Which 3 Super Bowls top the list?
By: Adam Hulse (@AdamHulseSports)
The annual Super Bowl is the greatest game in sports. A do-or-die game to determine the champion of the NFL season. There are no second chances and one bad decision can be the difference between who wins and loses. It’s so pure in its win-or-go-home philosophy. The anticipation and excitement surrounding this game every year are unmatched and that is why it is the most viewed event, and not just for sports, pretty much every year. Even people who don’t particularly care about football still tune in for the game.
Over the years there have been many epic Super Bowls. From wild comebacks to legendary performances, it’s demonstrated the entire spectrum of possibilities. This article will look at the last decade only and rank the top 3 Super Bowls from that time frame. Competitiveness and epic moments, among many other factors, were considered when making these rankings. Let’s start at third and count down to first.
3. Super Bowl LIV
The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 but the final score does not at all tell the story of this game. With less than ten minutes remaining, the 49ers were up by ten points with the ball and a chance to all but end it. After some missed opportunities, they were forced to punt and everything changed from there. Over the final six minutes plus of game time, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs would put together three quick drives that resulted in touchdowns. They not only quickly erased a double-digit deficit but would end up winning the game by double digits themselves. This victory was fitting for the spectacular postseason run put together by the Chiefs, coming from behind by double digits to win all three of their games.
2. Super Bowl XLIX
In what was a tightly contested game from start to finish, the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 28-24. This game is really defined by the epic fourth quarter that went back and forth. The Patriots entered the final quarter trailing by ten points but after two touchdown passes by Tom Brady they would take a four-point lead with just two minutes remaining. Russell Wilson would get an opportunity to put together a game-winning drive for the Seahawks and would march them all the way down the field to the goal line. It looked like Wilson was going to be the hero, but the tables turned when Malcolm Butler jumped a slant route and snagged a game-winning interception for the Patriots. It was a wild fourth quarter with a jaw-dropping ending, capped off by one of the most iconic plays in NFL history.
1. Super Bowl LI
After the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in overtime by a score of 34-28. With less than three minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Falcons lead 28-3 and looked like they were on their way to a victory. Instead, Tom Brady lead the Patriots to score 25 straight points in regulation to force overtime, where they would score another touchdown and end the game. It was not only the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history but also the only time the game ever went to overtime to decide a winner. All things considered, this is the best Super Bowl in the last decade and one of the best individual games in the history of the NFL.