55. Super Bowl XLVIII — Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos
Result: Seattle 43, Denver 8
Entering Super Bowl XLVIII, one question was on everybody’s mind — which unit will prevail, Seattle’s defense or Denver’s offense?
Seattle boasted the league’s top defense in 2013. The Seahawks allowed less than 275 yards per game and surrendered 14.4 PPG, and finished with 39 takeaways — pacing the league in all three categories. Offensively, Denver led the NFL in yards per game (457.3) and PPG (37.9). Seattle destroyed Denver from the opening moments of the game. The Seahawks raced out to a 22-0 lead at halftime, and extended their lead to 36-0 in the third quarter. Peyton Manning’s offense had zero answers for Seattle’s historic defense.
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54. Super Bowl IV — Kansas City Chiefs vs. Minnesota Vikings
Result: Kansas City 23, Minnesota 7
Fun fact, Super Bowl IV was the final championship game played between an NFL team (Minnesota) and a team from the AFL (Kansas City). Both teams entered the contest on a high. Minnesota handled Cleveland 27-7 to reach the Super Bowl, while Kansas City upended the vaunted Raiders 17-7 in the AFL Championship. The Vikings entered the heavy favorite, but the Chiefs quickly asserted their dominance over the NFL’s best team. The Chiefs led 16-0 at halftime and never let the Vikings back in the game. The 12-point underdogs won without breaking a sweat.
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