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1/23/2008 12:11:00 PM
Our Favorite Super Bowls
Scott Norwood's missed field goal gave the Giants an improbable win in Super Bowl XXV.
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By Jimmy Traina, SI.com
More times than not, Super Bowl Sunday ends up being a huge letdown. Sure, the party is usually fun and the food and drink is always good and those boxes provide entertainment, but the game usually falls flat. A few "Big Games," however, will always stick out in my mind. Here are my favorite Super Bowls of all time. These aren't the best ones or the most exciting ones, but the ones that I remember fondly. When you're done reading my list, be sure to send in yours.
1. Giants 20, Bills 19 -- Super Bowl XXV: The high-powered Bills were expected to roll but the Giants played the ball-control game to perfection. And then things ended with wide right.
2. Patriots 20, Rams 17 -- Super Bowl XXXVI: Like the Giants-Bills Super Bowl, this matchup featured a high-octane offense, known as "The Greatest Show on Turf," and a team that wasn't expected to stay close. But that wasn't the case, and legend of Tom Brady, who orchestrated an efficient drive that resulted in a game-winning field goal at the buzzer, was born.
3. Niners 20, Bengals 16 -- Super Bowl XXIII: Speaking of legendary quarterbacks and memorable drives, Joe Montana showed why many people consider him the best QB of all time. One of the great stories about this game came out afterward. Right before the 92-yard game-winning drive, Montana got in the huddle and pointed outJohn Candy in the stands to his teammates.
4. Bears 46, Patriots 10 -- Super Bowl XX: The game was a blowout, but the is the first Super Bowl that we can remember getting built up by the hype machine thanks to the Bear's Shuffling Crew. It also featured one of the greatest defense's of all time, Jim McMahon's newsworthy headbands and William "The Refrigerator" Perry running the ball.
5. Buccaneers 48, Raiders 21 -- Super Bowl XXXVIII: We're sure nobody but Bucs fans care about this game, but we'll always remember it for one reason: Our good friend PT made 12 proposition bets on this game. He went 0-12. Seriously.
Those are my favorite Super Bowls. What are yours, and why?
How could you leave out Super Bowl XXXII?? ten years later ,I still think this is the greatest game ever well played by both teams, and the emotional ending of John Elway being carried across the field on Bubby Brister and Jeff Lewis' shoulders.Plus Denver's best player, Terrell Davis, being stricken with migraines in the second quarter, enough to blind him. "Coach I can't see" " But if you dont go in there they will never fall for the play fake" Classic. I get chills just thinking about it Plus who can ever forget Denver owner Pat Bowlen proclaining " This One's For John"
Can't wait to see the onslaught of the Scott Norwood's 'wide right' highlight this week. It tough enough rooting for this terrible franchise. Now we get to watch this moment from hell over and over again. Awesome...
Super Bowl XIII in 1979. Cowboys and Steelers both in their primes. All the kids at my school were either Cowboy fans or Steeler fans. You could not like both. I chose the Steelers and have hated the Cowboys ever since.
1.SB3 Jets over Colts-enuff said. 2.SB6 "Cowboys can't win the big one" so much for that. 3.SB7 Dolphins complete "perfect season". 4.SB13 Steelers over Cowboys 35-31, 2 of the best teams ever fighting it out. 5.SB23 49ers over Cincy-last drive by Montana just the best.
Super Bowl XXVI, Washington 37-Buffalo 24, is basically the last moment of glory for us Washington fans up to the present, I did feel bad for the Bills though. Other than that I enjoyed XXVIII, San Francisco 49-San Diego 26. I just liked watching Steve Young get past the hated Cowboys, get the monkey off his back, and set the Super Bowl record for TD passes.
Without a doubt, Superbowl XXXIV is missing. The Titans were supposed to have no chance against the Greatest Show on Turf. Couldn't believe the game ended when it did. I kept waiting for a flag or something...
I'll admit I'm a Bills fan and my opinion isn't extremely relevant but...The Rams-Titans Super Bowl XXXIV matchup is tarnished. Kevin Dyson shouldn't have been stopped at the 1 yard line...he should've never been on the field! The so called lateral on the infamous kickoff return against the Bills in the playoffs that year was a forward pass...Ask Chris Berman - The man knows all!
super bowl 32. i think it clasifies as one of the biggest upsets EVER!!! the afc had a 13 year losing streak. the broncos lost 4 previous super bowls. john elway himself played horribly everytime he reached the big game. i wasnt a john elway fan but i cried when the broncos finally won.
Are you nuts? I've seen every Super Bowl you mentioned, and XXXIV blows them all away! Kevin Dyson's almost-touchdown seemed like it came from a movie, except that it would have been dismissed for being too unrealistic.
definitely Super Bowl XXXIV (34) Rams vs. Titans. It had the greatest ending out of all the Super Bowls because, unlike the Patriots wins, it was won on a real play on a tackle, not by the foot of a kicker. A tackle at the 1 yd. line no less.
