When compared to other American sports, football is still a relatively young sport. Over the last hundred years since the establishment of the NFL, we have been treated to some rather outlandish and surprising moments.
Let’s take a look at a few of the Super Bowl moments that made football fans across the country drop their jaws in shock or scratch their heads in total confusion.
In 1969’s first officially branded Super Bowl matchup, the AFL Champion New York Jets were predicted to be romped by the NFL Champion Baltimore Colts. The stacked odds didn’t phase Jets quarterback Joe Namath, who famously guaranteed his team’s victory in an interview days before the game, which was the first to be officially branded as the Super Bowl.
Namath kept his promise is a stunning upset that put the Jets on top 16-7.
The St. Louis Rams took on the Tennessee Titans in 2000’s Super Bowl XXXIV matchup. It became a defensive battle, as both teams’ typically brutal offenses could not rack up enough points to keep a lead throughout most of the game. The Rams were up 16-0 by the third quarter, but the Titans answered with 16 points of their own.
In the final three minutes of the game, a touchdown pass gave St. Louis a seven-point lead. And in the last play of the game, Titans wide receiver ran the ball all the way to the Rams’ one-yard line, where he was tackled, mere inches short of a game-tying touchdown.
In the closing minutes of Super Bowl XLII in 2008, the New York Giants upset the undefeated New England Patriots with the help a rather peculiar catch.
Giants receiver David Tyree made a one-handed leaping grab for the ball. Tyree pinned the football between his hand and helmet and the Giants went on to defeat the Patriots against all odds.
Buffalo Bills fans who were around in the early 90s are no strangers to disappointment. But perhaps their most crushing defeat took place in 1991’s Super Bowl XXV matchup against the New York Giants.
In the last few seconds of the game, Bills kicker Bill Norwood attempted a 47-yard field goal that sailed a foot wide of the right goalpost. The botched field goal attempt began a string of four consecutive Super Bowl losses by the Bills, and the phrase “wide right” has become synonymous with the game and the Bills’ disappointing losing streak.