What Are Some Memorable Super Bowls?

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The consensus of sports writers and fans alike place Super Bowls III, XXV, XLII and XLIX among the most memorable in history. Featuring two giant upsets, a last-second missed field goal and a heavily-criticized game-ending play call, these four contests are not soon to be forgotten.

New York Jets' quarterback Joe Namath emphatically guaranteed a victory in Super Bowl III. The Jets did prevail in a 16-7 defensive battle against the Baltimore Colts, still one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history.

Super Bowl XXV featured the only game in history to be decided by a single point. A potential game-winning field goal attempt by Bills' kicker Scott Norwood went wide right, allowing the New York Giants to escape with a 20-19 victory and sending the Buffalo Bills to the first of four consecutive Super Bowl defeats.

Super Bowl XLII featured the New York Giants and the New England Patriots trying to become the first team in NFL history to secure a 19-0 season. Eli Manning scrambled to find receiver David Tyree for a 32-yard touchdown in the final minutes, ending the Patriots' dream season.

Just one yard from the end zone with 26 seconds left in the game, the Seattle Seahawks threw a second- down slant pass instead of handing the ball to star running back Marshawn Lynch, drawing sharp criticism from the media. The ball was intercepted by the New England Patriots in the end zone, securing a 28-24 victory in Super Bowl XLIX.