By Troy Jefferson
The Super Bowl’s 47th matchup will take place Sunday in New Orleans, and today Troy Jefferson takes a look back at what he feels are his 10 favorite all-time Super Bowl Games.
Feel free to leave a comment agreeing or disagreeing with his picks!
10. Super Bowl XIV (Pittsburgh 31 Los Angeles Rams 19) 1980
Vince Ferragamo went back and forth with Terry Bradshaw, the lead changed seven times but John Stallworth’s 73-yard touchdown reception sealed the deal. Worth mentioning, Jack Youngblood (Ram’s Hall of Fame Defensive End) played not only this game but the entire playoffs with a broken leg.
9. Super Bowl XXXII (Denver 31 Green Bay 24) 1998
Brett Favre vs. John Elway… what more do you need. The Broncos fended off a Favre comeback late and John Elway after four tries finally won a Super Bowl. Denver would win another in 1999 against the Atlanta Falcons.
8. Super Bowl XXXVIII (New England 32 Carolina 29) 2004
This Super Bowl played out just like the last Patriots’ Super Bowl win… minus the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction of course. Tied up at 29, Vinatieri nailed a 41-yard field goal to win the Patriots’ second Super Bowl.
7. Super Bowl III (New York Jets 16 Baltimore 7) 1969
The AFL was thought to be an inferior league and Baltimore was expected to trample the Jets. However Joe Namath wasn’t phased and famously guaranteed a Jets’ victory. New York indeed won after picking off Earl Morrall and John Unitas four times.
6. Super Bowl XXXVI (New England 20 St. Louis 17) 2002
Tom Brady back in 2001 was still relatively unknown. Kurt Warner and the Rams were two touchdown favorites and were 90 seconds away from overtime. But Tom Brady drove the Pats to the Rams 30 and Adam Vinatieri made a 48-yard game winning field goal.
5. Super Bowl XLII (New York 17 New England 14) 2008
David Tyree’s helmet catch is probably the greatest play in Super Bowl history and the Giants’ win is probably the greatest upset in NFL history. Eli Manning led a 12-play 83-yard drive that ended the Patriots’ undefeated season.
4. Super Bowl XLIII (Pittsburgh 27 Arizona 23) 2009
James Harrison’s 100-yard interception return before halftime still haunts Arizona Cardinals’ fans to this day. Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald were close to pulling off an improbable Super Bowl win but Ben Roethlisberger would have the last laugh on this day. Santonio Holmes made an amazing catch that clinched Pittsburgh’s sixth Super Bowl.
3. Super Bowl XXV (New York Giants 20 Buffalo 19) 1991
Two words tell the story of this game: “Wide Right. Scott Norwood had a chance to salvage the game for the Bills but his kicked sailed wide right in the final seconds. Buffalo went on to lose the next three Super Bowls.
2. Super Bowl XXIII (San Francisco 20 Cincinnati 16) 1989
Backed up against his own end zone, Joe Montana led the most famous game winning drive in NFL history. John Taylor caught the game clinching 10-yard touchdown pass that won San Francisco the game. Not to mention this was the last game Bill Walsh ever coached.
1. Super Bowl XXXIV (St. Louis 23 Tennessee 16) 2000
The image of an outstretched Kevin Dyson being tackled at the one-yard line by Mike Jones is embedded in the minds of all NFL fans. This game truly came down to the last play. Trailing 16-0 to “The Greatest Show on Turf”, Steve McNair led a furious comeback that came up one yard short.