The 5: Great Moments in Super Bowl History


So many moments of greatness in NFL history, and it should be no surprise that many of them happened during the Super Bowl.  Here is our list of 5 of the greatest.  Click on each one for the link to the video.

  • One Finger Pointed Toward the Sky, Super Bowl III. It is the iconic visual of Joe Namath leaving the field after his 17-point underdog New York Jets made good on his guarantee to beat the Baltimore Colts.  To the masses Namath’s guarantee was pure ego from a flashy playboy quarterback who hadn’t won anything.  The common thinking was that teams from Namath’s league, the AFL, were the jayvee to the varsity squads of the NFL.  But Namath’s guarantee wasn’t some audacious act of bravado. Broadway Joe had watched the film. He knew the Jets were faster and better than the Colts. For him, saying so was just being honest and making good on saying so changed the game.
  • Catch 42, Super Bowl XLII.  This is the single greatest play in Super Bowl history. Down 14-10 against the undefeated New England Patriots, Eli Manning and the New York Giants faced a 3rd and 5 with a little more than a minute to go in the game. The played should’ve ended up in a 4th and 10 for the G-Men, but Manning escaped from Patriot defenders who had handfuls of his jersey. He stepped backed and hurled the ball downfield to David Tyree, who fought off Patriots enforcer Rodney Harrison and made the 32-yard catch with the ball pinned to his helmet. Not a bad play for a special teams player who caught four passes that year and a quarterback whose leadership and toughness were publically questioned by his general manager and a former teammate during the season. Four plays later the Giants scored to win the game 17-14.
  • Montana’s Eye Candy, Super Bowl XXIII. Down three points with a little more than three minutes to go Joe Montana stood in the huddle with his team 92 yards from the end zone. What’s on the quarterback’s mind? “Isn’t that John Candy?” he asked one of his linemen after spotting the actor. That moment typifies Joe Cool – the man who won four Super Bowls and three Super Bowl MVPs. A few minutes after asking about Candy, Montana threw the game-winning touchdown pass to John Taylor… See, everything was under control, nothing to do here folks but chat, you know, talk about people at the game.
  • Graceful Swann, Super Bowl X. Grace and athleticism converged on the big stage in the form of Lynn Swann’s leaping, bobbling 53-yard catch against the Dallas Cowboys. What makes this even more special is that Swann could have missed the Super Bowl after he spent days in the hospital because he suffered a concussion in the AFC title game against the Raiders. The 53-yard catch came in 2nd quarter of Swann’s 4-catch, 161-yard, one-touchdown MVP performance.
  • Strolling Off the Field, Super Bowl XXXVI. Tom Brady was really just Drew Bledsoe’s backup at this point. He was a second-year, sixth round pick who no one expected to pull off a victory against two-time MVP Kurt Warner and “The Greatest Show on Turf” a.k.a. the St. Louis Rams. But with no timeouts, the ball on their own 17-yard-line and 81 seconds left, Brady and the Patriots went for the win rather than playing for overtime. The unknown, unheralded QB was cold blooded as he drove his team into field goal range. With seven seconds left, he spiked the ball and calmly strolled off the field, letting Adam Vinatieri finish the job in a 20-17 New England win.

 

47 comments
Robert Jay
Robert Jay

bob barka can come up with a better 5

Jerry Barca
Jerry Barca

I blame Charles Martin. Had McMahon not been thrown on his shoulder it is a much different story ... but then again Buddy Ryan's departure hurt that team, too.

standalone Pats Fan
standalone Pats Fan

Ok you started off WAY too NY-centric w Namath and the Giants but redeemed yourselves w Pats win vs the Rams. Go Pats. F Eli!

Parischarlie
Parischarlie

Super Bowl XXX, Cowboys vs Steelers, Quarterback Neil O'Donnell throws pathetic pass to other team to lose Super Bowl.

Parischarlie
Parischarlie

Quarterback Phil Simms became the first to utter that famous phrase, "I'M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD" after the New York Giants won Super Bowl XXI.

Jerry Barca
Jerry Barca

That's a good call on the cultural significance. Plus Simms completed 88% of passes - an unbelievable mark.

Parischarlie
Parischarlie

Pregame escapades reach a new low when Bears QB Jim McMahon moons a helicopter during practice before Super Bowl XX.

Jerry Barca
Jerry Barca

I'm always going to side with McMahon's outrageous behavior being good for the game.

shinemonkey
shinemonkey

hey blowhard....YOUR LIFE IS A FLASHBACK!

Ecupirate
Ecupirate

1986 Blow hard? That is too modern for you

ManOSteel
ManOSteel

JAMES HARRISON'S 100 YARD INTERCEPTION FOR TOUCHDOWN!

