Originally Posted by Fiddler
We keep talking about defense... the last few Super Bowl Champs haven't had strong defenses. It appears that teams with the ability to score 30 pts or more have the inside shot at winning a Super Bowl. & I'm starting to think there are more & more teams pushing the ability to score 40 pts.
The best defenses in the league may slow those teams down, but they won't stop them.
You don't think the Giants had a strong defense last year in their 21 - 17 win over the Pats? 2 of their points came off a safety, and the last TD they scored with a minute left in the game, was allowed by the defense. Pretty low scoring in general, but the team was definitely driven by defense in that playoff run.
The Packers/Steelers 31-25 game was a bit more about offense, but the Packers did force 3 turnovers in their win. I think the offense was the driving force of the Packers that year, but their defense was still pretty good, top 10 iirc.
The Saints sealed their win with a pick 6, but that game was kind of a shootout. The Saints defense was well known for causing lots of turnovers that season as well, so while their overall stats may not have been stellar, they still disrupted opponents quite well. 31-17 isn't an unusually high scoring game though.
Go back one more year, and the highlights of the Steelers/Cardinals 27-23 game included some big defensive plays. James Harrison's 100 yard INT return for a TD at the half was awesome, and probably won them the game. The Cardinals got a safety and the ball back late in the 4th, and that set up a late TD to Fitz, but their defense couldn't hang on to win the game.
Those 4 super bowls are all around 50 points total, so it's not like there is some huge swing in the scoring going on. Each team has strengths and weaknesses, but I think you can see a good balance between both the offense and defense in most of those teams.