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Top 20 Worst Super Bowl Disasters of All Time

We take for granted the Super Bowl. The NFL. It's players, the plays, its merchandise we wear. The fact that every Sunday (and now every Thursday and Monday) we have something to plop into our schedules. However, in the scope of American history, it wasn't that long ago the NFL and really, the Super Bowl, was a complete mess. Some would even argue the NFL is still a complete mess, it's just dealing with its issues under different and less publicly scrutinized circumstances than before.

The National Football League has come a long way to make both its sport and grandest game into a gold mine. The league has proven it's almost bullet proof. Would kryptonite take down the NFL? Probably not. Since the NFL was founded on August 20, 1920 and merged with the AFL (American Football League) in 1966, it's as popular to Americans as soccer is to the rest of the world. The only thing that could take down the NFL is, well, itself.

However, it hasn't been without its bumps and bruises, some of which we've seen in its most recent Super Bowls. We've taking some liberties with this article to also include a few in-game moments we feel were either disastrous for a franchise or had a major effect on the NFL as it slowly built its empire. We also include a couple of NFL Championship games for fun since we're pretty talking about the same league.

Weather, traffic, seating, rogue performers. We're sure the Super Bowl committee discusses these potential problems prior to the big game. But when the issues happen and  then persist, it leaves everyone wondering whether the NFL had any logical plan in place to save face. At times we're talking more about what went wrong, than the actual game itself.

20 20. Bill O'Reilly Grills President Obama Before Super Bowl 48

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19 19. Leon Lett Celebrates Potential Touchdown too Early at Super Bowl XXVII

18 18. A War Report Interrupts 1991 Super Bowl Half Time

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17 17. Red Hot Chili Peppers Mime Performance for Super Bowl 48

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16 16. Eugene Robinson Arrested Day Before Team's Super Bowl Appearance

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15 15. Heaviest Super Bowl Rain Falls During Super Bowl XLI

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14 14. Super Bowl XXIII Featured a Half-Time Show Magic Trick

13 13. Fans and Players Clear Snowy Field During 1948 NFL Championship Game

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12 12. Jacksonville Uses Cruise Ships to Accommodate Super Bowl Guests

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11 11. Mass Transit Nightmare at Super Bowl VLVIII

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10 10. Atlanta's Hit by Crippling Ice and Snow Storm During Week of Super Bowl XXXIX

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9 9. 400 People Unable to Get Into Super Bowl XLV

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8 8. M.I.A. Flips off Super Bowl 46 Audience

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7 7. Superdome Not Completed in Time for 1972 Super Bowl

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6 6. Scott Norwood Sends Buffalo Fans Wide Right and to Their Cars

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5 5. Christina Aguilera Forgets the Lyrics to America's National Anthem

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4 4. Lights Go Out During Super Bowl XLVII

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3 3. The First NFL "Gate." Janet Jackson Introduces the World to "Nipplegate"

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2 2. The Iconic 1967 NFL Championship Was Actually an Icy Disaster

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Drastic weather has been a theme winding itself through each segment of this article, but no game was more affected by conditions than the 1967 NFL Championship game. "The Ice Bowl," actually an icy disaster, was almost postponed, if more extreme weather wasn't coming through the area the next day. It's the coldest game in NFL history with temperatures plummeting to 15 degrees below zero. Frost bite was common and players had trouble even getting to the stadium.

1 1. The Worst Play Call in the History of Play Calling

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Maybe this comes in at #1 because it's still fresh in our mind. Maybe it's because it's the most perplexing play call in sports history. Down four points with 20 seconds left, with the ball at the one-yard line, with a timeout to spare, and with the best running back in the league, the Seahawks decided to throw the ball. After the success Chris Matthews had during the game, a fade to him would've been acceptable if they REALLY wanted to throw the ball. Instead, they threw the ball to Ricardo Lockette. Ricardo Lockette? A slant over the middle to your fourth option from the one-yard line? Come on! Darrell Bevell called the play, Pete Carroll accepted the call, and they combined for one of the worst decisions in history.

Full credit to Malcolm Butler who made an incredible play on the ball, but the biggest Super Bowl disaster of all-time is the most ridiculously horrible play call in Professional Football history.

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