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The 20 Worst Passing Performances in Super Bowl History

Ben Roethlisberger Had The Worst Passing Game In Super Bowl History

Ben Roethlisberger Had The Worst Passing Game In Super Bowl History (Super Bowl XL)

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos sure laid a huge egg in Super Bowl XLVIII, blasted away by the Seattle Seahawks, 43-8. That 35-point differential is tied for the third biggest blowout in Super Bowl history.

Manning looked bad from the first play, when the hike flew over his head and resulted in a safety.  He followed that up with two interceptions, one for a touchdown, and a fumble. Egad.

But this wasn’t the worst passing performance by a quarterback in Super Bowl history – not even close, in fact – if you use the passer rating statistic as a gauge. It’s not the most viable stat, and some debate its value (while others trump it), but it does attempt to quantify how a QB played overall. And according to passer rating, there’s been a whole lot worse than yesterday’s debacle under center.

Not only that, the Broncos team as a group looked awful – defense, special teams, offense (poor blocking, slippery hands). You can’t lay the egg of blame entirely at Manning’s feet for this one. And Denver sure did look like it gave up in the third quarter.

Meanwhile Manning had 34 completions – the most in a Super Bowl game ever. He threw for 280 yards, averaging 5.7 a pop, and had one passing TD. Many a quarterback had 0 touchdowns in the big game, and another handful had more than two interceptions. How about Rich Gannon with five at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense?

On top though, or bottom, depending on how you look at it, is another one of those statistical ironies sports fans love – the worst QB performance in a Super Bowl, Ben Roethlisberger‘s 22.6 passer rating in Super Bowl XL, was a win. Only three of the bottom 20 below were (noted with asterisks).

QUARTERBACK
PASSER RATING
COMP / ATT
YDS / TD / INT
SB
TEAM
SCORE
OPPONENT
1.
Ben Roethlisberger
22.6
9/21
123/0/2
XL (40)
Pittsburgh Steelers*
W 21-10
Seattle Seahawks
2.
Craig Morton
34.1
12/26
127/1/3
V (5)
Dallas Cowboys
L 13-16
Baltimore Colts
3.
John Elway
36.8
14/38
257/1/3
XXII (22)
Denver Broncos
L 10-42
Washington Redskins
4.
Johnny Unitas
42.0
11/24
110/0/1
III (3)
Baltimore Colts
L 7-16
New York Jets
5.
Jim Kelly
44.8
28/58
275/2/4
XXVI (26)
Buffalo Bills
L 24-37
Washington Redskins
6.
Joe Theismann
45.3
16/35
243/0/2
XVIII (18)
Washington Redskins
L 9-38
Los Angeles Raiders
7.
Boomer Esiason
46.1
11/25
144/0/1
XXIII (23)
Cincinnati Bengals
L 16-20
San Francisco 49ers
8.
Drew Bledsoe
46.6
25/48
253/2/4
XXXI (31)
New England Patriots
L 21-35
Green Bay Packers
9.
Chris Chandler
47.2
19/35
219/1/3
XXXIII (33)
Atlanta Falcons
L 19-34
Denver Broncos
10.
Norris Weese
47.9
4/10
22/0/0
XII (12)
Denver Broncos
L 10-27
Dallas Cowboys
11.
Rich Gannon
48.9
24/44
272/2/5
XXXVII (37)
Oakland Raiders
L 21-48
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12.
Ron Jaworski
49.3
18/38
291/1/3
XV (15)
Philadelphia Eagles
L 10-27
Oakland Raiders
13.
David Woodley
50.0
4/14
97/1/1
XVII (17)
Miami Dolphins
L 17-27
Washington Redskins
14.
Neil O’Donnell
51.3
28/49
239/1/3
XXX (30)
Pittsburgh Steelers
L 17-27
Dallas Cowboys
15.
Bob Griese
51.7
12/23
134/0/1
VI (6)
Miami Dolphins
L 3-24
Dallas Cowboys
16.
John Elway
51.9
12/22
123/0/1
XXXII (32)
Denver Broncos*
W 31-24
Green Bay Packers
17.
Joe Kapp
52.6
16/25
183/0/2
IV (4)
Minnesota Vikings
L 7-23
Kansas City Chiefs
18.
Fran Tarkenton
52.7
17/35
205/1/2
XI (11)
Minnesota Vikings
L 14-32
Oakland Raiders
19.
Earl Morrall
54.0
7/15
147/0/1
V (5)
Baltimore Colts*
W 16-13
Dallas Cowboys
20.
Stan Humphries
56.1
24/49
275/1/2
XXIX (29)
San Diego Chargers
L 26-49
San Francisco 49ers

