Sports | 14 January 2016The 10 Greatest Super Bowl Games Ever Played Share article facebook twitter google pinterest The date is booked. The tickets are sold. The halftime show is destined to be epic. Super Bowl 50 approaches! While we’re getting ready for the upcoming game (deciding on chicken wing flavors and how many pizzas to order), we thought it would be fun to reflect on the 10 greatest Super Bowl games of the past as decided by Bob McGinn of The Ultimate Super Bowl Book. Super Bowl XLII, Giants vs. Patriots: The ugly duckling, Eli Manning, comes of age. . . . The Giants prove the Patriots are not invincible. . . . David Tyree makes his miraculous reception. . . . New York shows all-time pass rush led by Justin Tuck and Michael Strahan, who plays his final game. Super Bowl XXXVI, Patriots vs. Rams: Bill Belichick contains St. Louis’ “Greatest Show on Turf” with a lineup filled by cheap free agents. . . . Late heroics put young Tom Brady on the sporting landscape. . . . Adam Vinatieri’s 48-yard field goal wins it as time expires. Super Bowl XXXIV, Rams vs. Titans: Mike Jones tackles Kevin Dyson at the 1-foot line and the confetti rains down. . . . Kurt Warner is a deserving MVP, but Steve McNair’s boldness on final possession leaves an indelible imprint. Super Bowl X, Steelers vs. Cowboys: Terry Bradshaw out-duels Roger Staubach as the passing game reigns supreme for the first time in a Super Bowl. . . . Lynn Swann beats the young, spirited Cowboys almost by himself. Super Bowl III, Jets vs. Colts: An upstart league and its underdog champion have their day in the sun. . . . Joe Namath guarantees victory over the Colts, then shows the way with a measured, unforgettable performance. Super Bowl XIII, Steelers vs. Cowboys: Round 2 between the Steelers and Cowboys is one for the ages. . . . Bradshaw, Swann, and the “Steel Curtain” defense prevail once again in a wild shootout between heavyweights that will never be forgotten. Super Bowl XLIII, Steelers vs. Cardinals: Few playoff games have had three more electrifying plays than those made by James Harrison, Larry Fitzgerald, and Santonio Holmes. . . . Quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner cover themselves in glory. Super Bowl XXXII, Broncos vs. Packers: The Broncos slay the mighty Packers, snapping the NFC’s winning streak at 13 games. . . . Redemption is sweet for John Elway, whose whirlybird scramble galvanizes his teammates down the stretch. Super Bowl XXIII, 49ers vs. Bengals: Maybe the least dominant of the 49ers’ championship teams, but Joe Montana’s strike to John Taylor gives the Super Bowl its first decisive touchdown pass in the final minute. Super Bowl XXXVIII, Patriots vs. Panthers: Players wilt under the closed roof at Reliant Stadium as a frantic finish unfolds. . . . Once again, Brady and Vinatieri come through in spades as time runs out.Honorable Mentions: Super Bowl XXV, Giants vs. Bills; Super Bowl XVI, 49ers vs. Bengals; Super Bowl XVIII, Raiders vs. Redskins; Super Bowl XLVI, Giants vs. Patriots; Super Bowl XXII, Redskins vs. Broncos; Super Bowl XX, Bears vs. Patriots. With a television viewership of over 100 million people and hundreds of millions of dollars spent each year on tickets, concessions, and merchandise alone, the Super Bowl is the greatest game on Earth. Offering in-depth analysis, detailed statistics, play-by-play recaps, and post-game insights for every Super Bowl ever played, The Ultimate Super Bowl Book is the most definitive reference to this iconic sporting event, exploring all the high and lows from more than four decades of gridiron drama, with stories and quotes from the men who made history on football’s biggest stage. In addition to a comprehensive examination of each Super Bowl played since 1967, the book presents features on the greatest individual performances in Super Bowl history—from Joe Namath to Joe Montana, Tom Brady to Aaron Rodgers, Marcus Allen to Emmitt Smith, Jack Lambert to James Harrison—and the best and worst decisions by some legendary coaches, including Vince Lombardi, Chuck Noll, Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, Mike McCarthy, and more. Author Bob McGinn weighs in on the biggest Super Bowl shockers, the worst blunders, and the most entertaining characters. Quotes from players and coaches take you to the sidelines and into the huddle with the greatest teams in Super Bowl History, including the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, and more. No sporting event can compete with the Super Bowl—and no book can compete with this one as the ultimate reference to the ultimate game! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.