On Sunday February 5th, Super Bowl 51 will be played between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, Texas. The Patriots are in the Super Bowl for a record 9th time in their franchise history, (7th since the Brady/Belichick Era began in 2001) and going for their 5th world championship. For their opponent the Falcons however, it's only the team's 2nd appearance in the big dance and are still in pursuit of their first Lombardi trophy.
It's Super Bowl 51, but the NFL has been in existence for nearly 100 years but in 1966 then-NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle
Yes, you read that right, I am ranking every single Super Bowl game in terms of entertainment and competitive value. No, I have not watched literally every single game in it's entirety, but I have seen highlights of each game in the past several years or so thanks to the great highlight reels of NFL films.
I don't know science or math equations well at all, but I can tell you the winner, loser, score, game MVP, and location of all 50 Super Bowls.
Why? I honestly don't know except that I enjoy the game so much and am fascinated with it's history and lore.
And what's even more amazing about that? I'm an Eagles fan.
So from the many boring blowouts to the few intense and dramatic finishes, here are the Super Bowls ranked from worst to best.
50. Super Bowl XXIV - San Francisco 49ers 55 Denver Broncos 10. 1989 Season
On one hand it's apex of icons Joe Montana and Jerry Rice
as masters of their craft, on the other hand it was the worst Super Bowl of
all-time because it was the biggest blow-out as San Francisco whopped Denver
55-10. Only crazed 49ers fans enjoyed this game while dancing on Cloud 9,
but even a few of them grew bored and made some Super Bowl babies.
It would be the Niners second straight title, and the game was such a blowout that before it was over they were already talking about going for a three-peat the next year, where they would come up short in 1990 NFC title game against the Giants.
49. Super Bowl XX - Chicago Bears 46 New England Patriots 10 1985 Season
The Bears knew they were going to win the Super Bowl and didn't jinx themselves
No, the 1985 Patriots were not the same Patriots we're used
to seeing in the Super Bowl on a regular basis. These Patriots were a wild
card team that pulled off big upsets to get there, but they didn't stand a
chance against maybe the greatest team ever, the '85 Bears.
Even Bears fans have gripes about this game. The team scored six touchdowns, but none by running back Walter Payton, the greatest player in their storied history and maybe the greatest player of all-time. Payton was so disappointed in not getting a Super Bowl touchdown he allegedly cried after the game despite the win.48. Super Bowl XLVIII Seattle Seahawks 43 Denver Broncos 8 2013 Season
It was suppose to be a classic match-up between a Denver Broncos offense that was statistically the greatest of all-time, against a young and ferocious Seahawks defense with an all-time dominate secondary. Instead, Super Bowl 48 was over psychologically when a bad snap flew over Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's head and into the end-zone for the safety, and Denver never recovered. The Seahawks dominated and embarrassed Denver in stunning fashion with the final score 43-8, securing Seattle's first Super Bowl title.
47. Super Bowl XXVI Washington Redskins 37 Buffalo Bills 24 1991 Season
The Buffalo Bills had lost the Super Bowl the previous year and came back looking to finish the job, but bizarre circumstances distracted them. The helmet of star running back and league MVP Thurman Thomas had disappeared during the national anthem and he was forced to miss the beginning of the game. The Bills never quite recovered and lost convincingly to the Washington Redskins, who won their third Super Bowl in ten seasons with their third different quarterback in Mark Rypien.
46. Super Bowl VI Dallas Cowboys 24 Miami Dolphins 3 1971 Season
Before the Dallas Cowboys were given the infamous "America's Team" nickname they were labeled as "Next Year's Team" having fallen short of a title in the previous five seasons. Enter Roger Staubach. Staubach won the starting quarterback job over Craig Morton in 1971 and elevated the Cowboys to another level, proving to be the difference-maker. Dallas dominated the upstart Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl 6 and it remains the only Super Bowl where a team didn't score a touchdown.
Just throw it away Bob!
