By Molly Ade
The Super Bowl is the most exciting game of the NFL season. Except when it’s not.
The New England Patriots meet the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in Super Bowl LIII.
The Patriots, led by the legendary tandem of quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, are in the big game for the third year in a row, following an overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons in 2017 and a classic seesaw loss to the Philadelphia Eagles a year ago. Brady and Belichick again are seeking their sixth Super Bowl rings.
The Rams are the upstart, fronted by former No. 1 pick Jared Goff at quarterback and wunderkind coach Sean McVay.
The Patriots are favored by 2.5 points by Las Vegas bookmakers, who are gambling on a close game. Football fans have been fortunate in the 21st century mostly to be treated to tight games in the Super Bowl.
But sometimes the championship game is a dud. These 5 Super Bowls turned out to be no contest at all:
Super Bowl XXII (1988): Washington Redskins 42, Denver Broncos 10 (32 points)
After falling behind 10-0, underdog Washington surprisingly went on to score 42 unanswered points.
Super Bowl XXVII (1993): Dallas Cowboys 52, Buffalo Bills 17 (35 points)
The Bills followed an early touchdown with a Super Bowl-record nine turnovers, and the Cowboys ran away with it.
Super Bowl XLVIII (2014): Seattle Seahawks 43, Denver Broncos 8 (35 points)
This game pitted Seattle’s league-leading defense against Denver’s league-best offense. The Broncos’ offense, led by Peyton Manning, missed that memo.
Super Bowl XX (1986): Chicago Bears 46, New England Patriots 10 (36 points)
The vaunted Chicago defense known as the "Monsters of the Midway" caused six turnovers and held New England to just seven rushing yards for the entire game.
Super Bowl XXIV (1990): San Francisco 49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10 (45 points)
The 49ers’ 55 points are the most scored by a single team in a Super Bowl.