This Given Sunday's list of the ten best Super Bowls. Remember, this series ranked the best games, not the best teams, players or plays. These games were the best finishing touches for your Super Bowl party.
No. 10: First World Championship, 1967 (Super Bowl 1) ‒ Highly watchable
Packers 35, Chiefs 10 - This game set the standard for all Super Bowls to follow and it was the first step to Vince Lombardi's NFL sainthood. But the standard was for the national pre-game fascination and what the NFL could do with it. The game itself was one-sided, but the novelty of the thing enthralled everyone. Lombardi said he was a nervous wreck after all the calls from NFL owners demanding a win.
The people who invented the BCS must have been infants then because they learned nothing from this about how to conclude a football season with certainty.
No. 9: Super Bowl 2010 (XLIV) ‒ Highly watchable
Saints 31, Colts 17 ‒ This was the breakthrough game for the Saints and for Drew Brees who finished the season as the league's top passer. That performance put him on the Mount Rushmore of NFL quarterbacks with Tom Brady, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning. Favre and Manning were the last two quarterbacks the Saints faced that season. A tight contest evolved to a back and forth contest in the third quarter. Brees threw a go-ahead touchdown to Jeremy Shockey with under six minutes to go. The Saints snuffed the Colts comeback when Tracy Porter grabbed Manning's intended pass to Reggie Wayne and returned it 74 yards for the score.
Living well was the best revenge for Brees against the Chargers who preferred Philip Rivers. Positive feelings about him earned a high rating for this game, but Bountygate was in this team's future.
No. 8: Super Bowl 2004 (XXXVIII) ‒ Highly watchable wardrobe malfunction
Patriots 32, Panthers 29 ‒ By the 2003 season, we all knew that Tom Terrific was special and we craved to see him in Super Bowls. We also loved that a new team (Panthers) broke through to the top. This game had everything you want in a football contest. Stars who perform like stars. Passing offense. A see-saw contest that closed with a game clinching play. Yeah, yeah. The Pats only had ONE real star, but Brady was enough.
The action in this game came in the second and in the fourth quarter. Jake Delhomme's scoring strike to Ricky Proehl tied the score for the Panthers with about a minute to go. Adam Vinatieri won it for the Patriots with his field goal with four seconds remaining. Instant classic.
As if the game weren't enough, Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction drove millions to an online search of precisely what she exposed that night. The NFL was not pleased. Jackson, all her relatives and MTV are banned for life from future halftime shows.
No. 7: Super Bowl 1986 (XX) ‒ Da Bears, Da Fridge, Iron Mike's regret