10 Greatest Super Bowls in NFL History

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10 Greatest Super Bowls in NFL History

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The Super Bowl has solidified football as America's game. About one-third of the United States gathers around their televisions on the first Sunday of February every year to see the NFL's two best teams go at it. The Super Bowl has grown since its early days in the 1960s. Over 50 million more people watch the Super Bowl now than in 1967. During Super Bowl I, the cost of a 30-second commercial was $42,000; during Super Bowl XLVII, it was $4 million.

The Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls, and the Super Bowl trophy is named after the coach of those two Super Bowl-winning teams, Vince Lombardi.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys hold the record for most appearances in the Super Bowl with eight. The Steelers have won six Super Bowls which is the most of all time. The Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers are tied at second with five Super Bowl victories. Chuck Noll has four Super Bowl victories which is more than any other head coach in NFL history from coaching the Steelers' dynasty of the 1970s. Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana are the only quarterbacks to have won four Super Bowls.

There have been awful and awesome Super Bowls. From 1984-1988, the world witnessed a stretch of Super Bowl blowouts. The first nine Super Bowls were pretty bland as well, but we've been very fortunate as of late. Since 2000, most of the Super Bowls have been very entertaining. This year's Super Bowl should be a very good game, too. In fact, six of the Super Bowls on this list are from 2000 or later.

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10. Super Bowl XLV

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The Packers defeated the Steelers 31-25 in this Super Bowl matchup. With this victory, Green Bay became the first No. 6 seed to win the Super Bowl from the NFC. The Packers dominated the Steelers in the first-half of this game. Green Bay was leading 21-3, but the Steelers cut the lead to 21-10 just before halftime. Halfway through the fourth quarter, the Steelers cut the Packers' lead to 28-25. It was an exciting back-and-forth second-half ultimately leading to a Packers triumph.

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9. Super Bowl XLVII

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The Baltimore Ravens led early in the third quarter 28-6, but then a power outage caused half of the stadium's lights to go out. After the game resumed, the 49ers scored 17 unanswered points, cutting Baltimore's lead to 28-23. With the Ravens up 34-29 with two minutes left in the game, the 49ers had the ball at the Ravens' seven-yard line but failed to get into the end zone on four tries. The Ravens took an intentional safety and eventually won the game 34-31.

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8. Super Bowl XXV

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The New York Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills 20-19. Bills kicker Scott Norwood missed a 47-yard field goal with very little time remaining to give the Giants the victory.

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7. Super Bowl XXXVIII

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The Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots combined for over 800 yards of total offense in this bout. Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri made a 41-yard field goal with four seconds left in the game to decide the game, 32-29.

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6. Super Bowl XXXVI

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This was Tom Brady's first Super Bowl victory. Brady set up kicker Vinatieri who made a 48-yard field goal as time expired. The Patriots defeated the St. Louis Rams 20-17.

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5. Super Bowl XXXIV

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The Tennessee Titans came up one yard short of the Vincent Lombardi Trophy. Rams linebacker Mike Jones tackled Titans wide receiver Kevin Dyson at the Rams' one-yard-line as the clock ran out, securing the Rams' 23-16 win.

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4. Super Bowl XIII

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This matchup featured 16 Hall of Fame inductees and was the second of three Super Bowl games in which the Cowboys and Steelers played against one another. The Steelers were victorious in this one, 35-31.

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3. Super Bowl XLII

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Eli Manning was magical in this contest, and so was David Tyree with his helmet catch. The Giants defeated the Patriots 17-14, and New England fell one game short of a perfect season.

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2. Super Bowl XXIII

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This is the game in which "The Montana Drive" happened. Joe Montana, with 3:10 left in the game, led the 49ers 93 yards for a touchdown. The Niners defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16.

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1. Super Bowl XLIII

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This is the most enthralling Super Bowl of all time. Steelers OLB James Harrison returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown with no time left in the first-half. Arizona Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald took a pass 64 yards for a score, putting the Cardinals up 23-20 with 2:37 left in the game. Ben Roethlisberger capped off a 90-yard drive with a touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes, whose catch with 37 seconds left gave the Steelers a 27-23 victory.