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The Greatest Super Bowl Plays of All Time


Football fans LOVE February… know why? It’s Super Bowl time! Every year the best two teams in the National Football League get to compete against each other for the Lombardi trophy, the ultimate show of football prowess. Each game is exciting in its own right, but there are some moments that make games even more emotional and amazing than others. Here are the best plays that have ever gone down in the history of Super Bowls:

1. Touchdown 49ers! (Super Bowl XXIII)

Joe Montana and John Taylor were both part of this most epic play to take place during Super Bowl XXIII… and the 49ers won!

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FOX Sports

With 3 minutes left in the game, the 49ers were down 3 points to the Bengals, but then Montana led his team on a 92-yard-drive to victory. The whole team was just happy that John Candy was there to root them on! It was also a great way for Montana to leave the game.

2. Malcolm Butler wins it all (Super Bowl XLIX)

Malcolm Butler’s INT was amazing and will go down in history as one of the greatest plays ever. The Patriots rookie cornerback won the game for them with 20 seconds to go!

New York Daily News

New York Daily News

In a rare play, Butler intercepted Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks during the big game, preserving a 28-24 win for the Patriots. Because of Butler, the Patriots will now be remembered as Super Bowl champs and one of the best teams in the league!

3. The Buffalo Bills (almost) get it (Super Bowl XXV)

Sometimes a game can come down to just a few points, and that’s exactly what happened in this game… but in a rather most unfortunate manner for the Bills.

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Lewbayga

Buffalo Bills kicker Scott Norwood’s tried, and missed, a 47-yard field goal attempt. With only 4 seconds left, the Giants barely hung on to the win with only a 1-point lead. The Buffalo Bills lost and lost again the next 3 times they made it to the Super Bowl.

4. Giants pray a Hail Mary (Super Bowl XLII)

The Giants are now a powerful team, and this pass certainly led to them being so! It was the 4th quarter when Eli Manning threw a Hail Mary pass that won them the game.

FOX Sports

FOX Sports

The Patriots were closing in on the Giants when out of nowhere, Eli Manning fired a Hail Mary into his opponent’s territory and David Tyree miraculously leapt and caught it. Nobody thought that he would be able to do it, but he did! Or, at least, his helmet did…

5. Adam Vinatieri’s kick (Super Bowl XXXVI)

Adam Vinatieri has been called the “man with the golden foot,” and with good reason! He’s one of the best field goal kickers of all time.

FOX Sports

FOX Sports

During the 2001 Super Bowl game, the kicker sent the ball flying 48 yards to lead the Patriots to a victory over the Rams. It was a close call: the game ended at 20-17! Vinatieri would pull a similar feat 2 years later in a win over the Carolina Panthers.

6. Rams block the Titans (Super Bowl XXXIV)

This was probably one of the most nail biting plays of all time! The Rams were winning 23-16 against the Titans, meaning that all they needed to tie was a touchdown.

FOX Sports

FOX Sports

There were only seconds left on the clock in the 4th quarter when Kevin Dyson is running towards the end zone, just a few yards away from tying the game. But, Mike Jones went for it and managed to stop the receiver… just one yard short of the goal line!

7. Roethlisberger-Holmes TD (Super Bowl XLIII)

Ben Roethlisberger is no doubt a great quarterback, but this particular play was one of the best that he’s ever done, and it led the Pittsburgh Steelers to a great win!

FOX Sports

FOX Sports

It was amazing how Roethlisberger managed to throw the ball straight to the corner of the end zone past all of the Cardinals and straight into Santonio Holmes’ hands. With only 35 seconds left on the clock, it was a beautiful execution that won the Steelers their 6th Super Bowl victory!

8. Mark Ingram’s conversion (Super Bowl XXV)

At the time of this Super Bowl, the Buffalo Bills were at the very top of the league, so nobody really expected the New York Giants to win, but they sure did!

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FOX Sports

At the time, the Giants played out a record 9-minute, 29-second drive led by Mark Ingram. The critical conversion 3rd-and-13 broke 5 different tackles and marked out a slow 14-yard gain in what led to a touchdown! Go New York!

9. Terry Bradshaw gets it, gets out (Super Bowl X)

Terry Bradshaw is one of the best quarterbacks of all time, so it’s no surprise that he would’ve won a couple of Super Bowls for the Steelers back in the day!

Complex

Complex

In Super Bowl X, Terry Bradshaw made one of the most decisive 64-yard touchdown passes to Lynn Swann during the 4th quarter of the game. Right after throwing the pass, Bradshaw’s chin met Cowboys’ Larry Cole’s helmet and he was knocked out, but Pittsburgh still won the game!

10. The Saints win! (Super Bowl XLIV)

Nobody thought the Saints would win the big game, let alone against the Indianapolis Colts, which at the time were manned by Peyton Manning!