45. Super Bowl XXXVII Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48 Oakland Raiders 21
The outcome of this Super Bowl was over before it began as Bucaneers head coach Jon Gruden had been the Raiders head coach the previous year and knew Oakland's entire playbook. The Raiders didn't bother to change the play calls as the elite Bucaneer defense with superstars like Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp, Jon Lynch and Rhode Barber were practically calling out Oakland's plays for them. As a result, Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon threw five interceptions, three of them being pick-sixes.
44. Super Bowl XXIX San Francisco 49ers 49 San Diego Chargers 26
By 1994 everyone knew that the real Super Bowl was the NFC Championship Game between the Cowboys and the 49ers who squared off in the penultimate game three for three straight seasons. San Francisco finally gotten past Dallas that year and advanced to play the San Diego Chargers, who had upset the Pittsburgh Steelers to reach their first Super Bowl appearance. The theory of the NFC title game being the real Super Bowl was case-in-point as 49ers quarterback Steve Young threw a Super Bowl record six touchdown passes, proving to the nation that he was a worthy replacement of the great Joe Montana.
43. Super Bowl XVIII Los Angeles Raiders 38 Washington Redskins
9 1983 Season
While teams have moved in-and-out of Los Angeles over the past 30 years, the city's only Super Bowl title came with the Raiders of all teams in 1983. Raiders owner Al Davis moved the team from Oakland to L.A. in 1982 without permission from the league and made it even more dramatic by his team winning the Super Bowl against the favored Washington Redskins in a 38-9 blowout. The standout moment being Raiders running back Marcus Allen's 74 Yard touchdown run that brings goosebumps to this day. Meanwhile in the trophy room NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle awkwardly handed his rival Al Davis the Vince Lombardi trophy amid a scene.
42. Super Bowl XXII Washington Redskins 42 Denver Broncos 10 1987 Season
In Super Bowl 22 John Elway and the Broncos jumped out to an early10-0 lead and many thought Denver would take control for the rest of the game. Then came the 2nd quarter, as the Redskins began an onslaught with 35 points in that quarter alone. Running back Timmy Smith made his first career start in that game and ran for over 200 yards. And it was quarterback Doug Williams who won the game MVP, becoming the first starting black quarterback to win the Super Bowl.
41. Super Bowl XXVII Dallas Cowboys 52 Buffalo Bills 17
If the highlight of this Super Bowl is a double-turnover during garbage time, it probably means that this was a bad Super Bowl. The Bills went to their third straight Super Bowl after as a team of destiny after making the greatest comeback of all-time in the Wild Card game against the Houston Oilers and then winning two road playoff games to face the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl 27. When the game was over, Bills fans learned that when you believe in destiny, you can receive a major gut-punch sometimes.
Buffalo scored first to make it seem like it would be a competitive game, but the Cowboys would then outscore them 52-10 while taking advantage of the Bills constant turnovers.
The Bills Don Beebee stops Cowboy touchdown when the game was already out of reach.
40. Super Bowl XXVIII Dallas Cowboys 30 Buffalo Bills 13 1993 Season
The only time in Super Bowl history where the same two teams met in back-to-back years were between the Cowboys and the Bills in 92-93. Buffalo looked like that had control going into halftime with a 13-6 lead, but in the second half things fell apart. Dallas scored 24 unanswered points to win their second straight title, while the Bills lost the Super Bowl for the fourth year in a row.
39. Super Bowl XII Dallas Cowboys 27 Denver Broncos 10 1977 Season
The Dallas Doomsday Defense ran a-muck on the Broncos in Denver's first of 8 Super Bowl appearances with Co-MVP performances from Randy White and Harvey Martin. Cowboy offensive superstars like Roger Staubach, Tony Dorsett and Drew Pearson dazzled as well and inspired the country to have them dubbed with the controversial "America's Team" moniker.
