EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After five of the past six Super Bowls ended with a margin of less than a touchdown, NFL fans had gotten used to the league's biggest game also living up to its billing as one of the year's best.
Not this season.
The Seattle Seahawks' 43-8 domination of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII tied for the second-largest scoring differential in Super Bowl history, falling just ten short of the 45-point margin by the 49ers over the Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV in 1990.
So does this most-recent showcase deserve to be ranked among the five other worst stinkers in Super Bowl history? Judging by this list, there's certainly a case to be made.
5) Super Bowl XXXV
Baltimore Ravens 34, New York Giants 7
The last team to get shut out in the first half of the Super Bowl before the Broncos on Sunday? The 2000 Giants, who didn't score a touchdown until Ron Dixon ran a kick back with 2:31 left in the third quarter to narrow the margin to 17-7. Baltimore's Jermaine Lewis returned the favor on the next kickoff and the Giants never got any closer.
4) Super Bowl XXIX
San Francisco 49ers 49, San Diego Chargers 26
The Niners led 28-10 at halftime and came out firing after halftime, scoring two third-quarter touchdowns to move the lead up to 42-10 with a little more than three minutes left in the period. Steve Young's six passing touchdowns remain a Super Bowl record.
3) Super Bowl XVIII
Los Angeles Raiders 38, Washington Redskins 9
The Raiders led 21-3 at halftime and kept Washington to a meager 3.9 yards per offensive possession. MVP Marcus Allen added an exclamation point on his superb game with a 74-yard touchdown run to close the third quarter and put his team up 35-9.
2) Super Bowl XXVII
Dallas Cowboys 52, Buffalo Bills 17
Cowboys defensive lineman Leon Lett's hot-dogging fumble late in the game was the only thing worth remembering about the fourth quarter of this stinker, as the Cowboys added 21 points onto a 31-17 game that saw nine Bills turnovers.
1) Super Bowl XXIV
San Francisco 49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10
The 49ers jumped out to a 27-3 halftime lead and didn't let up once the third quarter started. MVP Joe Montana threw two of his five total touchdown passes to kick off the second half and put the game even farther out of reach at 41-3 with nearly 25 minutes left to play.
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