The 50 greatest moments in Super Bowl history, Nos. 50-41

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.

Dwight Smith’s interception

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.

Robert Newhouse’s pass

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.


Lombardi’s speech

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.

McCutcheon’s 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.

Unitas to Mackey

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.

Young to Rice, touchdown

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.

Doug Williams’ super quarter

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.

Jack Squirek’s interception

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.

Jim O’Brien’s winning kick

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.

Springsteen’s halftime show

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