Even die-hard football fanatics know that some Super Bowls aren’t so … well, super. Some are downright dismal, while others surpass even your biggest expectations, delivering mind-blowing plays and edge-of-your-seat drama. These are the Super Bowl games that you will want to watch over and over again, even though you already know every play by heart.
Here are the top three Super Bowl games ever, in our opinion:
1. Super Bowl XLII – Giants v. Patriots
In 2008, Eli Manning made football history by leading a 12-play drive in the final moments of the game and leading the Giants to victory. New England had a 14-10 lead up to that point. David Tyree also managed to catch a pass and hold the ball to his helmet while being tackled by Rodney Harrison, maintaining the lead. The Giants won with a touchdown by Plaxico Burress in the last 35 seconds of the game.
2. Super Bowl XLIII – Steelers v. Cardinals
During the first half, the Cardinals were predicted to win the game with a four-point lead. Then James Harrison made a touchdown with a 100-yard interception and turned the tide. Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald kicked up the drama in the fourth quarter, as did Ben Roethlisberger in the game winning series of plays. The Steelers ended the game 27-23, and they won their second Super Bowl in just four seasons. They also won their record sixth Super Bowl.
3. Super Bowl XIII – Steelers v. Cowboys
The Steelers are no stranger to great Super Bowl games. Earlier in their career, they faced off against the Dallas Cowboys and won 35-31. The game featured many great moments, such as a famous drop by Jackie Smith in the end zone, a strip sack for a touchdown, and a big pass interference call on Benny Barnes. The game had great plays and great drama — everything you need for a memorable team.
There have been so many great Super Bowl games in the history of the sport that it’s hard to narrow them down to just the three best, but we think these fit the bill.