One of the things in common with the most lopsided Super Bowls in history happens to be the Denver Broncos (UPDATE: who’ll be playing in Super Bowl L as well) appearing, and always showing up on the losing side, losing to the Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers in these games.
The Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears both are on this list as well thanks to their impressive performances in wins over the Buffalo Bills (who usually made things closer in their losses) and the New England Patriots in the pre-Belichick/Brady days.
Super Bowl XXII: Redskins 46 Broncos 10
The Washington Redskins won their second Super Bowl title with a 42-10 win over the Denver Broncos, a team that tends to get demolished in Super Bowl games. The Broncos actually led 10-0 in the first quarter, but then got pounded by 42 consecutive points, with Doug Williams leading the Redskins by throwing four touchdown passes and 340 passing yards. He became the first player in Super Bowl history to pass for four touchdowns in a single quarter, and four in a half, with the Redskins scoring 35 points in the second quarter.
Super Bowl XXVII: Cowboys 52 Bills 17
The Dallas Cowboys won their first Super Bowl in 15 years by demolishing the Buffalo Bills, who were in the middle of their impressive SB four-game losing streak. The Cowboys forced an insane nine turnovers (four interceptions, five fumbles), getting 35 points off of those turnovers. The Bills played without Jim Kelly from the second quarter onward. It helped the Bills cut down the lead to 17-31, but the Cowboys scored three fourth quarter touchdowns to end the game. Troy Aikman won the MVP completing 22 of 30 passes for 273 yards and four touchdowns for a passer rating of 140.6, while also rushing for 28 yards.
Super Bowl XLVIII: Seahawks 43 Broncos 8
The Broncos were actually favored to win the game but botched up the first snap of the game, and went down to halftime behind by 22 points. The Seahawks scored a touchdown on the first play of the second half with a 87-yard kickoff return, and when the Broncos finally scored, it was when they were behind by 36 points. Malcolm Smith was the MVP with an interception returned for a touchdown, a fumble return and nine tackles.
Super Bowl XX: Bears 46 Patriots 10
Both the Bears and the Patriots were making their Super Bowl debuts, with the Bears going into the game after a 15-1 season. In their victory over the Patriots, the Bears set Super Bowl records for sacks (seven), fewest rushing yards allowed (seven), and margin of victory (36 points). The Pats were held to negative yardage through the first half (-19) and had a total of 123 yards from scrimmage at the end of the game. Bears defensive end Richard Dent, who had 1.5 quarterback sacks, forced two fumbles, and blocked a pass, was named the game’s MVP.
Super Bowl XXIV: 49ers 55 Broncos 10
A lot of Broncos in these games, huh? The 49ers scored 55 points with Joe Montana throwing five touchdown passes in a game that was over by the first half, with the Niners leading 27-3 when the teams went down to the locker rooms. The 49ers are also the only team to score at least eight touchdowns in a Super Bowl and at least two touchdowns in each quarter (the only mistake was a missed extra point attempt).