5 of the best Tremendous Bowls of all time
The Super Bowl, the jewel in the crown of America’s rich sports culture, is on the horizon. Super Bowl LV takes place next month at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
With a domestic audience of over 100 million last year and a growing global audience, the Super Bowl is also one of the most-attended events of the year – the US domestic market alone is valued at nearly $ 7 billion. (Click here for the latest odds and the latest NFL money line).
While the two teams that will play the 55th championship game have not yet been decided, one thing is certain: few annual sporting events can overshadow the NFL’s flagship.
To whet the appetite ahead of Super Bowl LV next month, we’ve selected five classic Super Bowl encounters.
5. XXIII (1988) Cincinnati Bengals 16, San Francisco 49ers 20
The Super Bowl XXIII is considered one of the classics of all time and provided iconic moments for coaches and players when the 49ers beat the Bengals in Miami.
Head coach Bill Walsh would announce his resignation in the locker room immediately after leading the 49ers to their third championship under his leadership, before his successor George Seifert would lead the team to defend their title a year later.
Star Quarterfinals Joe Montana showed a timeless effort to help his team win, but it was great recipient Jerry Rice who would win the MVP award after scoring the touchdown and setting a Super Bowl record to order To achieve 11 passes for 215 yards.
Quarterfinals Tom Brady inspired the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl in 2014. Photo credit: Debby Wong / Bigstock.com
4. XLIX (2014) New England Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24
Pete Carroll’s Seahawks, who drew between 14 and 14 at halftime, built a 10-point lead by the end of the third quarter and looked good to take on Belichick’s Patriots.
However, a Tom Brady-inspired patriot rallied to bring a four point lead into the dying phase, with the Seahawks finishing strong. With 26 seconds to go, Seattle had the Patriots back on their own 1-yard line and seemed poised to take the win, just for star quarterfinal Russell Wilson, who saw his pass intercepted by rookie Malcolm Butler, whose Career it will be forever defined by this championship-winning intervention.
3. XXV (1990) Buffalo Bills 19, New York Giants 20
Both teams had set a 13-3 record in the regular season, but the Bills went into the Super Bowl as seven-point favorites.
Considered perhaps the closest Super Bowl of all time, Bill Parcells’ Giants scored one point win over the Bills in one dramatic game to the last when Scott Norwood’s 47-yard field goal attempt sailed far to the right in the final seconds .
The defeat set an undesirable record for the Bills, who would hit and lose the next three Super Bowls in a row – an accomplishment unparalleled in history.
Eli Manning’s MVP display in the quarterfinals helped the New York Giants achieve Super Bowl success in 2007. Photo credit: Debby Wong / Bigstock.com
2. XLII (2007) New York Giants 17, New England Patriots 14
Known as perhaps the biggest surprise in the history of the Super Bowl, the underdog Giants secured an incredible win against the highly respected Patriots, who were just one win away from remaining undefeated for the entire season through 1972 – an achievement unparalleled before Miami Dolphins had been reached.
While the Patriots lost 16-0 in the regular season, the Giants stuttered into the play-offs with a comparatively 10-6 record, but with a breathtaking tactical effort based on an incredible defensive performance and Eli’s MVP display Manning built up In the final minutes of the game, the Giants won the championship with a drive of 83 meters.
1. LI (2016) New England Patriots 34, Atlanta Falcons 28 (OT)
Even in a sport with so many opposing opinions, you will find very few fans arguing against Super Bowl LI being the greatest final ever.
The Patriots lost 28-3 in the third quarter, and it seemed unthinkable that star quarterfinals Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick would secure their fifth Super Bowl title, but they did just that in a dramatic and epic comeback win.
As the first Super Bowl ever to go into overtime, the Patriots, led by Brady, who then hit a record of 466 meters at the time, scored 31 unanswered points to score a notable victory.