Rank: Super Bowl's Best

Created: January 27, 2008, 11:11 PM

Did Joe Montana have the best individual performance ever?
Super Bowl week is here and SportsCenter is helping to start the celebration by ranking the best Super Bowl performances and careers of all-time.

Each weekday leading up to the big game, cast your votes and rank that day's Top 10. Then tune in to SportCenter to see how SportsNation's rankings match up with the experts.

The following is a schedule of categories:

Monday: Top Super Bowl individual performances

Tuesday: Top Super Bowl coaches

Wednesday: Top Super Bowl careers

Thursday: Top Super Bowl games

Friday: Top Super Bowl teams

Rank the top individual performances now! Just click on the photos below to get started!
 

 
  • Super Bowl XXXI
    The first and only special team player named MVP. The former Heisman winner tied a Super Bowl record with 244 yards on punt and kickoff returns, including a 99-yard kickoff for a score after the Patriots had narrowed Green Bay's lead to 27-21 in the third quarter.
  • Super Bowl XXIV
    Joe Montana became the first player ever to win Super Bowl MVP honors for a third time, throwing for 297 yards and a then Super Bowl record five touchdowns, while also rushing for 15 yards as the 49ers defeated the Denver Broncos 55-10, the most lopsided score in Super Bowl history.
  • Super Bowl XXIII
    While this interesting contest is best remembered for its ending - 49ers' QB Joe Montana's 92-yard drive ended with a 10-yard TD toss to WR John Taylor with :34 remaining - it was Rice that set the table, setting a Super Bowl record with 215 yards receiving, while his 11 catches remains tied for the most in a Super Bowl. Rice also scored the Niners' first touchdown in the 20-16 win.
  • Super Bowl XXVII
    Don Shula's "Killer Bees" defense couldn't stop Riggins, who rumbled for 166 yards and a memorable 43-yard TD run after breaking the tackle attempted by Dolphins' DB Don McNeal on his way to MVP honors. Riggins also set a Super Bowl record with 38 carries in Washington's 27-17 victory.
  • Super Bowl XXI
    With just under two minutes remaining in the first half and his team trailing Denver 10-9, Simms overthrew TE Mark Bavaro on third down. That toss would be his last misfire of the day as the Giants' signal-caller hit on 22-of-25 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns in the Big Blue's 39-20 triumph. Simms' amazing accuracy rate (88%) remains a postseason record for one game.
  • Super Bowl XXII
    It remains a Super Bowl record and one of the great Super Bowl one-hit wonders. A rookie and fifth-round draft choice, Smith rushed for a record 204 yards and two touchdowns on just 22 carries as Joe Gibbs' team won 42-10.
  • Super Bowl X
    The Pittsburgh wideout and the game's MVP would pull down four passes for 161 yards, including the game-winning 64-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter as Pittsburgh held off the Cowboys, 21-17.
  • Super Bowl XXVIII
    Cowboys' RB Emmitt Smith ran for 132 yards and two TDs in capturing MVP honors, but Dallas' opportunistic free safety totaled 11 tackles, forced a fumble, intercepted a Jim Kelly pass and scooped up a Thurman Thomas fumble early in the fourth quarter, running 46 yards for a score that tied the game at 13-13 and set the Cowboys in motion for a 30-13 win.
  • Super Bowl XXII
    While he started the season backing up Jay Schroeder, the former Buccaneer got the nod for Joe Gibbs' club down the stretch. Down 10-0 in the first quarter and nursing a twisted knee that sidelined him for a play, Williams keyed an attack that piled up 35 points - including four touchdown passes from Williams - and 356 yards in the second quarter alone as the 'Skins rolled, 42-10.
  • Super Bowl XXIX
    The "monkey" was certainly off the back for the future Hall of Famer, completing 24-of-36 passes for 325 yards and a Super Bowl record six scores to earn MVP honors as the Niners crushed San Diego, 49-26, and became the first franchise to win five Super Bowls.