Super Bowl History's Greatest Moments

Read about the Super Bowl's greatest moments, relive the historic plays and players from American football's penultimate championship game.

Here is a collection of some of the greatest moments from Super Bowls throughout football history.

Super Bowl III: The Jets quarterback Joe Namath, three days before Super Bowl III states, "We're going to win Sunday. I guarantee it." Even though they were 18-point underdogs to the Colts, the Jets won.

Super Bowl X: late in the second quarter, Pittsburgh had the ball on the Dallas 10-yard line. Lynn Swann went deep, covered like a cheap suit by Cowboys corner Mark Washington. Terry Bradshaw threw the ball up, and Swannie leapt high over Washington, bobbled the ball, and held on for a 53-yard gain. It was probably the most spectacular catch in Super Bowl history.

Super Bowl XI: Willie Brown makes the longest interception return in Super Bowl history (75 yards) to wrap up the Raiders' 32-14 win over the Vikings.

Super Bowl XIII: Jackie Smith, Dallas' 38-year-old backup tight end was wide open in the end zone, but dropped an easy-to-catch TD pass. Dallas settled for a field goal, but ends up losing the game by four points.

Super Bowl XVI: the Bengals had the ball on the 3-yard line of the 49ers. Led by Dan Bunz, the 49ers manage a tremendous goal-line stand, shutting down the Bengals four times. The 49ers went on to win 26-21, making the goal-line stand the deciding factor in the game.



Super Bowl XXIII: The 49ers trail the Bengals 16-13. They had the ball at their own 8 with 3:10 left in the game. Quarterback Joe Montana marched them down to the Cincinnati 10. With 39 seconds left, they ran a pass play, but the primary receiver, halfback Roger Craig, was double-covered. Montana threw the ball to wide receiver John Taylor, who had broken loose in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. The 49ers won, 20-16 with the latest game-winning TD in Super Bowl history.

Super Bowl XXV: The Giants were ahead 20-19, with 2:16 left in the game. The Bills had the ball on their own 10 yard line. They drove down to the 29 yard line with eight seconds left. This meant a 47-yard kick attempt; their kicker, Scott Norwood's longest that year had been 48 yards. Norwood kicked it with plenty of distance, but missed wide to the right, and they lost the game.

Super Bowl XXXII: The Packers allowed the Broncos' Terrell Davis to score an uncontested 1-yard touchdown with 1:45 on the clock. Their strategy was to leave more time on the clock to try and score, and they figured that Denver would score in that situation anyway. Contrary to their plan, Denver held on for the win.

Super Bowl XXXIV: The Rams lead Tennessee 23-16. Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair had driven the team downfield to the 10-yard line with six seconds left, time for one more play. McNair threw to wide receiver Kevin Dyson, who caught the ball on the 3. He started for the end zone, took a step, and was hit by Rams linebacker Mike Jones at the 2. Dyson tried to break the tackle, tried to stretch his arm over the goal line with the ball, but came up short on both counts.

Super Bowl XXXV: Back-to-back kickoff returns occurred when Ron Dixon's 97-yard kickoff return was immediately followed by the Ravens' Jermaine Lewis' 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Super Bowl XXXVI: The Patriots and Rams were tied at 17-17. Quarterback Tom Brady drove the Patriots downfield to set up for a 48-yard kick attempt. Kicker Adam Vinatieri split the uprights, giving the underdog Patriots their first Super Bowl title.

On the Lighter Side

Super Bowl I: (according to the Orlando Sentinel) - in the first Super Bowl, NBC TV missed televising the second-half kickoff because of an interview with Bob Hope that was going on at the time. The referee ordered a rekick. CBS sideline reporter Pat Summerall was asked to walk over and tell Packers' coach Vince Lombardi what had happened. Having played for Lombardi previously, Summerall refused to go near the coach under such circumstances.

Super Bowl VII: Coach Don Shula has his watch stolen off his wrist while being carried off the field by his players in celebration. The coach climbed off his player's shoulders, chased down the thief, retrieved his watch, and returned to the celebration.

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