49. Super Bowl VIII — Miami Dolphins vs. Minnesota Vikings
Result: Miami 24, Minnesota 7
On the previous slide, we looked at Minnesota’s loss in Super Bowl XI. Unfortunately, the Vikings ran into another juggernaut three years earlier, in 1973 — the Miami Dolphins. One year prior, the Dolphins completed the NFL’s first and only undefeated season. In ’73, Miami went 12-2 in the regular season and cruised to the Super Bowl. The Vikings also finished 12-2 and toppled Washington and Dallas to reach the Super Bowl. In the big game, Miami ran all over the Vikings. Hall of Famer Larry Csonka rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns, while QB Bob Griese attempted a mere seven passes. The Dolphins led 24-0 in the fourth quarter — Minnesota’s Fran Tarkenton scrambled for the team’s lone score.
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48. Super Bowl XXXV — Baltimore Ravens vs. New York Giants
Result: Baltimore 34, New York 7
After the NFC Championship, fans of the New York Giants had to be feeling pretty good. New York obliterated the Vikings 41-0 — extending its winning streak to seven games — to book its ticket to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, the Giants had the script flipped on them in the Super Bowl. Facing a Baltimore defense that allowed 10.3 PPG, the Giants struggled to move the ball all night. Baltimore’s historic defense, featuring Ray Lewis, held the Giants to 152 total yards and forced five turnovers. The Ravens scored on a pick-six and a kickoff return. Poor Giants.
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