There are tons of good things that come along with a Super Bowl party. The awesome commercials, your girlfriend’s addictive cheesy nacho dip, and that strong possibility the halftime show will feature an awkward wardrobe malfunction that everyone will Tweet about for days after.But the best part about the game itself? We call it: “the play.” That signature pass, last-minute stop or game-winning kick that gets you and your crew jumping out of your seats and screaming at your new HD television. In honor of next weekend's big showdown we relive five of the best Super Bowl plays ever. Careful not to knock over that dip.
Super Bowl XXXIV: Rams stop Titans at 1-yard line
Rams are up 23-16. The seconds are ticking away in the 4th quarter. St. Louis has the game all wrapped up, right? But wait, the Music City boys have the scrambling, rambling Steve McNair. The All-Pro QB drives his team up the field and gets all the way to the Rams 10-yard line with six ticks on the clock. Tennessee draws up a play that gets the ball to Kevin Dyson cutting into the end zone—but just as he’s about to break over the goal line, the Rams’ Mike Jones stops the receiver. ONE. YARD. SHORT.
Super Bowl XX: Refrigerator Perry scores a touchdown
It wasn’t a game-changer. It wasn’t pretty. In fact, there’s no reason why it happened at all … but we’re really glad it did. William ‘Refrigerator’ Perry, a 340-pound lineman, was put in on offense during the Bears’ 46-10 victory over the Patriots, and seeing the No. 72 plunge into the end zone was probably almost (but not really) worth the price of admission to the big game.
Super Bowl XXIII: Joe Montana to John Taylor
Touchdown 49ers! Down 16-13 to the Bengals with about three minutes left in the game, Montana led his squad on an 11-play, 92-yard drive to Super Bowl glory. How did he do it? Jerry Rice, Roger Craig, a game-winning pass to John Taylor, annnddd—he kept his team calm by mentioning that John Candy was cheering them on in the crowd. Joe “Cool” strikes again.
Super Bowl XXXVI: Adam Vinatieri game-winning kick against Rams
The man with the golden foot. Adam Vinatieri is probably the best field goal kicker of all-time. He’s more clutch than clutch. He’s cooler than cool. And back in 2001, during the Patriots’ magical first season with Tom Brady, he made sure his team’s upset of the Rams came to full fruition with this 48-yarder.
Super Bowl XLII: Manning to Tyree
No one expected them to win, and the Giants seemed to be dying away with those predictions. It was the 4th quarter—third down with five to go—and the Patriots’ line was closing in on Eli Manning. But, wait … what? Manning suddenly arose out of the tumbling New England fray, reached back and fired a Hail Mary into his opponents’ territory. Giants wide receiver David Tyree jumped higher than he ever has and reached for a ball that looked uncatchable—and then, he caught it. Or his helmet did. Either way, it’s one of the most unbelievable grabs of all-time. And it led to an eventual Super Bowl victory for the G-Men.