Which Super Bowl is your all-time favorite?

February 02, 2011

Super Bowl XXXII

Steve Svekis

Sun Sentinel

The star-crossed John Elway had much of America in his corner for Super Bowl XXXII against Brett Favre and the two-touchdown-favorite Packers.

The Broncos icon had been routed in three previous Super Bowls. This time, however, he had running back Terrell Davis.

Davis, despite missing a quarter of the game with a migraine, carved up Green Bay for 165 total yards. It was Elway, though, who made the game's most memorable play. On third-and-6 from the Green Bay 12 late in the third quarter, Elway ran 8 yards to set up a Davis touchdown that gave Denver a 24-17 lead.

Elway's helicopter spin to finish the play is one of the Super Bowl's iconic moments. The Pack tied the score in the fourth but could not stop Davis as he scored his third touchdown and clinched Elway's cathartic first title.

ssvekis@tribune.com

Super Bowl XX

Dan Pompei

Chicago Tribune

When I think back to the first Super Bowl I covered, every one since pales a little bit in comparison. It was 1986 in New Orleans, and the Bears were a dominating story as well as a dominating team. It was a weeklong party on Bourbon Street, with members of the team literally acting as bartenders.

Everyone associated with the team found fame, even Jim McMahon's acupuncturist. From the standpoint of the game itself, there wasn't much there. Super Bowl XX was a completely one-sided affair with the Bears rolling over the Patriots 46-10.

But the Bears still provided drama, what with seven sacks, William "Refrigerator" Perry scoring a touchdown and Walter Payton pouting about it, and Leslie Frazier suffering what turned out to be a career-ending knee injury on a punt return reverse.

dpompei@tribune.com

Super Bowl VII

Dom Amore

Hartford Courant

If I were to list the most exciting Super Bowls, No. VII might not make the top X.

But the question is to name my favorite Super Bowl, so I am sticking with the first one in which I was emotionally invested.

My team, the Giants, lost two heartbreaking games and the NFC East to the Redskins and so, in the playoffs, I followed the latter. George Allen's Redskins. Billy Kilmer's Redskins. Larry Brown and Charley Taylor's Redskins. Then there were the Dolphins — Don Shula, Larry Csonka, Bob Griese, Earl Morrall, Howard Twilley, the No-Name Defense and the high-wire act they ran week to week to go undefeated. With all it took to get there, it just seemed like the biggest deal in the world to a 10-year-old.

Dad and I were glued to the TV, even without a real rooting interest.

The game was a dud. The Dolphins got the lead and sat on it, winning 14-7.

damore@tribune.com

Super Bowl XXXVI

Athan Atsales

Los Angeles Times

Super Bowl XXXVI — the Patriots vs. the Rams — not only was decided on the last play of the game but also was filled with intrigue.

The Patriots weren't given much of a chance against the "Greatest Show on Turf." Plus New England was trusting then little-known quarterback Tom Brady to take them to the promised land.

The Patriots had led by two TDs before the Rams stormed back to tie the game with 1:30 to go. With no timeouts left, the coaching staff warned Brady to be very careful; they would rather go to OT than blow the game in the final seconds. However, Drew Bledsoe approached Brady before the drive and said, "Blank that, just sling it."

Brady drove the Patriots to the Rams' 30 and spiked the ball with seven seconds remaining before Adam Vinatieri kicked the game-winning 48-yard field goal.

aatsales@tribune.com

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