We’re about to have a half-century of Super Bowls behind us. It’s time for a look back at some of the most unforgettable moments in America’s greatest sports spectacle. Enjoy the game!
James Harrison’s Midnight Ride
Well, it wasn’t at midnight The turning point of Super Bowl XLIII came on the last play of the first half. Kurt Warner had smoothly led the Cardinals right up to the brink of a go-ahead touchdown. Instead, James Harrison gave the Steelers a two-score lead with an incredible pick 6 and 99 yard TD return with no time on the clock.
Eli To Tyree
Eli Manning threw it, evading sack after sack, on 3rd and 5. David Tyree caught it against his helmet. It was the key play in the wild-card New York Giants’ improbable 17-14 Super Bowl XLII victory over the previously undefeated Patriots.
Marcus Allen In The House
On the final play of the 3rd Quarter in Super Bowl XVIII, Marcus Allen broke for a dazzling, reversed-field. 74-yard TD. The LA Raiders took a 34-9 lead and never looked back.
A “Finesse Team’s” Goal-Line Stand
Think ‘Niners and you imagine a clockwork passing game, not tough D. But in Super Bowl XVI, Dan Bunz finished off a 3rd Quarter goal-line stand just when the Cincinnati Bengals had taken the momentum. The points saved made the difference in a 26-21 San Francisco 49ers victory.
Desmond Howard In The House
The only special teams player to win a Super Bowl MVP, Desmond Howard put Green Bay up 14 and for good. The Packers won Super Bowl XXXI, taking their first ‘Lombardi’ since Lombardi was alive.
Peyton’s Super Bowl Safety
The Super Bowl hasn’t been kind to Peyton Manning. He has a ring, but he also has not one but two Pick Sixes, and he began Super Bowl XLVIII with a snap sailing past him, then tumbling around the end zone till he covered it up for a safety. Two points, Seattle Seahawks. The rout was on.
Super Bowl XXV. Scott Norwood. Well, Buffalo Bills. There’s always next year…
Refrigerator Registers 3.8
When William ‘The Refrigerator’ Perry obliterated the Patriots’ line with a one-yard TD plunge, it was the most memorable play in the most awesome of a string of NFC Super Bowl butt-whippings that defined the ’80s. The Chicago Bears won 46-10, but it could just as well have been 146-10.
Malcolm Butler Seals It With A Pick
It’s just last year, but it’s going to be a keeper. Malcolm Butler punished the Seattle Seahawks for the sin of not handing off to Marshawn Lynch at the goal line and preserved a New England Patriots victory in Super Bowl XLIX.
Kevin Dyson One Yard Short
Rams LB Mike Jones saved Super Bowl XXXIV by ending a great late charge by Steve NcNair and the Tennessee Titans. Titans WR stretched all he could, but still came up one yard short as time expired on a 23-16 St. Louis victory. Now let’s see the LA Rams get their own Lombardi Trophy. Speaking of which…
Bradshaw Hits Stallworth In Stride
Super Bowl XIV. Terry Bradshaw is the best 4th Quarter QB in Super Bowl history. Even when the LA Rams carried a 19-17 lead into the 4th Quarter it seemed just a matter of time. Then Bradshaw hit John Stallworth for a 73 yard TD. He then directed another TD drive as Pittsburgh pulled away for good, winning their 4th Lombardi in six years.
Broadway Joe’s Guarantee
It’s still the biggest play in Super Bowl history, because it made the game itself big. It happened at poolside. Joe Namath guaranteed the very, very improbable – a Jets victory over the powerhouse Colts – then delivered.