The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL), an association of professional gridiron football clubs in the United States. It is contested in a new location each year by the winners of the NFL’s American Football Conference and National Football Conference championships, generally in January or February.
Super Bowl Sunday, the day of the game, has developed into an unofficial American holiday, with viewing parties organised in homes, pubs, and restaurants around the country. The week leading up to the game is marked by intense media coverage and a festival atmosphere in the host city. Extensive before and halftime festivities and entertainment precede the game.
Since the inaugural Super Bowl, all have been sellouts and consistent TV rating leaders, with numerous Super Bowls being among the highest-rated televised athletic events of all time.
There have been many outstanding Super Bowls played throughout the game’s history, making it tough to choose the top ten. Some, though, stand out because of how competitive and exciting they were while also leaving a lasting impact. The best Super Bowls of all time hold a particular place in NFL history, from acrobatic grabs to goal-line stands, from redemption stories to dramatic comebacks.
Here are the top 10 Super Bowl games:
Super Bowl 13 (1979): Steelers 35, Cowboys 31
The Steelers established an unrivalled dynasty as the first team to win three Super Bowls. Since then, they’ve won three more championships, including one the following season, to become the most decorated team in Super Bowl history.
Super Bowl 43 (2009): Steelers 27, Cardinals 23
The Steelers won their sixth Super Bowl in a row. Warner did not win the game, but his performance contributed to his induction into the Hall of Fame.
Super Bowl 3 (1969): Jets 16, Colts 7
The triumph aided in the evolution of the AFL-NFL world championship into the game we now know as the Super Bowl. Namath is remembered as the ideal New York superstar with plenty of crossover appeal, and the Jets have been attempting to replicate his success ever since.
Super Bowl 36 (2002): Patriots 20, Rams 17
What appeared to be an out-of-nowhere upset ended up destroying a possible Rams dynasty and setting the groundwork for a Patriots dynasty. New England, led by Brady and coach Bill Belichick, would go on to win two of the following three Super Bowls, establishing themselves as the team of the decade.
Super Bowl 34 (2000): Rams 23, Titans 16
After the season, Rams coach Dick Vermeil stepped down, leaving the club in the hands of offensive coordinator Mike Martz. The Rams returned to the Super Bowl two years later but were defeated by the Patriots in a heartbreaker. 1999 was pivotal in Warner’s Hall of Fame career, as he started in that Super Bowl and a third with Arizona.
Super Bowl 49 (2015): Patriots 28, Seahawks 24
In the near term, it will be remembered for Seattle being intercepted at the goal line by Malcolm Butler with less than a minute remaining following a dubious choice to pass. However, it will be more about Tom Brady confirming his four-ring reputation by leading an incredible fourth-quarter comeback against a great defence in the future.
Super Bowl 23 (1989): 49ers 20, Bengals 16
Bill Walsh, the 49ers’ coach, announced his retirement in the locker room following the game. He retired with three Super Bowl titles and ten wins in 14 postseason games with the 49ers. To replace him, defensive coordinator George Seifert was promoted, and the 49ers went on to win their fourth Super Bowl the following year, cementing themselves as the team of the 1980s.
Super Bowl 25 (1991): Giants 20, Bills 19
Bill Parcells had won his second ring in five years, cementing his reputation as a great coach and team builder. The Bills would return to the Super Bowl three more times, a record that is still unrivalled, but they would fare no better against the Redskins (Super Bowl 26) or the Cowboys (Super Bowl 27). (27 and 28). Instead of being remembered as an AFC powerhouse that won four conference titles, Buffalo is remembered as a four-time loser on the grandest stage.
Super Bowl 42 (2008): Giants 17, Patriots 14
Given the conditions of the Patriots’ quest for perfection, the Giants’ victory was the biggest upset in Super Bowl history. The Patriots’ defeat assured that the 1972 Dolphins would remain the only spotless team of the Super Bowl era, at least for the time being.
Super Bowl 51 (2017): Patriots 34, Falcons 28 (OT)
Tom Brady led the Patriots to their sixth championship in an unparalleled, jaw-dropping manner, recovering his team from 21-0 and 28-3 deficits to win in overtime, 34-28. The Falcons’ Super Bowl defeat would be overshadowed by Brady cementing his position as the finest quarterback and athlete of the modern age.