On This Day in Sports Odds History


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1969 (NFL): As an 18-point underdog, the AFL's New York Jets pull off what is considered to be the biggest upset in NFL history after defeating the Baltimore Colts 16-7 in Super Bowl III. The game, played at the Orange Bowl in Miami, went under the total of 40 points. Quarterback Joe Namath, who famously guaranteed a Jets victory prior to the game, was named Super Bowl MVP after passing for 206 yards. The Colts, who had lost only once during the regular season, turned the ball over 5 times. The Jets win is still the largest upset in Super Bowl (and NFL playoff) history.


1986 (NFL): In the NFC Championship game, the Chicago Bears become the 1st team to post consecutive shutouts in the NFL playoffs after their 24-0 win over the Los Angeles Rams. The Bears covered as 10-point home favorites and the game stayed under the total of 34 points. Chicago had defeated the New York Giants 21-0 the week before and would go on to defeat the New England Patriots 46-10 in Super Bowl XX.


2013 (NFL): The Baltimore Ravens defeat the AFC's top seed Denver Broncos 38-35 after Justin Tucker's 47-yard field goal 1:42 into the second overtime. The Ravens were a 9½-point road underdog and the game went over the total of 44 points. Jacoby Jones' 70-yard touchdown catch from Joe Flacco with 31 seconds left in the game tied the score at 35-35 to send the game to overtime. The Ravens would go on to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII.


2015 (College Football): In the first College Football Playoff National Championship game, #4 Ohio State overcomes 4 turnovers to defeat #2 Oregon 42-20 behind Ezekiel Elliott's 246 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns. The Buckeyes, who entered the preseason at 40-1 to win the National Champiosnhip, were 5½-point underdogs and the game stayed under the total of 72½-points. Oregon quarterback and Heisman Trophy Award winner Marcus Mariota passed for 333 yards and 2 touchdowns in the loss.