There is no bigger game than the Super Bowl, and over the more than a half-century of contests, there have been players who’ve put up spectacular performances on football’s grandest stage. From record-breaking feats to sheer dominance, these players did amazing things in the NFL’s championship-deciding game.

 

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Damien Williams, Super Bowl LIV

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Patrick Mahomes won Super Bowl MVP by helping bring the Chiefs back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIV, but running back Damien Williams had a strong argument as more deserving. He had 17 carries for 104 yards and one touchdown, along with four catches for 29 yards and a receiving score in the 31-20 win.

 

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Nick Foles, Super Bowl LII

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Named the MVP of Super Bowl LII, Foles finished off his Cinderella story with three touchdown passes and a touchdown reception in the Eagles upset of the Patriots. He also threw for 373 yards, helping Philadelphia put up 41 points against the Patriots in a 41-33 win.

 

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Things looked bad for Brady early in Super Bowl LI, throwing an interception that was returned 82 yards for a touchdown to fall behind 21-0 and eventually 28-3. From there, however, Brady was his usual spectacular self, completing 43-of-62 passes for 466 yards and two touchdowns to earn MVP honors in the come-from-behind, overtime victory to claim his fifth Super Bowl title.

 

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James White, Super Bowl LI

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He may not have won Super Bowl MVP, but James White came up huge in New England’s epic comeback against the Falcons, scoring the game-tying touchdown to send the game to overtime and become the first player to ever score the Super Bowl-winning TD in OT. In total, White finished with six carries for 29 yards and two rushing scores to go along with his huge day as a receiver, notching 14 catches for 110 yards and another score.

 

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Tom Brady, Super Bowl XLIX

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Brady earned his third Super Bowl MVP in a last-second win vs. Seattle. He completed 37-of-50 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns.

 

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Lynch rushed 24 times for 102 yards and one score in Seattle’s Super Bowl loss. The Super Bowl will forever be remembered as a what-if, with the Seahawks opting to throw at the goal line instead of handing off to Lynch in a play that was picked off by New England.

 

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Demaryius Thomas, Super Bowl XLVIII

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Despite Denver’s 43-8 loss to Seattle, Thomas had one of the best games ever by a wideout in the Super Bowl. He caught 13 passes for 118 yards and one score, as the Broncos played catch-up the entire game.

 

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The Ravens were hoping for a proper send-off for Ray Lewis, and Flacco’s play helped them get one. He was awarded Super Bowl MVP after completing 22-of-33 passes for 287 yards and three scores.

 

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Manning won his second Super Bowl MVP with another great performance vs. the Patriots. He completed 30-of-40 passes for 296 yards and one score in New York’s 21-17 win over New England.

 

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Rodgers took down the Steelers in an impressive performance, completing 24-of-39 passes for 304 yards and three scores. In doing so, he put the Brett Favre era in the rearview for the Packers.

 

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Jordy Nelson, Super Bowl XLV

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Nelson was Aaron Rodgers’ go-to receiver, with nine catches on 15 targets for 140 yards and one touchdown.

 

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New Orleans upset the Colts and Peyton Manning with a go-for-broke game plan led by Drew Brees. He won Super Bowl MVP after completing 32-of-39 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns.

 

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Despite a losing effort, Warner was terrific in his third Super Bowl. He completed 31-of-43 passes for 377 yards and three touchdown passes for the Cardinals.

 

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Holmes claimed the game-winning catch vs. Arizona, which helped him win Super Bowl MVP. He finished with nine receptions for 131 yards and that one score.

 

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Eli Manning, Super Bowl XLII

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The Giants pulled off the impossible, beating the undefeated and heavily favored Patriots in large part to Manning’s heroics. He was 19-of-34 for 255 yards and two touchdown passes.

 

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Peyton Manning, Super Bowl XLI

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Manning finally got his first Super Bowl win, completing 25-of-38 passes for 247 yards and one touchdown vs. the Bears. He also claimed Super Bowl MVP.

 

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Ward helped prop up rookie Ben Roethlisberger in a defensive battle vs. the Seahawks, with five receptions for 123 yards and one touchdown. He also claimed Super Bowl MVP.

 

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Deion Branch, Super Bowl XXXIX

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Branch caught 11 of Tom Brady’s 23 completions for 133 yards in New England’s 24-21 win over Philadelphia.

 

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Terrell Owens, Super Bowl XXXIX

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Not expected to play due to a fractured leg and torn ligament in his ankle, Owens made a miraculous recovery and had nine catches for 122 yards in Philadelphia’s 24-21 loss to the Patriots.

 

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Tom Brady, Super Bowl XXXVIII

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The Panthers couldn’t find an answer for Brady in their 32-29 loss. He completed 32-of-48 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns, winning Super Bowl MVP.

 

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Tom Brady, Super Bowl XXXVI

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Heavy underdogs vs. the “Greatest Show on Turf,” the Patriots pulled off a three-point win at the end of Super Bowl XXXVI when Tom Brady led the Patriots into field-goal range and Adam Vinatieri made a game-winning 48-yard field goal. Brady completed 16-of-27 passes for 145 yards and one touchdown.

 

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Kurt Warner, Super Bowl XXXIV

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Warner completed a Cinderella season for the Rams in a 23-16 Super Bowl victory. He completed 24-of-45 passes for 414 yards and two touchdowns vs. Tennessee.

 

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Isaac Bruce, Super Bowl XXXIV

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Bruce had six receptions for 162 yards and one score, an impressive 73-yard touchdown during the second half. It’s his most memorable catch in an extremely productive career.

 

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Elway rode off into the sunset after winning Super Bowl MVP, completing 18-of-29 passes for 336 yards and one passing touchdown. He added one rushing touchdown against the Falcons.

 

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Rod Smith, Super Bowl XXXIII

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Atlanta struggled to cover Smith, who caught five passes for 152 yards and one touchdown, an 80-yarder from John Elway.

 

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Terrell Davis, Super Bowl XXXII

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Davis had one of the best rushing performances ever in a Super Bowl, getting 30 carries for 157 yards and three touchdowns. He was the game’s clear MVP.