FOX Sports

FOX Sports

Miraculously though, during the 4th quarter, the Saints took the lead with only 5 minutes remaining in the game. Everyone kept praying for Manning to come through, but Saints cornerback Tracy Porter took the ball and ran a whopping 74 yards to win the Super Bowl!

11. Riggins TD (Super Bowl XVII)

This season, the Washington Redskins were dominating the whole league. They had only lost one game all season, even if it was shorter than normal.

FOX Sports

FOX Sports

However, when it came to the Super Bowl, the Redskins were trailing to the Miami Dolphins in a 17-13 4th quarter game. They only had so much time, so they decided to go for it: running-back John Riggins took the ball and ran down the field, breaking a tackle attempt and scoring the game winning touchdown!

12. Doug Williams’ 4 TDs (Super Bowl XXII)

The iconic Redskins quarterback Doug Williams had taken a hit during the 1st quarter of the Super Bowl, but this didn’t stop him from re-entering the game later.

NFL

NFL

The Redskins were trailing to the Denver Broncos, but it didn’t take long before Williams entered the game and quickly caught his team up. He quickly scored 4 touchdown passes and went on to become MVP for the game. He was also the first black quarterback to win a Super Bowl!

13. Mario Manningham catches it! (Super Bowl XLVI)

The Patriots were trying really hard to win, but this just wasn’t their game! They unfortunately had both Manning and Manningham to compete against.

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Gunaxin Sports

Manning threw the ball a rapid 38 yards to make a completion to Mario Manningham. There were only 3:39 left on the 4th quarter when this game-winning drive was made! Go Giants!

14. Marcus Allen’s cutback (Super Bowl XVIII)

The Washington Redskins were definitely the favorite team come Super Bowl XVIII, but that didn’t mean that they would take the win!

FOX Sports

FOX Sports

This years Super Bowl MVP was Marcus Allen, and there’s no reason why. He stole the field throughout the entire game with his amazing 191-yard rushes. During the 3rd quarter, he made the best cutback run in NFL history and ran the ball an amazing 74 yards to a touchdown victory!

15. Jackie Smith’s TD pass (Super Bowl XIII)

Jackie Smith made the NFL Hall of Fame later on in his career, but this Super Bowl was definitely not the reason why he got in!

Reddit

Reddit

The Cowboys should have won this Super Bowl and with some good points, but unfortunately, Jackie Smith dropped the ball. Quarterback Roger Staubach threw a surefire ball to Smith that would have knotted the game, but it didn’t land. He was promptly called “the sickest man in America.”

16. Refrigerator Perry touchdown (Super Bowl XX)

This Super Bowl didn’t win the game or make too much of an effect on the game in the end, but it’s gone down in history as one of the most amazing touchdowns of all time.

FOX Sports

FOX Sports

William “Refrigerator” Perry was a huge guy – a 340 pound lineman – so when he was put on the offense during a game against the Patriots, he made sure to make a mark in the name of the Bears. His plunge into the endzone was tremendous – go see it for yourself!

17. John Elway’s spin (Super Bowl XXXII)

This play was one of the most signature moments for John Elway, even if it wasn’t the most exciting or fun time for him!

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Heavy.com

The Broncos quarterback was desperately trying to win his first Super Bowl and was going for a run with the ball when he got hit by the Packers defense and went flying. It got Denver a first-and-goal, though, which gave Terrell Davis the opportunity to set up a touchdown run for the win!

18. Lynn Swann’s 64-yard grab (Super Bowl X)

The Steelers have won many a Super Bowl in their lifetime, and Lynn Swann is one of the reasons that they have so many rings to their name!

FOX Sports

FOX Sports

In this game against the Cowboys, the Steelers’ Lynn Swann moved the ball a total of 161 yards, including one amazing 64-yard grab during the 4th quarter of the game. He became the Super Bowl’s MVP and is now an NFL legend!

19. The Bengals are a yard away (Super Bowl XVI)

This was probably one of the most painful moments of the Bengals’ history, but it was a very noble attempt from them… even if they never made it to the end zone.

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Getty Images

During the 3rd quarter of the Super Bowl, the 49ers managed to keep turning the Bengals away from the end zone… every single time when they were only 1 yard away. Ouch! The 49ers won the game with 26-21 for their very first Super Bowl win!

20. The Steelers score for the Cowboys (Super Bowl XXX)

This pass made by the Steelers quarterback Neil O’Donnell will go down in history as one of the most heartbreaking moments in all of the Steelers history with the NFL.

Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys

The game was close… it could’ve gone to anybody, but it ended up going to the Dallas Cowboys for this one. Steelers quarterback O’Donnell threw the ball… and Dallas cornerback Larry Brown caught it, returning it for the game winning touchdown. That must sting!

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