Friday, January 31, 2014
Super Bowl History
Super Bowl XLVII
Feb. 3, 2013
At New Orleans-71,024
Baltimore 7 14 7 6-34
San Francisco 3 3 17 8-31
Baltimore survived a power outage at the Superdome to edge San Francisco.
Baltimore's Joe Flacco, voted the MVP, threw three first-half touchdown passes to give the Ravens a 21-6 lead at halftime. His TD passes of 13 yards to Anquan Boldin, 1 to Dennis Pitta and 56 to Jacoby Jones tied a Super Bowl record.
Jones seemed to put the game away with his record 108-yard sprint with the second-half kickoff.
Soon after, the lights went out -- and when they came back on, the Ravens were almost powerless to slow the 49ers. When action resumed 34 minutes later, Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers scored 17 consecutive points.
Michael Crabtree's 31-yard touchdown reception on which he broke two tackles made it 28-13. A couple minutes later, Frank Gore's 6-yard run followed a 32-yard punt return by Ted Ginn Jr., and the 49ers were within eight.
Ray Rice's fumble at his 24 led to David Akers' 34-yard field goal, but Baltimore woke up for a long drive leading to rookie Justin Tucker's 19-yard field goal.
Kaepernick's 15-yard TD run, the longest for a quarterback in a Super Bowl, made it 31-29. A 2-point conversion pass failed when the Ravens blitzed.
Tucker added a 38-yarder with 4:19 remaining, setting up the frantic finish.
Kaepernick couldn't get the 49ers into the end zone on the final three plays, and Ravens punter Sam Koch took a safety for the final score with 4 seconds left. Koch's free kick was returned by Ginn to midfield as time ran out.
Super Bowl XLVI
Feb. 5, 2012
N.Y. Giants 9 0 6 6-21
New England 0 10 7 0-17
Eli Manning and the Giants one-upped Tom Brady and the Patriots again, coming back with a last-minute score for New York's fourth Super Bowl title. It was a rematch of the 2008 NFL championship, when Manning led New York past New England to ruin the Patriots' bid for a perfect season.
The Patriots began the second half with an 8-play, 79-yard drive, capped by Aaron Hernandez 12-yard touchdown catch for a 17-9 lead.
The Giants' second field-goal in the third quarter trimmed the deficit to 17-15 with 35 seconds left in the quarter.
The Giants got the ball on their own 12-yard line with 3:46 to play. On the first play of the possession, Manning launched a perfectly placed 38-yard pass to Mario Manningham deep down the left sideline. Passes of 16 yards, to Manningham, and 14 yards, to Hakeem Nicks, put the Giants at the Patriots 18 with 2:00 remaining. Four plays later, Ahmad Bradshaw scored on a 6-yard touchdown run with 57 seconds remaining.
This was the first Super Bowl with two starting quarterbacks who previously won the game's MVP award. Manning became the first QB to open a Super Bowl with nine consecutive completions. Later, Brady put together a run of 16 completions in a row, breaking another Super Bowl mark.
Super Bowl XLV
Feb. 6, 2011
At Arlington, Texas-103,219
Pittsburgh 0 10 7 8-25
Green Bay 14 7 0 10-31
Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes and Nick Collins returned an interception for another score, leading the Packers to a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steelers trailed 21-3 before halftime. Ben Roethlisberger got them within 28-25 midway through the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass and a nifty 2-point conversion. The Packers answered with a field goal, giving Roethlisberger one last chance.
Needing to go 87 yards in 1:59 with one timeout left, Roethlisberger couldn't make it across midfield.
Green Bay led 21-17 after three quarters, but the Packers were without cornerbacks Charles Woodson and Sam Shields and receiver Donald Driver.
But on the first play of the fourth quarter, with Pittsburgh possibly driving for a go-ahead touchdown, Rashard Mendenhall fumbled on a hit by Clay Matthews Jr. The Packers took over at their own 45.
Jennings caught his second TD pass of the game to give the Packers a 28-17 lead with 11:57 to play -- their third touchdown following a takeaway.
The Packers' final points came on a 23-yard field goal by Mason Crosby with 2:07 left.
Super Bowl XLIV
Feb. 7, 2010
New Orleans 0 6 10 15-31
Indianapolis 10 0 7 0-17
Tracy Porter's 74-yard interception return with 3:12 remaining capped a fourth-quarter comeback and lifted the Saints to their first Super Bowl title.
The Colts took a 10-0 lead in the first with a 38-yard field goal by Matt
Stover and Peyton Manning's 19-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon. Garrett Hartley kicked two field goals for the Saints in the second quarter.
New Orleans opened the second half by recovering an onside kick which led to a 16-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to Pierre Thomas and the Saints' first lead. Indianapolis came back with a 76-yard scoring drive capped by Joseph Addai's 4-yard touchdown run. Hartley's 47-yard field goal pulled the Saints within one point through three quarters.
In the fourth, Matt Stover missed a 51-yard field goal attempt with 10:39 to play. Brees completed all seven pass attempts on the ensuing drive, capped by Jeremy Shockeys 2-yard scoring catch with 5:42 remaining. The Saints scored their two-point attempt to take a 24-17 lead.