38. Super Bowl XV Oakland Raiders 27 Philadelphia Eagles 10 1980 Season
The 1980 Raiders are the most forgotten of their 3 championship teams because it was after the departures of legends of the 1976 team like John Madden, Ken Stabler, and Fred Bilitnkoff and was also before the arrival of icons of the 1983 team like Marcus Allen, Howie Long, and Lyle Alzado. So this 1980 team and the 1980 Super Bowl is pretty much forgotten. Philadelphia was favored to win this game, but rumor has it that head coach Dick Vermil exhausted the team with an overload of practice, which resulted in the Eagles laying an egg. Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett won the MVP, but linebacker Rod Martin could have won it too after intercepting former Eagles quarterback and now ESPN football guru Ron Jaworski three times. A linebacker picked off Jaws thrice! The Eagles would not return to the big game for another 24 years.37. Super Bowl 50 Denver Broncos 24 Carolina Panthers 10 2015 Season
The most recent Super Bowl was also one of the more disappointing ones with more sloppy-than intense play from both sides. The Panthers cruised their way to an NFC title having lost only once all season while the Broncos won ugly to get there. 39 year old Peyton Manning was on his last limbs in Super Bowl 50 but did just enough to win the game while the dominant Denver defense ruined league MVP Cam Newton's first Super Bowl.
36. Super Bowl XXXV Baltimore Ravens 35 New York Giants 7 2000 Season
Five years after the Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore to become the Ravens, they reached the Super Bowl with one of the most dominant defenses of all-time. The football quote you hear a lot, "Defense Wins Championships", was never-more (get it, Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven) true than for 2000 Ravens. They were quarterbacked by Trent Dilfer, who was labeled as a first-round bust after being cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, only to become the game-manager for Baltimore in their Super Bowl run in 2000. Ray Lewis and that legandary defense would dominate the New York Giants in Super Bowl 35 and the only points New York scored was a kick-off return, which the Ravens followed up with a kick return touchdown of their own. While Baltimore celebrated going from being team-less to Super Bowl champions in five years, Cleveland fans put their heads down in misery.
35. Super Bowl XXI New York Giants 36 Denver Broncos 20Speaking of the Browns, they almost represented the AFC in Super Bowl 21, but coughed up the AFC Championship to John Elway and the Denver Broncos in what's known as "The Drive" game. NFL legends on the Giants like Lawrence Taylor and coach Bill Parcells handled Denver well, but it was their quarterback Phil Simms who shined the most. Simms completed 22 of 25 of his passes (two of those in-completions were drops), the highest completion percentage in Super Bowl history.
34. Super Bowl XIX San Francisco 49ers 38 Miami Dolphins 16 1984 SeasonThis was one of the most hyped Super Bowls of all-time because it was between two teams with a combined regular season record of 29-3. Bill Walsh's 15-1 49ers against the spectacular Miami Dolphins offense led by 2nd year quarterback Dan Marino. Marino and the Dolphins shattered many offensive records in 1984 and many wondered if he could do it to San Francisco. Despite all the hype around Marino, it was Joe Montana who shined that day while the 49er defense pressured and hurdled the legendary Dolphin offense to win their 2nd Super Bowl title in four seasons. Everyone thought Marino would bring Dolphins back to multiple Super Bowls in the coming years but he never did, despite playing fifteen more seasons and owning every passing record by his retirement.33. Super Bowl IX Pittsburgh Steelers 16 Minnesota Vikings 6 1974 Season
Before the spectacle of the super dome, Super Bowl 9 was played in a small and less-dramatic football field in New Orleans. The contest itself was not as dramatic either, as the Vikings offense played poorly in a mostly-defensive battle. It would be the Steelers first of their record 6 Super Bowl victories.
32. Super Bowl VIII Miami Dolphins 24 Minnesota Vikings 7 1973 Season
The Dolphins won their second straight Super Bowl against Fran Tarkenton and the Vikings thanks in large part to a dominant performance from running back Larry Csonka.