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Russell Wilson and the Highest Passer Ratings in Super Bowl History

Not bad for 25-year old Russell Wilson, the third youngest winning QB in Super Bowl history. He also posted an errorless (no interceptions, fumbles or even sacks) 123.1 passer rating.

QUARTERBACK PASSER RATING DATE
1 Phil Simms  150.9 1/25/1987
2 Joe Montana 147.6 1/28/1990
3 Jim Plunkett  145.0 1/25/1981
4 Troy Aikman 140.7 1/31/1993
5 Steve Young 134.8 1/29/1995
6 Doug Williams  127.9 1/31/1988
7 Joe Montana 127.2 1/20/1985
8 Joe Flacco  124.2 2/3/2013
9 Russell Wilson
123.1 2/2/2014
10 Terry Bradshaw 122.5 1/18/1976
11 Terry Bradshaw 119.2 1/21/1979
12 Bart Starr 116.2 1/15/1967
13 Roger Staubach  115.9 1/16/1972
14 Joe Montana 115.2 1/22/1989
15 Drew Brees  114.5 2/7/2010
16 Jake Delhomme  113.6 2/1/2004
17 Kurt Warner  112.3 2/1/2009
18 Ken Stabler  111.7 1/9/1977
19 Aaron Rodgers  111.5 2/6/2011
20 Tom Brady  110.2 2/6/2005

More to Come…!

Top 20 Quarterbacks with the Most Completions in a Super Bowl Game

QUARTERBACK COMPLETIONS SUPER BOWL TEAM OPPONENT
1. Tom Brady  32 XXXVIII (38) New England Patriots Carolina Panthers
1. Drew Brees  32 XLIV (44) New Orleans Saints Indianapolis Colts
3. Jim Kelly 31 XXVIII (28) Buffalo Bills Dallas Cowboys
3. Peyton Manning  31 XLIV (44) Indianapolis Colts New Orleans Sains
3. Kurt Warner  31 XLIII (43) Arizona Cardinals Pittsburgh Steelers
6. Eli Manning  30 XLVI (46) New York Giants New England Patriots
6. Donovan McNabb  30 XXXIX (39) Philadelphia Eagles New England Patriots
8. Tom Brady  29 XLII (42) New England Patriots New York Giants
8. Dan Marino 29 XIX (19) Miami Dolphins San Francisco 49ers
10. Jim Kelly 28 XXVI (26) Buffalo Bills Washington Redskins
10. Neil O’Donnell  28 XXX (30) Pittsburgh Steelers Dallas Cowboys
10. Kurt Warner  28 XXXVI (36) St. Louis Rams New England Patriots
13. Tom Brady  27 XLVI (46) New England Patriots New York Giants
14. Matt Hasselbeck  26 XL (40) Seattle Seahawks Pittsburgh Steelers
15. Ken Anderson  25 XVI (16) Cincinnati Bengals San Francisco 49ers
15. Drew Bledsoe  25 XXXI (31) New England Patriots Green Bay Packers
15. Brett Favre  25 XXXII (32) Green Bay Packers Denver Broncos
15. Peyton Manning  25 XLI (41) Indianapolis Colts Chicago Bears
15. Ben Roethlisberger  25 XLV (45) Pittsburgh Steelers Green Bay Packers
20. Rich Gannon  24 XXXVII (37) Oakland Raiders Tampa Bay Buccaneers
20. Stan Humphries  24 XXIX (29) San Diego Chargers San Francisco 49ers
20. Joe Montana 24 XIX (19) San Francisco 49ers Miami Dolphins
20. Aaron Rodgers  24 XLV (45) Green Bay Packers Pittsburgh Steelers
20. Kurt Warner  24 XXXIV (34) St. Louis Rams Tennessee Titans
20. Steve Young 24 XXIX (29) San Francisco 49ers San Diego Chargers
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