 

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Antonio Freeman, Super Bowl XXXII

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Freeman’s great performance wasn’t enough to beat Denver, but it was impressive with nine catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns.

 

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Desmond Howard, Super Bowl XXXI

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Howard’s 99-yard kick return in the third quarter sealed Super Bowl XXXI for the Packers. He claimed Super Bowl MVP in Green Bay’s 35-21 win over New England.

 

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Larry Brown, Super Bowl XXX

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Brown was a difference maker in the Cowboys’ 27-17 win over Pittsburgh, intercepting two passes.

 

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Steve Young, Super Bowl XXIX

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Young finally got the monkey off his back, claiming a Super Bowl after Joe Montana left the 49ers. He completed 24-of-36 passes for 325 yards and six touchdowns in a dominant 49-26 win over San Diego.

 

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Jerry Rice, Super Bowl XXIX

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Rice didn’t win the Super Bowl MVP, but he had an incredible performance for the 49ers. He had 10 catches for 149 yards and three touchdowns in San Francisco’s win over the Chargers.

 

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Ricky Watters, Super Bowl XXIX

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Watters had one touchdown on the ground and added two as a receiver in San Francisco’s dominant win. He finished the game with 108 yards from scrimmage.

 

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Smith claimed Super Bowl MVP with 30 carries for 132 yards and two scores in a second-half comeback vs. Buffalo.

 

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Irvin was the beneficiary of Troy Aikman’s great game, with six receptions for 114 yards and two scores in Dallas’ 52-17 win over the Bills.

 

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Troy Aikman, Super Bowl XXVII

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The Cowboys embarrassed Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVII, scoring 52 points in a great performance led by Aikman. He completed 22-of-30 passes for 273 yards and four scores.

 

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Rypien claimed Super Bowl MVP with a solid performance against the Bills, completing 18-of-33 passes for 292 yards and two scores.

 

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Buffalo lost 20-19 after kicker Scott Norwood missed wide right, putting a damper on Thomas’ MVP-worthy performance. He rushed 15 times for 135 yards and one score, adding five receptions for 55 yards.

 

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Joe Montana, Super Bowl XXIV

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Montana dominated the Broncos from start to finish, completing 22-of-29 passes for 297 yards and five touchdowns. He claimed his third Super Bowl MVP.

 

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Jerry Rice, Super Bowl XXIV

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Rice was Joe Montana’s go-to guy again in Super Bowl XXIV, with seven receptions for 148 yards and three scores. Montana claimed MVP, however.

 

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Jerry Rice, Super Bowl XXIII

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While John Taylor caught the winning touchdown for the 49ers vs. Cincinnati in Super Bowl XXIII, it was Jerry Rice who had the best performance. He had 11 catches for 215 yards and one score, winning Super Bowl MVP.

 

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Joe Montana, Super Bowl XXIII

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Montana sparked a game-winning drive in Super Bowl XXIII. Cool Joe famously pointed out John Candy in the stands while in the huddle during the last drive and finished the game completing 22-of-36 passes for 357 yards and two scores.

 

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Doug Williams, Super Bowl XXII

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Williams led a dominant Redskins team to a 42-10 win over Denver, completing 18-of-29 passes for 340 yards and four scores. He beat out Timmy Smith for Super Bowl MVP.

 

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Timmy Smith, Super Bowl XXII

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Smith had a terrific game on the ground in Washington’s juggernaut performance. He had 22 rushes for 204 yards and two touchdowns.

 

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Ricky Sanders, Super Bowl XXII

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Sanders was Doug Williams’ favorite receiver in Super Bowl XXII, with nine catches for 193 yards and two touchdowns.

 

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Simms and the Giants came up big in the second half, easily beating the Broncos 39-20. He won Super Bowl MVP, completing 22-of-25 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns.

 

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Joe Montana, Super Bowl XIX

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San Francisco capped off a 15-1 regular season by beating Miami in Super Bowl XIX. Montana won MVP by completing 24-of-35 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns.

 

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Smooth Marcus Allen ran over Washington with 20 carries for 191 yards and two scores to win Super Bowl MVP.

 

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It was the John Riggins show for Washington, as the Skins beat Miami 27-17 after Riggins rushed 38 times for 166 yards and one touchdown.

 

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Plunkett led the Raiders to a 27-10 win over Philadelphia, completing 13-of-21 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns.

 

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Swann scored one touchdown and had 161 yards on four catches in the Steelers’ 21-17 win over Dallas in Super Bowl X. The performance was good enough for Super Bowl MVP.

 

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Franco Harris, Super Bowl IX

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The Vikings simply couldn’t find an answer for Harris in Super Bowl IX. He had 34 carries for 158 yards and one touchdown in Pittsburgh’s 16-6 win.

 

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Bradshaw claimed Super Bowl MVP with a 35-31 win over Dallas. He had a huge game, completing 17-of-30 passes for 318 yards and four scores.

 

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Larry Csonka, Super Bowl VIII

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Csonka ran the ball down Minnesota’s throat with 33 carries for 145 yards and two scores in Super Bowl VIII.

 

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Bart Starr, Super Bowl I

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Starr led the Packers to a 35-10 win over the Chiefs in Super Bowl I, completing 16-of-23 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Both of his touchdowns were to Max McGee.

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As we near Super Bowl LV, it provides a good excuse to examine the uniforms that teams wore in the previous 54 seasons’ final showdowns. Here is an entirely accurate, and in no way subjective, ranking of every Super Bowl uniform matchup.

 

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55. Super Bowl XL: Steelers vs. Seahawks

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The Seahawks’ regrettable uniforms in between their Cortez Kennedy and Russell Wilson eras marred a Super Bowl that soon became marred by officiating. While the Steelers are not to blame for this, they are dragged down because of their opponent’s misguided 10-year fashion experiment. 

