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HOW MANY TIMES HAS THE UNDERDOG WON THE SUPER BOWL?

Times The Underdog Has Won the Super Bowl | Tipico
Times The Underdog Has Won the Super Bowl | Tipico
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Danny Scaramella - Tipico
Published: 2023-01-24

They say that everybody loves an underdog. Watching a team rush, kick, and tackle their way to eternal glory is a thrill that never grows old. Especially when nobody thought that team would even make it to the game. 


Ahead of Super Bowl LVII, many fans are focusing on the teams with the best shots at winning. But an underdog is still a competitor. And more often than you’d think, one team rises from the bottom of the heap and proves all the experts wrong. But how many times has the underdog won the Super Bowl?


Before Super Bowl Sunday rolls around, we’re turning out eyes to a few teams that could surprise us all. While they may be the runt of the litter right now, there’s nothing that can’t happen in football. As the saying goes, every dog has its day—even the underdogs. We’re listing the underdog Super Bowl winners by year.


WHAT ARE THE ODDS THAT AN UNDERDOG WILL WIN THE SUPER BOWL?

 

Underdogs have a rich history of waltzing into the Super Bowl arena and snatching the title from the projected winner. In fact, there have been at least 18 times that an underdog has surprised the entire league. 


If you’re placing your bets on the underdog, there are a few pointers to bear in mind: 


Spread — Don’t worry about the spread when betting on the underdog. If an underdog covers, they tend to win. 


Buying low — Some losses are signs that a team is slipping. Other times, they’re just a fluke. After a disappointing loss, you may find value in “buying low” on an underdog team. That last match may have just been a temporary slip. 


This year, eight teams have a shot of waltzing away with the Lombardi. Odds of winning range from +300 (most likely to win) to +3000 ( the absolute underdogs). 


Before placing your bets, let’s look at a few exceptional times when an unlikely victor emerged during the Super Bowl. 


What Are the Biggest Underdog Super Bowl Wins? 

The Super Bowl has plenty to provide if you love an underdog story. Although each Super Bowl starts with one team favored to take home the trophy, things don’t always go according to predictions. 


Since the Super Bowl began in 1967, many teams have found ways to overcome the odds and emerge victorious. Teams have kept fans on the edges of their seats from one of football’s greatest upsets in 1969 to a modern-day underdog triumph in 2008. 


1969: NEW YORK JETS VS BALTIMORE COLTS


Super Bowl III goes down in the books as one of the greatest upsets in football history. Led by legendary quarterback Joe Namath, the Jets overcame what seemed like insurmountable odds to win by nine points. 


That memorable win made the Jets the first American Football League (AFL) team to beat a team from the NFL at the Super Bowl. It was such a monumental win for underdogs that we’re still talking about the game more than 50 years later.


That Super Bowl’s odds were:


Underdogs – Jets 

Spread – +18

Final score – Jets 16, Colts 7


1970: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS VS MINNESOTA VIKINGS


An underdog doesn’t always sweep in at the last minute for an unbelievable win. Sometimes, they come onto the field and annihilate the whole game. 


Although the odds were stacked against the Chiefs, they showed up at the 1970 Super Bowl ready to take names. The team forced five turnovers and completely crushed the Vikings’ offense in a game that didn’t even come close. 


Football history buffs will remember this as a particularly special historical match, as it was the last Super Bowl before the AFL-NFL merger.


The Chiefs closed out the end of an era by comfortably beating the spread:


Underdogs — Chiefs

Spread — +12

Final score — Kansas City 23, Minnesota 7


1998: DENVER BRONCOS VS. GREEN BAY PACKERS


Although the Broncos were up against Brett Favre of the Packers, they didn’t let star power blind them. The Packers were also the defending champions in 1998 and entered the arena confident that they’d take home the trophy. 


But the Broncos came through with a jaw-dropping upset, thanks to several extraordinary rushes by Terrell Davis. Davis’s third rush broke the tie with only 1:45 left in the last quarter and won him MVP of the game.


