Ready for a Super Bowl factoid to wow your friends over text message this Sunday? Five times in Super Bowl history has a team favored by 11 points or more lost outright, with the most recent occurring in 2008 when the New York Giants knocked off the undefeated New England Patriots as 12-point underdogs.
Fast-forward to 2021, and the Super Bowl 55 odds remain steady four days before kickoff, with the Kansas City Chiefs favored by -3.5. While a Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ victory wouldn’t exactly qualify as a major upset, the big game is no stranger to shocking results in the past.
12 Biggest Upsets in Super Bowl History by Point Spread
Let’s check out a dozen times where squads favored by four points or more lost the Super Bowl outright, including some all-time massive upsets.
|1969||III||Jets vs. Colts||Colts -18||Jets 16-7|
|2002||XXXVI||Patriots vs. Rams||Rams -14||Patriots 20-17|
|1970||IV||Chiefs vs. Vikings||Vikings -12||Chiefs 23-7|
|2008||XLII||Giants vs. Patriots||Patriots -12||Giants 17-14|
|1998||XXXII||Broncos vs. Packers||Packers -11||Broncos 31-24|
|1991||XXV||Giants vs. Bills||Bills -7||Giants 20-19|
|2016||L||Panthers vs. Broncos||Panthers -5||Broncos 24-10|
|2010||XLIV||Saints vs. Colts||Colts -5||Saints 31-17|
|2013||XLVII||49ers vs. Ravens||49ers -4.5||Ravens 34-31|
|2018||LII||Eagles vs. Patriots||Patriots -4||Eagles 41-33|
|2003||XXXVII||Buccaneers vs. Raiders||Raiders -4||Bucs 48-21|
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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.