31. Super Bowl XI Oakland Raiders vs. Minnesota Vikings 1976 Season
By 1976 the Vikings and the Raiders were the two teams that had always been the bridesmaids but never the brides. In Super Bowl 11, both teams squared off and looked to finally get over the hump. It would be the Raiders who would have their day, dominating Minnesota and handing the Vikings their 4th Super Bowl loss in the decade. And Raider icons like Ken Stabler, Fred Biletnikoff and John Madden would finally get their ring.
30. Super Bowl IV Kansas City Chiefs Minnesota Vikings 1969 Season
Super Bowl 4 was the last game before the NFL-AFL merger which created the NFL we know of today with the NFC and AFC. Just like the previous year, the NFL team were heavy favorites, but the AFL team picked them apart. The Vikings had the Purple People Eater Defense with legends like Alan Page and Jim Marshall on the defensive front, but were put in check by the Chiefs. Cheifs head coach Hank Stram also had memorable one-liners while coaching the game because it was one of the first times NFL films had mic-ed up a head coach. Kansas City redeemed themselves after losing the very first Super Bowl to the Packers, but have never been back to the Super Bowl since.
29. Super Bowl XLI Indianapolis Colts Chicago Bears 2006 Season
In his 9th season, Peyton Manning finally gotten past his arch-rival New England Patriots in an epic AFC Championship game to reach his first Super Bowl. That Super Bowl would be the only one where it rained all game long.
Bears rookie sensation Devin Hester returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and it looked like Chicago was going to have a say in this game, but the Colts took back control eventually. It also didn't help that the Bears were led by quarterback Rex Grossman, who has been considered one of the worst quarterbacks to start a Super Bowl, while going against one of the best of all-time in Manning. Colts head coach Tony Dungy became the first black head coach to win the Super Bowl and Peyton Manning finally proved his doubters wrong in winning his first ring.
28. Super Bowl V Baltimore Colts 16 Dallas Cowboys 13 1970 Season
Of all Disney movies that are celebrated and beloved, there is one buried deep in the vault and never spoken of called Song of the South due to it's insensitivity to racism and slavery. Super Bowl V is the Song of the South of Super Bowls: Sloppy, bizarre, and uninspiring. And this game had the legendary Johnny Unitas starting for the Colts.
Meanwhile, future Hall-of-Fame quarterback and NFL icon Roger Staubach sat on the bench watching inferior Cowboys quarterback Craig Morton cough up the championship. Staubach would redeem Dallas the very next season leading them to their first Super Bowl title as the MVP of Super Bowl VI against the Dolphins.
27. Super Bowl XXXIII Denver Broncos Atlanta Falcons 1998 Season
Before they take the stage in Super Bowl 51 this Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons only other Super Bowl berth was in the 1998 season where they upset the 15-1 Vikings. The defending champion Broncos would dominate Atlanta for most of the game however and won their second straight title.
26. Super Bowl II Green Bay Packers Oakland Raiders 1967 Season
Vince Lombardi's last game as Packers head coach was right after a game that every NFL historian knows about: The Ice Bowl. This is a rare occasion where the NFL (now NFC) Championship game overshadowed the Super Bowl itself. The Packers won their 5th championship of the 1960s (including 3 which predated the Super Bowl) and sealed themselves as the greatest dynasty in NFL history. Lombardi passed away less than two years after Super Bowl II, inspiring the NFL to name the sacred trophy after him.
25. Super Bowl I Green Bay Packers 35 Kansa City Chiefs 10 1966 Season
Here it is, the very first Super Bowl! It was actually known as the NFL-AFL Championship Game at the time and some weren't sure if this game even met anything. Never-the-less, the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs battled it out and made ground-breaking history with the inaugural Super Bowl. The Packers would win convincingly 35-10.
Packers receiver Max McGee made the first iconic Super Bowl play
24. Super Bowl VII Miami Dolphins 14 Washinton Redskins 7 1972 Season
Every young football fan usually ask their parents: Has a team ever gone undefeated?
