The Top 10 Blowouts in Championship Game/Series History

Jeffrey SchmidtCorrespondent IIIJune 7, 2011

The Top 10 Blowouts in Championship Game/Series History

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    When two teams make it to a championship game, the expectations are that they are the top-tier teams or players in that sport. 

    While the average championship game or series comes down to a few plays that decide the game, these games were won right from the beginning. Blowouts rarely happen, but when they do, they leave people scratching their heads at to how that person or team made it there in the first place. 

    In this slideshow, I will rank the top 10 blowouts in championship history.

10. Michigan Tramples USC in 1948 Rose Bowl 49-0

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    Michigan came into the Rose Bowl allowing just 53 points all season while having the best offense in college football, averaging 412.7 yards per game. 

    At first, this Michigan team was not given the national title because it was already given to Notre Dame, which was ranked No. 1 in the AP poll. However, the AP decided to hold another poll, and Michigan and Notre Dame both claimed the title.

9. Boston Dismantles Vancouver in Game 3 of 2011 Stanley Cup Final

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    BOSTON, MA - JUNE 06:  Andrew Ference #21 of the Boston Bruins checks Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks during Game Three of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 6, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Image
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    With the Bruins down 2-0 in the series, something had to be done to right the ship. The Bruins stepped up in a big way, scoring eight goals while only allowing one. The first period was quiet with neither team scoring a goal, but that all changed when Andrew Ference kicked things off with a second-period goal. 

    The Bruins scored five unanswered goals and were firing on all cylinders. The cause of this may be due to the fact that Nathan Horton was carted off the ice due to a hit by Aaron Rome. 

    This series is yet to be determined; however, it is a devastating blowout nonetheless.

8. UNLV Lights Up Duke in the 1990 NCAA Title Game

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    With UNLV on top 47-35 at the half, the Duke Blue Devils found themselves very much alive in the 1990 championship game. But the Runnin' Rebels then went on a three-minute, 18-0 tear early in the second half, and Duke seemed to dissolve.

    UNLV became the first team to score 100-plus points in a final game, shooting 61 percent from the floor.

7. 49ers "De-Hoof" Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV, 55-10 (1990)

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    22-of-29 for 297 yards and five TDs...this was the stat line for the Hall of Fame megastar Joe Montana, who absolutely routed the Broncos defense. His counterpart John Elway struggled mightily going, 10-of-26 for 108 yards and two interceptions.

    The 49ers started strong and got stronger. Montana hit Jerry Rice for a TD on the first drive, and San Francisco lead 27-3 at the half and never looked back.

6. George Foreman "Grills" Frazier in 1973 Tiltle Bout

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    Joe Frazier came into the fight against challenger George Foreman a 3-1 favorite. Both men were undefeated, with Foreman knocking out 34 opponents. Then, after waiting so long to challenge for the title, he decided to go for it, knocking Frazier down six times in less than five minutes.

    The fight was stopped at 1:35 of the second round, with Foreman winning by TKO.

5. Bears Hold Pats to Six Yards Rushing in Super Bowl XX (1986)

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    The Bears filmed "The Super Bowl Shuffle" seven weeks before the big game, and they also left Patriots QB Tony Eason shuffling for his life.

    The 1985 Bears are widely considered one of the best defenses of all time, led by former 49ers coach Mike SingletaryChicago's monstrous defense held the Pats to just six yards rushing and shut down the passing game with seven sacks.

4. The Bears Blast the Redskins 73-0

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    Three weeks before the big game, the Redskins beat the Bears 7-3. The numbers seven and three would prevail again, but in a much bigger way. The Bears annihilated the Skins 73-0 in front of 36,034 fans.

    By the end of the game, all the footballs had been kicked into the stands on extra points, so, down to one battered ball, the Bears tried their final two extra points from scrimmage.

3. Celtics Run over Lakers in Elimination Game.

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    Going into the series, the Celtics had won the most championships all-time with 16, and the Lakers were second with 14. The two clubs, the most successful teams in NBA history. 

    The Celtics ran away with the game in the 2nd quarter and never looked back. The final score was an astounding 131 to 92 and the 39-point margin of victory was the largest ever in an NBA championship-clinching game, breaking the old record of 33, also set by the Celtics over the Lakers in Game Five of the 1965, 129–96. 

    The Celtics exploded behind Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett who each had 26 points. With the Lakers season on the line, its hard to image a team losing by that much in an elimination game. 

2. Secretariat Wins Belmont by 31 Lengths (1973)

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    Secretariat had won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness by two-and-a-half lengths over Sham, becoming the only horse to break the two-minute barrier in the Derby.

    His victory in the Belmont Stakes was by one of the widest margins in the history of horse racing. Secretariat was 31 lengths ahead of his nearest competitor and finished in a world-record time for the 1.5-mile distance—two minutes and 24 seconds. It remains one of the most memorable victories in sports history.

1. Tiger Woods Wins the 100th U.S. Open by 15 Strokes (2000)

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    Tiger Woods was in a league of his own one weekend at Pebble Beach. During the weekend, he broke Tom Morris' 138-year-old mark for the biggest margin of victory in a major championship (Morris' record, set at the 1862 British Open, was 13 strokes).

    He also broke Willie Smith's 101-year-old record for the biggest winning margin at the U.S. Open, along the way shattering U.S. Open marks for largest leads after 36 (six strokes) and 54 holes (10 strokes).

    His 12-under also broke the previous record of eight-under for the U.S. Open.