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.

 

52 Comments

  1. ElectricDave

    February 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm

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

  2. A.J.

    February 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Number one should have been Janet Jackson’s nipple.

  3. Flyingrobotmonkey

    February 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    No “wide right”, XXV Bills vs. Giants?

  4. Smoky Mountain Cabin

    February 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm

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

  5. john in va

    February 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    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

      February 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      Marcus Allen – Superbowl XVIII 74 yard run

      • john in va

        February 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm

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

      • shinemonkey

        February 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

        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

      • Jerry Barca

        February 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm

        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

        February 5, 2012 at 8:50 am

        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.

    • moo e loco

      February 4, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      fucking aye right

  6. Manning, Esq.

    February 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    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.

    • Anonymous

      February 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      That was good but what about when Brady just won the SB and Jim Nash was interviewing and jim said “Tom Brady, you just won the Super Bowl, wasssuuuuuuuuuup!?”

      • Mini Hicks

        February 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm

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

      • Anonymous

        February 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

        Yes, that fucking tool.

  7. Anonymous

    February 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    It’s a perfect list

  8. MAX

    February 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Elway’s Head first spin.

    • Mr. BRONCO

      February 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      My Man !!!!

      • Bronco D. Kat

        February 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm

        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

  9. Tom Cassino

    February 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm

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

    • Verbal Kint

      February 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Did he swallow?

  10. Skippy

    February 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    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

  11. ManOSteel

    February 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    FUCK ALL OF YOU!

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

    • Holly

      February 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      Best Steeler Super Bowl moment!

  12. Uncle Glenn

    February 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm

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

  13. ManOSteel

    February 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    SB 43. Nuff said.

  14. Mr. BRONCO

    February 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    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

      February 2, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      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

        February 3, 2012 at 10:53 am

        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

  15. Cletus from Brooklyn

    February 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    What’s a Super Bowl?

  16. ManOSteel

    February 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm

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

    • shinemonkey

      February 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm

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

  17. Bronco D. Kat

    February 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    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

      February 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm

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

  18. Omar Garcia

    February 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    #1 = SPYGATE!!!

  19. Holly

    February 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm

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

  20. CamfromToronto

    February 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm

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

    • Anonymous

      February 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      This not being on the list, must less not number one bugs the crap out of me. Really?

  21. Anonymous

    February 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Ultimate low-lite in Chicago: Bears only winning one Super Bowl in the mid 80’s. A colossal disappointment.

    • Punchy

      February 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      truth bomb!

    • Jerry Barca

      February 2, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      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.

  22. Clever Nick Name

    February 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    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.

  23. ManOSteel

    February 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    JAMES HARRISON’S 100 YARD INTERCEPTION FOR TOUCHDOWN!

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

  24. Ecupirate

    February 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    1986 Blow hard? That is too modern for you

  25. shinemonkey

    February 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    hey blowhard….YOUR LIFE IS A FLASHBACK!

  26. Parischarlie

    February 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm

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

    • Jerry Barca

      February 2, 2012 at 9:12 pm

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

  27. Parischarlie

    February 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    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

      February 2, 2012 at 8:45 pm

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

  28. Parischarlie

    February 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm

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

  29. standalone Pats Fan

    February 2, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    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!

  30. Robert Jay

    February 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    bob barka can come up with a better 5