The one and only answer to that question is the 1972 Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins were actually underdogs going into Super Bowl 7 against the Washington Redskins, but proved to be the better team. They had a shut-out going until kicker Garo Yepremian botched a blocked field goal with a terrible pass which led to a Redskin touchdown. Fortunately the Dolphins held on to win and complete what remains the only perfect season in NFL history.
23. Super Bowl XXXI Green Bay Packers 35 New England Patriots 21 1996 Season
Before Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers replaced them, the franchise quarterbacks for the Patriots and the Packers were Drew Bledsoe and Brett Farve, and both squared off in the 1996 Super Bowl. NFL icons Farve and Reggie White helped the Packers to their first championship in nearly three decades with fantastic efforts while Super Bowl MVP Desmond Howard dominated in kick returns. Now if only we can get a Brady/Rodgers Super Bowl.
22. Super Bowl XIV Pittsburgh Steelers 31 Los Angeles Rams 19 1979 Season
After losing 3 of the previous 4 NFC Championship games, the Los Angeles Rams finally broke through into the Super Bowl against the Steelers. The Rams would keep it close before Pittsburgh took a commanding lead after some big catches from John Stallworth. It would be Pittsburgh's 4th Super Bowl title in six years, confirming their status as the team of the 70s.
21. Super Bowl III New York Jets 16 Baltimore Colts 7 1968 Season
If this list was ranked solely on importance, Super Bowl III would rank alone at the top because it was the first time the AFL league was seen as equal to the NFL league.
Imagine this in 2017: You are the star quarterback of New York's pro football team. You're about to play in the Super Bowl as three touchdown underdogs. You're young, handsome, charismatic. You step up to the national media, and you state: "We're gonna win the game. I guarantee it." And then...you actually win the game. That is actually what happened to "Broadway" Joe Namath in leading the New York Jets to upsetting the 18 point favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.
Despite winning the most important Super Bowl of all-time, the Jets have never appeared in the big game since.
20. Super Bowl XXXIX New England Patriots 24 Philadelphia Eagles 21
The Patriots sealed their dynasty of the 2000s and their 3rd title in 4 years while in the underwhelming environment of Jacksonville, Florida. It also remains the closest the Eagles have ever come to obtaining the elusive Lombardi trophy. Head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Donovan McNabb also tainted their legacies in Philadelphia with poor clock management and alleged illnesses in the fourth quarter. The one bright spot for the Eagles was future hall-of-famer Terrell Owens remarkable performance of 9 catches for 122 yards while playing with a broken ankle. T.O. himself claims had he caught a couple more passes Philadelphia would have
T.O.'s courageous performance is the only proud-worthy performance an Eagle has ever made in the Super Bowl.
19. Super Bowl XL Pittsburgh Steelers 21 Seattle Seahawks 10 2005 Season
Known better for controversial officiating which delayed the Seahawks first title for another eight years, Super Bowl 40 is still a sentimental memory for Pittsburgh's first Super Bowl in 26 years and for running back Jerome Bettis finally getting his ring in his hometown of Detroit. Steelers head coach Bill Cowher also finally got the monkey off his back after several close calls.
18. Super Bowl XXX Dallas Cowboys 27 Pittsburgh Steelers 17 1995 Season
The third and last match-up between the Cowboys and the Steelers might have gone down as a classic had it not been for Pittsburgh quarterback Neil O'Donnell's two disastrous interceptions to game MVP Larry Brown. Dallas won their third Super Bowl in four years and their fifth in team history, but have not been in the big game since.
17. Super Bowl XLVI New York Giants 21 New England Patriots 17 2011 Season
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16. Super Bowl XLV Green Bay Packers 31 Pittsburgh Steelers 25 2010 Season
2010 was the year Aaron Rodgers proved to the world that he was worthy of replacing a legend like Brett Farve. He led Green Bay to the Super Bowl after three straight road playoff wins and took on the Pittsburgh Steelers. The game would be high scoring and pretty tough on most players, including Packers Cornerback Charles Woodson who left the game due to injury. Ultimately the Packers would finish on top and began a new era of Green Bay glory under Rodgers.
