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Lowest scoring Super Bowl in NFL history: What is the lowest-scoring Super Bowl?

What is the lowest scoring Super Bowl ever? Super Bowl LVIII between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers has turned into a slugfest, with minimal damage on the scoreboard. We’ll see if the Chiefs and 49ers can make NFL history.

Let’s dive into the history of the lowest-scoring Super Bowls in NFL history, including the five lowest-scoring Super Bowl games.

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What is the lowest scoring Super Bowl game?

Super Bowl LVIII between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams is the lowest scoring Super Bowl ever. The Patriots won 13-3, with the only touchdown scored with 7 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

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Super Bowl LIII box score

New England PatriotsLos Angeles Rams
13Points3
407Total Yards260
22First Downs14
3-for-123rd Downs3-for-13
253Pass Yards198
154Rush Yards62
6.0Yards per Play4.3
1-1Red Zone0-0
1Turnovers1
68Total Plays60

Lowest scoring Super Bowls in NFL history

NFL: Super Bowl LIII-New England Patriots vs Los Angeles Rams
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

1. Super Bowl LIII – New England Patriots 13, Los Angeles Rams 3

In the lowest scoring Super Bowl in NFL history, the Rams and Patriots combined for just 6 points in the first three quarters. Los Angeles only managed a field goal in the third quarter and the Rams’ offense never found its way into the red zone. It’s also considered one of the worst Super Bowls ever.

2. Super Bowl VII – Miami Dolphins 14, Washington Redskins 7

On Jan. 14, 1973, the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins faced off in one of the lowest scoring Super Bowls ever. Led by quarterback Bob Griese, the Dolphins jumped out to a 14-0 lead at halftime. Washington’s defensive back Mike Bass accounted for the team’s only points of the game returning a fumble 49 yards for a touchdown. Miami and Washington combined for 481 total yards.

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3. Super Bowl IX – Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Minnesota Vikings 6

One of the few Super Bowls to see a team score a touchdown and only finish with 6 points, Super Bowl IX found another way to be unique. In a battle between the Steelers and Vikings, Pittsburgh opened the scoring in the second quarter with a safety against Fran Tarkenton. Pittsburgh jumped out to a 9-0 lead thanks to a 9-yard touchdown run by Franco Harris. While the Vikings found the end zone on a blocked punt recovered for an immediate touchdown, they finished with 6 points and Terry Bradshaw put the game on ice with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Larry Brown in the fourth quarter.

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4. Super Bowl III – New York Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7

Just the third Super Bowl in NFL history proved to be quite the defensive battle between the New York Jets and Baltimore Colts. New York opened the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run by Matt Snell. Then, Jets’ kicker Jim Turner became the unlikely hero by making three consecutive field goals. In the 16-7 victory, Turner (10 points) outscored the Colts’ offense led by Johnny Unitas.

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5. Super Bowl VI – Dallas Cowboys 24, Miami Dolphins 3

Roger Staubach and the Dallas Cowboys defense stole the show against the Miami Dolphins in one of the lowest scoring Super Bowls ever in 1972. It was close early, with Dallas only leading 10-3 at halftime. The Cowboys’ defense neutralized Miami after that and Dallas scored touchdowns in the third and fourth quarter to coast to a victory. Staubach was named Super Bowl MVP.

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