In the last few years, football fans have been treated to some of the best Super Bowls in National Football League history. Three of the last four championship games have gone down to the wire, including Super Bowl XLII in which the New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 17-14. There's little chance the rematch between the evenly-matched G-Men and Pats in Super Bowl XLVI will be a blowout for either side. But there have been some one-sided games in the Super Bowl before. Here are the five biggest.
5. Super Bowl XXXVII: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48, Oakland Raiders 21 -- It was a tight game early on (3-3 after the first quarter), but Tampa Bay scored five straight touchdowns over the next two quarters to pull away. The Bucs intercepted Rich Gannon five times, returning two of them for touchdowns in the second half. Dexter Jackson, who picked off two other passes, was named the game's Most Valuable Player. Imagine how all those mild-mannered Raiders fans must have felt!
5. Super Bowl XXXV: Baltimore Ravens 34, New York Giants 7 -- Tied for the fifth spot is Baltimore's blowout of New York in Super Bowl XXXV. Led by MVP Ray Lewis, the Ravens completely shut down the Giants' offense -- New York's only touchdown came on Ron Dixon's 97-yard kick-off return in the third quarter to make it 17-7 -- and Jamal Lewis rushed for 101 yard and a touchdown. The Giants have won a couple of the greatest Super Bowls ever played -- and lost one of the worst.
4. Super Bowl XXII: Washington Redskins 42, Denver Broncos 10 -- Up 10-0 after the first quarter, Denver was on its way to its first Super Bowl championship. But Washington scored 35 points in the second quarter and the rest was history. Doug Williams, who was named the MVP, threw all four of his touchdowns in the second and Timmy Smith ran for one of his two on the game. It was Washington's second Super Bowl win (SB XVII) and Denver's third loss in the big game. Speaking of losing the Super Bowl ...
3. Super Bowl XXVII: Dallas Cowboys 52, Buffalo Bills 17 -- The Cowboys won Super Bowl XXVII behind Troy Aikman, who tossed four touchdowns and was named the game's MVP. Two of his scoring strikes went to Michael Ervin, who finished the game with 114 yards receiving. The Cowboys would go on to win two of the next three Super Bowls, including a rematch the next season with the Bills, 30-13. The poor Bills were the anti-Cowboys -- they lost four straight Super Bowls in total.
2. Super Bowl XX: Chicago Bears 46, New England Patriots 10 --The Bears mauled the Patriots to finish off one of the most dominant seasons in NFL history. After the Patriots opened the scoring with a 36-yard field goal, the Bears scored the game's next 44 points. Quarterback Jim McMahon did not throw a touchdown, but he rushed for a pair, and Richard Dent was named the MVP. The 1985 Bears remain one of the most memorable teams in NFL history. Who can forget the Super Bowl shuffle?
1. Super Bowl XXIV: San Francisco 55, Denver Broncos 10 -- Super Bowl commercials become wildly popular in the 1980s, as blowouts dominated the decade, but the 49ers' 55-spot on the Broncos remains the most points scored in SB history. San Fran took a 13-3 lead after one quarter and 27-3 lead at intermission on their way to a second straight championship. Joe Montana, who was named Super Bowl MVP for the third time in his career, threw five touchdowns, including three scores to Jerry Rice.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who proudly wears his Rodney Hampton jersey on Sundays during the football season. He grew up in Queens, N.Y. rooting for the Giants despite being surrounded by Jets fans.