Going by the best and most memorable video games in NFL historical past shouldn’t be a simple activity. Doing so for every workforce is even harder. Nonetheless, we’re giving it a shot.
Here is our take at one lasting recreation within the historical past of every NFL franchise, full with movies for followers to relive these particular moments.
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The 2008 season was a particular one for the Cardinals franchise. Although it fell in need of successful the Tremendous Bowl in one of many biggest video games within the historical past of the occasion, attending to that time was fairly the trip. Arizona punched its ticket to the Tremendous Bowl with a 32-25 win over Philadelphia within the NFC championship recreation . Kurt Warner threw 4 touchdowns, together with three to Larry Fitzgerald, who caught 9 passes for 152 yards. Tim Hightower’s 8-yard TD go with 2:53 left within the recreation was the distinction.
Twice, Atlanta reached the Tremendous Bowl. The Falcons bought there the primary time with a 30-27 additional time victory at favored Minnesota within the NFC title recreation of the 1998 season. Atlanta rallied from 20-7 down, and compelled additional time on Terance Mathis’ 16-yard landing catch with 49 seconds left within the fourth quarter. The ever-steady Morten Andersen received it for the Falcons with a 38-yard discipline purpose within the additional session.
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The Ravens’ second Tremendous Bowl title featured just a little sibling rivalry. Ravens coach John Harbaugh met brother Jim and the San Francisco 49ers to cap the 2012 marketing campaign. The extremely aggressive contest even featured an influence outage at New Orleans’ Superdome. When the lights got here again on, the Ravens managed to carry off a San Francisco cost and go away as 34-31 winners.
Buffalo went to 4 straight Tremendous Bowls in the course of the early 1990s. After all, probably the most memorable recreation within the historical past of the franchise — and top-of-the-line all time — got here throughout that run. At residence, Buffalo trailed the Houston Oilers, 35-3 , early within the third quarter of this playoff contest. Nonetheless, even with backup Frank Reich beneath heart, the Payments mounted a outstanding comeback — highlighted by a 28-point third quarter — to stun the Oilers, 41-38, in additional time.
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The Panthers fell in need of a Tremendous Bowl title in the course of the 2003 season, however that particular 11-5 run featured arguably the most effective recreation in franchise historical past. Enjoying on the highway within the divisional spherical , the Panthers blew an 11-point fourth quarter lead at St. Louis. The sport went to not one however two overtimes. Ultimately Carolina prevailed when Jake Delhomme and Steve Smith connected on a 69-yard landing play for a 29-23 victory.
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Not solely did the Bengals win their first-ever playoff recreation in the course of the 1981 season, however in addition they reached the Tremendous Bowl throughout that marketing campaign. Cincinnati secured a spot in Tremendous Bowl XVI with a decisive 27-7 residence win over San Diego within the league title contest. It helped that the frigid temperatures at Riverfront Stadium left the warm-climate Chargers actually shaking of their cleats.
It is clearly no secret that Browns followers and town of Cleveland are aching for a Tremendous Bowl title. Simply an look in that recreation could be good. Nonetheless, this is likely one of the most storied franchises in league historical past. So choosing a biggest recreation through the years might be robust. However we’ll return to the place all of it started. The 1950 NFL championship , when Otto Graham threw 4 touchdowns and the Browns scored 10 unanswered factors within the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Rams, 30-28.
How will we decide only one recreation from such a storied franchise because the Cowboys? It isn’t straightforward, however their first Tremendous Bowl title to conclude the 1971 season nonetheless resonates loud inside the group. On their fourth try at an general title, the Cowboys lastly prevailed, successful, 24-3, over Miami. Roger Staubach threw a pair of touchdowns and Dallas’ protection yielded lower than 200 complete yards on the sport.
The Broncos received back-to-back Tremendous Bowl titles in late 1990s and one other final decade, however many followers of the workforce will agree that this contest at Cleveland tends to face above the remaining — merely for “The Drive.” John Elway led the Broncos to a tying rating (5-yard TD go to Mark Jackson) with 37 seconds remaining in regulation, capping a 15-play, 98-yard drive in simply over 5 minutes. Wealthy Karlis’ 33-yard discipline purpose in additional time despatched Denver to its first Tremendous Bowl because the 1977 season.
Championships have been few and much between for the Lions as a franchise. Detroit has by no means been to a Tremendous Bowl, and its final championship got here in 1957. Nonetheless, in 1953 the Lions defended their NFL championship with a 17-16 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Regardless of the low-scoring contest, the sport was slightly thrilling. The Lions went forward for good on Jim Doran’s 33-yard, fourth-quarter landing reception and Doak Walker’s ensuing additional level.
