giants 17 New England Patriots 14
7. 31 XL (2006) Pittsburgh Steelers 21 Seattle Seahawks 10
7. 31 VIII (1973) Miami Dolphins 24 Minnesota Vikings 7
10. 36 XXIII (1988) San Francisco 49ers 20 Cincinnati Bengals 16

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NFL: Quarterbacks with the Fewest Passes in a Super Bowl

Bob Griese Threw Only Seven Passes In Super Bowl VIII - And Won!

Bob Griese Threw Only Seven Passes In Super Bowl VIII – And Won!

Want to win the Super Bowl? Don’t throw too many passes.

Yesterday, after checking out quarterbacks with the most pass attempts in a Super Bowl game, we saw it just doesn’t pay to air it out. Only three QBs with 40 or more passes in the Big Game went on to capture the Vince Lombardi Trophy (out of 20).

It’s exactly the opposite for quarterbacks with the fewest pass attempts in the Super Bowl. Seventeen of the 20 QBs who threw it less than 25 times won.

Miami Dolphins back-to-back winner Bob Griese holds the top two spots – and he’s the only starting/main quarterback to throw the rock under 10 times.

Terry Bradshaw is tied for third fewest – and appears below for three of the four 1970’s Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl wins.

QUARTERBACK PASS ATTEMPTS SUPER BOWL (SEASON) TEAM OPPONENT W-L SCORE
1. Bob Griese 7 VIII (1973) Miami Dolphins Minnesota Vikings W 24-7
2. Bob Griese 11 VII (1972) Miami Dolphins Washington Redskins W 14-7
3. Terry Bradshaw 14 IX (1974) Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings W 16-6
3. David Woodley 14 XVII (1982) Miami Dolphins Washington Redskins L 27-17
4. Len Dawson 17 IV (1969) Kansas City Chiefs Minnesota Vikings W 23-7
6. Terry Bradshaw 19 X (1975) Pittsburgh Steelers Dallas Cowboys W 21-17
6. Ken Stabler 19 XI (1976) Oakland Raiders Minnesota Vikings W 32-14
6. Roger Staubach 19 VI (1971) Dallas Cowboys Miami Dolphins W 24-3
9. Jim McMahon 20 XX (1985) Chicago Bears New England Patriots W 46-10
10. Terry Bradshaw 21 XIV (1979) Pittsburgh Steelers Los Angeles Rams W 31-19
10. Jim Plunkett 21 XV (1980) Oakland Raiders Philadelphia Eagles W 27-10
10. Ben Roethlisberger 21 XL (2005) Pittsburgh Steelers Seattle Seahawks W 21-10
13. John Elway 22 XXXII (1997) Denver Broncos Green Bay Packers W 31-24
13. Joe Montana 22 XVI (1981) San Francisco 49ers Cincinnati Bengals W 26-21
15. Troy Aikman 23 XXX (1995) Dallas Cowboys Pittsburgh Steelers W 27-17
15. Bob Griese 23 VI (1971) Miami Dolphins Dallas Cowboys L 24-3
15. Bart Starr 23 I (1966) Green Bay Packers Kansas City Chiefs W 35-10
15. Joe Theismann 23 XVII (1982) Washington Redskins Miami Dolphins W 27-17
19. Bart Starr 24 II (1967) Green Bay Packers Oakland Raiders W 33-14
19. Roger Staubach 24 X (1975) Dallas Cowboys Pittsburgh Steelers L 21-17

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NFL: Quarterbacks with the Most Passes in a Super Bowl

Jim Kelly Holds The Record For Most Pass Attempts In A Super Bowl (XXVI)

Jim Kelly Holds The Record For Most Pass Attempts In A Super Bowl (XXVI)

Throwing a lot of passes in the Super Bowl? Well, you’re probably on the way to a loss.

More definitely equals less when it comes to pass attempts in the Big One. Out of the 20 quarterbacks who threw the ball 40 times or more in a Super Bowl, only three won it.

Someone should have told Marv Levy.

Jim Kelly threw a chicken-winged 58 times against the winning Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXVI in a desperate attempt to avert back-to-back Super Bowl losses for his Buffalo Bills.

Two  years later Kelly threw another 50 times, in a desperate attempt to avert a fourth consecutive title defeat.

Donovan McNabb and Dan Marino are the only other two QBs to record 50 attempts in the final game of the season. Both losers.

Now a big part of this high pass-loss connection is the (failed) catchup attempt late in the game – but there’s more to it. How well do you think quarterbacks with the fewest pass attempts did in the Super Bowl W-L column? See the answer in tomorrow’s post.

QUARTERBACK PASS ATTEMPTS SUPER BOWL (SEASON) TEAM OPPONENT W-L SCORE
1. Jim Kelly 58 XXVI (1991) Buffalo Bills Washington Redskins L 37-24
2. Donovan McNabb 51 XXXIX (2004) Philadelphia Eagles New England Patriots L 24-21
3. Jim Kelly 50 XXVIII (1993) Buffalo Bills Dallas Cowboys L 30-13
3. Dan Marino 50 XIX (1984) Miami Dolphins San Francisco 49ers L 38-16
5. Matt Hasselbeck 49 XL (2005) Seattle Seahawks Pittsburgh Steelers L 21-10
5. Stan Humphries 49 XXIX (1994) San Diego Chargers San Francisco 49ers L 49-26
5. Peyton Manning 49 XLVIII (2013) Denver Broncos Seattle Seahawks L 43-8
5. Neil O’Donnell 49 XXX (1995) Pittsburgh Steelers Dallas Cowboys L 27-17
9. Drew Bledsoe 48 XXXI (1996) New England Patriots Green Bay Packers L 35-21
9. Tom Brady 48 XXXVIII (2003) New England Patriots Carolina Panthers W 32-29
9. Tom Brady 48 XLII (2007) New England Patriots New York Giants L 17-14
12. Peyton Manning 45 XLIV (2009) Indianapolis Colts New Orleans Saints L 31-17
12. Kurt Warner 45 XXXIV (1999) St. Louis Rams Tennesse Titans W 23-16
14. Rich Gannon 44 XXXVII (2002) Oakland Raiders Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 48-21
14. Kurt Warner 44 XXXVI (2001) St. Louis Rams New England Patriots L 20-17
16. Kurt Warner 43 XLIII (2008) Arizona Cardinals Pittsburgh Steelers L 27-23
17. Brett Favre 42 XXXII (1997) Green Bay Packers Denver Broncos L 31-24
18. Tom Brady 41 XLVI (2011) New England Patriots New York Giants L 21-17
19. Eli Manning 40 XLVI (2011) New York Giants New England Patriots W 21-17
19. Ben Roethlisberger 40 XLV (2010) Pittsburgh Steelers Green Bay Packers L 31-25

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