The Biggest Upsets in Super Bowl History

If you've become jaded about the Super Bowl over the last few years, we definitely don't blame you. The Patriots reign and Tom Brady's quarterback skills, while thrilling to watch, have prevented underdogs from clawing their way to the top of the professional American football food chain. But that ends on Sunday, February 2, when the San Fransisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs take to Hard Rock Stadium to duke it out. No matter who wins, it'll be refreshing. Can we get an amen?

In honor of Brady and the Pats sitting this one out, these are the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history. Try not to shed a tear.

25. Super Bowl XIII (1979)

Final score: Steelers 35, Cowboys 31

With both teams gunning for a third Super Bowl title, the game was bound to be heated. Things came to a head when the Steelers pulled off two touchdowns in a span of 19 seconds during the fourth quarter. The Cowboys earned another two touchdowns in their own right, but unfortunately it wasn't enough.

24. Super Bowl XLIX (2015)

Final score: Patriots 28, Seahawks 24

An upset can look like anything, which definitely includes the Patriots rallying for a late fourth quarter lead and the Seahawks choosing to pass the ball at one yard from the end zone. Sigh.

23. Super Bowl LI (2017)

Final score: Patriots 34, Falcons 28

Often referred to as “28—3,” the Patriots staged a 25-point comeback in the second half. That one had to hurt.

22. Super Bowl LII (2018)

Final score: Eagles 41, Patriots 33

It all came down to a fumble recovery and a failed Hail Mary pass from Brady. The Eagles' victory was sweet and largely celebrated, as it put a serious dent in the Patriots/Tom Brady/Bill Belichick dynasty.

21. Super Bowl XLVIII (2014)

Final score: Seahawks 43, Broncos 8

The underdog Seahawks allowed just one score from the Broncos, and it didn't come until the third quarter. Now that's what we call an upset.

20. Super Bowl LIII (2019)

Final score: Patriots 13, Rams 3

Both teams put just three points on the board in the first three quarters, before the Pats snuck in a touchdown with just seven minutes left in the game. One extra field goal sealed the deal.

19. Super Bowl V (1971)

Final score: Colts 16, Cowboys 13

This all came down to the fourth quarter, when the Colts managed to come back from a seven-point deficit for a touchdown and an eleventh-hour field goal.

18. Super Bowl XLIV (2010)

Final score: Saints 31, Colts 17

Super Bowl XLIV marked the first time in 16 years that both number-one seeds reached the big game. It was the Saints' recovery of a surprise onside kick, during the second half kickoff, that set them on the path to victory.

17. Super Bowl XXIII (1989)

Final score: 49ers 20, Bengals 16

A nail-biter if we ever saw one. Tied 3-3 at halftime, things progressed to 16-13 Bengals by the fourth quarter, with the 49ers pulling away in the last three minutes of the game.