The worst quarterback performances to win a Super Bowl


While quarterbacks are usually the constant in how teams perform in a Super Bowl, there have been some truly awful quarterback performances to win a Super Bowl. It doesn’t look like Joe Burrow or Matthew Stafford will add their names to this list, but let’s see who were some of the Super Bowl quarterback’s worst performances.

Terry Bradshaw – Super Bowl XIV: Los Angeles Rams vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

In 1979, the Pittsburgh Steelers were 12-4 and AFC Central Division champions. The Steelers averaged 26 points per game, which was number one in the NFL and their famous “Steel Curtain” defense was fifth in the league, allowing 16.4 points per game.

Quarterback Terry Bradshaw started all 16 games, throwing for 3,724 yards, 26 touchdowns, 25 interceptions, with a 54.9 completion percentage and a 77 assist rating. Running back Franco Harris rushed for 1,186 yards and had 12 touchdowns (11 rushing and one reception) and John Stallworth led the team in receiving with 70 receptions with 1,183 yards and eight touchdowns.

The Steelers were a 9.5-point favorite over the Miami Dolphins in the Divisional Round as Pittsburgh entered the playoffs looking to win back-to-back titles for the second time in the 1970s. Terry Bradshaw completed 21 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns as the Steelers beat the Dolphins 34-14 to advance to the AFC Championship game against rivals the Houston Oilers. In the AFC Championship game, the Steelers, a 9.5-point home favorite, beat the Oilers 27-13 as the defense held Houston star running back Earl Campbell to 15 yards on 17 carries . Terry Bradshaw threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter and finished the game completing 18 passes for 219 yards. The Steelers were on their way to Super Bowl XIV to take on the NFC champion Los Angeles Rams, looking to win their fourth Super Bowl title in franchise history.

Going into Super Bowl XIV at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Pittsburgh was among the 10-point favorites against Los Angeles. In the previous two playoff games against Miami, Terry Bradshaw had thrown just one interception while throwing 25 regular-season picks. After throwing a second-quarter interception that the Rams turned into a three-pointer, Pittsburgh lost 13-10 to Los Angeles at halftime. Three-time Super Bowl champion Bradshaw threw interceptions on back-to-back drives in the third quarter with the Steelers down 19-17, but the Rams couldn’t turn any of those turnovers into points. In the fourth quarter, Terry Bradshaw redeemed himself by throwing a 73-yard touchdown pass to John Stallworth at 12:15 of the fourth to put Pittsburgh on for good and on the way to their fourth Super Bowl crown.

Despite the three turnovers, Terry Bradshaw was named Super Bowl MVP MVP and became the first and only Super Bowl MVP signal caller to throw more interceptions (three) than touchdown passes (two).

Trent Dilfer – Super Bowl XXXV: New York Giants vs. Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens in 2000 were 12-4 and finished second in the AFC Central Division. Their defense is considered one of the top five defensive units of all time as they allowed 10.3 points per game which topped the NFL. But on offense, they struggled with Tony Banks as the starting quarterback, which caused Baltimore’s coaching staff to turn to Trent Dilfer after the Ravens went four straight games without scoring an offensive touchdown. In eight regular season starts, Dilfer, a 1994 first-round draft pick from Tampa Bay, threw for 1,502 yards, 12 touchdowns, 11 interceptions with a 59.3 completion percentage and a 76 passer rating. 6.

Against the Denver Broncos, as 3.5 point favorites, the Ravens won the game, 21-3 in the wildcard round. Dilfer was 9-14 for 130 yards and a touchdown. This game was won thanks to a dominating performance from the trio of Ray Lewis, Michael McCrary and Peter Boulware as a combined for 17 tackles, four sacks and one interception. In the divisional round, the Ravens, a six-point underdog, beat the Tennessee Titans, 24-10. Dilfer played poorly in that game, completing five of 16 passes for 116 yards while being sacked three times and finishing the contest with a 58.6 passer rating. In the AFC Championship game, the Ravens were a six-point underdog to the Oakland Raiders, as they vied for the right to face the NFC champion New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. It was another average performance from Dilfer as he was 9-18 for 190 yards, one touchdown, one interception, sacked twice with an 83.1 passer rating. The defense intercepted Raiders quarterbacks Rich Gannon and Bobby Hoying a total of four times and also fired them four times. The Ravens won 16-3 and were heading to their first Super Bowl in franchise history.

