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Deadspin Ranks All SuperBowls According To "Watchability"

What Was The Best Super Bowl Ever? Ranking All 47 Games According To Watchability

Reuben Fischer-Baum
http://deadspin.com/5981692/what-was...ium=socialflow


To figure this out, we used an updated version of our watchability rankings, which measured games on quality of play (for viewers) regardless of the narratives coming into the contest. Each game was scored on a 0-100 scale. Here's the new methodology:
  • Upset (15 points): Determined by the difference between the final score and the betting line, with a bonus given to true upsets. Super Bowl III, in which Joe Namath led the Jets to a 16-7 win over the Colts despite being 18-point underdogs, gets a perfect 15.
  • Shootout (25 points): Based on the total points scored, because people like offense. The otherwise terrible Super Bowl XXIX, with 75 points scored in total, gets a perfect 25.
  • Closeness (50 points): Clearly the most important category. Determined by the worst fourth-quarter point differential faced by the game's eventual winner. Two teams have come back from seven-point deficits in the final quarter to take the title (Baltimore in Super Bowl V, 49ers in Super Bowl XXIII). These games get perfect 50s.
  • The Wire (10 point): To further reward closeness, 10 points are awarded for the four Super Bowls (1991, 2000, 2002, and 2004) that came down to the game's final, non-Hail Mary/kickoff return play. Games in which the lead changed on the final major drive got a five, and games that were close toward the very end but fizzled out in the last few minutes got a 1. The distribution of 1's is, admittedly, a little subjective.
Based on this methodology, here are the top 12 Super Bowls of all time:





The chart above raises another question: Are we living in the golden age of the Super Bowl? Below is a graph of the five-year average for Super Bowl watchability, the combined quality of the game for each year, the two years prior, and the two years post:





Sure enough, after a rough period from 1993 to 1997, the Super Bowl has gotten more and more watchable (per our metric). However, since our rankings place Super Bowl XLII (2008) just ahead of this year's game, by our measurement the very best five-year stretch of Super Bowls was 2008-2012. The worst period was 1984-1988, when the Raiders, 49ers, Bears, Giants, and Redskins won in five consecutive blowouts.

