The NFL Depot
by Dave Mest
Top 10 Super Bowls EVER !!
Welcome back to the NFL Depot! I’m your all-knowing host Dave Mest. This week I’m going to bring you my top ten Super Bowl list. On top of that, I’m going to introduce you to the guy I go to for NFL Handicapping. Once the season starts, he will be joining us every week with his top picks. So with that being said let’s get to it!
Before anyone even asks, no my list isn’t full of Steelers Games (but there is a few.). But what it is full of is some of the best Super Bowls I’ve ever seen.
#10 Super Bowl XL Pittsburgh 21 Seattle 10
This game made my list because it was the last game” The Bus” Jerome Bettis ever played in. For me, I saw the Steelers, for the first time in 26 years, win a Super Bowl. It might not have been a sound played game, or a nail biter, but it did have some record setting moments. Willie Parker set a record with a 75 yard TD run, breaking Marcus Allen’s 74 yard run in Super Bowl XVIII. Kelly Herndon had a 76 yard, Super bowl record, INT.
#9 Super Bowl XVI San Francisco 26 Cincinnati 21
This game made my list because it had a little of everything. Great defensive football, a few goal line stands, a comeback that fell short, and featured several future hall of fame players. Plus, this game marked the first of five Super bowl victories and the first for Joe Montana. Overall a great game.
#8 Super Bowl XXIII San Francisco 20 Cincinnati 16
The re-match! This game is known for the game winning drive, Joe Montana to John Taylor. A lot like the first game, great defense, and nail biting action. This game also featured Jerry Rice’s Super Bowl record 11 catches for 215 yards and a TD. Also, this game added the 3RD Super Bowl victory to the San Francisco dynasty, and grew Joe Montana’s legendary status.
#7 Super Bowl XXV New York Giants 20 Buffalo 19
All I can say is wide right! This game featured two great defenses, and two totally different offensive philosophies. In the end, the Giants ball control offensive won the day. With OJ Anderson’s running, and a Super Bowl record 9 Minute and 29 second 3RD quarter drive, kept the Bills high powered offense off the field. In the end, a last second 47 yard FG went wide right, giving the Giants the win.
#6 Super Bowl XXXII Denver 31 Green Bay 24
This game is remembered for the tag line, “this one’s for John (Elway)”. This was Elway’s first Super Bowl win, in four tries. This game featured the Green Bay Packers, who were trying to repeat as Super Bowl Champs, led by Bret Favre and Reggie White, vs the re-vamped powered run game, of the Denver Broncos. The Broncos, still had an aging John Elway, but they finally gave him a running game. That running game came in the form of one Terrell Davis. Davis, who rushed for 157 yards and scored a Super Bowl record 3 rushing TD’s, all this while suffering from a migraine headache, was named Super Bowl MVP. The game had some great moments, with a Bret Favre led come back that fell short, giving Denver its first Super Bowl title.
#5 Super XXXVI New England 20 St Louis 17
Ahhhhhh! The spy gate era! The St Louis Rams walk through on tape says it all. Not too fond of the Pats, but was a good game. A last second win, off of an Adam Vinatieri’ 48 yard FG. Because of the nature of the game, I will not put it higher. I think the Rams where screwed out of this game, like all the other teams that suffered from spy gate. Now that I got this out of my system, back to the list.
#4 Super Bowl XIII Pittsburgh 35 Dallas 31
One of my favorite games of all time. The two teams that ruled the 70’s! A rematch at that, both teams out did Super Bowl X. This was a true masterpiece of a football game. This game had the who’s who of hall of fame players, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Franco Harris, Tony Dorsett, Lynn Swann, John Stallworth, Jack Lambert, Joe Greene, and too many other players to mention. A great game with a bunch of lead changes, two great defenses, and high power offences like we never seen before. There were also several Super bowl records, Terry Bradshaw set two with his arm, throwing for 318 yards and 4 TD’s. The game also set a points record with 66 total points. Like Super Bowl X, Super Bowl XIII also saw the Cowboys in come back mode scoring 14 points in the final minutes, but fell short in the end. This game didn’t lack drama, we had Thomas” Hollywood” Henderson question Terry Bradshaw’s smarts. Henderson questioned that Bradshaw “couldn’t spell cat if you spotted him the c and the t”. It was later learned, many years later, Henderson plays this game high on coke. Pittsburgh came out of this game with their 3RD Super Bowl title.
