Super Bowl History: Memorable Moments and Iconic Plays

December 11, 2023
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Super Bowl History: Memorable Moments and Iconic Plays

While Baseball may be considered America’s game historically, American Football has exploded in a way Major League Baseball will be very jealous of.

The NFL is one of the most watched and supported leagues in the world as it has adapted and globalized over the decades, with the grand finale, the Super Bowl being its glamourous and crowd drawing centerpiece.

After a grueling regular season, followed by the playoffs, the final two sides left remaining with face of in the Super Bowl with the winner crowned champions for the season.

Bettors from around the world will tune in and track the Super Bowl odds for different teams and players, as well as who will make the biggest impact on the game in different ways.

While backing a team or a player to reach certain milestones is a key part of the Super Bowl experience these days, the action on the field is always the biggest draw. We have been lucky to witness some truly incredible moments each year in the biggest match in the world.

The Helmet Catch

Eli Manning led the New York Giants to a rousing comeback win in Super Bowl 42. Jinking and breaking away from tacklers, the quarterback thought he would have been drawing even more headlines, but it was David Tyree, the wide receiver, who produced one of the most memorable moments in Super Bowl history. The Helmet Catch, after receiving then taking a hit from a defender ensured the Giants marched on to claim an incredible victory.

Butlers Game Winning Pick

Rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler helped Tom Brady claim his fourth Super Bowl ring with this incredible pick on the goal line which Seattle Seahawks elected to pass rather than run with running back Marshawn Lynch surely the better option to get the ball over the line. Russell Wilson threw, and the rest is history.

Santonio Holmes Super Bowl 43

The Pittsburgh Steelers won a then record sixth Super Bowl in a thrilling match with the Arizoa Cardinals. Having been 17-7 up at the half, the Steelers were trailing by three points in the final two minutes. With 35 seconds left on the clock , Ben Roethlisberger capped off an impressive drive with a perfectly flighted ball to Santonio Holmes to dive for in the back corner of the endzone.

Nick Foles Touchdown

Super Bowl 52 saw many records broken including most points scored and fewest punts, but backup quarterback Nick Foles took them most famous moment in a special teams play with saw him leave a direct snap go to running back Corey Clement on fourth-and-goal who pitched the ball to tight end Trey Burton to find a wide open Foles in the end zone.

An incredible moment in a scintillating game which saw the Philadelphia Eagles triumph 41-33 over the New England Patriots.

The Fridge in Super Bowl XX

As the Chicago Bears lead the New England Patriots 37-3, Mike Ditka brought out the party tricks for the fans by sending out defensive lineman Willian “The Fridge” Perry to smash in a score in the end zone.

The “Original” Gatorade Shower

We have seen this tradition carry on up to this day, pouring the bucket of Gatorade over the coach when your team wins the big final. While the first time this happened is up for debate, it definitely became traditions after the New York Giants win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI in 1987 which saw head coach Bill Parcells soaked by his players.

The Blackout Bowl

Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 provided plenty of excitement as the Baltimore Ravens were leading the San Francisco 49ers 28-6 in the third quarter when all of a sudden, the lights in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome all went out. A 34-minute delay occurred which gave the 49ers a chance to gather themselves and stage an incredible comeback but fall short 34-31 with the Raven’s holding on.

Mike Jones Game-Saving Tackle

In Super Bowl XXXIV the St. Louis Rams held on to a 23-16 win to the Super Bowl over the Tennessee Titans. The Titans were on offense and looking to tie the game with zeroes on the clock when quarterback Steve McNair found receiver Kevin Dyson who was tackled on the one-yard line by undrafted rookie Mike Jones which won the Rams their first Super Bowl in 30 years.

Halftime Show Excitement

While the action on the field draws in the fans, the halftime show is something which is eagerly anticipated throughout the season. In 2023 we saw Rhianna return and deliver an excellent performance while there have been many more throughout the Super Bowl history. Michael Jackson in 1993, U2 in 2002 as well as Shakira and Jennifer Lopez in 2020 as the first Latina duo to perform.

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