The Colts quickly drove to the Saints 31, but on third-and-5 Mannings short pass to the left side intended for Reggie Wayne was intercepted by Porter.
Super Bowl XLIII
Feb. 1, 2009
At Tampa, Fla.-70,774
Pittsburgh 3 14 3 7-27
Arizona 0 7 0 16-23
Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh offense ended a game of incredible swings with a final-minute touchdown for an historic victory over the Cardinals. Santonio Holmes made a brilliant 6-yard catch deep in the right corner of the end zone with 35 seconds remaining, lifting the Steelers to a record-setting sixth Super Bowl win.
The stunning swings overshadowed Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison's record 100-yard interception return for a touchdown to end the first half.
Pittsburgh's 79-yard, 16-play drive ended with Jeff Reed's 21-yard field goal for a 20-7 lead after three quarters.
Kurt Warner and the Cardinals staged a remarkable rally in the fourth quarter to go in front 23-20 with 2:37 remaining.
Warner hit all eight passes for all the yards of an 87-yard drive capped by a leaping 1-yard TD catch by Larry Fitzgerald over Ike Taylor. After an exchange of possessions, the Cardinals scored a safety when J. Hartwig was called for a holding penalty in the end zone.
Two plays later, Warner hit Fitzgerald in stride for a 64-yard touchdown and the lead.
With 2:30 left, Roethlisberger engineered a 78-yard drive out of the shotgun. Roethlisberger connected with Holmes on passes of 14, 13 and 40 yards before hitting him in the right corner.
Super Bowl XLII
Feb. 4, 2008
At Glendale, Ariz.-71,101
N.Y. Giants 3 0 0 14-17
New England 0 7 0 7-14
The New York Giants shattered New England's unbeaten season as Eli Manning hit Plaxico Burress on a 13-yard fade with 35 seconds left in the game.
The win was the Giants' 11th straight on the road, and the first time the Patriots tasted defeat in more than a year. New England (18-1) was one play from winning, but its defense couldn't stop a 12-play, 83-yard drive that featured a spectacular leaping catch by David Tyree, who scored New York's first touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
After an exchange of punts and trailing 10-7, the Patriots took possession on their own 20-yard line with 7:54 to play. Tom Brady completed 8 of 11 passes on the drive which ended with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Randy Moss with 2:42 to play.
With only 1:15 left when Manning faced a third-and-5 at his own 44. The Patriots brought pressure, and Manning somehow shook loose from the grasps of Jarvis Green and Richard Seymour. Scrambling to his right, he made a desperate, dangerous toss deep down the middle.
Tyree jumped up and with Rodney Harrison on his back, managed to get both hands on the ball. Harrison fought him the whole way, slapping at the ball and momentarily pinning it to Tyree's helmet. That gave Tyree a chance to get a better grip and as he fell backward, he had the presence to hold the ball aloft to show it was his.
Feb. 4, 2007
Indianapolis 6 10 6 7-29
Chicago 14 0 3 0-17
Peyton Manning of the Colts added a Super Bowl MVP award to his long list of achievements. The two-time NFL MVP was 25-of-38 for 247 yards and a touchdown pass as he rallied the Colts to a 29-17 victory in the South Florida rain.
Tony Dungy became the first black coach to win the championship, beating good friend and protege Lovie Smith in a game that featured the first two black coaches in the Super Bowl.
Chicago's Devin Hester opened the game with a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the first time a Super Bowl began with a touchdown. Two possessions later Manning connected on a 53-yard pass to Reggie Wayne. Hunter Smith mishandled the snap on the extra point in the steady rain, allowing the Bears to hold a 7-6 lead. The Bears took a 14-6 lead later in the quarter on Muhsin Muhammad's 4-yard touchdown reception.
The Colts scored 10 points in the second quarter, capped by Dominic Rhodes' 1-yard run, for a 16-14 halftime lead.
Indianapolis scored field goals in its first two possessions of the third quarter and put the game away on Kelvin Hayden's 56 interception return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
Super Bowl XL
Feb. 5, 2006
Seattle 3 0 7 0-10
Pittsburgh 0 7 7 7-21
A record-setting run, game-turning interception and trick play, gave the Steelers their record-tying fifth Super Bowl title.
Pittsburgh's Willie Parker broke free for a Super Bowl-record 75 yards on the second play of the second half to give the Steelers a 14-3 lead.
The Steelers had a chance to close out the Seahawks later in the third quarter. On a third-and-6 from the Seahawks' 7-yard line, Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception that Kelly Herndon returned a Super Bowl-record 76 yards. That set up the Seahawks' only touchdown, a 16-yard pass by Matt Hasselbeck to Jerramy Stevens.
Early in the fourth quarter Seattle drove to the Steelers' 19. Hasselbeck's worst pass of the game was intercepted by Ike Taylor, ending Seattle's drive and saving the Steelers' lead.
The clincher for the Steelers was Antwaan Randle El's 43-yard pass to Hines Ward, the first Super Bowl touchdown pass by a receiver and one of the most decisive trick plays in championship game history.
That catch clinched the MVP trophy for Ward, who had five catches for 123 yards.