 

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54. Super Bowl XV: Raiders vs. Eagles

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A similar case. The Raiders’ third Super Bowl trip came against an Eagles team struggling through a uniform run. Philadelphia’s designs in between the Chuck Bednarik and Randall Cunningham periods were a few cuts below. Unfortunately, the Eagles missed the Super Bowl in their Kelly Green years. Their first trip featured monstrous stripes and a blander green, making for less aesthetically appealing (for non-Rod Martin fans) NFL Films highlights.

 

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53. Super Bowl XXXIV: Titans vs. Rams

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This may or may not be a dissenting opinion, but the Titans spent most of their existence in bad uniforms. Maybe they were not that unpleasant in a vacuum, but coming after the franchise’s marvelous Oilers attire, seeing this concept showcased in a Super Bowl in Year 1 of the new identity dragged down the Rams’ final game in their finest road uniform. Had Tennessee upset Kansas City in last year’s AFC championship game, the Titans would have looked (literally) better on the sport’s biggest stage.

 

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52. Super Bowl XXIX: Chargers vs. 49ers

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Though whichever team represented the weaker AFC in 1994 was in big trouble, San Diego was a Super Bowl-record 18.5-point underdog. San Francisco covered, but this was another example of success overshadowing attire. While the 49ers showed off their top-notch standard uniforms in four prior Super Bowls, the 1994 team had used its 1950s throwbacks — which featured a different shade of red from the modern helmets they still wore — for most of that season. The white pants especially were a major misstep. The 49-26 loss notwithstanding, the Chargers wore superior uniforms. In attendance on that Miami night, Jerry and Newman surely agreed. 

 

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51. Super Bowl 50: Broncos vs. Panthers

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The Broncos are 0-4 when they wear orange in Super Bowls. So when they won the AFC in a year the conference had the uniform choice, the team’s dull white-on-white look resurfaced. The choice ended up working — against a Panthers team in its top uniform — but the Broncos using their orange-on-white primary home uni would have their gritty, defense-fueled conquest better for casual viewers. Denver uses its alternate blues twice and its Clemson-y Color Rush kits once annually; its primary home unis are only guaranteed five cameos per season. The Broncos’ white uniforms that were shaky in 1997 remain so today serve as their primary look. 

 

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50. Super Bowl XLIII: Steelers vs. Cardinals

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The second Super Bowl “Steelers, Italicized” (1997-present) at least featured the better of the Cardinals’ two standard uniforms. The Cards did not accomplish much in their previous Rod Tidwell look , but they have done a disservice to Larry Fitzgerald by forcing him to wear their current model for all but one season of his career. Again, the Steelers are dragged down by an opponent. However, that was not exactly the focus in one of the best Super Bowls ever.

 

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49. Super Bowl XXXIII: Broncos vs. Falcons

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We return to a Denver-on-the-road issue. The Broncos being forced to wear their away whites made this a rough watch (again, from a pure aesthetic standpoint). The Falcons wore one of their best kits in Tampa that night. While that was not the story in John Elway’s finale — a game in which the Broncos dominated — the Falcons certainly dressed better in the 20th century’s final Super Bowl.

 

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48. Super Bowl XXXV: Ravens vs. Giants

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Baltimore fans surely feel differently, but the Ravens have struggled on the uniform front. These white-on-whites were the then-relatively new purple buffs’ best option, but they were a lower-end NFL uni at the time. The Giants switched to their old-school blue-on-grays in this 2000 season, and while they got the job done, the throwbacks were not spectacular enough to lift a Ravens Super Bowl into the upper reaches of a big-game uniform list.

 

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47. Super Bowl LI: Patriots vs. Falcons

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Issues stopping Eli Manning perhaps did the Patriots some good; they no longer wear their home blue uniforms in Super Bowls. The white-on-blue road unis, while obviously not on Pat the Patriot’s level, presented the modern dynasty in a slightly better light. Had this game featured the inverse — the Pats’ Tom Brady-era blues vs. the Falcons’ then-chaotic white-on-whites — it would have been a candidate for the Super Bowl’s worst uniform matchup. 

 

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46. Super Bowl XXXVI: Patriots vs. Rams

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Just after the Rams won their first Super Bowl, they changed their uniform. However, the move from yellow to gold was not as bad as people remember. Until St. Louis started to venture away from its gold pants, the car was still on the road. Said pants were fine on this New Orleans night, but neither the Rams’ nor Patriots’ uniforms were top-class outfits. This was New England’s first of four Super Bowls in these. Another great Super Bowl with so-so attire.

 

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45. Super Bowl V: Colts vs. Cowboys

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This unusual, 11-turnover game would have at least looked better had the teams swapped home and road identities, but both Baltimore and Dallas wore their inferior 1970 uniforms. Making the Cowboys wear these was like the 2018 Patriots telling the Rams, “You’ll wear that mismatched white uniform and you’ll like it!” Just as they are today, the Colts’ white-on-white with gray facemasks are perhaps too minimalist — bordering on Penn State-level blandness — and the Cowboys obviously prefer their home whites. The Cowboys have adjusted their blue jerseys many times; none have produced a true winner capable of competing with their defining look.

 

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44. Super Bowl VII: Miami vs. Washington

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This matchup occurred 10 years later and featured each side wearing better uniforms. But Washington, which have avoided its home reds for the better part of the modern era, loses points for ditching a superior design scheme in this 1972 season. The Dolphins deployed one of the better white-on-white looks in NFL history, but their aqua jerseys still would have been preferred. They surely would have had more fun celebrating their 17-0 season in them.

 

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43. Super Bowl LV: Chiefs vs. Buccaneers

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In these teams’ Week 12 Tampa tilt, the Bucs wore their superior red-on-pewter uniforms, and the Chiefs donned their underappreciated white-on-red scheme. Unfortunately, the Bucs (who held top uniform dibs for this Super Bowl) will ride their recent road momentum and treat fans to each of these teams’ second-best uniforms for their home Super Bowl. Alas, the Chiefs will now be 0-for-4 in bringing red pants to Super Bowls. But at least the Bucs’ 2020 uniform change prevented this from happening. Of course, we all know the real premier uniform matchup this series could bring. Someday, Tampa Bay. Someday. 

