NFL

20 NFL Games Where Legends Got Destroyed

Darren - November 11, 2020
NFL

20 NFL Games Where Legends Got Destroyed

Darren - November 11, 2020
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6. Thurman Thomas – 1992

The Buffalo Bills lost four Super Bowls in a row in the 1990s. While their third game had the worst score, we’re going to focus on Thomas’s ridiculous display at Super Bowl XXVI. He was the reigning NFL MVP award winner but it was like he forgot how to play football for the entirety of this game against the Washington Redskins. In truth, it was embarrassing.

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First of all, he somehow lost his helmet. Obviously this meant that he couldn’t enter the playing field and he missed the first series of the game. He then ran for just 13 yards on 10 carries. In sum, Thomas was ineffective as the Redskins shut him down. Thomas and his teammates lost the chance to become legends. Instead, they set in motion one of the notorious runs in Super Bowl history.

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5. John Elway – 1989

The Denver Broncos faced the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV. However, franchise quarterback Elway had one of the worst games of his career. The 49ers ran out overwhelming winners in a 55-10 annihilation. They successfully humiliated one of Denver’s legends by almost totally shutting him down. He did score the Bronco’s only touchdown, but that was as good as it got for Elway.

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Overall, he played very poorly. He failed to throw any touchdowns and the 49ers intercepted him twice. Furthermore, he posted two fumbles and went 10-for-26 passing. When your quarterback doesn’t play well it affects the team as a unit. Unfortunately, Elway chose the biggest stage of them all to put in a truly terrible display. Not exactly one to look back on.

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4. Eli Manning – 2013

Easily the worst performance of his career, Manning was horrendously bad in a miserable game for the New York Giants. The Seattle Seahawks got their first shutout of the season in a dominant 23-0 victory as they humiliated the East Coast franchise. Nobody really played well for the Giants, but we can’t downplay how bad Manning was either because this was brutal.

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Seattle’s defense overwhelmed Manning and reduced his weapons to nothing. Manning threw a total of five interceptions, two of which led directly to touchdowns. When you play for as long as legends like Manning and his older brother did, then it stands to reason that you’re going to have an occasional bad day. However, this effort will definitely make him shudder if he looks back on it.

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3. Tom Brady – 2020

First of all, let’s caveat this by saying that Brady isn’t terrible in 2020. He has had some great games for the Buccaneers, even at the ripe old age of 43. But the New Orleans Saints just had his number as they crushed his new team twice. He threw a Pick-six in an opening day loss against Andy Reid’s side, but his most horrifying display came in Week Nine as the Saints crushed Tampa 38-3.

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Brady was dreadful. This wasn’t a case of the opposition just shutting him down. He threw three interceptions with no touchdowns in one of the worst displays of his career. The most lopsided defeat he ever played in, Brady was absolutely dire. Meanwhile, Drew Brees’ near-perfect performance stood in stark contrast to Brady’s misery. They destroyed one of football’s legends.

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2. Peyton Manning – 2013

Manning and the Denver Broncos played the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. However, the Seahawks absolutely destroyed Denver in a crushing 43-8 victory. It was one of the most one-sided Super Bowl games ever. Meanwhile, Manning was very poor on the biggest stage of them all. He may be one of the sport’s legends but there are no excuses for how ineffective he was against the younger, hungrier team.

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This was a game where statistics can warp your interpretation of what really happened. For example, the stats line reads that Manning had a Super Bowl-record 34 completions. But this meant nothing because he failed when it mattered. The elder Manning threw two interceptions and fumbled once. Furthermore, the snap sailed over his head at the start of the game, setting the tone for the rest of the match.

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1. Brett Favre – 2010

The Minnesota Vikings welcomed the Chicago Bears to Minneapolis in Week 15. One of the biggest surprises of the day was the fact that veteran QB Favre started but he didn’t stay on the field for long. He was a late inclusion after missing the week’s practice sessions because of a sprained shoulder. Furthermore, he even played well in the first quarter with one touchdown pass. But then Corey Wooton slammed him on the ground.

Favre smacked his head off the frozen solid ground and lay motionless for a few seconds. In sum, the Bears ended his career then and there. Then, to rub salt into his wounds, Chicago built on their lead, crushing the Vikings 40-14. You couldn’t have scripted a worse ending for one of the game’s legends. The concussed great’s team lost and he suffered a knockout blow on a miserable December day.

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