15. Super Bowl XVI San Francisco 49ers 26 Cincinatti Bengals 21 1981 Season
Everyone remembers "The Catch" by Dwight Clark which put the 49ers in the Super Bowl in 1981. Most fans remember "The Freezer Bowl" which put the Bengals in that same Super Bowl. The Super Bowl itself in Detroit? Not remembered as much but still an intriguing game with San Francisco jumping out ahead early and stopping Cincinatti from making a comeback, including an incredible goal-line stand. It would be the 49ers 1st of 4 Super Bowls in the 1980s.
14. Super Bowl XVII Washington Redskins 27 Miami Dolphins 17 1982 Season
Before there was Beast Mode, there was The Diesel John Riggins, who had an all-time great postseason to lead the Redskins to the Super Bowl in 1982. This Super Bowl between the Dolphins and the Redskins 10 years after their match-up in Super Bowl 7 was closely fought until Riggin's iconic 4th and 1 touchdown sealed the win and Washington's first title since 1942.
13. Super Bowl XLVII Balitmore Ravens 34 Sanfrancisco 49ers 31 2012 Season
It's been only five years since this Super Bowl yet looking back on it this game feels really old: The 49ers blew up their team and coaching staff just two seasons after losing Super Bowl 47 and quarterback Colin Kaepernick went from a star on the rise to maybe the most controversial and despised player in football. Ravens legends Ray Lewis and Ed Reed have since retired and Ray Rice, the star running back their Super Bowl run, became the face of domestic violence in the NFL when that infamous video of him punching his then-fiance in the elevator came out in 2014.
At the time however, this was one of the more entertaining Super Bowls in recent memory as San Francisco nearly pulled off a 22 point comeback after a bizarre power outage stalled the Ravens momentum in the 3rd quarter. Their comeback fell short in the end however and the Ravens captured their 2nd Lombardi trophy. It's also the only Super Bowl in the previous 13 years where the AFC quarterback wasn't Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Ben Roethlisberger. Instead it was Baltimore's Joe Flacco who beat all three of those quarterbacks to go on and earn Super Bowl MVP honors.
12. Super Bowl X Pittsburgh Steelers 21 Dallas Cowboys 17 1975 Season
The first Super Bowl between the Cowboys and the Steelers showed that the spectacle of the Super Bowl can be put on the field of play too, thanks to an spectacular performance by Pittsburgh's Lynn Swann.
Both teams went back and forth but the Steelers ultimately came out on top, setting the stage for a rematch 3 seasons later.
11. Super Bowl XLIV New Orleans Saints 31 Indianapolis Colts 17 2009 Season
Even for non-Saints fans and non-football fans, the New Orleans Saints winning their first Super Bowl only four years after Hurricane Katrina was a tear-jerking moment for America. While Peyton Manning and the Colts weren't necessarily villains of the NFL, the Saints were the senti-mental favorite because of what the city went through. Indianapolis seemed to have the game in control when the Saints called a gutsy on-sides kick to start the second half which turned the momentum around. The Colts had a chance to come back while trailing late but a pick-six by Tracy Porter sealed New Orleans first title.
10. Super Bowl XXIII San Francisco 49ers 20 Cincinatti Bengals 16 1988 Season
After five straight Super Bowl blowouts, the NFL finally got a close Super Bowl with an exciting finish between the 49ers and Bengals. It's the game where quarterback Joe Montana put himself in the category as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time and the greatest clutch quarterback of all-time. Now it's a debate as to whether Tom Brady has surpassed him in that regard. While a lot argue for the new king, Brady himself would probably say it's Montana out of respect for his childhood idol.
9. Super Bowl XXXII Denver Broncos 31 Green Bay Packers 24
37 year old John Elway's famous "Helicopter-Spin"
Before he became the general manager of the Broncos, John Elway was their franchise quarterback in the 1980s and 1990s who led Denver to three Super Bowl appearances before 1997, but lost all of them in a blowout. Going into his fourth, experts said it would be no different as the Green Bay Packers were two touchdown favorites to win.