 

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42. Super Bowl XXXVIII: Patriots vs. Panthers

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The Patriots’ second Super Bowl in these uniforms kept their Spygate-era momentum going; it also marked the final time New England won a Super Bowl in them. Again, these Pats kits are adequate. But they are just far off the franchise’s best work on the fashion front. Carolina’s first Super Bowl featured the team’s solid-from-the-jump color scheme, which has always brought vital stripe synchronization. A brutal illegal procedure penalty cost the Panthers, but their road whites did not let viewers down in Houston.

 

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41. Super Bowl XXXVII: Raiders vs. Buccaneers

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Just like their 1980 team did, the Raiders in 2002 found themselves without a quality uniform dance partner. This recently revived design scheme is probably the Bucs’ second-best — behind Bucco Bruce and ahead of the Jameis Winston-era threads — but it is far from one of the premier uniforms worn in a Super Bowl. This made Tampa Bay’s 2020 uniform pivot rather sad, with the franchise leaving the creamsicles on the shelf. No complaints about Oakland’s road attire, which remains one of the league’s best looks.

 

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40. Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots vs. Seahawks

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The Seahawks debuted their modern home uniform in a Super Bowl in the Marshawn Lynch “what if?” game, teaming with the 2010s’ most common Super Bowl threads (the Patriots’ road whites). An immeasurable Seahawks improvement from the previous time they brought their home attire to the big stage, but the Patriots’ merely adequate threads limit this classic contest from an especially high ranking on this list.

 

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39. Super Bowl IX: Steelers vs. Vikings

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Steelers Classic makes its first appearance on the list. While the Steelers went to five Super Bowls in this design scheme, this marks their only Super Bowl appearance in their old-school road whites. They went 1-0 on this stage in them. No big issues with these, though the team’s pants stripe was too big then and too big now. But the Vikings’ vintage home uniforms lagged behind their under-appreciated road attire.

 

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38. Super Bowl XXXI: Patriots vs. Packers

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Using one of the wackier design schemes to see a global audience, the Drew Bledsoe-era Patriots met up with a far more established brand. The Pats only used these uniforms for seven seasons, 1993-99. It is indeed difficult to get past the massive Patriot on the sleeves — which was only a thing for five seasons. If only the Patriots had run into the Packers in their Pat the Patriot unis; that would have been a majestic sight. 

 

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T-36. Super Bowl XLII: Patriots vs. Giants

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This Super Bowl was so good the fashion mattered little. The Giants deploy a sneaky-strong away-from-home scheme. Perhaps these uniforms’ reputation is enhanced by the two Super Bowl wins, but the Giants’ road attire uses their four-color ensemble well. The red socks are an underrated component, and thanks to David Tyree’s moment, this look will be immortalized throughout football’s existence.

 

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T-36. Super Bowl XLVI: Patriots vs. Giants

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Other than a much blander Super Bowl logo (as is the current, and unfortunate, custom), the Giants and Pats ran it back four years later.

 

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T-34. Super Bowl XXXIX: Patriots vs. Eagles

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The two Patriots-Eagles encounters occurred 13 years apart but involved almost exactly the same uniforms. In an even year, the 2004 Eagles opted for their home greens, which made their Super Bowl debut in Andy Reid’s sixth Philadelphia season. The Giants’ road uniforms outflank the Eagles’ current home gear, but the Patriots dress better when they pack their away whites, giving the Pats’ second NFC East Super Bowl rematch the nod.

 

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T-34. Super Bowl LII: Patriots vs. Eagles

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Although the uniforms Donovan McNabb wore to Jacksonville featured a slightly different collar than the ones Nick Foles wore in Minneapolis, that is not enough to differentiate these Pats-Eagles matchups.

 

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33. Super Bowl XLVII: Ravens vs. 49ers

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In 2009, the 49ers were a ways away from relevancy. So the franchise’s switch from an unnecessarily busy scheme to its current design went less noticed than, say, the rival Rams’ 2000 change. But the 49ers’ present look is a top-class NFL uniform. San Francisco’s current gold pants outflank their Joe Montana classics. Unfortunately, the Ravens being their dance partners in New Orleans lowered this Super Bowl’s uniform ceiling.

 

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32. Super Bowl XXXII: Broncos vs. Packers

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Brett Favre’s Super Bowls came against some of the weirdest-looking opposition, with the full-on stirrup Broncos coming after the super-shoulder patriot Patriots. The Broncos’ radical 1997 redesign changed the game. Teams at all levels got into the stirrup business. Denver’s first season in them produced a Super Bowl title, and the scheme remains. The blue-on-white choice was the better of the Broncos’ two options at this time, but this game unfortunately validated a wrong turn for the franchise. 

 

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31. Super Bowl XI: Raiders vs. Vikings

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The most recent Vikings Super Bowl invitation featured a second run for their purple home uniform. The NFL’s lone purple bastion for 35 years, the Vikings went 0-2 in purple and 0-2 in white in Super Bowls. They just looked better in white. The Raiders’ renegade status and three relocations are not indicative of their attire reliability. Since the franchise deviated from its black-and-gold scheme in the early 1960s, it has featured one of American sports’ defining designs.

 

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30. Super Bowl XXV: Bills vs. Giants

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The most patriotic Super Bowl not involving the Patriots presented the Giants in their finest uniform. New York’s NFC team lightened its blue in 1989, separating this Super Bowl from the Giants-Broncos clash four years earlier. The Bills only wore this all-white uniform in one Super Bowl. While Buffalo’s home kits of this era were the better look, this Super Bowl certainly went better than the franchise’s subsequent outings in the home blues.

 

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29. Super Bowl XXI: Broncos vs. Giants

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Even if the Giants’ darker blues of the mid-1980s slightly trail their Rodney Hampton-era design, the Broncos’ road whites pre-1997 were better than the Bills’. Denver wore these in a Super Bowl once, making them less memorable than its oranges of the era. But these away-from-Colorado whites — complete with a superior blue shade — dunk on the Broncos’ stirrup-y model they stubbornly refuse to ditch.

