Top Ten Most Interesting Super Bowls
- 10 - Super Bowl XLI - Indianapolis Colts 29, Chicago Bears 17 - This is one of the more interesting Super Bowls simply because of the conditions, records broken, and competition. It was the very first Super Bowl to have rain. Also, on a thrilling showcase of talent, Devin Hester ran back the opening kickoff for a touchdown, the first time done in history, and set the tone for the game. Sadly, it didn't last long. Indianapolis found holes in the nigh-impenetrable Bears defense and the Bears simply couldn't keep up with Manning, the game's MVP.
- 9 - Super Bowl XXXIII - Denver 34, Atlanta 19 - This game earns a spot simply because of John Elway's absolutely triumphant end to his career. After a losing appearance, he came back to the big dance to win twice and earning MVP Honors in his final game. Denver's defense played well and Atlanta made a trip inside Denver's 30 7 times only to score 1 touchdown and 2 field goals. It all fell into place for Elway as Atlanta missed a field goal, threw two interceptions, and turned the ball over on downs on the other trips.
- 8 - Super Bowl XXXI - Green Bay Packers 35, New England Patriots 21 - This game slips on the list because one of the league's greatest quarterbacks only Super Bowl victory and the only case in which a special teams play earned MVP honors. Desmond Howard did so as he ran for a record 244 return yards. Brett Favre supplemented with 2 passing and 1 rushing TD.
- 7 - Super Bowl XII - Dallas Cowboys 27, Denver Broncos 10 - If there is any particular Super Bowl in which you could say it was a full defensive effort, It would be second earliest game on this list. League-first co-MVPs Harvey Martin and Randy White led a defensive unit that intercepted 4 passes and forced 4 fumbles. Dallas also shut out Denver in the first half 13-0, an interesting statistic in tomorrow's topic.
- 6 - Super Bowl VII - Miami Dolphins 14, Washington Redskins 7 - This game made the list because of it's huge meaning. This Super Bowl solidified the '73 Dolphins place in history as they finished 17-0, a record only recently broken by the 2008 New England Patriots, now 18-0. The Dolphins played great defense and the low score didn't begin to represent the dominance.
- 5 - Super Bowl XXV - New York Giants 20, Buffalo Bills 19 - This game shows that no matter how badly the other team is playing, you can never count them out. The Bills had the ball only 8 minutes in the first half but still closed the half at 12-10. New York possessed the ball over 40 minutes, 9:29 of it coming on a record drive covering 75 yards, ended by a Ottis Anderson touchdown. This game also had the closest score in any Super Bowl to date.
- 4 - Super Bowl XXII - Washington Redskins 42, Denver Broncos 10 - The Broncos had a nice start to the game getting out 10-0 but allowed 42 points unanswered as Doug Williams threw for a record-tying 4 TDs and record-breaking 340 yards.Sanders also broke the receiving record set by Lynn Swann by over 30 yards, 193 to 161. QB Doug Williams went on to win MVP honors, making him the first and only African-American quarterback to win such an honor.
- 3 - Super Bowl XXXIV - St. Louis Rams 23, Tennessee Titans 16 - Now you knew it was coming. You knew it'd be in the top ten. Though not score-wise, this had to have been one of THE closest games in Super Bowl history as a Kevin Dyson catch with the clock ticking came up exactly one yard short of score-tying TD. Two offensive juggernauts, these two teams duked it out to the very end. The Titans came in as an extremely well-rounded team with a top offense and even better defense, finished a league-high 13-3 that preceding regular season.
- 2 - Super Bowl XXVIII - Dallas Cowboys 30, Buffalo Bills 13 - This choice was odd to make, but the Super Bowl itself is dwarfed by it's circumstances. This is the only Super Bowl rematch to date. The Buffalo Bills found themselves in the final postseason game against the same opponents that beat them last year. Dallas struggled at first, but yet again the Cowboys prevailed. This gave the Cowboys four Super Bowl wins, tied for the record. It also gave the Bills their fourth Super Bowl loss, another record, tied with Minnesota and Oakland. Bills QB Jim Kelly also completed 31 passes, a Super Bowl record, out of 50 attempts.
- 1 - Super Bowl XXIV - San Francisco 49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10 - I chose this game simply because it showed the most athleticism, in my opinion, than any other Bowl. The niners completely dominated as Joe Montana threw for a current NFL record 5 TD passes. Jerry Rice showed he's still got some left in his tank, and Montana won his third Super Bowl, which, until recently, was an uncontested accomplishment. He also won 3 MVP awards, some thing that has yet to be even challenged.
As we reflect upon these great games, there is one thing to realize about Sunday. We can't even comprehend the significance of Super Bowl XLII. So many records already broken, so many about to be on the line. When Tom Coughlin and Bill Bellicheck walk out on to that field to shake hands, it will hit you like a ton of bricks. This is THE most interesting Super Bowl, no matter the outcome. These two teams will walk on to the field like it's any given sunday, and walk off like it was the last game they've played. What an amazing game. Is any one else HATING work/classes right around now? God Bless Football.