This time however, Elway had help with them, as hall-of-fame talents such as Terrell Davis and Shannon Sharpe kept Denver in a back-and-forth game with the Packers. Davis Super Bowl MVP performance was also remarkable because he delt with sinuses throughout the game, and still scored three touchdowns including the game-winner.
At the age of 37 and in his 15th season, John Elway finally got his ring.
Denver also broke the NFC's steak of 13 consecutive Super Bowls won.
8. Super Bowl XXXVIII New England Patriots 32 Carolina Panthers 29
Before I resented the Patriots for always winning I would root for them because they faced whoever beat the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game. Even in the top ten, this Super Bowl is underrated because it had the same finish as the Patriots first Super Bowl win and it was against a small-market Panthers team with a quarterback who wasn't Cam Newton, but Jake Delhomme. Delhomme however, had probably the best Super Bowl performance by a losing quarterback and put the Panthers in position to go to overtime. That Panthers team however did have a young Steve Smith Sr. and Julius Peppers leading the charge, both who'll be in the Hall of Fame one day.
The Panthers would hang on with New England and had the game tied at 29 with a minute left, but the ensuing kick-off went out-of-bounds, making Tom Brady's game winning drive and Adam Vinatieri's winning kick all the more easier.
This Super Bowl also lives on in infamy for the Justin Timberlake-Janet Jackson halftime debacle.
7. Super Bowl XXXIV St. Louis Rams 23 Tennesee Titans 16 1999 Season
Before 1999 the Rams and the Titans were two vagabond franchises that would have been happy just to have a stadium to call home. All of the sudden, these two small market teams were playing each other in the Super Bowl. It was also driven by arguably the greatest human interest story in sports history where Rams quarterback Kurt Warner was a grocery-bagger who then played in the Arena and NFL Europe leagues and then became the Rams backup quarterback. A preseason injury to their starter Trent Green got Warner the starting job and he became the NFL MVP and guided St. Louis to the Super Bowl while leading one of the greatest offenses of all-time: The Greatest Show on Turf.
St. Louis jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the third quarter but Tennesee stayed in the game by keeping them out of the endzone most of the time. Quarterback Steve McNair, Eddie George, and Titans offense came back tie the game at 16 with just 2 minutes left.
On the very next play the Rams answered back with Warner throwing an epic 73 yard touchdown to Isaac Bruce.
McNair and the Titans took the ball and drove down the field in
an attempt to force overtime with a touchdown but they would be...
One Yard Short.
6.Super Bowl XIII Pittsburgh Steelers 35 Dallas Cowboys 31 1978 Season
Boxing had the Ali-Frazier trilogy, Basketball had the Celtics-Lakers in the NBA Finals, and the NFL had the Steelers and the Cowboys in the Super Bowl as the apex in the league's popularity.
Super Bowl XIII was the the first Super Bowl to have major hype surrounding the matchup as it would be the game that decided which team would be the Team of the 70s, as both teams had already won it twice before. The game would live up to the hype and create many iconic plays and moments, from Lynn Swan making another fantastic catch to the Cowboy's Jackie Smith dropping an easy touchdown while wide open. Pittsburgh seemed to have a comfortable 35-17, but Roger Staubach led the Cowboys to two late touchdowns to cut it to 35-31. However the Steelers recovered the ensuing onside kick and claim the crown.
5.Super Bowl XXVI - New England Patriots 20 St. Louis Rams 17 2001 Season
In the first Super Bowl after 9/11, Tom Brady and the Pats were not the big bad villains of the NFL, but the underdog America rallied for against "The Greatest Show on Turf". The Rams were heavy favorites with Hall-of-Famers Marshall Faulk and Orlando Pace and potential future hall of famers Kurt Warner, Issac Bruce, and Torry Holt. They were suppose to win that night and begin a dynasty. A dynasty was born that night, but it was the other team that did so.
