Worst Super Bowl Teams
Previewing the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs, on Friday, Miami Herald columnist Greg Cote wrote that the “Top underdogs could set marks with wins.” He went on to say that just a season after there was very real talk of19-0, mediocrity has become the new trend.
"A year later, dominance is hardly the issue. Do you see any team that seems anything close to invincible? I don't. The eight remaining teams have lost an average of 5.1 games each, with none having lost fewer than three. …
The underdogs have come to interest me most about these playoffs: the…10-7 Cardinals and 10-6-1 Eagles especially."
We now know that the NFC Championship promises that a nine-win team will play in the Super Bowl, the first since the 9-7 Los Angeles Rams, in 1979. In fact, if either the Eagles or Cardinals go on to claim the Lombardi Trophy, they will become the worst team ever to win it, based on regular season winning percentage (.594 and .563, respectively; the current holder of that infamous mark is the 2007 Giants, at .625).
Naturally, this begged the question: win or lose, who is the worst Super Bowl team ever? From the 1979 Rams to the 1985 Patriots to the 2002 Raiders, we provide the answer with our Top 10 Worst Super Bowl Teams.
Honorable Mention: 2006 Chicago Bears: Yes, they were 13-3 and won the NFC North, but that was hardly an impressive feat – the rest of the division was just 17-31. In the playoffs, the Bears beat the 9-7 Seahawks (by three points) and the 10-6 Saints before being rightfully exposed by the Colts in the Super Bowl, 29-17. Oh, and their quarterback was Rex Grossman ... 1996 New England Patriots: The Pats won the AFC East with an 11-5 mark (slightly benefited by the fact they got to play the 1-15 Jets twice). In the playoffs, they downed the Steelers and Jaguars (combined record: 19-13), and then fell to Desmond Howard and the Packers, 35-12, in Super Bowl XXXI ... 1986 Denver Broncos: Just another crushing Super Bowl loss for the pre-1997 Broncos, this one was a 39-20 defeat at the hands of the Giants.