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|Joe Namath's Jets (left) were heavy Super Bowl underdogs in 1969. So were Tom Brady's Patriots (right) in 2002. Both of those teams won -- and now Giants QB Eli Manning faces a similar challenge.|
If the Giants beat the Patriots on Sunday, it would rank as one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history. Here are five other Super Bowls that turned out to be shockers instead of routs.
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1. Super Bowl III: Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7. The Jets overcame 18-point underdog status to shock Colts and bring lasting credibility to the AFC.
2. Super Bowl XXXVI: Patriots 20, Rams 17. The Rams were hailed as "The Greatest Show on Turf." The Patriots, however, were the greatest show in a game where St. Louis was favored by 14 points.
3. Super Bowl XXXII: Broncos 31, Packers 24. The Packers were steaming toward their second consecutive world championship until the Broncos derailed them behind the running of Terrell Davis.
4. Super Bowl XXV: Giants 20, Bills 19. Then Giants head coach Bill Parcells found a way to slow down the Bills' high-powered offense that had looked unstoppable all season.
5. Super Bowl IV: Chiefs 23, Vikings 7. If people still doubted the AFC after the Jets' win over Baltimore a year earlier, they couldn't dismiss the younger conference after the Chiefs' win as 13-point underdogs.
-- Jeffri Chadiha
|Plaxico Burress predicted a 23-17 Giants win, although he later said that was for entertainment purposes only.|
Here are the biggest point spreads in Super Bowl history.
|Super Bowl||Underdog||Pt. Spread||Result|
|XXX||Steelers||-13 1/2||Cowboys 27,
|II||Raiders||-13 1/2||Packers 33,