Ever since the Super Bowl was created, the biggest moments in the history of the game come from Super Bowl Sunday. As we approach kickoff to Super Bowl LV between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, let’s look at the top five greatest Super Bowl moments in history.
Greatest Super Bowl Moments
5 | “A Yard Short”
Super Bowl XXXIV
St. Louis Rams 23 – Tennessee Titans 16
First on the list of greatest Super Bowl moments, is possibly the greatest last play of a Super Bowl ever. Down by seven with only seconds to go in the game, the Tennessee Titans had a chance to tie the game and send it into the overtime. On the final play of Super Bowl 34, the late quarterback Steve McNair drops back and fires a pass to Kevin Dyson. Dyson attempts to run the ball for the touchdown. However, the Rams defense denied him the score and ending the Titans Super Bowl hopes and dreams one. yard. short.
4 | “Walsh’s Brilliant Finale”
Super Bowl XXIII
San Francisco 49ers 20 – Cincinnati Bengals 15
Second up on the list of greatest Super Bowl moments, is Bill Walsh’s final game as coach of the 49ers. In January of 1989, 49ers head coach Bill Walsh was coaching his final game in San Francisco and the National Football League. As for the game, quarterback Joe Montana and the 49ers were down by three points to the Cincinnati Bengals. With 3:10 remaining in the game, San Francisco received the ball at the eight-yard line.
On a 1st and 10, Montana slides through the Bengals defense. It’s now 2nd and 2 at the Cincinnati 10. There are 39 seconds left on the clock. Montana drops back and throws a missile at John Taylor to the endzone’s center, sealing the victory.
3 | “Wide Right”
Super Bowl XXV
New York Giants 20 – Buffalo Bills 19
Super Bowl XXV was the first Super Bowl for the Buffalo Bills and the second appearance for the New York Giants. As for the game itself, let’s go to the fourth quarter. There are 2:16 seconds. The Bills are down 20-19. Buffalo has control of the ball on their own 10-yard line.
Thanks to Thurman Thomas, the Bills moved the ball 33 yards, the Bills moved the ball down the field to the Giants’ 30-yard line. Now, at this point in the ball game, there are about eight seconds left. With very little time left, the Buffalo could either go for a short pass or kick a field goal. The choice for the field goal. This kick wouldn’t be easy as it was a 47-yard boot. When the kick was made, it looked good until it decided to go… wide right. Thanks to that missed kick, the New York Giants would win their first-ever Super Bowl.
2 | “Namath guarantees Victory”
Super Bowl III
New York Jets 16 | Baltimore Colts 7
The first three Super Bowls were between the best team from the National Football League (NFL) and the (American Football League). Entering Super Bowl III, The Baltimore Colts of the NFL faced the New York Jets. Leading up to the big game, Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath told a local news outlet that he guaranteed a Super Bowl victory. It was a huge gamble as the Colts were an 18 point favorite. Ultimately, the Jets did win, giving the Jets their first and only Super Bowl win.
1 | “The Helmet Catch”
Super Bowl XLII
New York Giants 17 – New England Patriots 13
Number one on the list of greatest Super Bowl moments was an easy choice. 2007 was a great year for the New England Patriots as they finished with an undefeated season going 16-0 and a first-round bye in the playoffs. Heading into the Super Bowl, the Patriots were 18-0 going for a record 19-game winning streak. As for the New York Giants, they entered the playoffs as a wildcard team. Toward the end of the game, Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws a deep pass to wide receiver David Tyree for a huge gain that is known as “the helmet catch.”
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