The highest Super Bowl scores of all time

In the history of the Super Bowl, there have been some very high scoring games. The highest Super Bowl scores of all time is a list of great teams, but some football fans might be surprised that one of the best defensive teams we have ever seen also appears on this list. To make the list, these teams scored the most points in their respective Super Bowl appearances.

Highest Scoring Super Bowls of All Time

Super Bowl XXIV—San Francisco vs. Denver

The 1989 san Francisco 49ers were one of the best teams to ever play the game, and they proved it in Super Bowl XXIV against the Denver Broncos. Joe Montana and Jerry Rice led the way, aided by wide receiver John Taylor and running back Roger Craig. The final score was 55-10 in favor of the 49ers, making it the most points one team had scores, as well as the biggest margin of victory in Super Bowl history.

Super Bowl XXVII—Dallas vs. Buffalo

The Dallas Cowboys had far too many weapons for the Buffalo Bills to contend with in Super Bowl XXVII. Led by Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, and Michael Irvin, the team was firing on all cylinders in their first of two consecutive Super Bowl victories they would have over the Bills. The final score was 52-17 in favor of the Cowboys.

Super Bowl XXIX—San Francisco vs. San Diego

Five years after the San Francisco 49ers scored 55 points in the Super Bowl, Steve Young was the new quarterback that led them to 49 points against the San Diego Chargers. The Young to Jerry Rice connection accounted for three touchdowns, and running back Ricky Watters added three more touchdowns as the 49ers beat the Chargers 49-26.

Super Bowl XXXVII—Tampa Bay vs. Oakland

The 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers were one of the best defensive teams that we have ever seen, but in Super Bowl XXXVII they could also do nothing wrong on offense. With Brad Johnson(notes) at quarterback and a defense that intercepted Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon five times, the Buccaneers proved to be too tough. Three interceptions were returned for touchdowns as Tampa Bay beat Oakland 48-21.

Super Bowl XX—Chicago vs. New England

We consider the 1985 Chicago Bears to be the best team in the history of the NFL, and they proved it against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX. The Bears exploded for 46 points with Walter Payton leading the way on offense, but it was actually defensive end Richard Dent that became the Super Bowl MVP with an extremely impressive game. The Bears defense held New England to just seven yards rushing, and at the time set the new standard for most one-sided Super Bowl victory. The Bears ended up winning the game 46-10 .

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Updated Thursday, Jan 13, 2011