Joe Namath and the Jets stunned the world by beating the Baltimore Colts.Image: Getty Images
As of Saturday, the line on Super Bowl LVI is Rams -4, one of the closer spreads in the big game’s history. Though the Bengals are technically the home team, the Rams are, of course, playing in their own home stadium, so the current line suggests these are two evenly matched teams. Though the Super Bowl is meant to match up the two best teams in the sport, the game hasn’t always been so evenly matched.
Which game is the biggest upset? We rank them, see if you agree.
10. New England Patriots over St. Louis Rams, 2002
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It’s hard to imagine, but there was a time when Tom Brady was the other quarterback in the Super Bowl. This was our introduction to TB12, who had filled in for injured Drew Bledsoe and was probably most famous at the time for the “tuck rule” in his controversial non-fumble against the Oakland Raiders in his first playoff game. Brady lost the ball on a hit by Charles Woodson, and the Raiders apparently recovered, but it was ruled an incomplete pass. Brady himself said he probably would have gone back to being Bledsoe’s backup if not for the tuck rule.
In Super Bowl XXXVI, Brady and Bill Belichick won their first title together as the Pats beat the heavily favored St. Louis Rams. The Rams had a high-powered offense featuring Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, and Tory Holt, but Belichick’s defense kept them in check and Brady did what would soon become a very Brady thing: manufacturing a game-winning drive in the final minutes. It was the first Super Bowl win for an AFC East team since the Miami Dolphins in 1974.
Score: New England Patriots 20, St. Louis Rams 17
9. Philadelphia Eagles over New England Patriots, 2018
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Another Tom Brady-Bill Belichick game is on the list, but 16 years after our introduction to Brady on football’s biggest stage, he found himself on the other end of the upset. This was the most explosive game in Super Bowl history, as the two teams combined for 1,151 yards and 74 points and just one punt. The Eagles were 5.5-point underdogs, facing the…