Bucking Broncos: The NFL’s Worst Super Bowl Opponent

Super Bowl XLVIII fell short of expectations.  Ok, it actually fell off of a cliff and exploded to be more accurate.  In a 43-8 drubbing by the Seattle Seahawks, the Denver Broncos have placed an exclamation point on becoming the franchise with the most Super Bowl losses.  Some fans have a bit of empathy for teams like the Buffalo Bills who lost four title games (in consecutive seasons), however the Broncos have destroyed three Super Sunday holidays by getting smashed by a collective total of 112 points.  How does this happen?  

Having the most Super Bowl losses is certainly nothing to be proud of, but thanks to the latest massacre, the Broncos have now been on the losing end of three of the five biggest blowouts in Super Bowl history.


Super Bowl XII: Dallas 27, Denver 10 – The Cowboys put on a defensive showcase forcing the Broncos into eight turnovers and allowing only eight pass completions for just 61 yards.  The performance was so dominant it was the first and only time two players won Super Bowl MVP honors.  Defensive end Harvey Martin and defensive tackle Randy White were the recipients, also marking the first time a defensive lineman was named MVP.

Super Bowl XXI: New York Giants 39, Denver 20 – A pure passing clinic was executed by Giants quarterback Phil Simms as he completed a Super Bowl record 88 percent of his passes (22 of 25) for 268 yards and three touchdowns, leading NY to its first title in franchise history.  

Super Bowl XXII: Washington 42, Denver 10 – Of the Broncos' first four Super Bowl losses, this is the one that may have been the toughest to swallow. In the first quarter, it looked as if the Broncos were going to dominate the game jumping out to a 10-0 lead. But then the wheels would soon fall off the wagon and the wagon caught on fire. Redskins quarterback Doug Williams threw four touchdown passes in the second quarter and the Redskins scored 35 total points turning the game into a rout. Williams threw for 340 yards and four touchdowns and took home the Super Bowl MVP award.

Super Bowl XXIV: San Francisco 55, Denver 10 – The 49ers’ 45 point margin of victory is still the widest in Super Bowl history.  The 55 points scored is also the most ever for a team in the championship game.  The game was never close as the 49ers jumped out to a 41-3 lead.

Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle 43, Denver 8 – The Seahawks simply bullied the Broncos from start to finish, never letting their foot ease off the pedal.  A masterful job by the Seattle defense kept five-time league MVP Peyton Manning off balance, picking off two passes and forcing him to fumble.  With a 22-0 halftime lead, a return of the opening kickoff to the second half by the Seahawks’ Percy Harvin all but closed the door on any momentum the Broncos would gain.


As of now the Denver Broncos own the title of worst Super Bowl opponent.  Is there any argument to this?  No really?