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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
AFC West: Top five Super Bowl plays

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Using John Clayton’s top 10 Super Bowl plays as inspiration, I’m going to list my top five Super Bowl plays involving AFC West teams.

I only considered plays from the six Super Bowls AFC West teams won. AFC West teams have participated in 14 of the 43 Super Bowls.

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Elway’s helicopter: It was clear Denver was about to win its first Super Bowl when quarterback John Elway performed his “helicopter” move to convert a first down on a third-and-6 run deep in Green Bay territory in Super Bowl XXXII. It was an instant classic and the Packers really had no chance to overcome that desire and emotion.

Brown’s interception: It’s one of my first Super Bowl memories. In Super Bowl XI against Minnesota, Oakland star cornerback Willie Brown returned a Fran Tarkenton interception 75 yards for a touchdown in the Raiders’ dominating win over the Vikings. It stood as an NFL record for 29 years.

Squirek’s interception: Jack Squirek is not a Hall of Fame like Brown, but he goes down in the team's Super Bowl lore. Just before the half of Super Bowl XVII, the linebacker intercepted a Joe Theismann pass deep in Washington territory. Squirek shocked Washington with the five-yard touchdown to give the Raiders a 21-3 lead at the half. The Redskins were done after that play.

Allen’s run: The Raiders put the cherry on top of their 38-9 win over the Redskins with a 74-yard reverse run by Marcus Allen to give the Raiders a 35-9 lead late in the third quarter. It was the signature play of a Hall of Fame career.

Elway to Smith: The Broncos took control of Super Bowl XXXIII against Atlanta with an 80-yard bomb from Elway to receiver Rod Smith late in the second quarter. The play showed Atlanta that Denver was just too talented to tangle with.