 

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28. Super Bowl XLVIII: Broncos vs. Seahawks

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Both Denver and Seattle adjusted their uniforms in 2012, the Broncos making their orange alternates their primary home jerseys upon Peyton Manning’s arrival and the Seahawks ditching their unfortunate scheme of the previous 10 years in advance of Russell Wilson’s rookie season. They showed off their new designs in the Super Bowl. Neither team sported its all-time best look that night in New Jersey, but this was a big upgrade from what such a Super Bowl matchup would have showcased had the 2005 Broncos won the AFC championship game and met the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. (The ’05 Steelers prevented a global-stage fashion disaster.)

 

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27. Super Bowl XXVI: Buffalo vs. Washington

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The Bills receive appropriate credit for their early-1990s persistence, but the uniforms they wear today outdo the ones they packed for Super Bowls. Nothing wrong with either theirs or the gear Washington preferred when it went 3-1 in Super Bowls under Joe Gibbs. A fine middle-of-the-pack matchup.

 

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26. Super Bowl I: Chiefs vs. Packers

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Two years after the Chiefs’ loss in the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game (the Super Bowl’s initial name), they switched to red pants on the road. The Chiefs’ pre-1968 (and Marty Schottenheimer-era) all-white look doesn’t pop as much. The Packers won the game and the color scheme battle that day in southern California.

 

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25. Super Bowl III: Jets vs. Colts

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This storied January 1969 day featured the most disappointing loss in Colts history. While the 18-point underdog Jets completed a seismic upset that changed pro football henceforth, the Colts’ home uniform is consistently one of the league’s best. No exception here. The Jets of this era are probably remembered for these all-whites because of their accomplishment on this day, but their greens of the Joe Namath years were superior. Either way, a quality uniform duel in Miami. 

 

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24. Super Bowl XVII: Miami vs. Washington

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The Washington-Miami rematch brought a nice update to the teams’ meeting 10 years prior. Washington wore its traditional RFK Stadium threads this time, and the Dolphins’ aqua classics represented a nice pairing in the game best remembered for John Riggins’ championship-cementing run.

 

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23. Super Bowl XVIII: Los Angeles vs. Washington

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Washington’s attempted repeat featured the most recent instance of the Raiders bringing their famed black-on-silver uniforms to a Super Bowl. It did not go well for Washington, becoming the Los Angeles Raiders’ signature night (complete with John Facenda’s immortalizing narration).

 

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T-21. Super Bowl XXVII: Bills vs. Cowboys

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Excepting the one time the 1970 Colts forced them to wear their blues, the Cowboys have donned some of the finest uniforms in Super Bowl history. Their January 1993 return to the big stage was no exception. Jimmy Johnson’s bunch shined in Pasadena, and the Bills’ top Jim Kelly-years game suit complemented them well. 

 

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T-21. Super Bowl XXVIII: Bills vs. Cowboys

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This uniform matchup looked a little stale a year later, though. This remains the only time the same teams faced off in consecutive Super Bowls. Unfortunately, the sides did not try what would have been a fun fashion flip. The Cowboys’ dark blues of this period took a bit too much heat and may have distracted from this slightly less one-sided matchup in Atlanta.

 

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20. Super Bowl IV: Chiefs vs. Vikings

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The Chiefs debuted their home reds in a Super Bowl on this day in New Orleans, when the Kansas City’s second big-game appearance left the AFL-NFL Super Bowl ledger at 2-2 in perpetuity. Kansas City does receive much credit for being one of the NFL’s pillars of uniform tradition, but the franchise has altered little on its home design since this 1970 afternoon. This also marked the debut of Minnesota’s top look in a Super Bowl. The Vikings pulled off their purple and gold during their uniform heyday, the shoulder stripe cementing these as the franchise’s best.

 

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19. Super Bowl XLI: Colts vs. Bears

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The Bears sport one of the game’s finest uniforms. Chicago debuted its blue-on-white classics in a Super Bowl in 2007, upon meeting Indianapolis in that city’s first Super Bowl opportunity. A Colts blue-vs.-Bears white presentation would have produced a fashion-friendlier night, as the Colts’ all-whites are one the modern game’s blander looks. But still, not too much to complain about in the first rainy Super Bowl.

 

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18. Super Bowl XLIV: Colts vs. Saints

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The best possible version of this matchup, from a fashion sense. The Saints have enjoyed a love-hate relationship with their gold pants away from home, currently utilizing black pants and having donned all-white for periods during their 50-plus-year existence as well. But white-on-gold has always been the franchise’s premier non-Superdome choice. It came against the Colts’ famed blue-on-white design that, save for the facemasks going from gray to white to blue and back to gray, has not changed since Johnny Unitas was calling signals. 

 

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17. Super Bowl XLV: Steelers vs. Packers

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A truly complementary Super Bowl featured an unbelievable array of wide receiver corps. The Packers’ Greg Jennings-Jordy Nelson-Donald Driver-James Jones stable met the Steelers’ Hines Ward-Mike Wallace-Antonio Brown-Emmanuel Sanders-Antwaan Randle El group. All wore yellow pants (these trousers are much closer to yellow than gold, despite what these organizations would have you believe) in a flashy Super Bowl that has become a bit underrated a decade later.

 

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T-14. Super Bowl X: Steelers vs. Cowboys

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The Super Bowl’s most frequent matchup debuted in January 1976, the first time the Steelers wore their storied Steel Curtain-era home attire for a championship. This may be No. 1 for many, and arguments can be made these two uniforms together do the best to define football in the late 20th century. 

 

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T-14. Super Bowl XIII: Steelers vs. Cowboys

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They did this again three years later. 

 

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T-14. Super Bowl XXX: Steelers vs. Cowboys

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They met up again 17 years after that, with the only difference being the bluer socks the Cowboys wore in the Arizona meeting. 

 

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13. Super Bowl XIX: Dolphins vs. 49ers

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The 49ers’ first time using their iconic red-on-gold design in a Super Bowl. Perhaps a more even playing field would have involved the 49ers using their road whites against the Dolphins’ home aquas — which, at the time, were unlike anything else in the NFL — but this game was in Palo Alto. The 49ers owed it to their fans who made the drive south to deploy their NorCal look. While it is unfortunate the Dolphins did not make another Super Bowl in the Dan Marino era to show off their improved road uniform (circa 1985-96), their vintage scheme remains associated with the franchise’s peak.

