Last Updated March 28, 2023.
Super Bowl Sunday is considered by some to be an unofficial national holiday, and many exhausted Americans wish the Monday following would become one. A vacation after an evening of intense cheering and overeating would be wonderful for everyone. In fact, this grand finale of the season is considered the second largest day for U.S. food consumption after Thanksgiving. But, there’s no guilty eating when it’s shared in company. In 2015, Super Bowl XLIX became the most watched televised event in history with an average audience of 114.4 million. It was the fifth time in six years that Super Bowl viewing set a record. Let’s see if this year’s Super Bowl 50, a golden anniversary year, takes the lead again.
Want to impress your friends and family with your football knowledge at this year’s Super Bowl party? Review some facts from previous big games so you can sound like a Super Bowl scholar. Before putting on your team’s colors and enjoying the game, learn about the 10 best Super Bowls of all time.
- Super Bowl XLII (2008): New York Giants 17, New England Patriots 14
The Patriots went into this game undefeated for the season and a favorite to win. If they won, they would have been the first team ever to achieve a 19-0 record. In one great play, Giants’ quarterback, Eli Manning escaped intense pressure in the pocket to complete a pass to David Tyree. Watch this video to see his amazing “helmet catch,” considered the best completion of all time.
- Super Bowl III (1969): New York Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7
This game was one of the greatest underdog victories in football history. Nicknamed “Broadway Joe” for his glamorous fur coats and star appeal, Joe Namath, the Jets’ quarterback, boldly predicted his team would win over the highly favored Colts. It was the first time an AFL team won, which legitimized the merger with the NFL.
- Super Bowl XIII (1979): Pittsburgh Steelers 35, Dallas Cowboys 31
Pittsburg Steelers’ quarterback and MVP for the game, Terry Bradshaw had an amazing game with 318 passing yards and four touchdown passes. The Cowboys just couldn’t keep up. Watch this sad play as Dallas receiver, Jackie Smith, who was wide open in the end-zone, drops a perfect pass.
- Super Bowl XXV (1991): New York Giants 20, Buffalo Bills 19
The Buffalo Bills were favored in the game because of Jim Kelly’s high-powered offense. In the last second, Scott Norwood missed a 47-yard field goal attempt. This was the first of four straight Super Bowl appearances for the Bills. They never came close to winning one again. View the missed field goal of the only title game that has been decided by one point.
- Super Bowl XLIX (2015): New England Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24
The New England Patriots won because Seattle’s Head Coach, Peter Carroll, opted to throw a pass on the one yard line instead of running the ball. The pass was intercepted by Malcolm Butler and the Patriots won the game. Even the announcers heard on this video can’t believe the call.
- Super Bowl XXXVIII (2004): New England Patriots 32, Carolina Panthers 29
This game had a thrilling back and forth final quarter. Adam Vinatieri, the kicker for New England, made a 41-yard field goal with just four seconds left in the game to give the Patriots their second NFL championship in three seasons.
- Super Bowl XXXIV (2000): St. Louis Rams 23, Tennessee Titans 16
For the Tennessee Titans, this game was a painful loss. With just six seconds left, the Titans’ quarterback, Steve McNair drove them within a couple of yards of victory, but Mike Jones, a Rams defender, made a very crucial tackle that cost the Titans the Super Bowl.
- Super Bowl XXII (1989): San Francisco 49ers 20, Cincinnati Bengals 16
Seven years after the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in the Super Bowl, they met again. It was another close match, but Joe Montana, the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, had a game winning drive. With a little over three minutes left on the clock, he marched his team 92 yards and scored the winning touchdown.
- Super Bowl XLIII (2009): Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Arizona Cardinals 23
With less than a minute left in the game, Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger led a game winning drive with a great touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone to Santonio Holmes.
- Super Bowl XXXVI (2002): New England Patriots 20, St. Louis Rams 17
Nicknamed “The Greatest Show on Turf,” the St. Louis Rams had trouble getting their offense moving for most of the game. In the fourth quarter, they had two strong drives to tie the game at 17. Then, first year starter and quarterback for the New England Patriots, Tom Brady, led his team down the field for 53 yards and Adam Vinatieri, the kicker, made the game winning field goal.
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