The Broncos bucked the following odds while taking home the ‘98 title:


Underdogs – Broncos

Spread – +11

Final score – Denver 31, Green Bay 24


2002: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS VS ST. LOUIS RAMS


If you are familiar with which team has the most super bowl wins and Tom Brady’s Super Bowl wins and losses, you’d also know that this legendary game was the first Super Bowl that skyrocketed the Patriots franchise—led by the superpower Brady-Belichick duo—into eternal NFL glory.  


Fans across the country were on the edges of their seats each and every quarter. New England scored the winning field goal with just seven seconds left in the game. By the end of the rollercoaster match, the Patriots were underdogs no longer but bona fide legends in the NFL. And Tom Brady took home his first Super Bowl MVP title.


Before their first Super Bowl win, the Patriots were looking at the following odds:


Underdogs – Patriots

Spread – +14

Final score –  New England 20, St. Louis 17


2008: NEW YORK GIANTS VS NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS


The Patriots were projected as the clear winners of the 2008 Super Bowl. But the NY Giants had other plans. With only 35 seconds left in the game, Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw the winning touchdown to Plaxico Burress. 


Although that touchdown was spectacular, the NY Giants' most memorable play was, arguably, David Tyree’s infamous “helmet catch.” Tyree lept into the air to snatch a throw from Manning and caught the ball by pinning it against his helmet. It proves there’s nothing an underdog won’t do to win the game. 


Arguably the biggest underdog upset in modern NFL history, the Giants had to overcome some steep odds to hoist the Lombardi Trophy:


Underdogs — Giants

Spread — +12

Final score — New York 17, New England 14


WHICH TEAMS WOULD BE UNDERDOGS FOR SUPER BOWL LVII?


Going into Super Bowl LVII, the projected frontrunners are the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cincinnati Bengals. 


Commentators and fans believe that the Eagles have the best chance of taking it all home this year. They’ve got: 


Winning quarterback Jalen Hurts

Best odds of winning at +250 


But the Bengals are trailing closely behind in many bettors’ sportsbooks. The Cincinnati team boasts: 


Superstar quarterback Joe Burrow

Odds of winning at +260 


But the projected winners aren’t nearly as much fun to predict as the potential greatest upsets. Which teams could overcome the odds and take the whole league by surprise?


WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF UNDERDOG BETTING?


While the majority of the public tends to throw their weight behind the favorites, those who bet on the underdogs may find themselves pleasantly surprised at the end of the season. 


Bigger payouts — Because the underdog isn’t expected to win, those who make the correct but unlikely bet will see bigger payouts. 


You can still make a profit — While you’ll find yourself losing time and time again when you bet on the underdog, every dog has its day. And when the underdog does win, your payout may be big enough to cover all those losses. 


ROOT FOR THE UNDERDOG WITH TIPICO


All of this year’s underdogs have fighting power. They’ve got something to prove, and they’re ready to show the country that the season isn’t over until the final whistle blows. If you’re looking to bet on an unexpected win, follow your favorite underdog team as they tussle for triumph at Super Bowl LVII. 


Before the big game, download the Tipico Sportsbook app to place your bets and keep track of your favorite NFL teams. Tipico is your one-stop shop for live in-game sports betting, spreads, player prop bets, moneylines, and more. 


No matter which underdog has your support this season—Tipico makes it easy and efficient to cash out on your wins. So all you have to do is tune into Arizona's Glendale Stadium on February 12 and cheer.  


Sources: 


New York Post. Super Bowl run now in play with Giants continuing to get better and better. https://nypost.com/2023/01/15/super-bowl-run-now-in-play-with-giants-getting-better-and-better/ 


Stacker. Biggest underdogs in Super Bowl history. https://stacker.com/football/biggest-underdogs-super-bowl-history  


Yahoo! Sports. Super Bowl betting: It's very rare for an underdog to cover and not win in Super Bowl. https://sports.yahoo.com/super-bowl-betting-its-very-rare-for-an-underdog-to-cover-and-not-win-in-super-bowl-135026892.html 


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