I have watched many SuperBowls and have found that everyone has their opinion as to which game was the best.
Some folks like a good offensive shoot-out.
There are those who enjoy a defensive battle.
For some fans, it is all about the heart stopping finish.
Believe it or not a good old blow-out is preferred by the occasional fan.
What ever your preference, there is likely one or two games that stand out to you as the best game(s) in Superbowl History.
Here are our Top 7 SuperBowl Games of All-Time.
1. Chicago Bears vs. New England Patriots Super Bowl XX
January 26th 1986
Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Chicago 46 – New England 10
MVP: Richard Dent, DE, Chicago Bears
This game was the first Super Bowl won by the “Monsters of the Midway”. The Bears scored a record 46 points. This stellar offense was led by QB Jim McMahon and RB Walter Payton. The defense featuring DE Richard Dent and William “The Refrigerator” Perry held the Patriots to 7 rushing yards, a record-low, and notched a record-high 7 sacks. Dent recorded 1.5 quarterback sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and a blocked pass.
But this Bears team’s legacy lies in their recording of the best song ever by a professional sports outfit. Yes, the “Super Bowl Shuffle”.
2. Kansas City Chiefs vs. Green Bay Packers Super Bowl I
January 15th 1967
Memorial Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Green Bay 35 – Kansas City 10
MVP: Bart Starr, Quarterback, Green Bay Packers
This game was the first ever NFL championship game, or Super Bowl. The NFL and AFL joined to form one league with two conferences whose winners played each other in the National Football championship game. Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers easily defeated the upstart Kansas City Chiefs coached by Lamar Hunt. Quarterback Bart Starr completed 16 of 23 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns in his Super Bowl MVP campaign.
The legacy of these legendary coaches lives on. Each year the winner of the AFC receives the Lamar Hunt Trophy and the Vince Lombardi trophy is handed to the Super Bowl winner.
3. San Francisco 49ers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Super Bowl XVI
January 24, 1982
Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, MI
San Francisco 26 – Cincinnati 21
MVP: Joe Montana, QB, San Francisco 49ers
This Super Bowl marked Mr. Montana’s first Super Bowl win and MVP. He completed 14 of 22 passes for 157 yards and one touchdown. Montana also rushed for another TD. The 49ers controlled the game in the first half leading by a Super Bowl-record 20-0. Kicker Ray Wersching kicked four field goals tying a Super Bowl record to help the 49ers hold on to a 26-21 lead.
The Bengals outgained the 49ers by 90 yards and notched more touchdowns but still lost the game becoming the first team in Super Bowl history to do so. This game is memorable also for being the first in a cold weather city.
4. New York Giants vs. New England Patriots Super Bowl XLIII
February 3rd, 2008
University of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix, AZ
New York 17 – New England 14
MVP: Eli Manning, Quarterback, New York Giants
The Patriots were undefeated for the regular season entering this game. They had just previously beaten the Giants 38-35 at Giants Stadium in their final regular season game. New England were 12 point favorites.
It was a defensive battle as the Pats gave up five sacks and one lost fumble and the Giants were held to five first downs in the second and third quarters. Giants Quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning came through in the clutch and threw two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
5. New York Giants vs. Buffalo Bills Super Bowl XXV
January 27th, 1991
Tampa Stadium, Tampa, FL
New York 20 – Buffalo 19
MVP: Ottis Anderson, Running back, New York Giants
This game marked the beginning of an impressive streak of four straight Super Bowl appearances for Buffalo. They were heavily favored in this game having scored a total of 95 points in their two previous contests. New York stymied the no-huddle Bills’ offense led by quarterback Jim Kelly by holding on to the ball for a Super Bowl-record 40 minutes. The Bills were in a position to win the game with a field goal but kicker Scott Norwood missed a 47-yard try one foot to the right. The game is known as the “Wide Right Game”.
6. New York Jets vs. Baltimore Colts Super Bowl III
January 12th, 1969
Orange Bowl, Miami, FL
New York 16 – Baltimore 7
MVP: Joe Namath, QB, New York Jets
The underdog Jets defeated a heavily favored Baltimore Colts team that lost one game all year.
The New York offense was helmed by the courageous and flamboyant QB Joe Namath, who had a solid game. “Broadway Joe” passed for 206 yards, completing 17 out of 28 passes. Namath, however, did not throw one touchdown the whole game or attempt any passes in the fourth quarter.
The New York defense came up big against this offensive dynamo intercepting three passes by Colts QB Earl Morrall in the first half. This win was the first Super Bowl victory for the newly formed AFL.
More than the play on the field this Super Bowl is best remembered for the bold guarantee that Namath made to the press on Thursday before the game.
7. St. Louis Rams vs. Tennesse Titans Super Bowl XXXIV
January 30th, 2000
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
St. Louis 23 – Tennessee 16
MVP: Kurt Warner, Quarterback, St. Louis Rams
This Super Bowl marked the Rams first appearance in the National Football Championship. They stormed out to a 16-0 lead before the Titans tied the score. Warner then hooked up with receiver Isaac Bruce to give the rams a comfortable 23-16 lead. One of the most memorable Super Bowl plays of all-time then ensued.
With six seconds remaining on the clock Titans QB Steve McNair hit receiver Kevin Dyson on the Rams ten yard line. As Dyson went in for the score to tie the game he was stopped at the one yard line.
Warner finished the game completing 24 out of 45 passes for 414 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Warner’s 414 yards passing and 45 attempts without an interception were both Super Bowl records. Along with Super Bowl MVP honors Warner became the sixth player to also win the NFL Most Valuable Player Award in the same season.
FYI, Once this list was completed, I found the information about the games at a cool site called IrishCentral.com.
What are your TOP SuperBowl Games?