Super Bowl XIII: Dallas v. Pittsburg. The number of Hall Famers in this game are staggering. Super Bowl XXV: Brilliant game plan by the Giants. Super Bowl XXIII: Montana stakes his claim as best QB ever. Super Bowl XXXVI: Brady's legend is born. Super Bowl XXX: Dallas gets revenge against the Steelers.
Rams-Titans was a great ENDING. Too bad the first three quarters were so abysmal... Plus, the constant mention of the holy rolling grocery stocker, Kurt Warner, and his wife, Grace Jones, was a bit much.
Green Bay v Denver in XXXII!! It was back and forth the whole game, an incredible MVP performance from migrane-stricken Terrell Davis, and the second most memorable (behind "the catch") play in Superbowl history: Elway's run on 3rd down for a 1st down that sent him flying like a helicopter. Unforgettable.
Where's Super Bowl XXXVIII? The mighty Patriots vs. the Cardiac Cats? The Panthers, led by a former NFL Europe qb in Jake Delhomme, old washed up RB in Stephen Davis, and up-and-coming superstar in Steve Smith kept the game close and combined with the Pats to have the highest scoring 4th quarter in SB history. It was both exciting and dramatic and it all came down to Adam Vinateri once again (who got some help from John Kasay kicking off out of bounds to set up the final drive...)
SB XXII / Skins .v. Denver. Watching Doug Williams light it up for 5 TDs after spotting the Broncos 10 points. Who can forget (or remember) Timmy Smith and his 202 yards rushing?
And all those SB records - most points scored in a quarter (35) - most offensive yards by a team (602) - most rushing yards by a team (280) - most TD's in a quarter (5) - largest deficit to overcome to win the SB (10)
How could you not have the Rams-Titans Super Bowl on your list? To me that was the greatest Super Bowl there was, that game had it all, the back-up leading his team to the championship, a comeback, and one-yard that decided an overtime in a Super Bowl. This one clearly has to be in everyones top 5.
Ten years later I still remember the great feeling I had watching Denver beat the oversized and overhyped Packers in SB XXXII. Terrific game that finally shifted the power back to the AFC (where it still is). Too bad the Pack couldn't win last weekend to have role reversal as the underdog with old QB against the all-world Pats and Brady (Favre of 10 years ago).
I haven't seen two many Super Bowls - started watching with XXXII - but I definitely feel as though this one was the best I saw. A match-up of two of the best (or, maybe, the two best) quarterbacks in the game, this game had all of the ingredients.
While the Vinatieri kicks to win two Super Bowls were amazing, I think the best end to a Super Bowl since XXXII would have to be "the stretch" by the Titans against the Rams. That Rams team... so fun to watch...
As a long suffering Rams fan, I wouldn't put 34 as top five:
1. Giants-Bills (25) 2. Steelers-Cowboys (13) 3. Patriots-Panthers (38) 4. Broncos-Packers (32) 5. Steelers-Rams (14) ...what can I say, I was there as an idealistic 10 year old...still haven't forgiven the Steelers for that...The Rams DID lead after three quarters lest you all forget...and yes, I do read too much Larry...King...
Super Bowl XLII in 2008, when the Giants controlled the ball for 41 minutes and Lawrence Tynes connected on a 46-yarder with time expiring to end the Patriots run at perfection. Giants 24, Patriots 21. The first of three Eli Manning Super Bowl wins. Great game.
As far as the hype machine goes, I remember very clearly that the 49ers/Dolphins Super Bowl featuring the Montana Marino matchup was promoted almost nonstop by ABC. Yeah, the Bears were a sensation, but the hype machine didn't begin with them.
Can't you read? He said "his favorites" and even commented that this may not be the "best"....
While I'm at it, my list 1. Last years - I like the Colts and I like a team that plays straight up. 2. List any SB here where the cheatriots, I mean the Patriots, get beat. Hopefully, this year's gets added here! 3. I used to be a big Bengals fan, but even then, I think the two 49/Begnals games were great football! 4. The Rams/Titans game still had one of the better endings.
#1 Jets def. Colts. Joe's guarantee and a good game. AFC becomes vialble. #2 Giants def. Bills. Dramatic ending and best game plan ever. Can still hear LT cracking Thomas. #3 Broncos def. Packers. Elway's run, hard hitting, Farve at his wicked best... and worst. Had everything. #4 Steelers def. Cowboys. Swans' catch still amazes. Very close. Lots of hall-of-famers. #5 49er's def. Bengals. Icky shuffle would have been immortalized. Instead, Montana is...for that drive.
Rams-Titans may have been boring up until the 4th quarter, but it also had the best commercials to keep it interesting. All those dot-coms just throwing their money away because they could...It made for great TV. I miss the Internet bubble!