NY Jets 16 Baltimore 7
After boldly guaranteeing a victory prior to the game, Jets quarterback Joe Namath completed 17 out of 28 passes for 206 yards, and was named the Super Bowl's Most Valuable Player, despite not throwing a touchdown pass in the game. This was the first game to be called "Super Bowl."
Pittsburgh 21 Dallas 17
The defending champion Steelers had their hands full with the wild card Cowboys, who forged an early 10-7 lead that carried into the fourth quarter. Defense, special teams and QB Terry Bradshaw's 64-yard TD pass to WR Lynn Swann staked Pittsburgh to a 21-10 lead. Dallas got within four, but three shots at the end zone in the final seconds by QB Roger Staubach failed to produce a miracle.
Pittsburgh 35 Dallas 31
The first rematch in Super Bowl history (again at the Orange Bowl) would mean an unprecedented three Super Bowl titles. Each team's roster and coaching staff was filled with future Hall of Famers. Steelers' QB Terry Bradshaw starred with WRs Lynn Swann and John Stallworth, but who could forget brash Cowboys' LB "Hollywood" Henderson or teammate Jackie Smith's dropped TD pass.
Pittsburgh 31 Los Angeles 19
Chuck Noll's Steelers had won three Super Bowls in five seasons, but were pushed hard by a scrappy Rams' squad and raw QB Vince Ferragamo at the Rose Bowl. Los Angeles took a 19-17 lead into the fourth quarter, but Steelers' QB Terry Bradshaw connected with WR John Stallworth on a 73-yard scoring pass (the sixth lead-change of the game) to put Pittsburgh ahead for good.
San Francisco 20 Cincinnati 16
While this contest is best remembered for its ending, the game in Miami was no thing of beauty. 49ers' PK Mike Cofer missed a 19-yard field goal and the Bengals' only touchdown came on a 93-yard kickoff return by RB Stanford Jennings. Down 16-13 with 3:20 to play, 49ers' QB Joe Montana's 92-yard drive ended with a 10-yard TD toss to WR John Taylor with :34 remaining.
N.Y. Giants 20 Buffalo 19
The right game at the right time. The Gulf War had cast its shadow over the country, and the talk of terrorism turned Tampa Stadium into a high security area. On the field, the underdog Giants knew they would have to play ball control to keep Buffalo's explosive attack off the field, and they executed to perfection. Bills' PK Scott Norwood missed a 47-yard field goal in the final seconds.
Denver 31 Green Bay 24
You could easily make a case that the latest was the greatest. The defending champion Packers figured to make it 14 straight wins over the AFC, but the stars this day in San Diego were MVP Terrell Davis (157 yards rushing, three touchdowns) and an offensive front that dominated the game. Packers' QB Brett Favre and WR Antonio Freeman had their moments, but it wasn't enough.
St. Louis 23 Tennessee 16
The Rams capped off an improbable season with one of its most improbable heroes as QB Kurt Warner would throw for a Super Bowl record 414 yards and two scores by game's end, including a 73-yard TD strike to WR Isaac Bruce with 1:54 to play which broke a 16-all tie. But the game didn't end until Rams' LB Mike Jones ended Tennessee's final drive thanks to his tackle of Titans' WR Kevin Dyson on the one-yard line.
New England 20 St. Louis 17
Two years after their nail-biting win over the Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV, the Rams were back, this time against a Patriots' team whose last loss of the season was to these very Rams in New England. St. Louis was a heavy favorite, but it was Bill Belichick's club that held a 17-3 lead in the fourth quarter until Rams' QB Kurt Warner led a furious comeback to tie the score. Enter QB Tom Brady, who guided his club in the final 1:21 and PK Adam Vinatieri's 48-yard field goal at the gun that gave the Patriots the win.
New England 32 Carolina 29
The game was scoreless until the teams combined for 24 points in the final 3:05 before intermission. After a scoreless third quarter, New England took a 21-10 lead, only to fall behind 22-21 thanks to a pair of Carolina touchdowns (including a Super Bowl record 85-yard score from QB Jake Delhomme to WR Muhsin Muhammad). The clubs then traded touchdowns, but QB Tom Brady and PK Adam Vinatieri would again have the last laugh, the latter kicking a 41-yard field goal with :04 seconds to play to give New England the win.