Ranking 15 greatest endings in Super Bowl history: Giants-Patriots games, 49ers-Chiefs wild finish make cut

While it isn’t always the case, Super Bowl LVIII more than lived up to the hype. Really, you could say that the Chiefs’ overtime win actually surpassed any expectations given that it was the longest Super Bowl of all time.  

Kansas City’s 25-22 win joined the list of 15 Super Bowls whose endings won’t soon be forgotten by those who watched. Some of them contributed to dynasties, while one particular finish prevented one dynasty from adding a perfect season to its long list of bona fides. 

This list was made using the following criteria: 

Exciting plays How the game actually finished The time in which the game-winning score occurred Predictability factor Historical significance 

Honorable mention: Super Bowl XLVII: Ravens 34, 49ers 31 

The 35-minute power outage seemed to change the complexion of the game. Trailing 28-6 before the outage, the 49ers were a 2-point conversion away from tying the score with 10 minutes left. Down 34-29, they got down to the Ravens’ 5-yard line and were in position to win the game. As good as he was in leading the 49ers back, Colin Kaepernick was a little off on his fourth-down pass to Michael Crabtree that was slightly overthrown. The 49ers’ last-gasp attempt at a win was extinguished when Josh Bynes tackled Ted Ginn Jr. just short of midfield on the game’s final play. 

15. Super Bowl X: Steelers 21, Cowboys 17 

File this under the “this would never happen in today’s NFL” category: Ahead 21-17 and facing a fourth-and-9 on the Cowboys’ 41-yard line with 1:28 left, Steelers coach Chuck Noll called a running play that gained 2 yards. Noll’s questionable decision was due to the struggles of his punter/kicker that day as well as the faith that he had in his defense. Noll’s faith was rewarded when safety Mike Wagner deflected Roger Staubach’s Hail Mary throw in the Steelers’ end zone on the game’s final play. The pass was picked off by fellow safety Glen…


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Author : Bryan DeArdo

Publish date : 2024-02-12 05:44:17

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