Super Bowl XLIX is just around the corner and the game over the first 48 years of it has seen some great performances. However, there are some performances that weren’t so special. Most of those players would love to forget what happened on the biggest stage to them. Here is a look at the 10 worst performances in Super Bowl history which is full of quarterbacks and running backs. Feel free to bring up any other terrible individual performances happened in the Super Bowl.
10. Marshall Faulk (Super Bowl XXXIV, 10 carries, 17 yards, 5 catches, 90 yards): The one player on this list who actually won their game but Faulk was completely shut down on the ground by the Titans during the Rams’ 23-16 win. While Faulk had the five catches, it doesn’t make up for his poor performance on the ground. Faulk had rushed for 1,381 yards during the regular season and averaged 5.5 yards a carry in the process. It wasn’t his day but got a ring anyway.
9. Chuck Foreman (Super Bowl IX, 12 carries, 18 yards, 5 catches, 50 yards): On one of the worst days weather-wise for a Super Bowl at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Foreman and his Vikings teammates couldn’t get past the Steel Curtain defense of the Steelers during a 16-6 loss. There was plenty of blame to go around on that day for Minnesota but Foreman didn’t do anything to help Fran Tarkenton outside of the receptions.
8. Thurman Thomas (Super Bowl XXVI, 10 carries, 13 yards, 4 catches, 27 yards; Super Bowl XXVII, 11 carries, 19 yards, touchdown in both, 4 catches, 10 yards): Thomas has the honor of putting together two straight terrible games in a row as his Bills lost 37-24 to the Redskins and 52-17 to the Cowboys. Thomas must want those two games back with a combined 21 carries for 32 yards even if he scored a touchdown in both games.
7. John Elway (Super Bowl XXIV, 10-for-26, 108 yards, two interceptions): There wasn’t a lot that Elway could do against one of the greatest 49ers teams ever during a 55-10 loss. It was the third loss for Elway in the Super Bowl and the most crushing on them all. However, he would respond years later and get two straight Super Bowl titles. However, on that January day inside the Louisiana Superdome, Elway was pounded.
6. Tony Eason (Super Bowl XX, 0-for-6): It was supposed to be a game Eason was proud of being a University of Illinois quarterback facing the Chicago Bears. However, this was the 1985 Bears. Eason got replaced before the first half was even over and his biggest moment in the spotlight is one where he is laying on the turf at the Superdome wondering what happened. There was probably no quarterback who could have beaten the Bears in that game however.
5. Kerry Collins (Super Bowl XXXV, 15-for-39, 112 yards, four interceptions): Like Eason, Collins ran into one of the greatest defenses ever in the 2000 Ravens. Collins was harassed all day long and didn’t have much of a chance. The Giants offense couldn’t even get into the endzone during the 34-7 loss with their lone touchdown coming on a kickoff return. Also like Eason though, no one was going to beat the Ravens in that game on that stage.
4. Billy Kilmer (Super Bowl VII, 14-for-28, 104 yards, three interceptions): Kilmer had a unique chance when he was quarterbacking the Redskins in this game against the undefeated Dolphins. However, the No-Name defense of Miami held Kilmer down and forced the turnovers. It’s not like either team had a great offensive day during the 14-7 win to allow the Dolphins to become the first and still only undefeated team in NFL history. Kilmer just wishes he could get a few passes back.
3. Fran Tarkenton (Super Bowl IX, 11-for-26, 102 yards, three interceptions): Chuck Foreman’s performance from this game has already been discussed but Tarkenton can’t be forgotten. The winds outdoors when the game was supposed to be inside at the Superdome made it nearly impossible for him to rally the Vikings. It was the second straight loss in the Super Bowl for Tarkenton who will go down as the one of the greatest quarterbacks never to win the big game.
2. Earl Morrall (Super Bowl III, 6-for-17, 71 yards, three interceptions): It almost seemed too simple for Morrall and the Colts being 18-point favorites against the Jets. Morrall though missed too many open receivers including the infamous play where Jimmy Orr has no one within 20 yards of him but Morrall went elsewhere and was intercepted. He would eventually get replaced by Johnny Unitas but it couldn’t save Baltimore from losing 16-7.
1. Craig Morton (Super Bowl XII, 4-for-15, 39 yards, four interceptions): A complete and utter dominating performance by the Cowboys made Morton look awful all day long and forced eight turnovers overall for the afternoon. Morton had hoped to win a game against his former team but the Doomsday defense made sure that didn’t happen. It was a day that was an absolute and utter nightmare and easily the worst performance in Super Bowl history.