Our favourite Super Bowl moments has been a topic of discussion at Ninety-Nine Yards Towers of late. Hardly surprising as we are fast approaching Super Bowl 55 between the defending Champion Chiefs and one time winners Buccaneers.
We have been preparing for the big game by looking back at the teams to win it back to back. As well as the last time the Champion Quarterbacks squared off, and the top 10 Super Bowl passer rated performances.
Couple with that are our decade anniversary reviews of this years’ big game. Going back ten years and so on.
Put all of that together and it is inevitbale that some nostalgia would creep in. And that is how it has proved. As some of us have got misty eyed and looked back at our favourite Super Bowl moments.
Now that list could be long. So we decided to limit it to a top three memories or less where we could. So what did our writers come up with as their top three Super Bowl moments? And, do you agree or would you pick a different three entirely?
Percy Harvin and the rest
Duncan Terry – Team Supported : Seattle Seahawks.
3. Has to be the helmet catch by David Tyree in Super Bowl 42. It was my first superbowl as a fan, the Giants had also played at Wembley that season in a mudbath. I was hooked from then.
2. The Saints onside kick to start the second half of Super Bowl 44 against the Colts. Knowing that they faced a tough job against a Peyton Manning offense. They didnt want to end up too behind so made this ballsy call.
1. The moment that Percy Harvin returned the second half kick off for a touchdown vs the Broncos, that was the moment I knew my Seahawks had really won Super Bowl 48.
Special Super Bowl Moment mention – The Manningham catch (Super Bowl 46) and James Harrison’s 100 yard pick six in Super Bowl 43.
Jacoby Jones is a highlight
Adam Barton – Team Supported: Baltimore Ravens
3. For me, the best Super Bowl moments are those that shock you. None come to mind more than Super Bowl XLIV. Despite going into the game with a 13-3 record, the Saints were sure they needed to gain a possession to beat Peyton Manning’s Colts to win. And Sean Payton had a plan to do so. Ambush was created: an onside kick to start the second half – the first time an onside kick had been used prior to the fourth quarter in the Super Bowl.
After scoring six points prior to The Who’s performance, the Saints won the battle on the floor for the ball from Thomas Morstead’s kick, with Jonathan Casillas credited with Chris Reis’ dirty work. New Orleans went on to outscore the Colts 25-7 in the second half to win their first Lombardi.
2. Super Bowl LII can be defined by two plays. With two high scoring offences, both teams knew they had to take advantage of every possession. The Patriots gambled first, with a pass to Tom Brady on third down but it slipped agonisingly off his fingertips before the Pats failed on fourth down.
Then later in the first half, the Eagles went for it on 4th and Goal from the 1. The direct snap went to Corey Clement who pitched it to Trey Burton. Amongst the trickery, QB Nick Foles had slipped out in the flat to the right to catch a memorable TD and go up 22-12 going into halftime. The Philly Special was born.
Nick Foles was the Super Bowl MVP after throwing for 373 yards and three TDs, but it is his 1-yard reception that will be forever remembered.
1. While Anquan Boldin was robbed of the Super Bowl XLVII, it is two plays by Jacoby Jones that make my final selection easy. Having already caught the ‘Mile High Miracle’ 70-yard TD from Joe Flacco to take the Broncos to overtime just as the Ravens looked down and out in the divisional round, Jones had a couple more shocks in store down in NOLA.
Jones proved difficult to keep up with. Jacoby got open deep in the final two minutes of the half. But Joe Flacco’s pass was slightly underthrown, and the receiver went to the ground to make the reception. The two trailing defenders jumped over Jones, allowing him to get up. That was a criminal mistake. He went right and spun past the first defender before taking off to the left and beating Chris Culliver the corner to score a 56-yard TD.
While that play is a favourite of mine, it would be remiss of me not to mention Jacoby Jones’ 108-yard kick-off return to start the second half – the longest play in Super Bowl history.
The Patriots make a comeback and more
Dale Jones – Team Supported: Minnesota Vikings
3. Super Bowl XLIV – The Onside Kick
The 2009 Super Bowl was the first one I can recall watching live, as this was the season that I truly started getting into the NFL. With the Saints trailing the Colts 6-10 at half time, they started the second half with an onside kick that they went on to recover. They capped the drive off with a touchdown to take the lead, and then ultimately went on to win the super bowl. Bounty Gate scandal or not, what an incredibly gutsy call and Super Bowl moment this was.
