Oakland Raiders: Winning Score in 1983 Super Bowl Made History

Honor Warren Wells TheTorchSenior Writer IIJanuary 26, 2010

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 26:  Fan Jerry Bala awaits the start of Super Bowl XXXVII between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium on January 26, 2003 in San Diego, California.  The Buccaneers won 48-21.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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The Super Bowl started in 1966. Did you know that the Oakland Raiders made history in Super Bowl 18, when the score was 29 points above the opponent? In all previous Super Bowls the scores were much closer.

I admit that there are so many ways to make history. Nevertheless, I take pleasure in finding the uniqueness and existence of factors in the history of the Oakland Raiders.

Here is a chart of the point differentials of winners of the 43 Super Bowls before 2009.


Super Bowl Point Differentials



1. Oakland made history in 1983 by winning a Super Bowl with the greatest point differential in the history of Super Bowls at that time. Before 1983 the point-differential of the winner versus the loser of the Super Bowl was below 29.

2. From the start of the Super Bowls to 1983, the average point-differential was 13.5.

3. During the years that Oakland was winning Super Bowls their point-differential always exceeded the average for that time period.

4. The games that tended to be more competitive as judged by the point-differential are the ones that have a small difference. For example, the year that the winning team won by one point must have been an exciting game. In Super Bowl 25, the New York Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills by one point. Can you imagine the excitement and energy released at the moment of that victory?

5. When the 49ers defeated the Broncos by 45 points in Super Bowl 24, it must have been heartbreaking to the Broncos. No other NFL team in Super Bowl history ever lost by such a great margin.


I must add that when I do these studies, I do them for myself first, and for the readers next. I take pleasure in looking at the data from many angles, and sometimes interesting historical facts are uncovered and documented.

Another Super Bowl is coming soon. What will the data look like for this one? Will it be a one-point difference between the winner and the loser, or will it be like Super Bowl 24 when there was a 45-point differential between the winner and the loser?

Let's wait and see.

Note: The lower numbers on the x-axis in the table represent the more recent years. The higher number on the x-axis represent the earlier years.