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Super Bowl Bad Beats

The ultimate goal of this masterpiece Bad Beats column is to find out the absolute, most frustrating NFL picks [] to occur in the Super Bowl.

Unfortunately, unless of course you are that poor sap, we'll never get to hear about and laugh at the loser's expense. So please share your horrific Super Bowl Bad Beat with the rest of us by sending an email. We could all use a good laugh.

In the meantime, here are three of the worst Super Bowl beats we found.

Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers (-10.5, 36) vs. Los Angeles Rams
In 1980, no one was giving the Rams a chance against the mighty Steelers, who were poised to become the first franchise to win four Super Bowls.

So you know this line was jumping. Our archive has it at -10.5, but there were some 11s and 11.5s out there.

Playing basically at home in the Rose Bowl, the underdog Rams surprised everyone by taking a 13-10 lead into halftime.
A 47-yard touchdown pass from Terry Bradshaw to Lynn Swan early in the third quarter put the Steelers back ahead.

The Rams answered back on their next drive, scoring on a halfback pass from Lawrence McCutcheon to Ron Smith. But kicker Frank Corrall missed an extra point, keeping the score at a coverable 19-17.

On Pittsburgh's next two possessions, Bradshaw threw two of his three interceptions, both coming inside L.A. territory. The Rams were unable to capitalize on either turnover, however, and headed into the fourth quarter clinging to the two-point lead.

That lead was erased quickly, with Bradshaw going deep again. This time he hit John Stallworth on a 70-yard touchdown pass, putting the Steelers ahead 24-19, one TD away from covering with 12 minutes to play.

The Rams had two more scoring opportunities inside Steelers territory, but came up empty on both drives. The first ended with quarterback Vince Ferragamo, who had outplayed Bradshaw to this point, throwing his only interception of the game.

The Steelers capitalized on the turnover, marching to the Rams' 22. Thanks to a controversial pass interference penalty in the end zone, Pittsburgh set up first and goal at the one. On third and goal, Franco Harris plowed in for a covering touchdown with 1:49 to play.
The Rams threatened for a late backdoor cover on their ensuing drive, but ended up turning the ball over on downs at the Steelers 37.

Final score: Steelers 31, Rams 19.

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