Biggest Points Spreads in Super Bowl History

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Andy Coffaro Jun 16, 2021, 2:17 PM
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 14: Joe Namath speaks during a Super Bowl III 50th Anniversary celebration during halftime of the game between the New York Jets and the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium on October 14, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Before Super Bowl III in Miami, Florida, New York quarterback Joe Namath brazenly guaranteed during a press interview that the AFC Jets would upset the almighty NFL Colts. The Super Bowl odds for the Orange Bowl showdown listed Baltimore at -18, still the second-highest point spread in NFL history.

When he discovered what Broadway Joe had said the following day, Jets’ head coach Weeb Ewbank was none-too-pleased.

"I asked Joe what possessed him to do such a thing," Ewbank said. "I said, 'Don't you know Shula will use this to fire up his team?' Joe said, 'Coach, if they need press clippings to get ready, they're in trouble.' I could have shot him for saying it. But Joe always had a way of delivering. He didn't mind pressure. It seemed to make him play better. I figured, if he said it, he would just have to back it up."

Namath backed up his boast with a stellar 17 of 28 passing performance and 206 yards as the Jets offense outgained the Colts 337 yards to 324 en route to a historic 16-7 upset.

But believe it or not, 18 points is not the biggest point spread in Super Bowl history.

Biggest Points Spreads in Super Bowl History

Let’s have a gander at the biggest point spreads in Super Bowl history using data from my recently published article “Points Spreads for Every Super Bowl.”

YearSuper BowlMatchupSpread
1995XXIX49ers vs. Chargers49ers -18.5
1969IIIJets vs. ColtsColts -18
1967IPackers vs. ChiefsPackers -14
1997XXXIPackers vs. PatriotsPackers -14
2002XXXVIPatriots vs. RamsRams -14
1968IIPackers vs. RaidersPackers -13.5
1996XXXCowboys vs. SteelersCowboys -13.5
1970IVChiefs vs. VikingsVikings -12
1990XXIV49ers vs. Broncos49ers -12
2008XLIIGiants vs. PatriotsPatriots -12
1998XXXIIBroncos vs. PackersPackers -11
1980XIVSteelers vs. RamsSteelers -10.5
1993XXVIICowboys vs. BillsCowboys -10.5
1994XXVIIICowboys vs. BillsCowboys -10.5
1986XXBears vs. PatriotsBears -10

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Andy Coffaro is a sports journalist and managing editor with published work in USA Today, MSN, HERO Sports, The Mercury News, East Bay Times, Phil Steele’s College Football Preview magazine, and more. He graduated from San José State University with a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Kinesiology. Follow him on Twitter @andycoffaro.

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