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Top Ten Super Bowl Screw Ups

Super Bowl LII is almost upon us and promises to be an exciting one! Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are back for the 99th time and prepare to take on the red hot Eagles.  

Before this year’s wild showdown, let’s look back at some of the greatest gridiron mistakes to take place on the biggest stage. 

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10) Lett’s Fumble – XXVII

The Cowboys were well in control but this play seemed to cost everyone’s dad a chance to win squares. Lett was five yards away from scoring on a long fumble recovery when he decided to celebrate... enter Dan Beebe.

Dallas 52 – Buffalo 17


9) Garo’s Gaffe – VII

Dolphin’s were 2 minute away from a perfect season and shut out Super Bowl when kicker Garo Yepremian’s field goal was blocked. Instead of falling on the ball, he attempted a pass but fumbled. The ball was scooped up by the Redskin’s Mike Bass for a TD.

Miami 14 – Washington 7




8) Dropped – XIII

Cowboy’s tight end Jackie Smith inexplicably dropped a perfect touchdown pass from Staubach. It was third down, he was wide open and the game was close. They settled for a field goal and (later) ended up losing by 4.

Dallas 31 – Pittsburg 35


7) Blunder Bowl – V

Tied 13-13, the Cowboys began a last minute, win the game drive with a 15-yard holding penalty. Then on second down, QB Craig Morton threw a pass through the hands of running back Dan Reeves and into the arms of a Colts linebacker who returned the ball 13 yards. Two plays later, the Colts kicked the go ahead 32-yard field goal.

Dallas 13 – Indianapolis 16


6) Wrong Guy - XXX

Trailing 13-7, Pittsburgh’s Neil O’Donnell threw the ball to a wide open Larry Brown. Unfortunately, Brown was a Cowboys defensive back. Down 13 in the fourth, the Steelers were in the midst of another promising drive. That’s when O’Donnell, once again, found Brown all alone.

Pittsburg 17 – Dallas 27


5) The Forgotten Drop – XLII

Asante Samuel dropped an interception the play before Eli Manning and David Tyree hooked up for the miraculous helmet catch. The pick would have ended the game, instead Eli and the Giants beat the perfect Pats.

New England 14 – NYG 17


4) Reverse Direction – XLIII

The Cardinals were poised to take a halftime lead over Pittsburg but Kurt Warner’s pass was intercepted in the end zone by James Harrison – who ran it back 100 yards for the score. There was some hope as there was a flag on the play – however it was a facemask on Arizona, which resulted in a score and (at the time) it being the longest play in Super Bowl history.

So instead of going in ahead 14-10 at halftime, they were down 17-7.

Arizona 23 – Pittsburg 27


3) One Yard Short – XXXIV

Not really a screw up, just sucks. With six seconds left, Titans receiver Kevin Dyson is tackled stretched one yard short of the end zone.

Tennessee 16 - St. Louis 23



T-2) Kicking Yourself – XXXVIII

Carolina scored late to tie the game at 29. On the ensuing kick off, kicker Jon Kasay inexplicably booted the ball out of bounds, thus giving Tom Brady a short field with one minute left.

Also, we got to see Janet Jackson’s nipple at halftime.

Carolina 29 – New England 32




T-2) Give it to Lynch -  XLIX

After another incredible Tom Brady drive to take the lead, Seattle displayed some of there own late game magic. Russell Wilson found wide receiver Jermaine Kearse for an improbable 33-yard catch and a first and goal. On the next play, Lynch ran the ball giving the Seahawks 3 downs and 26 seconds to make a one yard dash across the goal line.

Naturally, you’d assume the next play (on a 2nd and goal with one to go) would be to hand the ball to the NFL’s most powerful rusher, Marshawn ‘Beast Mode” Lynch, who at this point had already rushed for 100 yards and a score. Instead, Pete Carroll opted to pass the ball. Wilson was intercepted, quite easily, by Malcolm Butler and the game was over. 

New England 28 - Seatlle 24


1) Wide Right – XXV

Scott Norwood misses the game winner with eight seconds remaining. The Bills would make the Super Bowl again but never win it. 

Buffalo 19 – NYG 20


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