Even though only two teams make it to the Super Bowl, the championship game seems to always find moments that make them forever memorable. When rooting for our own teams, a game can leave us on the edge of our seats, and here are some of the most special moments of them all.
5. Norwood, You Feeling All Right?
In Super Bowl XXV the New York Giants were leading the Buffalo Bills 20-19 with only 2:16 remaining in the game. Jim Kelly had to drive the Bills offense 60 yards to get kicker Scott Norwood into range. After a spectacular drive, Kelly lands the offense on the 29 yard line with eight seconds to go. Norwood sets up to take the kick, just short of his longest that year. The snap. The kick. The ball sails through the air … wide right of the goalposts, clinching the game for the Giants.
4. Open: The Fridge
Super Bowl XX wasn’t quite as close as the previous example with the Chicago Bears dominating the New England Patriots 46-10. Yet one score literally stood above the rest. Rather than having Walter Payton run in the score, William “Refrigerator” Perry rumbled the ball into the end zone for the Bears. The massive defensive tackle/fullback pushed his way into one of the most memorable touchdowns that had no effect on a game ever.
3. The Man, The Legend, The … Trophy?
After a 33-14 win over the Oakland Raiders, the Green Bay Packers hoisted the original Lombardi, Vince, after winning Super Bowl II, Lombardi’s final game as the Packers’ head coach. Touching and fantastic, no Lombardi trophy has been nearly as special.
2. Adam the Sure
Adam Vinatieri’s 48 yard, game-winning kick was the beginning of an era. Not only was it deadly accurate, but Vinatieri’s kick led to the Brady dynasty. This was Brady’s first Super Bowl win, and he can thank Vinatieri for earning it in the most spectacular, nail-biter of a fashion.
1. And One
The most exciting Super Bowl moment can be described as nothing other than heart stopping. In Super Bowl XXXIV, the St. Louis Rams were just a stopped drive away from winning against the Tennessee Titans. The score was 23-16, and a touchdown would send the game into overtime. The Titans’ quarterback, Steve McNair, drives all the way to the St. Louis 10 yard line with six seconds left. McNair throws the ball. Receiver Kevin Dyson snatches it out of the air at the three, turns and … is swiftly tackled by Mike Jones. Jones’ game saving tackle stopped the ball at the one yard line as time expired.
Source: “Super Bowl History,” NFL.com.