One Great Season
The OGS Lists Department has been hard at work this week, and we'll be rolling out all kinds of Super Bowl countdowns the next few days. First up, the best Super Bowl games in NFL history:
- Super Bowl XXV: New York Giants 20, Buffalo 19 — "Wide Right" is known more in college football circles than pro, but this game will forever be remembered as the one that Bills kicker Scott Norwood could have won with a field goal on the game's final play. But he hooked it, allowing Bill Parcells and his underdog Giants to escape with their second Super Bowl victory.
- Super Bowl XXIII: San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16 — Joe Montana already was legendary, but what he did to the Bengals — for the second time in a Super Bowl, no less — was otherwordly. It's well known that he came into the huddle and asked a teammate if that was indeed John Candy sitting in the front row. It's well known that Montana's game-winning drive produced the cooler-than-the-other-side-of-the-pillow compliment (no, not from Stuart Scott). But what gets forgotten is that Montana's heroic drive began at his 8-yard line with only three minutes left.
- Super Bowl XXXVI: New England 20, St. Louis 17 — The Rams and their high-octane offense figured to blow by the accidental Patriots, who, thanks to a backup quarterback and something called the Tuck Rule, found themselves aiming for their first Super Bowl win. After falling behind by two touchdowns, St. Louis came back to tie the game late, only to watch the young man named Brady direct the upstart Patriots down the field with Montana-like cool, setting up Adam Vinatieri's game-winning field goal on the final play.
- Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31 — With future Hall of Fame talent all over the field, the Steelers and Cowboys staged a classic in their storied rivalry. Despite big individual performances by quarterbacks Terry Bradshaw and Roger Staubach, among others, the game might be remembered most for Jackie Smith's drop of an easy touchdown catch in the end zone that would have tied the game.
- Super Bowl XLII: New York Giants 17, New England 14 — The Patriots' bid for a perfect season fell just short thanks to arguably the most memorable play in Super Bowl history. David Tyree's helmet-assisted catch kept the underdog Giants' late drive alive and put his team at the New England 24-yard line with a minute left. Four plays later, Eli Manning found Plaxico Burress in the end zone for New York's surprising Super Bowl victory, the third in franchise history.
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+ Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23
+ Super Bowl XXXVIII: New England 32, Carolina 29
+ Super Bowl III: New York Jets 16, Baltimore 7