Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Biggest Clinching Blowouts

Biggest Clinching Blowouts

Biggest Clinching Blowouts

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For a while there, it looked like Nick Saban's Alabama club was destined to make this list — football and basketball teams (pro and college) that have won by the widest margin in a championship-deciding game. (Note: Prior to the BCS era, only No. 1 vs. No. 2 college football bowl games were considered.) 

 Marg.   Season  Winner  Pts.   Loser  Pts. 
 73  1940 NFL    Bears  73  Redskins  0
 46  1954 NFL  Browns  56  Lions  10
 45  1957 NFL  Lions  59  Browns  14
 45  1989 NFL  49ers  55  Broncos  10
 41  1963 AFL  Chargers  51  Patriots  10
 40  1956 NFL  Giants  47  Bears  7
 39  2008 NBA  Celtics  131  Lakers  92
 38  1995 CFB  Nebraska  62  Florida  24
 37  1961 NFL  Packers  37  Giants  0
 36  2004 BCS  Southern Cal    55  Oklahoma    19
 36  1985 NFL  Bears  46  Patriots  10
 35  1992 NFL  Cowboys  52  Bills  17
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

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