The Super Bowl is the most-watched sporting event in America year after year. Every February, the NFL sends an AFC and NFC representative to the championship game to battle it out for NFL supremacy. Over the 50+ years of battles, there have been a number of incredible moments that stand out as the greatest moments in Super Bowl history.
The greatest Super Bowl moments include everything from dazzling runs, electric kickoff returns and clutch catches and field goals to win games. NFL greats such as Tom Brady, Adam Vinatieri, Joe Montana, John Elway, James Harrison, Marcus Allen, and Desmond Howard find themselves all over this list of greatest Super Bowl moments ever.
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Infamously known as the "Helmet Catch," David Tyree of the New York Giants went down in history as a huge thorn in the New England Patriots' side. The 18-0 Patriots were cruising towards the NFL's second undefeated season until Eli Manning dodged multiple sacks and uncorked a ball downfield toward Tyree with a minute left in the game. Tyree pinned the ball against his helmet for a 32-yard gain. The play extended the eventual game-winning drive, bringing the Giants to a 17-14 win. It was the final catch of Tyree's career.
Joe Namath infamously guaranteed victory in Super Bowl III despite being heavy underdogs, and the New York Jets' quarterback delivered a 16-7 victory. The image of Namath jogging off the field pointing one finger to the sky remains etched in history.
Oakland Raiders running back Marcus Allen erupted for a Super Bowl record 191 yards and two touchdowns in SBXVIII, the most memorable of which came on a dazzling 74-yarder in the third quarter.
Facing a 3rd-and-6 in a tie game, Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway took off running in an attempt to extend his team's drive. In order to get the first down, Elway had to jump instead of slide, and two Green Bay Packers hit him in mid-air to send him helicoptering across the field. When he came down, his Broncos had a first down just four yards from the end zone and would go on to score the go-ahead touchdown. The play fired up the team and brought home a Super Bowl victory for the Broncos.