Find Out Which Super Bowls Are the Most Unforgettable
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As of February 2014, 48 Super Bowls have been played. Though every single one of these championship games is memorable, there are some teams that stand out more than others. I thought we’d start the week off right by taking a look at ten of the top Super Bowls in history (choosing only ten is tough, for the record…there are many teams I would have loved to include on this list). Just a little Monday morning motivation, people. If these guys can take home one of the biggest prizes in professional sports, surely you can get those sales reports finished.
1. The 1985 Chicago Bears will always be remembered as one of the NFL’s cockiest teams, but it was with good reason. They were good…and they knew it. Their now infamous Super Bowl Shuffle was recorded (and released) before the post-season commenced. They went on to shut-out the Giants and slaughter the Patriots 46-10 in Super Bowl XX. Coach Mike Ditka clearly knew what he was doing; even today, teams strive to play the kind of smash mouth football these guys did.
2. Shouldn’t come as much of a shock that we’re leading off with that Bears team and the 1972 Miami Dolphins. Don Shula’s boys are still the only undefeated team the league has ever seen and their win in Super Bowl VII (after being defeated in Super Bowl VI, no less) is one of the most unforgettable of the Super Bowl era.
3. It’s difficult to write a list of memorable Super Bowls without including the first one. Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers, featuring names like Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke, and Jerry Kramer, brought home the first title (and the second the following year). Eventually, Lombardi’s name came to be synonymous with the NFL’s premiere contest and, every year, 32 teams want nothing more than to bring home the trophy bearing his name.
4. Super Bowl XLI, between the Colts and Bears, was memorable for a couple of reasons; it was the first time in history that two African American coaches (Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith, for those of you who weren’t paying attention in February of ’07) had met in a championship and it was Peyton Manning’s first Super Bowl appearance. Even after Devin Hester returned the opening kick for a TD, Manning and Co. did their thing, bringing the Lombardi Trophy home to Indy for the first time.
5. The 1984 49ers won 18 games (and lost just 1) by an average of two TDs per contest. The club, including its 10 Pro Bowlers, ultimately faced Dan Marino’s high-scoring Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX and beat them handily 38-16. Poor Dan.
6. We’ll stick with the Niners’ 80s dynasty for No. 6. The 14-2 1989 squad, with Joe Montana under center, obliterated the Denver Broncos 55-10 in Super Bowl XXIV. Montana was the game’s MVP and finished the season with a 112.4 QB rating. And, retrospectively, it helped Denver fans prepare for Super Bowl XXVIII. Always a bright side.
7. The 1975 Steelers, part of the squad’s 70s dynasty, allowed a mere 162 total points during their 12-2 season. They went on to win Super Bowl X 21-17 in a close one against a very good Cowboys squad. It is worth noting that the Steelers, behind the famed Steel Curtain, beat Dallas once again in a 35-31 nail-biter three years later in Super Bowl XIII.
8. The 1976 Oakland Raiders, coached by John Madden, went 13-1 in the regular season, going on a 10-0 streak leading up to the play-offs. They made it to the only game that really matters, beating the Minnesota Vikings by double digits (32-14) in Super Bowl XI.
9. Super Bowl XXXIV featured the Rams (who had gone 4-12 just one season prior) and the Tennessee Titans. The Rams’ Greatest Show on Turf averaged just about 33 PPG, leaving their opponents wondering what, exactly, had hit them (the answer to that question is Marshall Faulk). Kurt Warner and Co. didn’t disappoint in the big game, handily beating the Titans 23-16
10. In 1991, the Redskins beat their opponents by an average of 16 PPG. This is largely due to the fact that their offensive line allowed QB Mark Rypien all the time in the world to find his targets downfield. This ‘Skins squad went on to beat the unlucky Bills of the early 90s in Super Bowl XXVI.