He was supposed to rush the QB on that play! Talk about instinct!

Clever Nick Name
Clever Nick Name

I'm not sure which super bowl it was but
It was when Fuck farted on shit and then
cunt shitted the fuck out of fart.

CamfromToronto
CamfromToronto

Rams-Titans, game-tying touchdown run tackled one yard short

Holly
Holly

Steelers v. Cardinals / Super Bole XLIII - Santonio Holmes makes the winning catch with his big toe in bounds with 35 seconds left

Mini Hicks
Mini Hicks

Who the Fuck is Jim Nash ??? Think u meant NANCE lol WAAAASSSUUUUP

Bronco D. Kat
Bronco D. Kat

Harrison's interception 2 end first half vs. Arizona was some kinda effort !! It also cashed a nice halftime box 4 me !!! WOO-HOO

Holly
Holly

Santonio Holmes' touchdown with his big toe with 35 seconds left was the icing on the cake!! Biggest nailbiter EVER!

ManOSteel
ManOSteel

If you judge super bowl teams by a quarterback, you're nothing more than a fucking FAGBOY who doesn't appreciate DEFENSE.

shinemonkey
shinemonkey

True Dat...more Defensive DOMINANT teams have won SB than offensive dominant teams

Mr. BRONCO
Mr. BRONCO

Steve Atwater Knockin' 3 guys out (including himself ) to essentially clinch the win 4 the Broncos over the Packers !!! What a Hit from a very underrated player !!!

Jerry Barca
Jerry Barca

Atwater was awesome. A Ronnie Lott like player in the days before Ed Reed and Polamalu took the safety position to a new level.

Mr. BRONCO
Mr. BRONCO

Absolutely !! If u were a receiver back in the 90's , you made Damn sure u knew were # 27 was at all times !! Because u knew he was bringin' the Full Load Everytime

Uncle Glenn
Uncle Glenn

Donovan McNabb throwing up like Willie Beamen in the 4th quarter.

ManOSteel
ManOSteel

FUCK ALL OF YOU!

Santonio Holmes' catch in an IMPOSSIBLE catch on a FIELD LONG DRIVE to WIN THE MOTHERFUCKER!

Holly
Holly

Best Steeler Super Bowl moment!

Skippy
Skippy

Number one should be the miller lite girls fighting in the fountain, just like fred and pepper fighting over lissing ronnies ass..... taste great.....less filling

MAX
MAX

Elway's Head first spin.

Mr. BRONCO
Mr. BRONCO

My Man !!!!

Bronco D. Kat
Bronco D. Kat

How bout Terrel Davis coming back onto the field( after telling Shannahan he couldn't see ) 2 be the decoy 4 an Elway keeper 4 a TD vs Packers !!! Fuckin' Fantastic team player HOF'er

Tom Cassino
Tom Cassino

my favorite superbowl moment was getting blown durring the last Giants/Pats superbowl..

Manning, Esq.
Manning, Esq.

Snubbed the Number One moment - In that one commercial where the fella's on the phone, and he's, like, "Wassuuuuuup!?" with his tongue hangin' out. Sheeeet. Classic.

john in va
john in va

WTF wheres the RIGGINS FAMOUS RUN CUM ON MAN! 43 yards against the dolphins that was 4TH AND 1 TOO THAT DIDNT MAKE THE DAM LIST ITS RIGGED I TELL YA DAMIT! THAT SHOULD BE NUMBER 1!
Final score SKINS 27 DOLPHINS 17

shinemonkey
shinemonkey

Marcus Allen - Superbowl XVIII 74 yard run

Jerry Barca
Jerry Barca

Both those plays are great. I really like the Marcus Allen run and him running for almost 200 yards in that game... My thing about the Riggins play, which was solid, is that the Skins beating that Dolphins team is no big thing. Miami was led by Woodstrock, that QB tandem of David Woodley and Don Strock.

FuchuBH
FuchuBH

How does that even make sense? I believe it was Don McNeal who Riggin knocked down to go 43yds... neither Woodley or Strock played defense. By your logic, Namath's win should be tainted because Earl Morrall was QB rather than Unitas.

john in va
john in va

yah did the allen run win the game though. have crs cant remember shit

shinemonkey
shinemonkey

Nope...That was Jack Squirek's pick 6 at the end of the first half that ended the game...but it was one hell of a run

Smoky Mountain Cabin
Smoky Mountain Cabin

The Greatest Moment is yet to come with Davey Mac attending this Super Bowl

ElectricDave
ElectricDave

All time best Super Bowl moment: Zito wearing a coat of hair from Pepper Hicks

A.J.
A.J.

Number one should have been Janet Jackson's nipple.