The five best Super Bowl games of all time
It’s known as the greatest show on grass, but not all Super Bowls are created equal.
While the thrill of winning the championship is universal, some games are simply more memorable than others. Whether it’s because of a stunning play, a controversial call, or a legend putting time on his career, there are various reasons why certain Super Bowl games tend to stand out from others.
With 55 editions already in the books, there are plenty of great moments written into the history books. On the eve of Super Bowl 56 in Los Angeles, DAZN News looks back on the five best games of all time.
5. Super Bowl 13: Pittsburgh Steelers 35, Dallas Cowboys 31
A true clash of the titans, 1979’s Super Bowl 13 ran the gamut. The game started off as a close contest before turning into a Steelers rout, which spurred a furious 18-point Dallas comeback that ultimately fell through.
It was the first rematch in Super Bowl history, with Pittsburgh coming out on top again.
4. Super Bowl 23: San Francisco 49ers 20, Cincinnati Bengals 16
The most memorable games are usually the ones with dramatic endings, and there are few better than the 1989 ending.
Led by superstar quarterback Joe Montana, the 49ers rode an 11-game, 92-yard run to the end zone to snatch a comeback win and secure the Niners’ place as one of the greatest teams of all time.
It was also the last time the Bengals appeared in the Super Bowl, and they will be looking to be on the winning side when they finally return to the championship game on Sunday.
3. Super Bowl 25: New York Giants 20, Buffalo Bills 19
An incredibly close game came down to the final kick of the game, with Bills kicker Scott Norwood trying to win the Super Bowl for his team. Instead, Norwood’s effort drifted just past the uprights, cementing a one-point win for the underdog Giants.
If this piece doesn’t convince you that the early ’90s Bills were cursed, nothing will.
2. Super Bowl 42: New York Giants 17, New England Patriots 14
Tom Brady is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever step on the court largely because of his unparalleled success in Super Bowl games.
Things were shaping up well for Brady to add another chapter to his growing legend in 2008, when he led the Patriots to a perfect regular season and was only one Super Bowl victory away from finishing the best campaign. Of the history.
Instead, New York used an incredible defensive plan to limit Brady’s effectiveness, and one of the most incredible catches ever – the “Helmet Catch” – punctuated the massive upset.
1. Super Bowl 51: New England Patriots 34, Atlanta Falcons 28 (OT)
The game that became a meme, the 2017 title contest solidified the 2010s New England Patriots as a team of destiny.
Facing a huge deficit, Brady and the Pats staged arguably the greatest comeback of all time against a Falcons team that, pardon the pun, went up in the air. Atlanta took a 21-0 lead, later increasing the margin to 28-3 at 2:12 of the third quarter.
At that time, it seemed assured that the Falcons would be heading for their first championship, but the Pats of that era were just built differently. Led by Brady, wide receiver Julian Edelman and running back James White, the Patriots made a historic comeback, scoring 31 straight points to secure the team’s fifth Super Bowl victory.