The drive that began a legend, meanwhile John Madden wants to play for overtime
4. Super Bowl XXV New York Giants 20 Buffalo Bills 19 1990 Season
Super Bowl 25 between the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills had closest margin of victory in Super Bowl history, and not just because it was won by a single point. Giants head coach Bill Parcells and defensive coordinator Bill Belechicke crafted a masterful game plan by keeping the high-powered Bills offense off the field and in Parcells words "Shorten the Game". The time of possession was New York 42 and Buffalo 18. They also allowed Bills running back Thurman Thomas to run for 157 yards to trick the K-Gun passing offense into the relying mostly on the run-game.
By holding back the Buffalo offense, New York had a 20-19 lead with two minutes left. Jim Kelly and the Bills led a drive to put them in field goal range from 47 yards. Scott Norwood attempted the winning field goal which would be...
No Good. Wide Right.
The Bills would return to the next 3 Super Bowls but lose all of them.
3. Super Bowl XLII New York Giants 17 New England Patriots 14 2007 Season
The 2007 Patriots might just be the greatest team ever, but you wouldn't know that because their only loss that season was the one that mattered most. The entered Super Bowl 42 as heavy favorites against the New York Giants and had beaten them in the regular season finale that year. New York however, would use the experience of playing New England before to their advantage. The Giant defense played a master-piece against what was touted as the greatest offense ever, holding them to only 14 points. The Patriots however, still had a 14-10 lead with two minutes remaining and Giants quarterback Eli Manning drove the Giants down the field and made arguably the greatest play in Super Bowl history.
Yo Odell Imma let you finish...
But Tyree's Helmet catch was the greatest of all-time!
Tyree's helmet catch set up the game winning touchdown to Plaxico Burgess and stunned the Patriots.
2. Super Bowl XLIII Pittsburgh Steelers 27 Arizona Cardinals 23
Remember Kurt Warner from a couple other parts of this top 10? Well he resurfaced in 2008 and guided the Arizona Cardinals of all teams to their fist Super Bowl against the Pittsburgh Steelers thanks to one of the greatest playoff performances ever by Larry Fitzgerald that season. Watch these two clips below to see how this game made the Top 2.
Linebacker James Harrison intercepted and returned it 100 yards at the end of the half
Receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Santonio Holmes were both incredible in Super Bowl 43
1. Super Bowl XLIX New England Patriots 28 Seattle Seahawks 24 2014 Season
Even with trying to take recency bias off this list, this Super Bowl between the Patriots and Seahawks from two years ago was the best of all-time. From the wild and dramatic build-up, to the egomaniac characters, unlikely heros such asSeattle's Chris Matthews and New England's Malcom Butler, and the most shocking and puzzling finish to a Super Bowl ever, and you got the best Super Bowl of all-time. Tom Brady's ten year chase for his fourth ring ended beautifully as he managed to overcome two bad interceptions and a ten point 4th quarter deficit by throwing four touchdowns including the go ahead score to Julian Edelman with 2 minutes left in the game. The Patriots defense meanwhile had a chance to exercise the demons that had occurred in the same building in the Super Bowl seven years prior: Eli Manning and the Giants spoiling their 4th Lombardi trophy and perfect 19-0 record by pulling off the luckiest catch in NFL History to David Tyree. And for a minute, it seemed like history was going to repeat itself: Wilson, like Eli, closed his eyes and threw a deep ball that led to another miracle catch, this time by Jermaine Kearse. The corner covering him, Malcom Butler, leaped and tipped the ball, only to have it bounce on the body of Kearse 3 times and finally he grabbed the ball in mid-air. It seemed like history was about to repeat itself, until a twist ending occurred just two plays later...
Malcom Butler Interception reactions (NSFW)
And that was the ending of the best Super Bowl of all-time. So where will Super Bowl 51 rank on this list? We will find out on Sunday, February 5th.