Super Bowl Matchups With Top Scoring Defense Vs Top Scoring Offense

Posted by Eric Williams on Tuesday,January 31, 2017 1:16, EDT in

If you didn’t know before, now you do. Super Bowl 51 will be the seventh time in NFL history that the team with the league’s highest scoring offense will square off against the team with the highest scoring defense.

Will the high-scoring Falcons (33.8 ppg) be able to get liftoff to overcome New England’s mostly anonymous, but stingy defense (15.6 ppg)? Let’s take a look back at the six Super Bowl betting matchups that featured a No. 1 offense going up against a No. 1 defense.

Super Bowl Matchups With Top Scoring Defense Vs Top Scoring Offense

 

 

Year SB No. 1 Offense No. 1 Defense Result
1966 I Chiefs (32.0) Packers (11.6) Green Bay 35, Kansas City 10
1978 XIII Cowboys (24.0) Steelers (12.2) Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31
1984 XIX Dolphins (32.1) 49ers (14.2) San Francisco 38, Miami 16
1989 XXIV 49ers (27.6) Broncos (14.1) San Francisco 55, Denver 10
1990 XXV Bills (26.8) Giants (13.3) New York 20, Buffalo 19
2013 XLVIII Broncos (37.9) Seahawks (14.4) Denver favored by 3 points

Super Bowl 48 – 2014

Seattle Seahawks 43, Denver Broncos 8

No. 1 defense: Seahawks, 14.4 ppg
No. 1 offense: Broncos, 37.9 ppg

Analysis: Peyton Manning helped Denver become the first NFL team to score more than 600 points during a regular season, but it didn’t matter one bit as while Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and the rest of Seattle’s Legion of Boom defense dropped the hammer on the Broncos and embarrassed Manning.

Super Bowl 25 – 1991

New York Giants 20, Buffalo Bills 19

No. 1 defense: Giants, 14.2 ppg
No. 1 offense: Bills, 26.8 ppg

Analysis: Bills kicker Scott Norwood’s sold out when he missed what would have been game-winning 47-yard field-goal attempt that sailed wide right as time expired. New York’s defensive coordinator that day was none other than Bill Belichick, just so you know.

Super Bowl 24 – 1990

San Francisco 49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10

No. 1 defense: Broncos, 14.1 ppg
No. 1 offense: 49ers, 26.8

Analysis: Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and the rest of the San Francisco 49ers stable of offensive stars had their way against the Broncos in the most lopsided Super Bowl ever!

Super Bowl 19 – 1985

San Francisco 49ers 38, Miami Dolphins 16

No. 1 defense: 49ers, 14.2 ppg
No. 1 offense: Dolphins, 32.1 ppg

Analysis: The Niners, led by Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott, shut down Dan Marino and the Dolphins in a game that turned out to be Marino’s only Super Bowl appearance. Dan the man was picked off twice and sacked four times.

 

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Super Bowl 13 – 1979

Pittsburgh Steelers 35, Dallas Cowboys 31

No. 1 defense: Steelers, 12.2 ppg
No. 1 offense: Cowboys, 24 ppg

Analysis: The Steelers got the win in Super Bowl 13 in a shootout despite owning one of the greatest defenses in league history in the famed Steel Curtain.

Super Bowl 1 (AFL-NFL Championship) – 1967

Green Bay Packers 35, Kansas City Chiefs 10

No. 1 defense: Packers, 11.6 ppg
No. 1 offense: Chiefs, 32 ppg

Analysis: The very first AFL-NFL Championship game was dominated by a Packers defense that harassed Chiefs Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson into one interception and six sacks.