This popped into my head due to twindaddy’s national anthem post (it was sung right before one of the games I’m going to talk about). Over the years, I’ve watched some great Superbowl games. Of course, there have also been some crappy games. The Giants getting crushed by the Ravens in ’01, for example. I was at my friend’s house watching that one and I think we stopped watching halfway through the third quarter. I don’t think I can narrow the best game down to one, so I’m going with two.
1. Giants 20 – Bills 19
The first Superbowl I can remember seeing was in 1991. Back then, my favorite team was based on who my favorite player was. In 1991, it was Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants. They were playing the Buffalo Bills, in what was turned out to be the first of Buffalo’s four straight Superbowl appearances. It was the only close game that Buffalo had in those four.
This was a hard fought, and very clean, game. There was no turnovers, and there was even a safety when Bruce Smith sacked Jeff Hostetler in the 2nd quarter. Thurman Thomas had a monster game, rushing for 135 yards on 15 carries, while also catching 5 passes for 55 yards. Had the Bills won the game, he would definitely have been the MVP of this game.
Unfortunately for Scott Norwood, and the Bills, his last second field goal attempt went wide right. I feel bad for Norwood, as this is how he’ll be remembered. In Norwood’s defense, it was a 47 yard attempt. That’s not an easy kick in any conditions.
2. Giants 17 – Patriots 14
I know most people who know me will say that I’m only picking this game because I hate the Patriots, but this was a really good game. The Giants defense did a good job of harassing Brady all game, and David Tyree made one of the best catches in Superbowl history on a play that everyone thought Eli Manning was going to get sacked.
Neither running game really got going in this game, as the teams combined for 136 rushing yards (91 for the Giants, 45 for the Patriots). Most of the offensive damage done was through the air.
The Tyree catch set up the Manning to Plaxico Burress touchdown pass with 35 seconds left to go in the game. Even 35 seconds is too long to give Tom Brady and the Patriots offense, but the Giants defense held, giving New England their first loss of the season.
Maybe I do like this game so much because I hate the Patriots, but I don’t care. This game was awesome.