It's the most-watched event of the year, every year — it's the Super Bowl. And over the years there have been many memorable Super Bowls, particularly of late. For much of its history, the Super Bowl was defined by blowout games but that trend definitely went the other way toward the close of the century, providing for some very memorable games. Here are 10 worth reliving.
The game is perhaps best remembered for John Elway's eight-yard touchdown run where two hits saw him land into the end zone "helicopter-style." The score gave the Broncos a 24-17 lead in the third quarter. The Packers came very close to sending the game into overtime, driving to the Bronco 35 yard-line before a fourth-down pass attempt from Brett Favre to Mark Chmura was broken up by John Mobley with 1:08 left. Running back Terrell Davis, who rushed for 157 yards and scored three touchdowns, was the game's MVP.
The Steelers opened the fourth quarter scoring two straight touchdowns, building a 35-17 lead and the Cowboys all but looking like they were done. Dallas didn't quit, however, as Roger Staubach led the Cowboys on an 89-yard eight-play scoring drive to bring them to within 35-24. After a successful onside kick, the Cowboys scored again to cut the score to 35-31. Their luck ran out, however, as the Steelers successfully recovered the next onside kick before running out the clock for victory. Quarterback Terry Bradshaw was named the MVP, finishing the game with four touchdown passes and 318 yards through the air.
If you like offense, you loved Super Bowl XXXVIII, where the Patriots and Panthers combined for 868 yards of total offense and a total of 61 points. After a scoreless third quarter the teams combined for 37 points in the fourth. The Panthers tied the game at 29 apiece following a 12-yard touchdown pass from Jake Delhomme to Ricky Proehl with just 1:08 remaining. On the ensuing kickoff, however, John Kasay kicked it out-of-bounds, giving the Patriots the ball on their own 40 yard-line. Tom Brady calmly guided his team into field goal range, where Adam Vinatieri connected on the game-winning kick from 41 yards out with just four seconds left on the clock. Brady earned MVP honors, completing 32 of his 48 pass attempts for 354 yards and three touchdowns.
Joe Montana's signature drive may have been his 92-yard effort at the end of game that gave the 49ers the victory. Down 16-13 with just less than 3:20 left in the game, Montana engineered an 11-play scoring drive that ended with John Taylor catching a 10-yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds remaining. Jerry Rice was named the game's MVP thanks to his 11 catches for 215 yards and a touchdown.
Larry Fitzgerald gave the Cardinals their first lead of the game at 23-20 after hauling in a 64-yard touchdown catch with just over two-and-a-half minutes remaining. Ben Roethlisberger then guided a 78-yard drive — capping it off with a six-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes in the corner of the end zone to put the Steelers up 27-23 with just 35 seconds on the clock. Holmes caught nine passes for 131yards and a touchdown in winning MVP honors.
With the high-powered Ram offense struggling to complete drives, Isaac Bruce was able to break free for a 73-yard touchdown pass with just under two minutes left, giving his team the late lead. The Titans weren't done, however, driving the ball 78 yards, reaching the Ram 10 yard line with just six seconds remaining. The final play will long be remembered as Steve McNair hit former Ute Kevin Dyson with a pass across the middle. Dyson came within inches of the end zone as time expired. Kurt Warner was named as the game's MVP, having completed 24 of 45 passes for 414 yards and two touchdowns.
This game is largely considered one of the biggest upsets in sports history. The Colts entered the game as 18-point favorites, and as the champions of the much more highly regarded NFL. The Jets were the champions of the AFL, considered a vastly inferior league. Regardless of the Jets being prohibitive underdogs, quarterback Joe Namath famously guaranteed a New York victory that came true. Namath was named as the game's MVP, completing 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards.
The game is best remembered for David Tyree's amazing leaping catch with 1:15 left in the game that helped set up Eli Manning's game-winning touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress from 13 yards out with just 35 seconds left on the clock. The touchdown pass capped off a 12-play 83-yard drive. Manning went 19-for-34 for 255 yards and two touchdown passes to earn himself MVP honors. It was the Patriots' first loss of the season.
The high-scoring Rams were 14-point favorites entering the game and although they outgained the Patriots 427 yards to 267, they came up short in the end. The Rams mounted a furious comeback late in the fourth quarter, scoring two straight touchdowns in the final seven minutes, their final score coming with just 1:30 left to tie the game at 17 apiece. But Adam Vinatieri calmly hit a 48-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Patriots their first Super Bowl win. Tom Brady was named as the game's MVP after completing 16 of 27 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown.
It was the first of the Bills' four straight Super Bowl losses and the one they had the best chance of winning. Scott Norwood missed on a 47-yard field goal attempt with eight seconds left that famously went "wide right." Giants running back Ottis Anderson was named as the MVP, rushing the ball 21 times for 102 yards and a touchdown.