Thursday, February 2, 2017

Greatest Super Bowls... Ever

            With the Super Bowl just a few days away, I'd figure I'd comprise a list of the greatest Super Bowl games to happen. I think I did a blog like this, so correct me if I already did. Anyways, here's some of the greatest to ever happen.

10.) "The Guarantee": I know that some of you out there want this to be higher. After all, the Jets were 18-point underdogs in the game with Joe Namath's infamous guarantee. However, the Jets actually won Super Bowl III handily by a score of 16-7. The funny thing was that Namath had an average game, going 17 for 28 with 208 yards and no touchdowns. The Jets rode Matt Snell to 121 yards on 30 carries and a touchdown.
9.) Super Bowl XIII: The Cowboys and Steelers are some of the NFL's bluebloods, having gone at it in multiple Super Bowls. This one was an instant classic, with the rematch storyline coming into play with both teams having faced each other in a previous Super Bowl. The Cowboys were the defending champions at the time, but couldn't handle Terry Bradshaw. The Steelers' quarterback went 17 for 30, throwing for a then-SB record 318 yards and four touchdown passes. The Steelers scored two touchdowns in the span of 19 seconds in the fourth quarter to beat the 'Boys, 35-31.
8.) Super Bowl XXXVIII: The last Super Bowl in Houston featured a nail-biter as the Panthers proved to be the Pats' toughest competition amongst all of New England's Super Bowl wins. The game was scoreless for a record 26:55 before the two teams combined for 24 points leading up to halftime. Both teams didn't score in the 1st and 3rd quarters, respectively. This was also the Super Bowl where "The Nipple Incident" happened involving Janet Jackson and the NFL made Super Bowl half-time shows milquetoast for a period of time.
7.) A Dynasty Is Born: In what is being hailed as the birth of a dynasty, the New England Patriots were surprisingly considered a massive underdog at the time against the St. Louis Rams and for good reason: "The Greatest Show on Turf" was coming off a 14-2 regular season, having steamrolled through various opponents. However, a quarterback named Tom Brady led the charge in spite of the Rams outgaining the Patriots, 427-267, with Adam Vinatieri winning the game with a 48-yard field goal.
6.) "Seattle Should've Ran the Ball": You should know all about this one. In what has become internet canon, the Seattle Seahawks were driving deep into New England territory, down 28-24. Instead of giving the ball to Marshawn Lynch at the one-yard line, Pete Carroll tried a pass play  The end result was a Malcolm Butler interception to seal the deal for New England.
5.) Mike Jones Saves the Day: More on the "Greatest Show on Turf". Kurt Warner was part an offensive three-headed monster that included Marshall Faulk and Isaac Bruce for the St. Louis Rams. However, the Tennessee Titans took the Rams to the brink. If it wasn't for a Mike Jones tackle to stop Titans WR Kevin Dyson at the one-yard line, the Rams would've been one of the greatest NFL teams (or sports teams, in general) to not win a championship in the corresponding season. Instead, the Rams won, 23-16.

4.) "Wide Right": With a chance to win Super Bowl XXV (and to finally give the city of Buffalo a championship), Scott Norwood lined up for a 47-yard field goal at the end of the game. Unfortunately for the city of Buffalo, he pulled it wide right as the New York Giants escaped with the win, 20-19.
3.) Super Bowl XXIII: Joe Montana and Jerry Rice gave the 49ers their third Super Bowl, good for most at the time in the NFC. Down 16-13, San Francisco marched down the field 92 yards in under three minutes, capping off their comeback with a Joe Montana pass to Joe Taylor with 34 seconds for the game-winning touchdown. Back then, the cost of a Super Bowl commercial was only $675,000.
2.) Super Bowl XLIII: The Arizona Cardinals aren't really known for being football excellence. So when the 9-7 Cardinals made the playoffs, representing a weak NFC West, many experts didn't pick them to make the Super Bowl. But not only did they make the Super Bowl, they took Pittsburgh to the wire. Needing Santonio Holmes's six-yard circus grab for a touchdown to win the game, the Steelers won their sixth Lombardi trophy, 27-23. James Harrison also lumbered his way in for a touchdown, returning an interception all the way to the house.
1.) "The Helmet Catch": David Tyree's biggest moment came in Super Bowl 42 when he made a circus catch... using the top of his helmet. He reeled in the circus catch that would ruin New England's perfect season, leading the New York Giants to victory, 17-14. This game was known as one of the greatest upsets in Super Bowl history.

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