2. Super Bowl XLIX – The Interception
26 seconds to go, Seahawks down by 4 points against the Patriots at the 1 yard line on 2nd & Goal. Marshawn Lynch in the backfield, and seemingly everyone knows what is to come next. The ball is snapped, and instead Russell Wilson steps back to throw, and is intercepted by rookie corner Malcom Butler. In an instant the expected result flipped. Game over, Patriots win. An absolutely incredible moment. Was it the greatest interception of all time, a terrible play call or perhaps both?
1. Super Bowl LI – The Comeback.
The Patriots dynasty, and the team we were all secretly jealous of, down 28-3 to the Falcons in the Super Bowl. In a bar seemingly full of Patriots fans, I was unashamedly enjoying it all….and then of course, as we all know….came that comeback. The greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, and the moment we all realised (if we hadn’t by then already) that you can never count Tom Brady out.
Bruce Springsteen does a Halftime Show
Owain Jones – Team Supported: Atlanta Falcons
Not all of our outstanding memories come from within the game. For some the razzle dazzle around a Super Bowl is just distraction. For others it can lead to an abiding memory.
Tampa Bay. February 1st, 2009. Super Bowl XLIII. Pittsburgh defeated Arizona in one of the most exciting Super Bowls of all time. A game full of epic plays out done by the greatest halftime show in Super Bowl history. Enter The Boss.
We were about to witness one of the greatest halftime shows in NFL history. After holding out for years the NFL finally gave in to Springsteen’s demands. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band wanted it to seem like a real concert, with the volume all the way up and fans up close, which the NFL had resisted until this moment.
“Ladies and Gentleman for the next 12 minutes we are going to bring you the righteous and almighty power of the E Street Band into your beautiful home”
And he certainly did. Brucey gave a performance for the ages with knee slides and lyric changes to match the occasion. No lip sync, no costumes, no fanciness or ridiculousness. Just Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at their finest.
Anyone who hasn’t seen it or even if you have; Go back and watch it. You will see how real Super Bowl halftime shows are done.
Special teams dominate these Super Bowl Moments
Chris Lawton – Team Supported: Miami Dolphins
It is so hard to pick a top three Super Bowl moments. Like Duncan I’d give special mention to James Harrison’s pick six. And, as someone who avowedly loves special teams play I don’t think I’ve seen a kick return TD that I haven’t enjoyed. But three Super Bowl moments was the target – so here goes.
3. Wide Right. Super Bowl 25 was a remarkable game. To this day I remain convinced that instead of talking about Bill Belichick’s amazing defensive scheme, had Scott Norwood sent the ball a few inches left we would be looking back and talking about the amazing point a minute Bills team. As ever the result dictates the narrative.
Buffalo were a great, dominant AFC team at this time. But this miss seemed to traumatize them on the biggest stage and the fan base would be tortured by 4 consecutive Super Bowl defeats – started here.
2. The onside kick. The momentum shift created on the biggest stage, by special teams, was palpable. Bounty Gate would follow but there were few outside of Indianapolis that weren’t happy to see New Orleans pick up their first NFL title as the city continued to recover from 2005’s Hurricane Katrina devastation.
1. Vinatieri nails it. It is hard to state how big a shock the Patriots run to and wiining of Super Bowl 36 really was at the time. The 14-2 Rams were defending NFL champions. The Patriots had started 0-2 but backup QB Tom Brady had made a name for himself going 11-3 and getting the team here. Very few people were picking them to win though.
The Rams led the league in total offence (6,930 yards), completions (379), passing yards (4,903), yards per pass attempt (8.90), passing touchdowns (37), rushing touchdowns (20) and yards per rush attempt (4.87) and QB Kurt Warner won his second MVP.
So it was shocking to see New England take a 17-3 lead. But when Warner hit Ricky Proehl for a 26-yard touchdown to tie the game at 17-17 with 90 seconds left it felt like the inevitable was happening. The commentary team expcted the Pats to play conservative and go for overtime. Instead they marched down the field and with seven seconds remaining Brady spiked the ball. That agressiveness went against the conventional wisdom of the time.
Out came Vinatieri. A 48 Yarder faced him. The Super Bowl moment. All the pressure of it – a chance to win all the marbles on one kick. Just like Norwood. Except he drilled it. And the Patriots won. It was shocking. Not how you played, not the result expected. And it launched a Dynasty that traumatised the rest of us AFC East fans for two decades. But to see a player face that pressure – and make the winning walk off kick? Incredible.
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