The Super Bowl is subject to Murphy’s Law – if something can go wrong, it probably will. Call it whatever you want – a pressure cooker, an air of attraction around the event or just the so-widely publicised nature of the game – but magic seems to happen on the night, and some moments are remembered better than the others.
Not always for the right reasons, either.
Just Run the Ball – Super Bowl XLIX:
Marshawn Lynch had been carving up the New England defence all game. Down by four on the final drive of the game, Seattle had the ball on the Patriots one-yard line and were about to win the game.
Lynch had gained at least a yard on 22 of his 24 carries on the day.
Instead, they opted to throw a pick slant into the end zone and it was intercepted off a deflection.
It’s still the most divisive playcall in the history of the Super Bowl.
Manny Ramirez and the Questionable Snap – Super Bowl XLVIII
Seattle again, here. This time is easier to read for the 12s though. Peyton Manning lined up in the shotgun, awaiting a snap from converted guard Manny Ramirez. The Seahawks fans were so loud in the venue, that he couldn’t hear a playcall from Peyton Manning.
Ramirez proceeded to snap the ball over Manning’s head and into the end zone, where the Broncos recovered it, conceding a safety in the process. That would be the beginning of the end for them in this 43-8 rout.
Leon Lett Fumble – Super Bowl XXVII
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Bills were being battered in a Super Bowl. Despite being down 52-17 and losing a fumble, Don Beebe etched himself into folklore in the most unlikely way possible.
Cowboys lineman Leon Lett scooped the ball off the turf and showboated his way towards the end zone. Just as he got to the one-yard line, Beebe stripped the ball out of his hands to deny him the score.
It may not have affected the outcome, but that’s a fine example of being a true pro.
Janet Jackson’s Wardrobe Malfunction – Super Bowl XXXVIII
By the slipping standards of Super Bowl half-time shows, having Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake on stage to pacify those who aren’t nipping out for more beer was a big, big deal in retrospect.
The early stages were good. Some solid routines – Janet wouldn’t have been getting poor marks on Strictly.
But on comes Justin for the big finale – and he was supposed to seductively reveal some raunchy underwear being worn by Jackson.
It appears that young Justin wasn’t in-sync with his own eagerness and proceeded to rip off the lot.
The Blackout Bowl – Super Bowl XLVII
Before the second half started in this game between the Ravens and the Niners, there was drama.
A partial power outage saw the lights go out and the Superdome plunged into darkness. Both teams left the field of play and spectators had to be rescued from elevators.
The Ravens were 28-6 ahead at the half, but the 34-minute outage probably helped the Niners make it close again. They would fall short, but that act of God suggests he lived in northern California.
Thurman Thomas’ Helmet – Super Bowl XXVI
The Bills again.
This time, the final score wasn’t even that embarrassing, but somehow, they outdid themselves with this one.
Star running back Thurman Thomas got so excited for the game that he misplaced his helmet, couldn’t find it, and had to miss the opening two plays of the game.
When you think of all the fail-safes put into place for an event like this, it should be next to impossible. Unless, of course, you’re a Buffalo Bill.
‘The Tackle’ – Super Bowl XXXIV
Still to this day the most exciting final play in Super Bowl history, the Titans came up just short.
And by just short – I mean just short.
With just seconds left on the clock, Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair threw a quick slant to Kevin Dyson – down by seven.
As he reached forwards to extend the ball to the goal line and level the game, Mike Jones made the tackle and stopped him at the 2-yard line.
The clock expired and so did the dreams of the Tennessee Titans.
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