 

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12. Super Bowl VIII: Dolphins vs. Vikings

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This might be high for most, but it is interesting in what may get the vote for the most boring Super Bowl featured such a fascinating color contrast. The 1973 NFL featured one possible purple-aqua matchup, and the Dolphins and Vikings each brought their best jerseys to Houston. Although this game featured only seven Dolphins passes and stood at 24-0 in the fourth quarter, the ahead-of-its-time color duel deserves credit. 

 

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11. Super Bowl XVI: Bengals vs. 49ers

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This would have been a less eye-popping Super Bowl had it occurred merely one year earlier. In 1981, the Bengals shocked the NFL landscape with their then-revolutionary tiger-striped concept. Cincinnati’s previous uniforms were quite basic and bore a strong resemblance to the other orange, Ohio-based team Paul Brown once led. The Bengals executed a strong pivot and still possess the NFL’s premier helmet. Going against a 49ers team showing off its threads for a Super Bowl audience for the first time helped the teams’ first big-game meeting stand out.

 

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10. Super Bowl LIV: Chiefs vs. 49ers

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While the better matchup would have been for the Chiefs to go with their white-on-red road look and the 49ers to then use their equally fantastic red-on-gold kit, it was surely a non-starter for the team with the color choice (the AFC champion has first dibs in odd years) to defer home red in the reddest Super Bowl in history. But these teams’ second-best uniforms are better than many teams’ top kits, making for fine visuals in Miami.

 

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9. Super Bowl II: Raiders vs. Packers

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Although the Packers’ Lambeau Field greens receive more acclaim, their road whites are one of the best away-from-home uniforms in NFL history. The second AFL-NFL World Championship Game matching them up with the Raiders, who were just finding the uniform footing that would shape their identity for decades, took the yet-to-be-named Super Bowl a step forward. 

 

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8. Super Bowl XXII: Denver vs. Washington

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Favored going into this game, the Broncos gave up 35 points in the second quarter amid a string of late-1980s Super Bowl misfortune. But the uniforms John Elway donned for most of …

With Super Bowl LV looming, it seems like a good time to see what Chiefs and Buccaneers players must do to make a play that can rank among the best in the game’s history. Here are the top 25 plays from the NFL’s ultimate game.

 

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25. ‘Ambush’ catalyzes Saints’ comeback

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Sean Payton’s “Ambush” onside kick call to start Super Bowl XLIV’s second half turned the tide in a game in which the Saints trailed at the time. The 2009 season saw Bill Belichick go for a fourth-and-2 on his own 28-yard line rather than punt to MVP Peyton Manning. Payton operated similarly; his gamble worked out better. Colts wideout Hank Baskett could not corral Thomas Morstead’s surprise kick, and Saints defensive back Chris Reis fell on it . The Saints’ stolen possession ended with a Drew Brees-to-Pierre Thomas touchdown connection and, unlike the Steelers’ Super Bowl XXX surprise onside, this kick led to a championship.

 

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24. The Super Bowl’s immaculate reception

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In a game that featured a whopping 11 turnovers, points proved difficult to come by. So perhaps the weirdest touchdown in Super Bowl history — which went from Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas to Hall of Famer John Mackey — deserves entry, as it played a key role in the Colts exiting this game as victors. Unitas’ pass ricocheted off Colts wideout Eddie Hinton and Cowboys Hall of Fame cornerback Mel Renfro, skipping to Mackey. The longtime Colt tight end galloped 75 yards for a second-quarter touchdown. Baltimore won, 16-13, overcoming seven giveaways. 

 

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Not part of the Giants’ 1986 Super Bowl team, Ingram did not squander his lone Super Bowl opportunity a few years later. The 1987 first-round wide receiver caught a third-and-13 pass from Jeff Hostetler on the Giants’ opening second-half drive of Super Bowl XXV and proceeded to make half the Bills defense miss on a 14-yard gain that featured some of the slickest maneuvering in Super Bowl history. The Giants scored to take a 17-12 lead on a near-nine-minute march, keeping the Bills’ elite offense on the sideline. The father in the Mark Ingram father-son tandem played an essential supporting role in New York’s 20-19 win.

 

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Jones put an exclamation point on a stunning postseason in 2013’s Harbaugh Bowl. Baltimore’s All-Pro kick returner had already secured Joe Flacco’s Mile High Miracle heave to stun Denver two rounds earlier, and in Super Bowl XLVII’s second quarter, Jones caught a 56-yard TD pass. To start the second half, the backup wideout took a kickoff 108 yards back for a touchdown. This gave the Ravens a 28-6 lead. It is the longest play in Super Bowl annals by 8 yards. Considering how close the 49ers came to completing a comeback, Jones’ dash proved massive in cementing the Ravens’ second championship.

 

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21. Don Beebe denies Cowboys a record

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By far the least consequential play on this list brought Beebe immense praise. The worst of the Bills’ Super Bowl losses was about to include the Cowboys setting a Super Bowl scoring record after a fumble-return TD, but the veteran wide receiver — who was at least 15 yards behind the play — stripped Cowboys defensive tackle Leon Lett at the goal line for a touchback. The Bills lost, 52-17, in Super Bowl XXVII, but Beebe turning the team’s ninth turnover into a positive epitomized the franchise’s resilience. It also kept the 1989 49ers’ 55-10 romp over the Broncos as the Super Bowl scoring standard.

 

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20. Max McGee scores first Super Bowl touchdown

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Not expecting to see much action in the first Super Bowl, the backup Packers wide receiver took part in a long night out in Los Angeles on the eve of the first AFL-NFL showdown. But after an early injury to Packers starter Boyd Dowler, the 34-year-old McGee sauntered into action and turned in one of the great clutch performances. The most memorable sequence featured the 13th-year Packer snaring a Bart Starr pass with one hand and coasting in for a 37-yard touchdown — the first in Super Bowl history. McGee scored twice in the Packers’ 34-10 win over the Chiefs.