You can check out detailed results here. Full rankings below:
Rank Bowl Year Winner Loser Upset Score Close Wire
Total
1 XXXVIII 2004 New England 32 Carolina 29 7 19 40 10
76
2 XXV 1991 N.Y. Giants 20 Buffalo 19 10 8 42 10
70
3 XXXVI 2002 New England 20 St. Louis 17 13 7 39 10
69
4 XLIII 2009 Pittsburgh 27 Arizona 23 7 13 44 5
69
5 XXIII 1989 San Francisco 20 Cincinnati 16 7 7 50 5
69
6 XXXII 1998 Denver 31 Green Bay 24 12 16 39 1
67
7 XLII 2008 N.Y. Giants 17 New England 14 12 5 45 5
67
8 XLVII 2013 Baltimore 34 San Francisco 31 8 20 35 1
65
9 XVII 1983 Washington 27 Miami 17 8 11 45 0
63
10 XXXIV 2000 St. Louis 23 Tennessee 16 6 8 39 10
63
11 XLVI 2012 N.Y. Giants 21 New England 17 7 8 42 5
62
12 XLIV 2010 New Orleans 31 Indianapolis 17 9 13 40 0
61
13 XIV 1980 Pittsburgh 31 L.A. Rams 19 6 13 42 0
61
14 V 1971 Baltimore 16 Dallas 13 6 4 50 1
61
15 X 1976 Pittsburgh 21 Dallas 17 7 8 44 1
59
16 XIII 1979 Pittsburgh 35 Dallas 31 6 21 32 0
59
17 XXXIX 2005 New England 24 Philadelphia 21 7 11 39 0
57
18 XLV 2011 Green Bay 31 Pittsburgh 25 5 16 34 1
56
19 XXX 1996 Dallas 27 Pittsburgh 17 7 11 34 0
52
20 XXXVII 2003 Tampa Bay 48 Oakland 21 8 22 18 0
48
21 XVI 1982 San Francisco 26 Cincinnati 21 5 12 31 0
48
22 XLI 2007 Indianapolis 29 Chicago 17 5 12 31 0
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23 XXVIII 1994 Dallas 30 Buffalo 13 5 10 27 0
42
24 XL 2006 Pittsburgh 21 Seattle 10 4 5 32 0
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25 XXVI 1992 Washington 37 Buffalo 24 5 19 18 0
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26 XXXIII 1999 Denver 34 Atlanta 19 4 15 21 0
40
27 IX 1975 Pittsburgh 16 Minnesota 6 4 0 34 0
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28 XXXI 1997 Green Bay 35 New England 21 6 16 16 0
38
29 XXVII 1993 Dallas 52 Buffalo 17 0 22 16 0
38
30 XXI 1987 N.Y. Giants 39 Denver 20 4 18 13 0
34
31 III 1969 N.Y. Jets 16 Baltimore 7 15 1 18 0
34
32 XI 1977 Oakland 32 Minnesota 14 3 12 19 0
34
33 XII 1978 Dallas 27 Denver 10 3 7 23 0
33
34 VII 1973 Miami 14 Washington 7 5 0 27 1
33
35 XXIX 1995 San Francisco 49 San Diego 26 5 25 2 0
32
36 XV 1981 Oakland 27 Philadelphia 10 8 7 16 0
31
37 IV 1970 Kansas City 23 Minnesota 7 12 4 13 0
29
38 XVIII 1984 L.A. Raiders 38 Washington 9 8 12 8 0
28
39 II 1968 Green Bay 33 Oakland 14 5 12 8 0
25
40 I 1967 Green Bay 35 Kansas City 10 3 11 10 0
24
41 XXII 1988 Washington 42 Denver 10 8 14 0 0
22
42 VI 1972 Dallas 24 Miami 3 2 3 16 0
21
43 XXXV 2001 Baltimore 34 N.Y. Giants 7 0 9 11 0
21
44 XXIV 1990 San Francisco 55 Denver 10 0 20 0 0
20
45 XIX 1985 San Francisco 38 Miami 16 2 15 3 0
20
46 VIII 1974 Miami 24 Minnesota 7 4 5 11 0
19
47 XX 1986 Chicago 46 New England 10 0 16 0 0
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:01 PM   #2
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They also have an interesting article about "watchability" of games during the regular season, with some nice charts and breakdowns. ESPN is ranked as the least watchable network showing football, which I agree with:

http://deadspin.com/5973240/what-wer...l-investigates
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:22 PM   #3
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that rams-titans game was pretty awesome.
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that rams-titans game was pretty awesome.
If Deadspin's method has credence it lends validity to rules changes (etc.) that the NFL has been going through for the last 10 years or so.
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:42 PM   #5
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So we sucked even in our Super Bowl appearances.....
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So we sucked even in our Super Bowl appearances.....
I'm not shedding tears for you. We have two losses that rank below your win.


Upon Edit: Those two losses even rank below your loss.
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Here's the chart sorting 2012 games by network. They used a similar ranking system on all of the regular season games, and then credited each network based on the "watchability" of the games that they broadcasted:



That's from the other article at: http://deadspin.com/5973240/what-wer...l-investigates
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Wooo Woooo the chiefs have been involved in two of the 10 least watchable superbowls!!! No wonder we haven't been invited back since!
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The 49ers defeated the Bengals by the score of 2016, winning their third ever Super Bowl. The game was played on January 22, 1989 at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami was the first Super Bowl I ever watched, and, to me, still the best.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:55 PM   #15
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Appreciate the attempt, but seriously flawed.

The Ravens / 49ers game was only close because of the final outcome. The majority of the game, it felt like a blowout and the game was out of reach. Does a few minutes of drama late in the game make up for 3.5 games + blackout of a game that looked horribly lopsided?
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