It is Super Bowl Sunday!
Later today, the Los Angeles Rams will take to the pitch in their hometown SoFi Arena to take on the Cincinnati Bengals attempting to land their second Super Bowl.
The Bengals, having lost their previous two Super Bowl appearances, are hoping that they can overturn the odds, which have been against them all week, and land their first triumph in the big season finale.
With the half time show set to feature Dr.Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamarr, it promises to be a very exciting week and perhaps the biggest day for sports betting in the history of the United States.
Over the last week, we’ve kept an eye on the big Super Bowl stories heading towards today and we’ve learned more about the players competing, who the experts are picking to win and of course, the players that are most likely to decide the outcome.
Bookmakers like DraftKings Sportsbook have been solid all week with the Los Angeles Rams as their favorites to win the game and in the final few hours before the game, it doesn’t look like there’s going to be too much that will change that.
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What viewers will be hoping for, especially those who are not fans of either team, is a
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great game, just like occurred in the ten Super Bowls outlined below.
And apologies to any veterans who have racked up the years watching Super Bowls, my own experience only started in the 1980s, so unfortunately, I’ve discounted games before then as I didn’t see them, which rules out the Jets beating Baltimore in Super Bowl III and the Steelers v Cowboys classic in Super Bowl XIII.
So what were the best ten Super Bowl games of all time that I’ve seen? Here’s my pick and let’s hope that today’s game is good enough to perhaps crack the top ten of this list!
The Ten Best Super Bowl’s Of All Time
Super Bowl XXXVIII – New England Patriots 32-29 Carolina Panthers (2004)
This was a very weird Super Bowl because I recall the first half, and the first quarter especially, being somewhat dismal, and I even considered heading to bed and leaving the second half. I’m glad I didn’t as the second half of the game, and the final quarter in particular, proved to be a shootout with the two teams going at it like to heavyweight boxers on offense.
Not much defense was played to be honest in the final quarter and in the end it Adam Vinatieri kicked his second Super Bowl winning Field Goal as time expired to hand the Patriots the win.
Super Bowl LII – Philadelphia Eagles 41-33 New England Patriots (2018)
When Carson Wentz went down with an ACL Tear on December 10th, the Eagles, who had already all but locked up a playoff berth, were forced to turn to back up Nick Foles, with many experts feeling that with Wentz out, the Eagles would struggle and exit the playoffs early.
However, Foles didn’t read the script, he won three games in a row to end the regular season before being rested for the final game of the season. Then he took the underdog Eagles in every one of their two playoff games to the Lombardi Trophy, out-performing Tom Brady, who put up a Super Bowl record of over 500 yards passing in defeat.
Super Bowl XLIII – Pittsburgh Steelers 27-23 Arizona Cardinals (2009)
I really enjoyed this game as it had everything. Kurt Warner’s re-emergence, a James Harrison 100-yard interception for a touchdown just as it looked like the Cardinals would take the lead in the game.
Trailing by 13 in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals scored 16 unanswered points, the second Larry Fitzgerald’s 64-yard touchdown which put them in the lead for the first time. However, Ben Roethlisberger’s drive and final pass to Santonio Holmes at the back of the end zone handed the Steelers a dramatic win.
Super Bowl XX – Chicago Bears 46-10 New England Patriots (1985)
Admittedly, this game won’t be on many people’s list of the greatest Super Bowl games as the Bears were so utterly dominant, even to the point of bringing William “The Refrigerator” Perry in to run in a touchdown in the second half against the Patriots.
This was a special Bears team though and the reason it rates so highly for me, is that it was this game that first made me fall in love with American Football and while it may not rank so highly on the list for others, it certainly does for me.
Super Bowl XLII – New York Giants 17-14 New England Patriots (2012)
We all know what happened in this game and the context, New England were on for a
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perfect season with a victory here having gone 18-0 in the regular season and playoffs. The Giants were the big underdogs but late in the game were still within a score of the Patriots.
We then saw the Giants put together an incredible drive, highlighted by David Tyree’s helmet pass, to take the lead late on after Ahmad Bradshaw’s rushing touchdown. Even so, the Patriots still had a last gasp Hail Mary pass to try and win the game, but Tom Brady’s pass attempt hit the ground.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins remain to this day, the only team with a perfect season, but no other team has come closer, or won more games in a season than this Patriots team.
Super Bowl XXIII – San Francisco 49ers 20-16 Cincinnati Bengals (1989)
The game that cemented Joe Montana at the top of everyone’s favoriteS Super Bowl QB list, at least until Tom Brady came along. Trailing the Bengals 16-13, the 49ers had to start their final drive of the game on their own 8 yard line.
What followed was a masterclass in quarterback play, showmanship and brilliance from Montana. From easing the nerves in his team’s huddle by quipping “Is that John Candy?” pointing to a person in the crowd, to the final stunning pass to John Taylor that won the Super Bowl for the 49ers.
Super Bowl XLIX – New England Patriots 28-24 Seattle Seahawks (2015)
Heartbreak is always a telling feature of any Super Bowl and it is telling that three of the best four Super Bowl games that I’ve seen are ones where teams have come up short. The first is the Patriots win over the Seahawks in 2015, when Pete Carroll elected to go for a 1-yard pass to win the game, rather than hand the ball off to the almost unstoppable RB Marshawn Lynch.
For all the world, it looked like the Seahawks would simply barrel the ball over the line via Lynch, but Carroll’s decision backfired hugely when Malcolm Butler intercepted the ball to hand the win to the Patriots, but this is a game the Seahawks should never have lost.
Super Bowl XXXIV – Los Angeles Rams 23-17 Tennessee Titans – (2001)
One yard short. The Greatest Show on Turf, the Los Angeles Rams went out to a 16-0 lead in this Super Bowl before the Titans mounted a comeback to tie the game up at 16-16 apiece, snatching the momentum in the game, or so it seemed.
However, after Isaac Bruce’s long touchdown pass, the Titans drove to level the game and on the final play of the game, Steve McNair hit Kevin Dyson with a 5 yards pass with Dyson seemingly set to score to allow the Titans to tie the game with a point, or even try to win it with two.
However, Rams linebacker Mike Jones made a Super-Bowl winning tackle to leave Dyson a yard shot of the endzone handing victory to the Rams.
Super Bowl XXV – New York Giants 20-19 Buffalo Bills – (1991)
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A number of kickers have had a chance to win the Super Bowl for their team. However only one has had a chance to win the game, and also lose it. Unfortunately for Scott Norwood of the Buffalo Bills, his 47-yard field goal to win the game went a yard to the right of the posts meaning that the Bills would lose the first of four Super Bowl’s.
However this miss, was the closest they would come to winning any of those other three games.
Super Bowl LI – New England Patriots 34-28 Atlanta Falcons (2017)
Everything about Super Bowl LI was incredible. The Falcons started brilliantly and for two and a half quarters dominated the Patriots. The half time show by Lady Gaga was superb, then after the Falcons had made the score 28-3, Tom Brady and the New England offense woke up.
The comeback from then on was remarkable as the Patriots scored touchdowns and kicked field goals, converting for two points to make up for a missed extra point kick and drew level to take the game into Overtime.
The Patriots promptly won the toss, marched downfield and James White capped the best point scoring display by an individual in the Super Bowl by scoring a game winning touchdown on the first drive, taking his personal total to 20 points in the game and handing the Patriots the Super Bowl once again.
Here’s hoping tonight’s game can be every bit as good as any one of these outstanding contests above!