 

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After erasing a 16-0 deficit, the Titans allowed the Rams to break a 16-all tie late in the fourth quarter. The Titans facing a third-and-5 at the Rams’ 26-yard line with 22 seconds left, and with Tennessee’s play broken, its quarterback needed to improvise. McNair kept the play alive for several seconds, escaping a certain sack (and near-20-yard loss) from Rams defensive linemen Jay Williams and Kevin Carter — the latter a 1999 All-Pro — and found Kevin Dyson for a 16-yard gain to set up a game-tying touchdown try. The Rams holding off the Titans helped make this one of the NFL’s forgotten great plays.

 

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18. Circus catch nearly saves Seahawks

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Just prior to Malcolm Butler making Super Bowl XLIX’s signature play, he could not deter Jermaine Kearse from a catch that nearly saved the Seahawks’ bid at a repeat championship. Russell Wilson’s first-down lob to Kearse — a Washington native who caught on with Seattle as an undrafted free agent — preceded two caroms and included the third-year wideout falling down, sitting back up and nearly running in for a go-ahead touchdown. Kearse had a brief window at a go-ahead TD, which would have averted the subsequent Seahawks disaster. But this remains an all-time catch.

 

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17. Bradshaw finds Stallworth to sink Rams

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Despite going 9-7 in 1979 and using a backup quarterback in Super Bowl XIV, the Rams held a two-point lead going into the fourth quarter. A halfback pass had given Los Angeles the lead over Pittsburgh, a 10.5-point favorite. But on a third-and-8 early in the stanza, Terry Bradshaw hooked up with fellow Hall of Famer John Stallworth on a pinpoint deep strike that soared just past leaping Rams cornerback Rod Perry. An All-Pro in 1979, Stallworth blazed for a go-ahead 73-yard score. The Steelers avoided a major upset, scoring once more to clinch a 31-19 win and their fourth Super Bowl title. 

 

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16. Von Miller begins Bronco defense’s coronation

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In a game predicted to be Cam Newton’s finishing touch on an MVP season, an underdog Broncos team quickly showed how difficult that would be. Miller foiled a third-down Panthers sequence by zooming past Panthers right tackle Mike Remmers and ripping the ball from Newton’s grasp. Newton watched as the ball rolled into the end zone , where Denver D-lineman Malik Jackson covered it to give the Broncos a 10-0 first-quarter lead on a Panthers team that came into Super Bowl 50 at 17-1. The game’s MVP, Miller recorded 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in one of the most important defensive performances in NFL history.

 

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15. Warner-to-Bruce strike dooms Titans

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Finishing off the first 400-yard passing night in Super Bowl history, Kurt Warner remains the most recent MVP to lift his team to a championship in the same season. The Rams stood tied with the Titans with a little more than two minutes left, but the breakout passer connected with top receiver Isaac Bruce on a deep sideline pass. Bruce not only adjusted for a slight underthrow but outmaneuvered Denard Walker and Anthony Dorsett for a 73-yard touchdown. This completed what turned out to be a one-play game-winning drive that produced the Rams’ only Super Bowl title, after which Warner won Super Bowl MVP honors.

 

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14. Porter’s pick gives Saints first title

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The Saints endured a brutal stretch of season-ending sequences in the 2010s, but fortunately for the franchise, these came after their 2009 championship. Peyton Manning marched the Colts to the Saints’ 31-yard line on a potential game-tying drive, but cornerback Tracy Porter jumped a Reggie Wayne route and took a third-down pass to paydirt with just over three minutes left. Manning and Porter were later teammates on the 2012 Broncos, and Porter’s pick-six in Manning’s Denver debut sealed that win too. But Porter is most remembered for intercepting Manning and Brett Favre to set up the Saints’ Super Bowl XLIV title.

 

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13. Throwback Elway scramble ignites Broncos

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Although John Elway was a quarterback prodigy, he was certainly not the same athletically by Super Bowl XXXII. But the 15th-year passer orchestrated a 92-yard drive that ended with a Terrell Davis go-ahead touchdown. The play Elway may be most remembered for extended this march. After realizing Denver’s third-and-6 play call would not work against Green Bay’s coverage, the 37-year-old quarterback took off. The end result: an 8-yard gain that featured Elway helicoptering through LeRoy Butler, Mike Prior and Brian Williams’ tackle attempts. An 11.5-point underdog, Denver prevailed, 31-24, to win its first championship. 

 

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12. Edelman concentration symphony extends Pats drive

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Numerous elements needed to break right for the Patriots to have a chance at their 25-point comeback in Super Bowl LI; one of them was Robert Alford dropping what would have been his second interception that night. Instead of Alford sealing the Falcons’ first title, the cornerback deflected Tom Brady’s first-down pass into the air. Julian Edelman fought off two more Atlanta defensive backs to secure one of the best catches in NFL history. Edelman’s juggling act resulted in a 23-yard gain, moving the Patriots past midfield on their game-tying drive that forced the first Super Bowl overtime period. 

 

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Riggins carried the ball a playoff-record 136 times in the 1982 postseason, which was an amended 16-team format because of a lengthy players’ strike. “The Diesel” logged 38 carries in Super Bowl XVII against the Dolphins; his 30th became a career-defining play. Washington’s 70 Chip play came on a fourth-and-1 from the Dolphins’ 43-yard line, with Miami leading 17-13 early in the fourth quarter. The 33-year-old bruiser received space-clearing blocks from tackle Joe Jacoby and tight end Clint Didier and ran through cornerback Don McNeal for a touchdown. Washington won 27-17.

 

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10. Swann’s catch comes amid iconic performance

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Even though Lynn Swann scored a 64-yard touchdown to give the Steelers their second championship, a catch the Hall of Famer made on a drive that did not end with Pittsburgh points is the indelible image from the first Steelers-Cowboys Super Bowl. Terry Bradshaw connected with his top target on a 53-yard bomb, with Swann’s acrobatics overcoming tight coverage from Cowboys cornerback Mark Washington. The second-quarter drive ended with a missed 36-yard field goal, but it highlighted Swann’s four-catch, 161-yard day and is the centerpiece play of his 10-year career.

