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.Follow @VinGetz
CHART UPDATED: February 3, 2013 to include the Baltimore Ravens 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers. What a game that was!
|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|