7 Biggest Upsets in NFL Playoff History

With Super Bowl 51 fast approaching, here is a look back at some of the classic playoff and Super Bowl games throughout the years.

7. Vikings vs. 49ers in 1987 playoffs

Not many believed that the Vikings could beat a 49ers team that finished 13-2, and featured Joe Montana at his peak and a rising WR in Jerry Rice. Minnesota however would go on to win 36-24 against the #1 seed.

6. Super Bowl III

Joe Namath made a famous guarantee before Super Bowl III, but not many believed the AFL's Jets could even match up with the NFL's Colts. They believed after the Jets won, 16-7. Baltimore was an 18 point favorite coming in, and Namath was named the Super Bowl MVP.

5. Super Bowl XXV

Behind backup QB Jeff Hostetler, the Giants put together a game plan for success against the high-flying Bills in this edge-of-your-seat thriller, winning 20-19. Buffalo had slaughtered the LA Raiders 51-3 in the AFC Championship, and New York slipped past the 49ers in the NFC Championship, 15-13.

4. Jaguars upset Broncos in 1996 playoffs

One year removed from their inaugural season, the expansion Jaguars went into Mile High Stadium in the second round of the NFL playoffs and shocked the football world, eliminating the top-seeded Broncos, 30-27. Jacksonville would then lost to the Patriots, who would eventually lose to Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXI.

3. Super Bowl XXXII

A year after the shocking upset against the Jaguars, the Broncos pulled off one of their own against the defending Super Bowl champion Packers, winning 31-24. Green Bay was an 11 point favorite coming in, and was looking for back to back championships as they had done with Super Bowls I & II.

2. Super Bowl XXXVI

Before he married a supermodel and was a national icon, Tom Brady was a relative unknown leading the Patriots to an improbable Super Bowl win over the favored Rams, 20-17 (I know, that means the Rams were good at one point). 

1. Super Bowl XLII

The Patriots steamrolled to an 18-0 record en route to Super Bowl XLII, where the Giants prevented New England's pro football immortality with a 17-14 upset. I think we all were Giants fans that night, unless you were actually a Patriots fan.