1. David Tyree’s Helmet Catch (Super Bowl XLII)
Eli Manning scrambling around and tossing a ball up to David Tyree in triple coverage isn’t what you would normally ask for but it worked out. In Super Bowl XLII the Giants needed a score and after Eli Manning somehow broke out of a sack he launched the ball up to Tyree who came down with the football pinned to his helmet for the catch. The ball just barely stayed off the ground and the Giants went on to score a game-winning touchdown and come home with a Super Bowl title. Tyree wasn’t a well-known player at the time and this play put him on the map and will be remembered forever.
2. Malcolm Butler’s Interception (Super Bowl XLIX)
The most recent moment on our list is the final play for the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. The Seahawks worked the ball down to the 1-yard line with a chance to take the lead after being down 28-24 but that isn’t how it turned out. Instead of handing the ball to Marshawn Lynch, who is known as one of the best power running backs, Seattle decided to throw it. Malcolm Butler jumped a slant route and picked off Russell Wilson’s pass which all but secured the Super Bowl for New England. The decision to pass instead of run was debated on sports TV for weeks and it will go down as one of the best moments in Super Bowl history.
3. Buffalo Bills Missed Kick (Super Bowl XXV)
The Bills had their struggles in Super Bowls but it all started with this game when they had the chance to walk it off with a game-winning kick. Unfortunately for Bills fans, it didn’t work out for them. Buffalo kicker Scott Norwood had a 47-yard field goal while down 20-19 to the Giants with 4 seconds left and the kick missed to the right. To this day the Bills have still never gotten that close to a Super Bowl victory. This moment is one that people remembered for a long time and Bills fans will remember forever.
4. Joe Namath Guarantee (Super Bowl III)
You don’t see many Super Bowl predictions prior to the game but Joe Namath had a bold one. He guaranteed that the Jets would win Super Bowl 3 despite being the underdog as an AFL team. AFL teams generally weren’t as good as NFL teams at the time but that didn’t stop Namath, who went on to win MVP of the game as well. There weren’t any big moments to speak of on this list from the actual game but the hype surrounding the guarantee and Namath backing it up with an MVP performance is why this is #4 on our list of best Super Bowl moments.
5. Big Ben To Santonio Holmes TD (Super Bowl XLIII)
The first of two moments we have from this game is Ben Roethlisberger’s game-winning touchdown pass in the corner of the endzone to Santonio Holmes. After a long TD from Arizona, the Steelers marched down the field and went on to secure a win in this game in exciting fashion. Big Ben threw a missile in the back of the endzone to Santonio Holmes who went full extension and just barely got his feet in for the touchdown. This catch is known as one of the best in the history of the Super Bowl and given the importance of it, I would have to agree. This was a perfect ending to one of the most exciting Super Bowls.
6. San Francisco 49ers 92 Yard Drive (Super Bowl XXIII)
Joe Montana is one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the game and he showed why with his closing performance at the end of Super Bowl XXIII against the Bengals. Joe Montana led the 49ers 92 yards down the field and finished the drive off with a pass to John Taylor with 34 seconds left to take a 20-16 lead. This is one of the most impressive and efficient drives in the history of the big game and is one of the key moments in the history of Joe Montana’s excellent career.
7. Mike Jones’ Tackle (Super Bowl XXXIV)
There isn’t a lot of times where you would see a tackle make the list of the greatest Super Bowl moments in history, but this is different. The Titans were marching down the field with a chance to get a game-winning TD and on the last play Mike Jones came up huge. Mike Jones wasn’t a star but when it mattered most he showed up. Titans WR Kevin Dyson caught a ball for 9 yards but was stopped just shy of the goal line by Mike Jones which saved the game and ended up being the last play of the contest. Rams fans should be giving Mike Jones free meals for life.
8. Adam Vinatieri’s Field Goal (Super Bowl XXXVI)
Adam Vinatieri is one of the best kickers in the history of the game and it’s because of moments like these. The Rams were favorites vs the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI but New England surprised everyone and this will be known as the game that started the Patriots dynasty. On the final play of the game, Vinatieri lined up for a 48-yard field goal and didn’t feel any pressure. He kicked the ball and before it passed through the goalposts he was already celebrating what would be the game-winning score. Vinatieri will always be known as the “GOAT” kicker and this is a moment that should be played time and time again.
9. Tracy Porter Pick-6 (Super Bowl XLIV)
With less than 5 minutes to go in Super Bowl XLIV fans of both teams were sweating bullets as Peyton Manning was leading the Colts down the field to score what could be a Super Bowl-winning touchdown. However, Tracy Porter had other plans, with the Colts 30 yards away from the endzone Porter was able to pick off Manning who was attempting to get a ball to Reggie Wayne and took it all the way to the house. This 74-yard touchdown return all but ended the hopes for the Colts and gave the Saints a Super Bowl title.
10. James Harrison Interception Return (Super Bowl XLIII)
Despite being number 10 on my list, this play is probably one of my most favorites to watch. Nobody expected Harrison to drop back in coverage but he did, and it worked out perfectly for the Steelers. Harrison picked off Kurt Warner at the goal line and was able to take the ball back 100 yards for a touchdown as the game went into halftime. Everyone loves big man touchdowns, and even though Harrison is not a true “big man” it was great to watch him stay in-bounds going down the sideline to the house. This play truly changed the dynamic of the game and the Steelers went on to win 27-23.