By News Team
Last Updated: 28th January 2022
The Super Bowl is one of the most iconic sporting events in the world and is watched by viewers all across the globe. It’s the game that decides who gets the bragging rights as the best team in the competition during the off-season and the ultimate achievement for any football player.
This year’s game, the Super Bowl LVI takes place on Sunday February 13 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Mary J Blige will perform at the famous Super Bowl Halftime Show.
Last year’s Super Bowl was won by the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was Brady’s record seventh Super Bowl ‘Ring’.
Here we look back at the top five greatest Super Bowl moments of all time.
5. The Start Of A Dynasty – 2001
In Super Bowl XXXVI, the Patriots and the St. Louis Rams were locked at 17-17 with just seven seconds left on the clock. In came Adam Vinatieri to attempt the 48-yard field goal with the chance to seal the result. He lined it up, the whistle blew, and he sent it straight between the posts as the clock hit zero. New England won their first-ever Super Bowl title and would go on to be the most successful team over the next two decades with a total of six wins.
4. Bills Hoodoo – 1991
Never was there a better chance for the Buffalo Bills to win their first Lombardi trophy than this. They were down by one point to the New York Giants when Bills’ kicker Scott Norwood attempted a 47-yard field goal. Unfortunately, it just sailed inches to the right of the goalposts with only four seconds left, and the Giants hung on to win the game 20-19. What is so iconic about this kick is that it started a devastating run in which the Bills would lose four consecutive Super Bowls.
3. Big Ben Strikes – 2009
It was quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s incredibly accurate pass that stole the show in Super Bowl XLIII. Trailing by three points and with time running out, the Pittsburgh Steelers needed something special. Big Ben fired a pass into the end zone, and even though Santonio Holmes was surrounded by opposition players, he somehow managed to catch the ball while making sure both feet touched the ground with just 35 seconds left on the clock. The Steelers went on to win the game 27-23 and a sixth NFL crown.
2. Butler Delivers – 2015
Probably the greatest defensive play in Super Bowl history. The Seattle Seahawks had all the momentum and looked like they were on the verge of finishing off the game. In stepped Patriots’ rookie, Malcolm Butler. In what was an unbelievable read of the play, he intercepted Russell Wilson’s throw right on the goal line with just 20 seconds left to keep New England’s 28-24 lead intact. The play secured Super Bowl XLIX for the Patriots and etched Butler’s name into the history books forever.
1. Helmet Hero – 2008
Today, if a coach saw their quarterback throw into triple coverage, they would most likely turn away in disgust. However, that’s exactly what Giants QB Eli Manning decided to do with just 59 seconds remaining. In what is probably the most famous catch in Super Bowl history, wide receiver David Tyree reached for the ball and pinned it against his helmet as he fell to the ground, securing a 32-yard play. Four plays after that, Manning picked out Plaxico Burress and the player went over for the match-winning touchdown. It was the first time the Patriots had been defeated in the Super Bowl.