A list of the very best, of the best game
Matthew Lee – Contributor
- A Missed Opportunity: Super Bowl XXV- Buffalo Bills vs. New York Giants
Super Bowl XXV- Buffalo Bills vs. New York Giants: The Bills were making their first Super Bowl appearance, while the Giants were looking for their second Super Bowl victory. The Giants overcame a 12-3 deficit that included a 75-yard touchdown drive that took 9:29 off the clock. The Bills responded with a long touchdown of their own that took 7:32 off the clock. A Matt Bahr field goal would regain the lead for the Giants. However, it would be Bills kicker Scott Norwood who would take center stage as he missed a last second 47-yard field goal attempt. Final score 20-19 Giants over Bills. Note: It was the only Super Bowl game decided by one point.
- A Perfect Ending: Super Bowl XLII- New England Patriots vs. New York Giants
Super Bowl XLII- New England Patriots vs. New York Giants: The Patriots were looking for perfection by becoming the first NFL team to win a Super Bowl with a record of 19-0. The Giants were looking to end perfection, and looking to become the first NFC wild card team to win the Super Bowl. The game saw three led changes in the fourth quarter a Super Bowl recorded. Including a six-yard touchdown pass to Randy Moss that put the Patriots back ahead 14-10 with 2:42 remaining. However, it would be the Giants’ game winning touchdown drive that would steal the show. On third and five Giants quarterback Eli Manning was able escape from three Patriots defenders and pass the ball to receiver David Tyree who secured the football with his helmet. The drive was later capped off by a 13-yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress. Final score 17-14 Giants over Patriots. Note: It was the rematch of the final regular season game in which the Patriots won 38-35. These two teams met again in Super Bowl XLVI, and the Giants won that game 21-17.
- Game of Inches: Super Bowl XXXIV- St. Louis Rams vs. Tennessee Titans
This game featured a battle of 13-3 teams. The Rams had commanding 16-0 lead midway through the third quarter. The Titans responded by tying the game at 16 with 2:12 remaining. But with a 73-yard touchdown by Isaac Bruce the Rams regained the lead. Could the Titans tie the game again? Well, on the final play of the game Titans receiver Kevin Dyson made a reception and was looking to score, but he was tackled one yard short of the end zone by Rams linebacker Mike Jones. Final score 23-16 Rams over Titians.
- Team of Dynasty: Super Bowl XXXVI- St. Louis Rams vs. New England Patriots
After replacing the injured Drew Bledsoe in week two, second-year quarterback Tom Brady led the Patriots to Super Bowl up against the 14-2 St. Louis Rams, who were 14 points favorites. It would be the Patriots that would have a 17-3 lead heading to the fourth quarter. However, led by quarterback Kurt Warner, the Rams did manage to tie the game. However, on the final drive, with 1:30 remaining and no timeouts, Tom Brady took the Patriots down the field setting up Adam Vinatieri’s last second game winning field goal. Final score 20-17 Patriots over Rams. Note: The Patriots went on a span of winning three Super Bowls titles in the next four years.
- Holmes Sweet Holmes: Super Bowl XLIII- Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals
The Steelers were looking to become the first NFL team to win six Super Bowls. The Cardinals were looking for their first Super Bowl title since joining the league in 1947. With the help of a 100-yard interception return touchdown by James Harrison, the Steelers had a commanding 20-7 lead heading to the fourth quarter. The Cardinals responded by scoring 16 answered points including a 64-yard touchdown by Larry Fitzgerald that put the Cardinals ahead with 2:37 remaining. However, the Steelers weren’t going to be denied a sixth Super Bowl title when Santonio Holmes caught a 6-yard touchdown pass that put the Steelers back ahead with 35 seconds remaining. Finals score 27-23 Steelers over Cardinals.