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Top 10 worst fumbles in Super Bowl history

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By The Capital Sports Report Staff

The National Football League (NFL) is renowned for its high-performance athletes who display incredible skills. However, even these elite footballers can make mistakes. And there’s nothing worse than fumbling the ball in the biggest game in the NFL – the Super Bowl.

In this guide, we take a look at 10 of the worst fumbles in Super Bowl history- we’ll also take a look at a definition of the word fumble in the context of the NFL.

Dallas Cowboys running back Robert Newhouse carries the ball while pursued by Joe Greene against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XIII
Robert Newhouse carries the ball while pursued by Joe Greene against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XIII (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

But first, let’s look at how the sport works.

How the NFL works

The NFL consists of 32 teams that are divided into two conferences: the AFC (American Football Conference) and the NFC (National Football Conference).

Each team plays a 16-game regular season, with the top seven teams from each conference advancing to the playoffs. The playoffs consist of three rounds of single-elimination games, with the winner of each conference advancing to the Super Bowl.

The Super Bowl is the championship game of the NFL. It’s typically played on the first Sunday in February and is one of the most-watched television events in the world – this makes it particularly bad for players who fumble the ball.

Betting on the NFL

With American football being so popular, it’s natural for some people to want to place bets on the potential outcome of matches.

However, diving in before you’re familiar with the market and the phrases that are used could see you getting into a bit of a minefield.

When it comes to NFL sports betting, make sure you do your homework. Study the teams and players, look at their past performances, and consider the current season’s standings, injuries, and weather conditions. The more you know, the better you’ll be able to make informed decisions.

It also helps to be familiar with the many different types of bets you can make on NFL games. These include point spreads, money lines, and over/unders. Each type of bet has its own risks and potential rewards, so consider what bet makes the most sense for you.

For those looking to diversify their betting interests, consider exploring the dynamic world of mixed martial arts by checking out the upcoming MMA events and betting odds. Whether you’re a seasoned fan or new to the sport, understanding the intricacies of MMA matchups and staying informed about the latest odds can add an extra layer of excitement to your sports betting experience.

It’s also important to set a budget and stick to it. Don’t bet more than you can afford to lose and don’t chase your losses by betting more than you initially planned. Remember that betting should be seen as fun, not as a way to make a living

What is a fumble?

So, what exactly is a fumble?

In the NFL, a fumble occurs when a player who is carrying the ball loses possession of it before a play is over. This can happen in several ways, such as when the ball is dropped, knocked out of the player’s hands, or when the ball holder is stripped of it by a defender.

When a fumble occurs, the ball is considered live — and any player from either team can recover it. The team that recovers the fumble gains possession of the ball and the opportunity to advance it down the field.

If the fumble occurs during a pass play and the ball hits the ground it is called an incomplete pass instead of a fumble.

As you can imagine, fumbles can have a big impact on the outcome of a game. Coaches and players work hard to minimize fumbles and practice techniques for securing the ball to avoid giving the opposing team an advantage.

Top 10 worst fumbles in Super Bowl history

Now we know the significance of a fumble, let’s take a look at some of the worst ones in Super Bowl history:

1. Super Bowl XXV (1991)

This match is widely regarded as one of the best Super Bowls of all time.

With the Buffalo Bills down by one point to the New York Giants in the closing minutes of the game running back Thurman Thomas fumbled the ball on the Bills’ first play of the drive, giving the Giants possession and allowing them to run out the clock and win the game.

2. Super Bowl XLV (2011)

With the Pittsburgh Steelers driving down the field and down by six points to the Green Bay Packers in the fourth quarter, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger fumbled the ball on a sack, giving the Packers possession and the opportunity to run out the clock and win the game.

3. Super Bowl XLIV (2010)

The New Orleans Saints were leading the Indianapolis Colts by seven points in the fourth quarter. The Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne fumbled the ball after a catch, allowing the Saints to recover and extend their lead.

4. Super Bowl XIII (1979)

With the Dallas Cowboys trailing the Pittsburgh Steelers by four points in the fourth quarter, running back Robert Newhouse fumbled the ball on a sweep play — giving the Steelers possession and allowing them to waste the remaining time.

5. Super Bowl XLII (2008)

With the New England Patriots leading the New York Giants by four points with just over a minute to play, quarterback Tom Brady fumbled the ball on a sack, giving the Giants possession and the opportunity to score the game-winning touchdown.

6. Super Bowl XXXII (1998)

This was a feisty affair between the Denver Broncos and the Green Bay Packers. With the Broncos trailing 17-14 in the third quarter, running back Terrell Davis fumbled the ball deep in Packers territory.

The Packers recovered the fumble but were unable to capitalize on the turnover – and the Broncos went on to win the game.

7. Super Bowl IX (1975)

This tie between the Minnesota Vikings and the Pittsburgh Steelers still lives in the memories of many NFL fans.

With the Vikings, down 9-6 in the fourth quarter, quarterback Fran Tarkenton fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Steelers defensive tackle Joe Greene. The Steelers went on to score a touchdown on the ensuing drive, sealing their first Super Bowl victory.

8. Super Bowl XXIII (1989)

In this epic game between the Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers – we saw one of the most significant fumbles ever.

With the game tied at 13 in the fourth quarter, Bengals running back Stanley Wilson fumbled the ball. The Bengals went on to lose the game after a last-second touchdown pass from 49ers quarterback Joe Montana.

9. Super Bowl XXVII (1993)

In a game that was already out of hand, with the Dallas Cowboys leading 52-17 in the fourth quarter, the Buffalo Bills quarterback Frank Reich fumbled the ball – which was recovered by Cowboys defensive end Leon Lett.

Lett began to celebrate prematurely and was stripped of the ball by Bills receiver Don Beebe before he could score a touchdown.

10. Super Bowl XXXIV (2000)

This clash between the St. Louis Rams and the Tennessee Titans was one of the tightest in Super Bowl history.

With the game tied at 16 and only seconds remaining, Titans receiver Kevin Dyson caught a pass from quarterback Steve McNair but was immediately tackled by Rams linebacker Mike Jones, just short of the end zone.

Dyson reached out to try and score but was tackled again and fumbled the ball, ending the Titans’ chance at a touchdown.

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