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The Most Exciting Super Bowls in History

The Super Bowl has produced some of the most exciting moments in sports history. Following is our list of the most exciting Super Bowls in history.
Published on February 10, 2023

The Most Exciting Super Bowls in History

What were some of the most exciting Super Bowls in history? Over the years, the Super Bowl has produced some of the most exciting and memorable moments in sports history. Following is our list of the most exciting Super Bowls in history.

Most Exciting Super Bowls

  • Super Bowl XLIX – This game is remembered for Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler’s interception of Russell Wilson with 20 seconds left in the game. The play secured the Patriots’ 28-24 victory over the Seahawks and claimed their fourth Super Bowl title in franchise history.
  • Super Bowl LI – Fans will forever remember this game for the historic comeback by the New England Patriots. Trailing the Atlanta Falcons 28-3 in the third quarter, the Patriots mounted an incredible comeback, scoring 25 unanswered points. The Patriots eventually won in overtime 34-28 over the gassed Falcons. The game also featured one of the most incredible catches in Super Bowl history by WR Julian Edelman.
  • Super Bowl XLII – The New York Giants made one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history when they defeated the heavily favored New England Patriots 17-14. With 00:35 remaining in the game, quarterback Eli Manning found wide receiver Plaxico Burress for the game-winning touchdown. The game also featured perhaps the greatest catch in Super Bowl history, David Tyree’s “Helmet Catch.” The victory spoiled the Patriots’ attempt to be the second team in NFL history to finish a season undefeated.
  • Super Bowl XXXIV – The Rams, led by QB Kurt Warner and RB Marshall Faulk, defeated the Titans 23-16 in a close game. The Rams scored the go-ahead touchdown with two minutes to play, a 73-yard TD pass from Warner to Isaac Bruce. On the game’s final play, Rams linebacker Mike Jones stopped Titans WR Kevin Dyson at the Rams’ 1-yard line.
  • Super Bowl XXV – This game featured the stingy defense of the Giants versus the high-powered offense of the Bills. The Giants pulled out a 20-19 win when Scott Norwood’s 47-yard FG attempt sailed wide right with eight seconds left in the game.

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  • Super Bowl XXIII – 49ers QB Joe Montana solidified his standing as one of the all-time greats when he engineered the game-winning drive. The winning touchdown pass to WR John Taylor came with just 34 seconds remaining in the game. The result: a 49ers victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-16.
  • Super Bowl XXXVI – In one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history, the Patriots defeated the heavily favored St. Louis Rams 20-17. With just 00:07 remaining, Adam Vinatieri made a field goal to secure the victory.
  • Super Bowl XLIII – The Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 in a game with several big plays. With 18 seconds left before the half, Steelers LB James Harrison intercepted a Kurt Warner pass at his own goal line. He then rumbled 100 yards down the sideline and scored as time expired. Not to be outdone, QB Ben Roethlisberger tossed the game-winning touchdown to WR Santonio Holmes with 00:35 seconds left. Homes’ catch was a spectacular toe drag swag in the back corner of the endzone, surrounded by three Cardinals defenders.
  • Super Bowl XXXVIII – After a slow start, the action picked up in the second half. The tension built until 00:04 remaining in the game when Adam Vinatieri made another game-winning FG for the 32-29 win.
  • Super Bowl III – The Jets, led by quarterback Joe Namath, shocked the football world by defeating the heavily favored Colts 16-7. Namath famously (and brashly) guaranteed a Jets victory before the game. Fans widely regard Super Bowl III as one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history. Additionally, the win helped solidify the AFL’s place as a legitimate football league. The victory also marked the beginning of the AFL-NFL merger, which took place in 1970 and created the modern-day NFL.

The Most Exciting Super Bowls in History