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.
New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler made the play of his life in the waning moments of Super Bowl 49 against the Seattle Seahawks. With time winding down, the Seahawks opted to throw the ball instead of handing off to superstar running back Marshawn Lynch despite being at the 1-yard line. Butler stepped up and made the pick to seal the win for the Patriots, and an endless wave of criticism followed wondering why Seattle didn't just run the ball.
The underdog Tennessee Titans were charging towards the end zone in the closing moments of Super Bowl XXXIV. Down 23-16 and with just seconds left, Steve McNair his Kevin Dyson over the middle for what could have been the game-tying touchdown, except he was tackled just one yard short. The image of Dyson extending the ball across the goal line remains one of the most memorable images in NFL history.
After the Cardinals scored what looked to be the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII, Ben Roethlisberger led his Steelers right down the field to take the victory right from their fingertips. Santonio Holmes closed the drive with an iconic catch in the back corner of the end zone.