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One other franchise with an extensively profitable and cherished historical past. With six NFL championships and 4 Tremendous Bowls, the best — and sure most memorable — recreation in Packers historical past got here on New 12 months’s Eve 1967 — in any other case referred to as the “Ice Bowl.” With a visit to Tremendous Bowl II on the road, temperatures greater than minus-30 levels (with the wind) and the Lambeau Area turf basically frozen strong, Inexperienced Bay’s Bart Starr plunged into the top zone for his well-known 1-yard rating within the waning seconds of the fourth quarter to offer the hosts an eventual 21-17 victory.
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Six instances the Texans have completed atop the AFC South. Nonetheless, Christmas Eve 2016 could be the sport followers of the franchise bear in mind probably the most. With the division title on the road, Houston went forward, 12-10, following Alfred Blue’s 24-yard TD run within the fourth quarter and held on for a 12-10 win over Cincinnati after Randy Bullock missed a 43-yard discipline purpose late to safe the title.
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Simply two seasons into their existence, the Jaguars have been on the doorstep of the Tremendous Bowl in 1996. Earlier than Jacksonville fell to New England within the AFC championship recreation that season, it received, 30-27, at favored Denver within the divisional spherical. Down 12-Zero after the primary quarter, the Jags scored 23 straight factors to take over the sport after which in the end maintain off the Broncos’ fourth-quarter cost.
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We’re not going too far again for this one. No slight to the 1969 Chiefs and their Tremendous Bowl run, however Kansas Metropolis lastly has one other NFL champion. It was not straightforward for Patrick Mahomes and Co. final season, however the Chiefs’ 21-point fourth quarter will go down as top-of-the-line intervals within the historical past of the large recreation. Kansas Metropolis turned a 10-point fourth quarter gap right into a 31-20 victory over the shocked San Francisco 49ers.
Once more, choosing only one recreation that stands out in Raiders lore is hard. However the “Sea of Fingers” recreation will not be forgotten. Throughout a divisional contest in opposition to Miami within the ’74 season, the Raiders trailed, 26-21, late. That is when quarterback Ken Stabler tossed an 8-yard landing go to Clarence Davis, who out-fought quite a few defending fingers to assert the ball and a 28-26 win. The loss ended Miami’s bid for a fourth straight Tremendous Bowl look.
There are numerous professional soccer pundits who imagine the Chargers’ 41-38 additional time playoff victory at Miami is likely one of the biggest NFL video games ever performed. It is definitely probably the most thrilling. The 2 groups mixed for greater than 1,00Zero complete yards, Dan Fouts threw for 433 yards with 4 TDs and tight finish Kellen Winslow caught 13 passes for 166 yards with a rating and principally wanted to be carried off the sphere from exhaustion.
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Los Angeles Rams (Tremendous Bowl XXXIV)
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Whether or not in Los Angeles or St. Louis, the Rams have had many memorable moments as a franchise. Nonetheless, none ought to stand out greater than their 23-16 win over Tennessee within the Tremendous Bowl to conclude the 1999 season. Whereas Kurt Warner and the “Biggest Present On Turf” did their job, it was linebacker Mike Jones’ title-saving deal with on Tennessee’s Kevin Dyson 1 yard shy of the top zone that continues to be one of many nice stops in NFL historical past.
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The Dolphins capped their historic 17-Zero season of 1972 by successful the franchise’s first Tremendous Bowl — 14-7 over Washington. Miami did all its scoring within the first half and saved the Redskins offense out of the top zone. Although it won’t have been a dominating effort, this victory was symbolic of a squad that was fueled by expertise and confidence and at all times appeared in management.
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The Vikings are nonetheless trying to find that first Tremendous Bowl title, however that is one other story. Let’s speak in regards to the good instances, significantly their dramatic walk-off 29-24 victory over New Orleans on this divisional spherical contest in the course of the 2017 season. As time ran out in regulation and on Minnesota’s season, Case Keenum linked with Stefon Diggs, the beneficiary of some poor Saints protection, who streaked alone down the sideline for a successful 61-yard landing.
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Every of the Patriots’ six Tremendous Bowl triumphs have been particular in their very own means; nonetheless, possible none greater than their seemingly inconceivable 35-28 win over Atlanta to conclude the 2016 season. New England trailed, 28-3, late within the third quarter however rallied to attain 25 straight factors and drive additional time. James White’s 2-yard landing run in additional time accomplished the rally to stun the Falcons.
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It took some time, however the Saints have been lastly topped Tremendous Bowl champions of the 2009 season. Regardless of an early 10-Zero gap, the Saints regrouped to take over within the second half, the place they outscored Indianapolis, 25-7. New Orleans’ gutsy, however profitable, onside kick to open the third quarter proved to be the turning level of what grew to become a 31-17 win.
