10. Super Bowl XLVII: Seattle Seahawks (43) – Denver Broncos (8)
The showdown featured a classic case of best offense vs. best defense, except the offense forgot to show up. The game was the lowest point of Peyton Manning’s career, and was an absolute demolition from the moment the game kicked off.
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9. Super Bowl L: Denver Broncos (24) – Carolina Panthers (10)
Super Bowl 50 featured all of the makings for an iconic Super Bowl with the league MVP (Cam Newton) squaring off against a historically great defense, but the results were rather underwhelming. Denver’s defense smothered Newton en route to an ugly game of football. Denver’s 24 points were rather misleading, as Peyton Manning played atrociously despite his team emerging the victor. Manning got to retire a champion, but few would argue that Super Bowl 50 lived up to the hype.
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8. Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis Colts (29) – Chicago Bears (17)
Peyton Manning got his first Lombardi Trophy, defeating Rex Grossman and the vaunted Bears defense. Aside from a Devin Hester kickoff return to start the game, the match-up lacked much excitement. Manning had a pedestrian 247 passing yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception to claim the MVP award.
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7. Super Bowl XLVI: New York Giants (21) – New England Patriots (17)
A rematch of Super Bowl XLII (later on this list), the Giants once again got the better of Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. Eli Manning led a brilliant, 88-yard drive, capped off by an Ahmad Bradshaw touchdown run to put the Giants in front for good with 57 seconds left. Manning earned his second Super Bowl MVP and improved his record to 2-0 in the “Big Game” against Tom Brady.
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6. Super Bowl XLIV: New Orleans Saints (31) – Indianapolis Colts (17)
In what was expected to be a shoot-out between two high-octane offenses, it was defense and special teams that proved to be the difference. Trailing 10-6 at halftime, the Saints recovered a surprise onside kick to start the second half and never looked back. The win was capped off by Tracy Porter’s 74-yard pick-six against Peyton Manning, sealing Drew Brees’ first career Super Bowl victory.
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5. Super Bowl XLV: Green Bay Packers (31) – Pittsburgh Steelers (25)
The Packers led 21-3 late in the second quarter, giving the impression that this one would be a blowout. However, the Steelers fought back and eventually managed to get the game to 28-25. It was an entertaining back-and-forth affair between two great offenses, as Aaron Rodgers eked out his first Super Bowl title.
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4. Super Bowl XLVII: Baltimore Ravens (34) – San Francisco 49ers (31)
Trailing 28-6 in the third quarter, the San Francisco 49ers almost mounted one of the greatest comebacks in postseason history. The “Harbaugh Bowl” had a kickoff returned for a touchdown, a 34-minute power outage and a goal-line stand by the Ravens to preserve the victory. In the last game of his NFL career, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis went out as a champion.
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3. Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh Steelers (27) – Arizona Cardinals (23)
The Steelers looked like they would coast easily to their franchise-leading sixth Super Bowl after linebacker James Harrison intercepted a Kurt Warner pass and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown. Down 20-7 heading to the fourth quarter, Warner led a furious comeback in which the Cardinals scored 16 straight points to take a 23-20 lead. Unfortunately for Arizona, Santonio Holmes made a ridiculous toe-tapping touchdown catch with 35 seconds left to give Pittsburgh the win.
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2. Super Bowl XLII: New York Giants (17) – New England Patriots (14)
Entering the game with a chance to become the first NFL team to ever go a perfect 19-0, the Patriots looked like a lock. The Giants had other ideas in mind though, and relentlessly pressured Brady throughout the game. David Tyree made one of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history with his “helmet catch,” and Eli Manning got his first Super Bowl MVP after throwing the game-winning touchdown to Plaxico Burress.
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1. Super Bowl XLIX: New England Patriots (28) – Seattle Seahawks (24)
This game had everything. Down 10 heading to the fourth quarter, Brady led his team on two touchdown drives to take the lead with two minutes left. With a chance to win, Russell Wilson guided his team down to the 1-yard line – thanks in part to a ridiculous catch made by Jermaine Kearse while laying on the ground. The Seahawks chose to throw from the 1-yard line, turning Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler into a household name after intercepting Wilson’s pass. Brady and Belichick left the field with their fourth Lombardi Trophy.
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