Super Bowl XLVII: Top ten moments from the Super Bowl over the years


Last Updated: 01/02/13 10:39pm runs down the top ten magic moments from the rich history of the greatest show on earth - the NFL Super Bowl.

There have been shocks, stunning catches, dramatic victories and miserable endings a plenty over the years, with so much pressure and prestige surrounding the game for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

These days there are 32 teams battling it out throughout the gruelling season, but only one can win, and the winners and losers are separated by just one moment of brilliance, or one moment of madness from either side.

Here's what we at have picked out as the best moments of the Super Bowl over the years, have your say on our choices at the bottom of the page...

Tyree takes 'that catch'

Several plays stand out throughout the years, but no catch was more remarkable than David Tyree's in Super Bowl XLII that set-up the game-winning score for the New York Giants in Phoenix.

The New England Patriots went through the season unbeaten, but Eli Manning's late TD throw to Plaxico Burress ended that run as the Giants came up with the upset win 17-14.

Tyree's catch with under a minute left did the trick though, with Manning somehow wriggling away from danger and throwing his way. Tyree was well covered but somehow grasped the ball against his helmet and held on even after slamming into the turf.

Harrison all the way

A dramatic Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa last year was packed full of magical moments, but perhaps the most important was James Harrison's 100-yard TD trundle - the longest play in Super Bowl history.

Harrison outfoxed Kurt Warner and pulled in the interception just as Arizona looked like scoring, and the big man somehow managed to bound his way the full length of the field for the score.

The Pittsburgh linebacker needed an oxygen mask to recover, and in the end that 14-point swing in the game may have made all the difference.

Can I kick it?

Kickers are often the most under-valued member of an NFL team, but every one of them knows that on a close game, they could be the hero or villain with a last-minute field goal attempt.

Adam Vinatieri knows this better than most, and he has displayed nerves of steel to kick the New England Patriots to victory as time expired in Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002 against the Rams.

That was no fluke though, as Vinatieri repeated the trick two years later as he kicked the winner against Carolina with just four seconds left on the clock - proving he is without doubt the man for the big occasion.

Hester in a hurry

Vinatieri was with the Colts when he played his part in more Super Bowl history, albeit in an unwanted role, as he kicked the ball to Devin Hester for the Chicago rookie to score the only opening kick-off return TD in history.

Brilliant Bears returner Hester had scored five times during the season, but Vinatieri did not heed the warning and found him at the eight yard line - before watching in horror as he raced through the Colts chasers and went all the way to the end zone.

Only 14 seconds had elapsed and already the Colts trailed 7-0 in a rainy Miami, although they did go on to win the Super Bowl despite Hester's early heroics.

Joe says so

Brash quarterback Joe Namath was so confident the New York Jets could upset 18-point favourites Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III that he guaranteed victory in a pre-game interview.

Namath and the Jets duly delivered a huge upset, which went a long way in proving the AFL teams could match the NFL teams ahead of the impending merger.

One of the most famous images from Super Bowl history is 'Broadway Joe' triumphantly jogging off the Orange Bowl field with his hand aloft after coming through on his bold prediction.

The Young one

Joe Montana is a legend of the game with four Super Bowl rings and three MVP awards - so imagine being the man who has to follow in those footsteps!

Steve Young was that man at the San Francisco 49ers, and he took his fair share of criticism before finally laying all the doubt to rest with a magical year of his own leading up to Super Bowl XXIX.

Young threw six TD passes to beat San Diego 49-26, beating Montana's previous record of five, and also grabbed the MVP award and finally earned the respect of the NFL world.

The longest yard

Drama is the name of the game in the Super Bowl, and an ending as dramatic as any came in 2000 as the Tennessee Titans stood on the ten-yard line with six seconds left against St Louis.

Needing a touchdown, Titans QB Steve McNair dropped back and hit receiver Kevin Dyson running across the field and towards the end zone. Enter linebacker Mike Jones who tackled Dyson and, despite him stretching out as he hit the turf, he came up just a yard short and the Rams celebrated victory.

Elway flying high

John Elway was another man with redemption in mind as the Denver quarterback entered a fourth Super Bowl facing the Green Bay Packers coming towards the end of his career.

The 37-year-old showcased his desire to win as he got his old legs moving to scamper the six yards needed to complete a vital third down, despite being sent spinning into the air by two big hits from the Packers.

Elway got up after the heavy landing and the Broncos scored on the next play to go on and win the Vince Lombardi Trophy - which Elway duly regained with a win over Atlanta the following season.

Swann dive

Super Bowl X MVP Lynn Swann was the first wide receiver to collect the award after grabbing four catches for 161 yards and a TD as the Pittsburgh Steelers retained the Super Bowl.

Swann surprisingly played against the Cowboys despite spending two days in hospital with a severe concussion picked up in the AFC Championship game against Oakland.

Despite this he hauled in three great catches in the Super Bowl, one after the ball bobbled off his knee, and the second a trademark acrobatic effort that completed a 53-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw.

Allen on song

LA Raiders running back Marcus Allen produced one of the best rushing performances in Super Bowl history as he shredded the Redskins defence to the tune of 191 yards in a blowout 38-9 win in 1984.

Allen scored two touchdowns in the game including a sublime 74-yard effort in the third quarter that has gone down as one of the best ever seen in the big game.