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

Posted on January 14, 2014, in NFL Football and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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