The Super Bowl has fallen on this date on three occasions and each of them have ended in dramatic fashion. Each have been called one of the greatest of all time and one of them just recently was voted the top Super Bowl of all-time.
Adam Vinatieri Wins It Again
Super Bowl XXXVIII between the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers started out by setting a record with nearly 27 scoreless minutes and ended up in a shotout with the two teams combining for 37 points in the 4th quarter. For the second time in three years, however, the Patriots prevailed 32-29 on Adam Venateri’s last second field goal.
Steelers Respond to Cardinals’ Furious Rally
Super Bowl XLIII featured the Arizona Cardinals in their first Super Bowl against the Pittsburgh Steelers seeking a record 6th win. Trailing 20–7 at the start of the fourth quarter, Arizona scored 16 consecutive points, including wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s 64-yard touchdown reception, to take the lead with 2:37 remaining in the game. But the Steelers marched 78 yards to score on wide receiver Santonio Holmes’ 6-yard game-winning touchdown catch with 35 seconds left.
The game was voted the top Super Bowl of all-time in connection with Super Bowl 50 celebrations.
The Butler Did It
In the most watched Super Bowl in history, viewers were not disappointed. The Patriots rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to take the lead from the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, only to have the Seahawks drive to the Patriot 1-yard line. It was there that Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson’s pass with 26-seconds remaining to seal the victory.
Wardrobe Malfunction and Left Shark
Halftime shows at two of these Super Bowls added terms to our cultural lexicon.
Super Bowl XXXVIII’s halftime show featured Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson and gave us the “wardrobe malfunction”. While Katy Perry’s performance at Super Bowl XLIX was upstaged by the off-step Left Shark.
Super Bowl XLIII had a performer bigger than the Super Bowl – the Boss himself.