The Closest Super Bowls of All Time: XXV
On Feb. 3, 2019, the New England Patriots defeated the L.A. Rams in Super Bowl LIII. This marks the Patriots' third consecutive Super Bowl (making them the third team in history to do so), bringing them to nine in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era—the team is expanding their record of the most Super Bowl appearances in league history, and the win further cements the all-time records of coach Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady. The Patriots are now tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for all-time Super Bowl wins (6), though they also lead the league in Super Bowl losses (5). Though there isn't much history or rivalry between the Rams and the Patriots, the teams had one historic matchup; in 2002, the heavily favored Rams made their last Super Bowl appearance when they lost to sophomore quarterback Tom Brady in his first year as a starter.
Note: Although the final score ended up far apart, and so it hasn't been featured on this list, we give a special nod to the Patriots' win in Super Bowl LI over the Atlanta Falcons. Super Bowl LI was the only ever Super Bowl to go to overtime. The Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit (the largest comeback in Super Bowl history) to win the game in a 75-yard drive after regulation time.
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- New York Giants defeat Buffalo Bills, 20-19, 1990 Season
- On Jan. 27, 1991, The New York Giants won when Buffalo Bills kicker Scott Norwood missed a field goal in the final seconds of the game. It was the second Super Bowl victory for the Giants and the only Super Bowl so far to be decided by one point. The game was played during the Gulf War so a strong sense of patriotism was present, especially during Whitney Houston's memorable pre-game performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
- Photo source: AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, File