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Super Bowl

February 05, 2006|By RAY FRAGER AND ANDY KNOBEL | RAY FRAGER AND ANDY KNOBEL,SUN REPORTERS

The NFL may have made Motown nearly an afterthought in its initial planning for the Super Bowl, failing to adequately honor the music of the host city in today's program.

But what could make a better soundtrack for the Super Bowl? After all, this is the 40th game, and Motown songs spent many a week in the Top 40. So cue up your old records and relive some of the Super Bowl's most memorable moments.

LOVE HANGOVER (DIANA ROSS)

PACKERS 35, CHIEFS 10

Not expecting to play, Green Bay reserve Max McGee spent the night before the first Super Bowl, in 1967, partying in Los Angeles. His head throbbing, McGee was pressed into action because of an injury and responded by making a highlight-reel one-handed catch and caught seven passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns.

GUARANTEE (MARY WELLS)

JETS 16, COLTS 7

The brash New York quarterback Joe Namath (left) guaranteed a victory in the 1969 Super Bowl - and everyone in Baltimore remembers what happened.

BALL OF CONFUSION (TEMPTATIONS)

COLTS 16, COWBOYS 13

A sloppy, turnover-filled game in 1971 featured Jim O'Brien's game-winning kick on the last play and a touchdown pass from John Unitas (pictured below later in the game) that was tipped by Eddie Hinton and then Dallas' Mel Renfro before landing in John Mackey's hands.

I CAN'T HELP MYSELF (FOUR TOPS)

DOLPHINS 14, REDSKINS 7

The most memorable thing about this 1973 game ended up being the sight of kicker Garo Yepremian trying to throw a pass and nearly losing the game for Miami.

REACH OUT I'LL BE THERE

(FOUR TOPS)

STEELERS 21, COWBOYS 17

Pittsburgh's Lynn Swann (right) had four catches for 161 yards in 1976, including a diving catch for a 53-yard gain and a leaping, fingertip reception for a 64-yard touchdown.

FINGERTIPS - PT. 2 (LITTLE STEVIE WONDER)

COWBOYS 27, BRONCOS 10

Butch Johnson made a diving, all-stretched-out catch for a 45-yard touchdown pass from Roger Staubach that put Dallas up by 17 points in 1978.

I WANT YOU BACK

(JACKSON 5)

STEELERS 35, COWBOYS 31

Hall of Fame tight end Jackie Smith (right) dropped a sure touchdown pass, foiling Dallas' bid to beat Pittsburgh in 1979 and leading NBC's Curt Gowdy to say, "Bless his heart, he's got to be the sickest man in America."

YOU HAVEN'T DONE NOTHIN'

(STEVIE WONDER WITH THE JACKSON 5)

49ERS 26, BENGALS 21

Late in the third quarter in 1982, Cincinnati was rallying and had first-and-goal at the 3 but was denied on four straight plays, three of them runs by Pete Johnson, helping San Francisco hang on.

NOWHERE TO RUN

(MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS)

BEARS 46, PATRIOTS 10

While Super Bowl Shuffling their way to a victory in 1986, Chicago held New England to 7 yards rushing.

HEAT WAVE

(MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS)

REDSKINS 42, BRONCOS 10

Washington's Doug Williams had probably the hottest quarter of any Super Bowl quarterback, throwing four touchdowns in the second period in 1988 on his way to a 340-yard game.

IT TAKES TWO

(MARVIN GAYE & KIM WESTON)

49ERS 38, DOLPHINS 16

Two of the NFL's all-time great quarterbacks matched up in 1985, as San Francisco's Joe Montana (left) out-dueled Miami's Dan Marino (right). Each threw for more than 300 yards, but Marino was intercepted twice.

MONEY (BARRETT STRONG)

GIANTS 39, BRONCOS 20

Was any quarterback more "money" than New York's Phil Simms in 1987? He went 22-for-25 passing, setting postseason record with an .880 completion percentage.

DON'T MESS WITH BILL

(MARVELETTES)

49ERS 20, BENGALS 16

San Francisco's Bill Walsh captured his third Super Bowl in the 1989 game, won on Joe Montana's touchdown pass to John Taylor with 34 seconds left

I'M COMING OUT

(DIANA ROSS)

PATRIOTS 32, PANTHERS 29

Sure, New England's Adam Vinatieri kicked a last-second field goal in 2004, but it was Janet Jackson's halftime "wardrobe malfunction" that caught America's attention.

YOU'VE REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME

(SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES)

RAMS 23, TITANS 16

In the 2000 game, linebacker Mike Jones tackled Tennessee's Kevin Dyson at the St. Louis 1 - holding on and not letting him into the end zone - as time expired.

I JUST WANT TO CELEBRATE(RARE EARTH)

COWBOYS 52, BILLS 17

Late in the 1993 game, Dallas defensive tackle Leon Lett scooped up a fumble and headed for the goal line.

He started hot-dogging early, though, and had the ball stripped by a determined Don Beebe.

WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKENHEARTED

COWBOYS 30, BILLS 13

Four straight trips to the Super Bowl, four straight losses for Buffalo and Thurman Thomas (left), culminating in 1994.

DON'T LEAVE ME THIS WAY

(THELMA HOUSTON)

RAIDERS 38, REDSKINS 9

Washington defenders strung out the play perfectly, then were left flatfooted by Marcus Allen's incredible cutback on a 74-yard touchdown run for Los Angeles in 1984.

AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH

(MARVIN GAYE & TAMMI TERRELL)

BRONCOS 31, PACKERS 24

After all those years trying to get over the hump in the Mile High City, John Elway helicoptered his 37-year-old body into the air and against two defenders in 1998 for a late first down en route to his first Super Bowl title.

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