By Chris King, Editor-In-Chief —
In honor of Super Bowl 52, I will be listing the top five most memorable Super Bowls of my lifetime. From the Patriots being down 28-3 in Super Bowl 51 to Santonio Holmes’ clutch game-winning catch in Super Bowl 43, the following five Super Bowls are just a few of the most memorable games that I have watched in my lifetime, in no particular order.
Super Bowl 49
On Feb. 1, 2015, the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks battled for Super Bowl 49. After winning the Super Bowl the year prior, the Seahawks came into the game the favorites to repeat as champions. It was a back-and-forth affair in the first half as the game was tied 14-14 at halftime. In the second half, the Seahawks climbed out to a 10-point lead in the third quarter. But Tom Brady is Tom Brady and the Patriots rallied to take a 28-24 lead with about two minutes left in the game. This is when the magic happened. The Seahawks stormed down the field to the Patriots’ one yard line with 26 seconds remaining on the clock. Rather than trying to run the ball in, the Seahawks decided to throw a pass which resulted in an interception from undrafted free agent Malcom Butler. The call to throw the ball on the one yard line, instead of handing it off to Marshawn Lynch, went down as one of the most scrutinized play calls in NFL history.
Super Bowl 49 MVP: Tom Brady
Super Bowl 51
On Feb. 5, 2017, the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots faced off for Super Bowl 51. After trailing 28-3 in the third quarter, the Patriots and Tom Brady made history. The Patriots stormed back and scored 25 unanswered points to the game at 28-28 with 57 seconds left in regulation. The game ended up going into overtime and Tom Brady continued his historical legacy by driving 75 yards down the field to win Super Bowl 51 thanks to a two-yard touchdown run by James White. The Patriots won 34-28 in the first overtime game in Super Bowl history. The Patriots’ 25-point comeback was the largest comeback in Super Bowl history.
Super Bowl 51 MVP: Tom Brady
Super Bowl 42
On Feb. 3, 2008, the New York Giants battled the New England Patriots for Super Bowl 42. Coming into the game, the Patriots had a perfect 18-0 record and were the heavy favorites to beat the Giants. Down 14-10 with two minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Giants needed 83 yards to win Super Bowl 42. Eli Manning and company marched down the field with a few lucky plays, especially David Tyree’s one-handed “helmet catch,” and won the game with 32 seconds remaining thanks to a 13-yard touchdown reception from Plaxico Burress. Tyree’s “helmet catch” marked one of the most memorable catches in Super Bowl history. The win over the Patriots is regarded as one of the biggest upsets in professional sports history. The Giants were the first NFC Wild Card team to win a Super Bowl.
Super Bowl 42 MVP: Eli Manning
Super Bowl 43
On Feb. 1, 2009, the Pittsburgh Steelers faced off against the Arizona Cardinals for Super Bowl 43. The Steelers jumped out to a 17-7 lead at halftime thanks to James Harrison’s Super Bowl record 100-yard interception returned for a touchdown at the end of the first half. Trailing 20-7 at the end of the third quarter, the Cardinals scored 16 unanswered points to take the first lead of the game at 23-20 with just over two minutes remaining. The Steelers then marched 78 yards down the field to score on a 6-yard touchdown catch from Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds remaining. Holmes caught four passes for 73 yards on the game-winning drive. The Steelers became the first team to win six Super Bowls with the win over the Cardinals.
Super Bowl 43 MVP: Santonio Holmes
Super Bowl 34
On Jan. 30, 2000, the Tennessee Titans and the St. Louis Rams battled for Super Bowl 34. The Rams jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the third quarter but the Titans didn’t let that affect the game. The Titans stormed back to score 16 unanswered points to tie the game with just over two minutes remaining. On the following drive, Kurt Warner completed a 73-yard touchdown to Issac Bruce to regain the lead, 23-16. The Titans then drove down to the Ram’s 10-yard line with just six seconds remaining. On the final play of the game, Tennessee wide receiver Kevin Dyson was tackled one yard short of the goal line on a potential game-tying play, and the game ended with Dyson stretching the ball over the goal line after he was down. As an avid Titans fan, this play and game will forever leave an impact on my Super Bowl memories especially since the Titans have not returned to the Super Bowl since then.
Super Bowl 34 MVP: Kurt Warner