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NFL 5 2881 Top 10 Worst Super Bowl teams 26100254 Some less-than-Super teams Some+less-than-Super+teams NFL

To reach the Super Bowl is a tremendous accomplishment. But let's face it: Some Super Bowl teams were not like the others. Adrian Hasenmayer ranks the worst ever to reach the big game.

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NFL 5 2881 Top 10 Worst Super Bowl teams 9100778 2008 Arizona Cardinals 2008+Arizona+Cardinals NFL

As impressive as this playoff run was, when ranking the worst Super Bowl teams of all time, we must review the full resumé. Being one of only two 9-7 teams ever to reach the Super Bowl speaks for itself, but getting blown out late in the season by scores of 35-14, 48-20 and 47-7 (at New England, pictured) will get you high on the list. The Cardinals lost the big game to the Steelers, 27-23. — Adrian Hasenmayer

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NFL 5 2881 Top 10 Worst Super Bowl teams 9101338 1979 Los Angeles Rams 1979+Los+Angeles+Rams NFL

The 2008 Cardinals and the '79 Rams are the only 9-7 teams ever to reach Super Sunday. Like the '08 Cards, the Rams barely outscored their opposition (+14, compared to Arizona's +1) and profited from a poor NFC West. Unlike the Cards, the Rams had to win their way into the playoffs and were 5-6 in mid-November at one point until a late four-game win streak. While the NFC was the poor, outmanned conference in the 1970s, the Rams had seven other 10-win seasons sandwiching the '79 campaign, showing they were a quality team for years, though not good enough to beat Terry Bradshaw and the Steelers in Super Bowl XIV.

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NFL 5 2881 Top 10 Worst Super Bowl teams 9101086 1989 Denver Broncos 1989+Denver+Broncos NFL

Denver was the unlucky Super Bowl punching bag for the dominant NFC during the late 1980s, and no season better exhibits the era than 1989, when the 11-5 Broncos were the only 10-win team in the AFC — compared to the NFC's seven 10-win squads. After managing to make it back to the Super Bowl, some searching for any hope pointed to Denver's NFL-low 226 points allowed. TV analyst Terry Bradshaw saw through the mirage and boldly predicted a 55-3 whitewash. He was wrong, of course. It was 55-10.

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NFL 5 2881 Top 10 Worst Super Bowl teams 9101090 1985 New England Patriots 1985+New+England+Patriots NFL

The 11-5 Patriots got hot at the right time, becoming just the second wild-card team at that time to win three road games and reach the Super Bowl. New England was a quality squad, with a strong defense led by LB Andre Tippett (a poor man's Lawrence Taylor). But a team with a starting QB sporting just 12 TD passes versus 17 interceptions (Tony Eason) had absolute zero chance against the legendary 15-1 Chicago Bears, who crushed New England 46-10 in Super Bowl XX.

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NFL 5 2881 Top 10 Worst Super Bowl teams 9101088 1986 Denver Broncos 1986+Denver+Broncos NFL

The 11-5 Broncos were good, but a mere +51 point differential would suggest they were only the ninth-best team in the NFL that year. It's somewhat of a miracle that they reached the Super Bowl at all, considering Denver finished 3-4 in their last seven regular-season games and the defense was an open wound in the final month (28+ points allowed in each of the final four games). It took "The Drive" by John Elway, the Broncos' 98-yard game-tying march in Cleveland in the AFC title game, to help lead the Broncos to Elway's first Super Bowl slaughter, a 39-20 loss to the Giants.

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NFL 5 2881 Top 10 Worst Super Bowl teams 9101084 1994 San Diego Chargers 1994+San+Diego+Chargers NFL

Hey, someone had to represent the AFC, right? The 11-5 Chargers, led by the very un-legendary Stan Humphries at quarterback, squeaked by the Dolphins (22-21) and Steelers (17-13) before being thrown to a drooling Steve Young, San Francisco's future Hall of Fame QB who was yearning for his first ring as a starter. The Chargers were no match for Young, whose six touchdown passes set a Super Bowl record in the 49-26 rout.

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NFL 5 2881 Top 10 Worst Super Bowl teams 9100782 1996 New England Patriots 1996+New+England+Patriots NFL

Bill Parcells' 11-5 Patriots were fortunate to avoid the top-seeded 13-3 Broncos in the playoffs, who fell victim to a smoking-hot Jacksonville Jaguars team on the rise who would become one of the top AFC teams for the ensuing few seasons. This meant the Jags had to take their passing game to frigid Foxboro for the AFC title game, where the Pats iced Mark Brunell and Co. Eventually, the Pats had to face the better conference in 1996 (the NFC had three of football's top four teams) and lost 35-21 to Green Bay in the Super Bowl.

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NFL 5 2881 Top 10 Worst Super Bowl teams 9100780 2002 Oakland Raiders 2002+Oakland+Raiders NFL

Though led by a high-powered offense and MVP Rich Gannon, the Raiders were the beneficiary of the only non 10-win season of the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era in New England in 2002. The AFC was muddled, with plenty of decent teams, but only four teams with 10+ wins and just the Raiders and Titans at 11-5. Not many Super Bowl teams ever endured a four-game losing streak during the regular season, either. Getting blown out in the Super Bowl by the Bucs (then following up that debacle with six straight losing seasons) shows the Raiders were somewhat a flash in the pan.

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NFL 5 2881 Top 10 Worst Super Bowl teams 9101080 2003 Carolina Panthers 2003+Carolina+Panthers NFL

Just like many of the Super Bowl teams on this list, the 11-5 Panthers were good, but certainly not Super Bowl champion-worthy. They almost missed the playoffs after a late-season three-game losing streak, but righted their ship and shut down Philly in the NFC title game — those vaunted Eagles of Todd Pinkston and James Thrash at wide receiver. The Panthers did give us an exciting Super Bowl ending before losing to Tom Brady's Patriots by a late field goal.

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NFL 5 2881 Top 10 Worst Super Bowl teams 9101082 1995 Pittsburgh Steelers 1995+Pittsburgh+Steelers NFL

When you think of the Steelers, you think defense. These Steelers had a fun, attacking defense, but still gave up 327 points (only ninth-fewest in the NFL, not dominating). The 11-5 Steelers were one of only three AFC teams to register double digits in wins back in 1995, meaning they beat up on an inferior AFC before coming one near Hail Mary by the Colts from losing at home in the AFC title game. Pittsburgh gave it a run in Super Bowl XXX — even leading Dallas during the fourth quarter — but two horrible INTs thrown by QB Neil O'Donnell to Super Bowl MVP Larry Brown (who just happened to be the only one around the ball (pictured) gave Dallas the 27-17 win.

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