Starting today and ending Friday, we will unveil the 50 greatest moments in Super Bowl history, 10 at a time. Today, we count down moments 41-50.
No. 50: Dwight Smith’s interception, Super Bowl XXXVII
Tampa Bay Coach Jon Gruden, usually one of the most taciturn coaches, shadows cornerback Dwight Smith down the sideline as Smith returns an interception for a touchdown and a 34-3 lead over Oakland.
No. 49: Robert Newhouse’s halfback pass, Super Bowl XII
Running back Robert Newhouse completes a 29-yard pass to Golden Richards to seal Dallas’ 27-10 victory over Denver.
No. 48: Vince Lombardi spurs Packers to another title, Super Bowl II
The Packers won Super Bowls I and II, and many people credit that to Coach Vince Lombardi. Several Packers have said Lombardi’s speech before Super Bowl II motivated them to a 33-14 win over the Oakland Raiders.
No. 47: Lawrence McCutcheon puts the Rams in front, Super Bowl XIV
The Los Angeles Rams, competing in their first and only Super Bowl, take a 19-17 lead over the heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers when running back McCutcheon connects with Ron Smith on a touchdown pass.
No. 46: Johnny Unitas to John Mackey, Super Bowl V
Legendary Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas’ pass is tipped by receiver Eddie Hinton, bounces off cornerback Mel Renfro and lands in the grasp of tight end John Mackey, who goes 75 yards for a touchdown and a 7-6 lead over Dallas.
No. 45: 49ers score early in rout of Chargers, Super Bowl XXIX
On the third play of the game, Steve Young connects with Jerry Rice for the first of his six touchdown passes in a 49-26 victory.
No. 44: Doug Williams’ Super Quarter, Super Bowl XXII
Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams leads his team to a 35-point second quarter during a 42-10 rout of the Denver Broncos.
No. 43: Jack Squirek’s interception, Super Bowl XVIII
Down 14-3 with 12 seconds left in the second quarter, the Washington Redskins try an ill-advised screen pass and L.A.’'s Jack Squirek reads it perfectly, intercepting the Joe Theismann pass and waltzing into the end zone for a 21-3 Raiders lead.
No. 42: Jim O’Brien’s winning kick, Super Bowl V
With time expiring, the Colts kicker connects on a 32-yard field goal to give Baltimore a 16-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
No. 41: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s halftime show, Super Bowl XLIII
After years of trying to get him to do it, the NFL finally gets Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to perform at the halftime show, and they put on a performance that many consider the best ever.