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The Worst Super Bowl Plays of All Time  

Brandon Oliver
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A list of the most notorious Super Bowl plays in NFL history. Every football fan knows the big game is where legends are made and the difference between becoming the Greatest of All Time and being labeled a screw-up can be just one play, one decision, or one bad break.

Take field goal kickers. Adam Vinatieri is known as one of the greatest kickers in football thanks to his four Super Bowl rings. When the spotlight was the brightest, the three-time All-Pro place-kicker delivered the game-winning field goals in two Super Bowls. No one remembers that Vinatieri missed one field goal attempt and had another blocked in the first half of Super Bowl XXXVIII. All they remember is the 41-yard kick he made with just four seconds remaining on the clock to secure a 32-29 New England Patriots victory over the Carolina Panthers. 

Scott Norwood is another story. The former Buffalo Bills kicker will forever be known for one missed field goal, which kept Buffalo from winning the first of what turned out to be four consecutive failed attempts at winning the Super Bowl.

It's no coincidence that Vinatieri is an NFL legend and Norwood never attempted another kick in the NFL.

Whether it's a mental error, a stupid decision, or just a bad play, the worst Super Bowl plays in history will forever be etched into the minds of football fans everywhere. Vote up the biggest, most disastrous mistakes in Super Bowl history!
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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Super Bowl Plays of All Time
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It turned out the play didn't have a direct impact on the outcome of the game, but Peyton Manning not being ready for the opening snap of Super Bowl XLVIII certainly set the tone for the slaughter that was to come.

On the first offensive play of the game, Manning had the ball bounce off of his helmet and into the Broncos' end zone for a safety. Seattle took an early 2-0 lead and never looked back, eventually racking up a 43-8 victory over Manning's beleaguered Broncs.

 
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Rich Gannon, Super Bowl XXXVII
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Rich Gannon set a dubious Super Bowl record by throwing five interceptions against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.

The Bucs took advantage of Gannon's accidental generosity, returning three of those interceptions for touchdowns in a 48-21 blowout. 
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Referees, Super Bowl XL
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It wasn't one play specifically, but there were some very questionable calls in Super Bowl XL between the Seattle Seahawks and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Ben Roethlisberger ghost touchdown and the mysterious personal foul call on Seattle QB Matt Hassleback after he threw an interception were just two of the game's big mysteries. Expect them to remain unsolved for all time.
  
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Garo Yepremian is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Super Bowl Plays of All Time
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The last team to navigate through an entire NFL season undefeated was the 1972 Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins' kicker added some tense moments at the very end of his team's legendary run.

With just over two minutes to play in Super Bowl VII and the Dolphins up 14-0, Yepremian had a field goal blocked right back into his arms. In a panic, he attempted to pass the ball only to have it slip from his hands and into the arms of the Washington Redskins' Mike Bass, who returned it all the way for a touchdown to cut the lead in half.

Fortunately for Yepremian, the Dolphins killed the clock and sewed up the undefeated campaign, but for a few minutes there, he was in danger of becoming a Super Bowl punchline.
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