#3 Super Bowl XLII New York Giants 17 New England 14
The top 3! What a game this was! It had everything a football fan could ask for! The then undefeated Pats, came into this game trying to match the 72 Dolphin’s undefeated season. But, the New York Giants put a stop to any such thing occurring. The Giants played a smart football game, with ball control, and a stifling defense. They hit Tom Brady over and over again, rattling him, and taking him out of his comfort zone. With the Pats up late in the game, the Giants started a comeback for the ages. The Giants come back featured an Eli Manning scramble, which saw him duck and pull his way out of a sack, only to throw a lazier beam pass to David Tyree, who made an unbelievable catch off the side of his helmet, with a guy hanging of him. In the end Manning tossed a game winning TD, to Plaxico Burress.
#2 Super Bowl XXXIV St. Louis 23 Tennessee 16
This game could very easily been 1(b), but for the list we will just stick with #2. All I can say is wow! This is what a Super Bowl should be. The Greatest Show On Turf, Kurt Warner, Marshal Faulk, Torry Holt, and Isaac Bruce, vs the power run game of Eddie George, and the leadership of Steve McNair. Super Bowl XXXIV had plenty of offense, Kurt Warner threw for a Super Bowl record 414 yards and 2 TD”s, and both Bruce and Holt had over 100 yards receiving, and a TD each. Eddie George didn’t disappoint either, he ran for 95 yards and 2 TD’s. After a 9-0 half time lead, the Rams broke through with a 3RD quarter TD, which put St Louis up by 16. Everyone thought the game was over, except Tennessee. The Titans came back with a vengeance, scoring 16 unanswered points to tie the ball game. That tie didn’t last too long; Warner came out and threw 73 yards to Bruce for a game winning TD. That didn’t stop the Titans from trying. Steve McNair let a drive that will forever be known as, “One Yard Short”, as Kevin Dyson was stopped short of the goal line by Mike Jones.
#1 Super Bowl XLIII Pittsburgh 27 Arizona 23
This is what Super Bowls are all about! This game, like my other top 3, speaks for itself. Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner put on a great show through the air. With Warner throwing for 377 yards and 3 TD’s and Roethlisberger threw for 256 yards and a TD. The Defenses also pulled out all the stops, highlighted by a James Harrison, Super Bowl Record, 100 yard INT for a TD. The top highlights go to two receivers, Santonio Holmes and Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald hauled in 7 balls for 127 yards and two TD’s. The last TD coming with 2:37 left on the clock, giving Holmes and the Steelers all the time they needed. Ben Roethlisberger and Holmes, led the Steelers 78 yards, with Holmes, grabbing one of the best catches I’ve ever seen, on his tip toes while catching the ball over 3 defenders. The catch gave the Steelers 2 Super Bowls in 3 years, 6 Super Bowls total.
Now that I relived my greatest Super Bowl list, it’s time to look to the upcoming NFL season. I have a lot of cool things planned for the upcoming season, one of those things being an official NFL Depot Handicapper.
Our Handicapper’s name is Tarn Slater! I meet Tarn a number of years ago; he taught me the fine art of Handicapping. Tarn is one of the best numbers guys I know. So each week he’s going to bring his top picks right here to the NFL Depot! As a little teaser, he put together his early Super Bowl Odds.
2012 Super Bowl Odds
1) Green Bay Packers: 6/1
*GB has the look of the best team in football. QB Aaron
Rodgers will probably approach the 5,000 yard mark
And he will probably flirt with 50 TD’s. His receiving
Crop is still stacked. It’s unlikely that this defense is
Going to rank dead last in the league again.
2) New England Patriots: 8/1
3) New Orleans Saints: 10/1
4) San Francisco 49ers: 12/1
5) New York Giants: 14/1
6) Denver Broncos: 15/1
7) Houston Texans: 15/1
8) Pittsburgh Steelers: 16/1
9) Philadelphia Eagles: 17/1
10) Baltimore Ravens: 18/1
Well that wraps up another week. Let’s see where things go next week. Till then See Ya!
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