The first 49 Super Bowls have provided so many indelible memories. Here are our 50 favorites:
1. Malcolm Butler's INT: Pivotal. Shocking. Unforgettable. Don't discount its gravity simply because it's freshest in our minds. The New England Patriots' undrafted rookie cornerback made the rarest of plays, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat by intercepting Russell Wilson at the goal line with 20 seconds left to preserve a 28-24 win in Super Bowl XLIX. In the process, Butler derailed the Seattle Seahawks' bid to become the league's latest dynasty and launched a lifetime of second guessing for the legions who skewered Seattle coach Pete Carroll for not directing Wilson to hand off toMarshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch, who'd already scored once this day. Last, yet certainly not least, Butler saved Patriots QB Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick from the narrative that they were "only" 3-3 in Super Bowls, instead ensuring their names remain among the rarefied few in the discussion of best ever at their respective jobs. Way to just “do your job," Malcolm Butler!
2. David Tyree's helmet catch: Most coaches would cringe if their quarterback threw into triple coverage in the middle of the field while scrambling amid a broken play. But that's what New York Giants star Eli Manning did, and Tyree famously managed to pin the pass against his helmet on the other end of the 32-yard hookup with 59 seconds to go. Four plays later, Manning hit Plaxico Burress for the game-winning TD as the Giants shocked the previously undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.