Let’s continue trudging through Week 1 of the two week Super Bowl buildup by taking a look at the 5 worst teams to play in a Super Bowl.
5. 1985 New England Patriots
With an 11-5 regular season record the Patriots tied for second in the AFC East and had to run off three straight road victories to make the Super Bowl where they promptly got their doors blown off to the NFL’s greatest team ever, the 85 Bears.
4. 1989 Denver Broncos
Of the three late 80s Super Bowl bound Denver teams the 11-5 1989 version was the worst. Three bad Super Bowl losses in 4 years concluded with a 55-10 thrashing at the hands of the Montana lead back-to-back Champion 49ers. The Broncos turned around in 1990 and posted a 5-11 record so this was the swan song of these Broncos glory years until a revamped squad returned to the Blue & Orange to the promise land at the end of the 90s.
3. 1992 Buffalo Bills
A Wild Card playoff team with an 11-5 record these Bills were by far the worst version during their infamous 4 straight Super Bowl losses. They should have been out of the playoffs in the first round and needed a miracle Frank Reich comeback to beat the Oilers. The Super Bowl itself was 52-17 shellacking by the Cowboys and the less said about that game the better.
2. 1979 Los Angeles Rams
The Rams posted a 9-7 regular season record and had a point differential of only +14 points for the entire year. Their most well know players are probably Jack Youngblood and Drew Hill (no not Dru Hill). The Rams lost the 1980 Super Bowl 31-19 to the last gasp of the Steel Curtain dynasty.
1. 1994 San Diego Chargers
They started the season 0-4 and went on to an 11-5 record. Led by Stan Humphries, this team had no business being in the Super Bowl. They overcame big deficits in each of their AFC playoff games, they had nobody on offense and only Junior Seau on defense. Basically by 1995 the AFC had lost about a billion Super Bowls in a row and the Chargers were offered up as the latest sacrificial lambs.
That’s it. That’s the list. Facts is facts.
Why count down the best of the best when you can count down the worst of the best? Now that’s the Hi-Top Way.