Just in terms of how great the game was, although I'm sure if your team won/lost it would make you biased. I'm a Vikings fan so I don't have that problem. This seems like a good time to do a thread like this You can include old games or just limit it to ones you saw live.
Not surprising that the Pats are in four of my five, all their modern SB's have been great games. I was limiting it to ones I watched, but this might be the genuine top 5, the Niners/Bengals Super Bowl with Montana taking the team down the field at the end is the one older one I might consider for a spot. Good game tonight, but both defenses were craptastic, and there wasn't the last second drama that the games that made my list had.
Post by urbanpatrician on Feb 5, 2018 11:55:44 GMT
Top 2 are these. Nothing comes close.
1. 1997: Denver over Green Bay -I was a kid. Caught deep in the hype of the great but woeful Super Bowl loser John Elway. I was rooting for Denver, partially because I knew Elway put his heart out on this moment of glory. Knowing that Green Bay had Favre, the ideal NFL QB at that time, the crown was his to lose. It was everything a kid could dream of. I liked Favre too, but he got his moment. It was time for Elway's.
2. 2001: New England over St. Louis -I was rooting for St. Louis because they had the consummate team with a Mike Martz offense and a defense that was top 2 or 3 ranked; it was the perfect team.... until this nobody Brady kid spoiled the party. The tension of this game was what kept this game interesting. It looked like the Rams were gonna win, even though they never were overwhelmingly winning - I never thought they'd lose. I could honestly do without that last drive in the history books because I had no idea why New England would've risked it. It felt like such a lazy drive too, one that was devoid of excitement except a slow, mounting path to victory. If I could've changed things, I would've put this game in OT... didn't matter who won but that last drive eliminated.
The rest are a combination of these: 2015: Denver over Carolina -Manning. His going out. That immaculate Denver D. I knew Denver was gonna win. Defense always wins.
2017: Philadelphia over New England -Offense. Back and forth. Brady throwing 505 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT. First time anyone has lost with those numbers. Made it fun, but not one of all time favorites.
2011: Giants over New England -Tension again. Round 2. I actually felt sorry for Brady and Belichick at this point. Didn't seem like they could catch a break, because Coughlin had the better 4th quarter game management once again. Seemed like Belichick was gonna lose inevitably regardless of what he did. That touchdown he allowed on purpose or not.
2007: Giants over New England -LOL at that time. 18-1 Patriots. But I wasn't actually that much into football at the time facing deep college alienation and everyone around me hating the Patriots and being unexcited over the Giants. They preferred Green Bay instead of the Giants, and I have to say I wanted to watch a last Favre rodeo too.
1996: Green Bay over New England -Was probably the first Super Bowl I remember a massive hype built around it. Favre, the golden boy, and everyone knew Green Bay was gonna win.
1999: St. Louis over Tennessee -Everyone's naming this one. I don't think I remembered watching this game fully. I know about the very last play though. But because I don't think I actually saw the whole game, I can't name this as one of my favorites even if I'll trust everyone else in naming this as a great game.
I know I seem uneducated...... but there's too much homework for me to do to go back before 1995.... the first super bowl I remember Michael Irvin fighting off a receiver. And talk about Emmett, Aikman, and the immaculate Dallas monster in '95.