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The 5 highest scoring Super Bowls of all time

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Dan Fitch takes a look at the Super Bowls that kept the score keepers busy.

The 54 Super Bowls since the first in 1967, have seen pretty much every type of football game. Some have been tightly fought contests between evenly matched teams, while others have been one way traffic.

There have been low scoring affairs and others have seen a record scoring number of points amassed. It's the high scoring affairs that get our blood pumping, as it either means that a single team has put in a brilliant performance, or a ludicrously entertaining game between two free-scoring teams.

Here are the five highest scoring Super Bowls of all time.

5. Super Bowl XXIV - San Francisco 49ers 55 Denver Broncos 10 = 65 points

When the San Francisco 49ers won their fourth Super Bowl by beating Denver Broncos in 1990, they set a number of records.

Their 55 points remains the most ever scored by a team in a Super Bowl and the 45 point winning margin is the most lopsided victory of all time. The 49ers are the only team to score at least two touchdowns in each quarter and the only team to score eight touchdowns in a Super Bowl.

4. Super Bowl XIII - Pittsburgh Steelers 35 Dallas Cowboys 31 = 66 points

If you score 31 points in a Super Bowl then you would expect to be crowned the victors, but the Dallas Cowboys are the only team to have scored over 30 points in a Super Bowl and still lose.

Super Bowl XIII was played in January 1979 and is considered one of the greatest Super Bowls. The game wasn't decided until the final minute, as the Cowboys bravely battled back from 35-17 down, to to 35-31 with just 0:22 left in the game.

= 3. Super Bowl XXVII - Dallas Cowboys 52 Buffalo Bills 17 = 69 points

In 1993 the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills would break the 1979 points scoring record set by the Steelers and the Cowboys, as Super Bowl XXVII produced 69 points.

The Cowboys haul of 52 points is the second highest score by a team in a Super Bowl, while the Bills made history by becoming the first team to lose three consecutive Super Bowls and would extend that to four consecutive defeats the following year, when they were again defeated by the Dallas Cowboys.

= 3. Super Bowl XXXVII - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48 Oakland Raiders 21 = 69 points

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders equalled the 69 points haul of 1993, as the Bucs defeated the Raiders 48 - 21 in 2003.

It was the first Super Bowl victory for the Buccaneers and the game was notable for the fact that their coach Jon Gruden was up against his former team the Oakland Raiders, who he coached between 1998 and 2001.

1. Super Bowl XXIX - San Francisco 49ers 49 San Diego Chargers 26 = 75 points

The highest scoring Super Bowl of all time came in January 29, 1995, when the 49ers rather appropriately scored 49 points to the Chargers 26, to set an accumulative record of 75 points.

Other records were broken on the day, as the teams became the first to score ten touchdowns in a Super Bowl and the first to both score in all four quarters of a Super Bowl.

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