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The Giants didn’t win what’s thought of “The Biggest Sport Ever Performed” however did prevail in what was probably the most thrilling Tremendous Bowls of all time . Eli Manning and New York didn’t again down in opposition to the favored and then-undefeated New England Patriots. David Tyree’s inconceivable helmet catch and Plaxico Burress’ go-ahead 13-yard TD catch with beneath a minute to play led the Giants to a 17-14 victory.
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Not a lot of a shock right here. Brash quarterback Joe Namath assured his Jets would beat the closely favored Baltimore Colts in Tremendous Bowl III. Although Namath was removed from dominant within the contest, the Jets protection stymied Johnny Unitas and the Colts all through the sport en path to an inconceivable 16-7 victory. It was a recreation that modified the professional soccer panorama between the NFL and AFL.
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One other franchise starved for a Tremendous Bowl title, the Eagles lastly bought the job accomplished with a 41-33 upset win over New England to assert the 2017 championship. Highlighted by the famed “Philly Particular,” the Eagles matched the high-powered Patriots and proved higher ultimately with the pedestrian Nick Foles (373 passing yards, three touchdowns and one TD reception) main the way in which.
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No offense to Terry Bradshaw and the “Metal Curtain” groups of the 1970s, however close to the highest of all the good and memorable video games the Steelers have performed is a recreation that occurred extra lately. In reality, it was Pittsburgh’s most up-to-date Tremendous Bowl title again to the 2008 season in opposition to Arizona . Now blowing a 20-7 fourth-quarter lead was fairly brutal for Steelers’ followers, however all was proper of their world with Santonio Holmes’ toe-tapping a go-ahead 6-yard landing catch with 35 seconds left within the recreation for a 27-23 win.
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San Francisco 49ers (1981 NFC championship recreation)
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Even with 5 Lombardi Trophies on show, the best recreation in 49ers historical past is not a Tremendous Bowl. Nonetheless, it was one which bought them to the large recreation. Joe Montana’s 6-yard go to Dwight Clark behind the top zone, famously referred to as “The Catch,” despatched San Francisco to a 28-27 victory over Dallas and to its first Tremendous Bowl look.
If we’re speaking about probably the most dominant recreation in Seahawks historical past, then the 43-Eight rout of Denver in Tremendous Bowl XLVIII is a simple alternative. However probably the most thrilling and general aggressive recreation in franchise got here one season later. Seattle made its repeat Tremendous Bowl look because of a comeback 28-22 additional time win over the visiting Inexperienced Bay Packers within the NFC title recreation. The hosts trailed 16-Zero at halftime however fought their means again to take the lead late within the fourth quarter earlier than the Packers pressured OT with a discipline purpose. Early within the additional interval, Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse with a 35-yard TD go to unleash the celebration.
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It took a while, however the Bucs finally bought the prospect to take pleasure in some Tremendous Bowl glory. With Jon Gruden in cost, Tampa Bay scored 17 factors within the second quarter and rode a robust defensive effort to pound the Oakland Raiders 48-21 on Jan. 26, 2003. Positive, it won’t have been probably the most thrilling Tremendous Bowl for the informal soccer fan to look at, but it surely’s clearly a second Buccaneers followers will not neglect.
As talked about earlier on this checklist, the Buffalo Payments pulled off that beautiful comeback in opposition to the Houston Oilers within the playoffs of the 1992 season. Effectively, with the previous Oilers primarily based in Nashville and going by the Titans, the franchise bought its revenge. In any other case referred to as the “Music Metropolis Miracle.” Frank Wycheck’s lateral to Kevin Dyson, who darted 75 yards for a kickoff-return landing with three seconds left, gave the Titans an inconceivable 22-16 wild-card victory in the course of the 1999 season.
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Forty seasons after successful their earlier championship in 1942, the Redskins claimed their first Tremendous Bowl title. Washington followers have bruising working again John Riggins to thank for that 27-17 victory over Miami to finish the 1982 season. Riggins ran for 166 yards and a landing on a monster 38 carries. The Redskins protection additionally helped by holding the Dolphins to 176 complete yards on the day.
Jeff Mezydlo has written about sports activities and leisure on-line and for print for greater than 25 years. He grew up within the far south suburbs of Chicago, 20 minutes from the Mascot Corridor of Fame in Whiting, Ind. He’s additionally the proud father of 11-year-old Matthew, aka “Bobby Bruin,” mascot of St. Robert Bellarmine Faculty in Chicago. You possibly can comply with Jeff at @jeffm401.