 

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9. Taylor game-winner secures 49ers title No. 3

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On his way to MVP honors, Jerry Rice finished Super Bowl XXIII a Super Bowl-record 215 yards on a then-record 11 catches. Longtime sidekick John Taylor ended the game with one reception; it’s one of the most memorable plays in NFL annals. Joe Montana guided a 92-yard drive to erase a three-point Bengals lead, and with the 49ers on the AFC champions’ 10-yard line with 39 seconds left, Taylor was lined up at a tight end position. Montana found the 1986 third-round pick, who was not yet a full-time starting wideout, in stride for a game-winning touchdown to give the 49ers their third title.

 

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Then the highest-scoring team in NFL history, Washington endured a rough January 1984 night in Miami. Already up 28-9, the Raiders made it worse on one of the NFL’s defining runs. Marcus Allen, a second-year former Heisman winner who immediately became a Raider superstar, took a handoff on the third quarter’s final play. His field-reversing 74-yard sprint made Super Bowl XVIII a full-on blowout and cinched up the Raiders’ third Super Bowl title in eight seasons and only conquest in their Los Angeles years. The game’s MVP, Allen finished with a then-Super Bowl record 191 rushing yards and two TDs.

 

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Super Bowl XXXIV featured a memorable fourth quarter, but a linebacker doing his job remains the lasting image from that night. A Kansas City, Missouri, native who went undrafted out of Mizzou, Jones gave his home state its first Super Bowl title in 30 years by stopping Tennessee’s Steve McNair-to-Kevin Dyson strike from tying the game. Jones spoiled Dyson’s attempt at a second playoff game-winner, stopping the second-year wideout at the 1-yard line with zeroes on the clock. Jones’ tackle stalled a Titans drive that began at their own 12-yard line and gave the Rams their first championship since 1951.

 

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6. ‘You want Philly Philly?’

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An Eagles rout of the Vikings in the NFC championship game prevented the first home Super Bowl occurrence. It also allowed Philadelphia to save its long-rehearsed trick play for Minneapolis and Super Bowl LII. Nick Foles’ suggestion to Doug Pederson they fire up the Philly Special reverse pass resulted in the most memorable trick play in Super Bowl history. The Corey Clement-to-Trey Burton-to-Foles sequence bedeviled the favored Patriots and gave the Eagles a 22-12 halftime lead. And a statue. Amazingly, Pederson was fired less than three years after this play led to the Eagles’ first Super Bowl title.

 

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5. Eli Manning’s defining throw

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The other play Manning is best-known for required more skill on his receiver’s part, but perhaps no throw in the Super Bowl (and few throws ever) topped this one. The first play of a Giants game-winning drive came from their own 12-yard line. Manning threaded a near-impossible needle on a 38-yard toss to Mario Manningham. In his final game as a Giant, the fourth-year wide receiver working the sideline to this degree deserves praise. But Manning’s ball placement into double coverage was otherworldly, and it keyed another Super Bowl upset over the Patriots. If Eli’s Hall of Fame case were to be condensed into one play, this is it. 

 

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4. All-Santonio drive ends with storied grab

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Hines Ward and Antonio Brown are this century’s most memorable Steeler receivers, but the top play from a Pittsburgh wideout belongs to Santonio Holmes. The ex-Ohio State standout played only four Steelers seasons and ended a nine-year career with one 1,000-yard slate. But 73 of the Steelers’ 88 yards on their final Super Bowl XLIII drive came from Holmes, and his 6-yard game-winner gave the franchise its record sixth Super Bowl championship. Ben Roethlisberger somehow guided the pass past three Cardinal DBs to find Holmes, the third Steeler wideout to win Super Bowl MVP honors. Debate endures about the placement of Holmes’ right foot.

 

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3. Butler’s pick alters NFL timeline

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After Jermaine Kearse’s bizarre catch accelerated the Seahawks’ potential game-winning drive, Dont’a Hightower’s shoestring tackle stopped Marshawn Lynch at the Patriots’ 1-yard line. Using a goal-line set with three cornerbacks, the Pats denied the Seahawks a repeat title when rookie UDFA Malcolm Butler interrupted Ricardo Lockette’s route. Russell Wilson’s INT came on second-and-goal with 23 seconds left, and the Seahawks’ decision not to use Lynch — as they did on a short-yardage TD earlier in Super Bowl XLIX — still brings scrutiny. Butler’s theft reignited New England’s dynasty and ended Seattle’s hopes at starting one.

 

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2. James Harrison’s all-or-nothing journey

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The Super Bowl’s action-hero scene. Harrison’s 100-yard return required numerous supporting casters and included obstacles throughout. The play began with 18 seconds left and the Cardinals on the cusp of taking a 14-10 lead or tying the game at halftime. Harrison changed his assignment, faking a blitz and intercepting Kurt Warner. The 2008 Defensive Player of the Year sprinted from end zone to end zone on a half-ending play that would have meant nothing had the Cards tackled him. Harrison surviving Larry Fitzgerald’s strip attempt near the goal line finished off Super Bowl XLIII’s game-swinging sequence. 

 

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1. Still the king

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The top play of the NFL’s first 21 seasons of the 21st century, David Tyree’s catch denied the Patriots their slot as the greatest team ever. After catching a fourth-quarter TD pass, the 2007 Giants’ 12th-leading pass catcher tilted this century’s defining game. Eli Manning’s third-and-5 heave to the career special-teamer soared into dangerous territory over the middle. The 32-yard catch required not only Tyree pinning the ball against his helmet but also somehow completing this act while falling to the ground with Rodney Harrison blanketing him. It made Plaxico Burress’ game-winner an impossibly overqualified footnote in the titanic upset.

Sam Robinson is a Kansas City, Mo.-based writer who mostly writes about the NFL. He has covered sports for nearly 10 years. Boxing, the Royals and Pandora stations featuring female rock protagonists are some of his go-tos. Occasionally interesting tweets @SRobinson25.

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