Baltimore headed to Super Bowl XXXV as a three-point favorite over New York. At 6:50 in the first quarter, Trent Dilfer threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Stokley for the game’s first score; it would be the Baltimore quarterback’s only significant contribution that day for the Ravens. The Ravens easily beat the Giants 34-7 to claim their first Super Bowl title. Baltimore scored its other points of the day on two field goals, a pick six, a kickoff return and a short rushing touchdown by Jamal Lewis. The Ravens’ defense dominated the Giants’ offense, limiting them to 112 passing yards, limiting New York’s rushing game to 66 yards, and sacking New York quarterback Kerry Collins four times. The Ravens kicked the ball 10 times in the game with six three-plus practices. Trent Dilfer completed 12 of 25 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown. It certainly wasn’t quarterback play at its best and Baltimore’s championship will be remembered for its dominating defense.

During the offseason, the Ravens did not resign Dilfer and the quarterback was not brought back to defend the Ravens championship. He remains the only quarterback who was not resigned by his club after winning the Super Bowl.

Ben Roethlisberger – Super Bowl XL: Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers entered Super Bowl XL as a four-point favorite against the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks. It was the Steelers’ sixth Super Bowl appearance, while Seattle made their first appearance in the NFL’s big game.

Super Bowl XL is known to be played in Detroit, the home of Jerome Bettis, the Steelers’ star running back who left the field as a champion in his final game. But this Super Bowl is also known for being one of the most unmissable championship games in history and for the worst quarterback play by a winning starting quarterback in Super Bowl history. Pittsburgh sophomore quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was terrible in the game, posting a 22.6 passer rating, the worst quarterback rating in Super Bowl history. For the game, “Big Ben” was nine of 21 for 123 yards, no touchdown passes, two interceptions and sacked once. The Steelers flagger scored on a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, but replays showed the play should have been called off because the Steelers quarterback didn’t reach the end zone. With Pittsburgh leading Seattle 14-10 in the fourth quarter, the Steelers coaching staff showed their lack of confidence in their young quarterback with a big play call. At 8:56 of the fourth quarter, the Steelers called for a wide receiver pass as former college quarterback Hines Ward (Georgia) threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to another former quarterback college, Antwaan Randle El (Indiana) to tidy up the game. , winning the franchise’s fifth Vince Lombardi Trophy with a 21-10 win over the Seahawks.

Roethlisberger’s performance was horrendous in Super Bowl XL, but he managed to redeem himself in his next Super Bowl appearance. Against the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, Roethlisberger led the team on a long drive late in the fourth quarter that culminated in an incredible six-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes in the backcourt. goals to clinch the club’s sixth Super Bowl title. In the game, Roethlisberger was 21-30 for 256 yards, one touchdown and a 93.2 passer rating.

Peyton Manning – Super Bowl 50: Carolina Panthers vs. Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos entered Super Bowl 50 as a five-point underdog to the NFC champion Carolina Panthers along with league MVP Cam Newton. It was the Broncos’ eighth Super Bowl appearance, while Carolina was making its second appearance in the NFL’s big game; losing in their first appearance to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

This game is best known for the Broncos’ dominating performance Von Miller earning him the MVP of the game as Denver defeated Carolina, 24-10. The Broncos linebacker had 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles (both leading to touchdowns in Denver) and two quarterback hits.

Super Bowl 50 will also be known as NFL legend, Peyton Manning’s final game as he got off to sunset as a two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback. The 2015 season was extremely difficult for the five-time league MVP as Manning struggled with injuries throughout the season, forcing the Broncos to launch replacement Brock Osweiler in seven games. In 10 regular season games (nine starts), Manning threw for 2,249 yards, nine touchdowns, 17 interceptions with a 59.8 completion percentage. The seven-time All-Pro just didn’t have the arm strength to deliver the ball with the same zip he once had. This resulted in a below-average performance at Super Bowl 50.

The 14-time Pro Bowler completed 13 of 23 passes for 141 yards, no touchdowns, one interception, sack five times with a 56.6 passer rating in his last career game. He threw a two-point conversion to Benny Fowler after Denver’s last touchdown of the game. The Manning-led offense kicked the ball eight times that day and had six three-plus drives. Frankly, Denver won this championship despite Manning’s poor play, a sad way to end the career of such a great player. But he left it all on the court and was Super Bowl champion again.


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