Super Bowl LI was the first in NFL history to go overtime and it has been widely acclaimed as the best ever.
But was it? Was it better than the Namath guarantee game that made the Jets champions? Or the David Tyree helmet-catch game that made the Giants champions? Or one of the two heart-thumping games that Kurt Warner flashed his Hall of Fame arm?
That’s the subject of our weekly Talk of Fame Network poll -- what was the greatest Super Bowl in history? We’ve already weighed in with our list on our Talk of Fame Network web site (talkoffamenetwork.com). Now it’s your turn. Here are your options:
1969 Colts-Jets. This upset holds the greatest historical significance. Hall-of-Fame quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed a victory, then the Jets went out and became the first AFL champion to beat the NFL champ. Matt Snell rushed for 121 yards on 30 carries as the Jets physically pummeled the Baltimore Colts in a 16-7 victory.
1979 Cowboys-Steelers. The stakes were high. The winner would become the first team to win three Super Bowls and two of the NFL’s best offenses were facing off. Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Lynn Swann and John Stallworth managed to outscore Roger Staubach, Tony Dorsett, Dew Pearson and Tony Hill in a 35-31 victory. Hall of Famers Bradshaw and Staubach combined to throw 7 TD passes.
1989 Bengals-49ers. Joe Montana drove the 49ers 92 yards in 11 plays in the closing minutes, hitting John Taylor with a 10-yard touchdown pass for a 20-16 victory over the Bengals. Montana threw for 357 yards and two touchdowns and Jerry Rice caught 11 passes for 215 yards and a score, giving San Francisco its third Lombardi Trophy.
2000 Titans-Rams. Kurt Warner found Isaac Bruce for a 73-yard touchdown pass with 1:54 remaining, then held on for dear life as the Titans came within inches of tying the game and forcing overtime. Steve McNair hit Kevin Dyson with a nine-yard pass to the St. Louis 1, where linebacker Mike Jones made the game-saving tackle. The Greatest Show on Turf survived, 23-16.
2007 Patriots-Giants. The Patriots became the first team since the 1972 Dolphins to play a perfect season, finishing 16-0, then bullied Jacksonville and San Diego in the AFC playoffs. The Giants fell to the Patriots in the regular-season finale but turned the tables in the Super Bowl with a 17-14 victory, thanks in large part to the David Tyree-helmet catch. Brady threw 50 TD passes during the season but only one in the Super Bowl.
2009 Cardinals-Steelers. Kurt Warner hit Larry Fitzgerald for a 64-yard touchdown with 2:37 remaining to give Arizona a 23-20 lead. But Ben Roethlisberger answered with a 78-yard drive over eight plays, capped by his pinpoint pass to Santonio Holmes in the right corner of the end zone for the game-winning touchdown with 35 seconds left. Warner passes for 377 yards in a losing cause.
2015 Seahawks-Patriots. A typical Patriots down-to-the-wire Super Bowl. New England took a 28-24 lead on a short Brady-to-Julian Edelman TD pass with 2:02 remaining, but Russell Wilson drove the defending NFL champ 79 yards to the New England 1 in the final minute. On second-and-1, with Pro Bowl halfback Marshawn Lynch in the backfield, Wilson tried to throw a slant to Ricardo Lockette but was intercepted by Malcolm Butler.
2017 Falcons-Patriots. Down 28-3 midway through the third quarter, Tom Brady rallied the Patriots to 31 consecutive points to deliver New England its fifth Lombardi Trophy with that 34-28 victory. Brady set Super Bowl records with passes (62), completions (43) and yards (466), rallying the Patriots from deficits of 25 points in the third quarter and 16 points in the fourth.