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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Posted on February 3, 2014, in NFL Football and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This is interesting. I hope you were able to compile a video of it. That would be fun!🙂

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