We continue out countdown of the greatest moments in Super Bowl history with Nos. 40-31. You can see Nos. 50-41 here.
No. 40: The John Elway helicopter play, Super Bowl XXXII
Looking for his first Super Bowl title after years of disappointment, the Broncos quarterback faces a third-and-five deep in Green Bay territory. Seeing no one open as he drops back to pass, Elway takes off and instead of sliding just short of the first down, he dives and gets hits by multiple Packers, sending Elway into a spin, and into a first down. The Broncos score on the drive for a 24-17 lead in a game they would go on to win.
No. 39: Lynn Swann’s bobble catch, Super Bowl X
There’s no way to describe the play with any justice. Just watch the amazing catch by the Steelers’ receiver below.
No. 38: Bob Lilly sacks Bob Griese for a 30-yard loss, Super Bowl VI
Nothing showed the Dallas Cowboys’ domination of the Miami Dolphins in their 24-3 victory than this play, where Lilly chases Griese down for an amazing 30-yard loss.
No. 37: Blocked punt turns the tide, Super Bowl X
Trailing 10-7 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Steelers block a punt out of the end zone for a safety to cut Dallas’ lead to 10-9. The block seems to motivate the Steelers, who go on to win, 21-17.
No. 36: Consecutive kickoff returns for touchdowns, Super Bowl XXXV
After Ron Dixon of the New York Giants cuts Baltimore’s lead to 17-7 with a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, Jermaine Lewis responds with an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to put the Ravens in the driver’s seat.
No. 35: The Super Bowl Shuffle, Super Bowl XX
After whipping the Patriots, 46-10, the Chicago Bears went out and recorded one of the most famous sports videos of all time.
No. 34: Larry Csonka steamrollers the Redskins, Super Bowl VII
Washington had no answer for the Miami running back, who led the Dolphins’ ball control offense all afternoon, including a 49-yard run in the fourth quarter, the second-longest run in Super Bowl history at the time
No. 33: Green Bay lets Terrell Davis score game-winning touchdown uncontested, Super Bowl XXXII
With only 1:45 left and Denver with the ball on the one, the Packers let Terrell Davis score, giving the Broncos a 31-24 lead. The strategy: Letting Davis score gives Green Bay time to march downfield for a tying touchdown. It didn’t work.
No. 32: Jackie Smith drops a sure touchdown pass, Super Bowl XIII
Tight end Smith, wide open in the middle of the end zone, drops a sure touchdown pass from Roger Staubach. The Cowboys settle for a field goal and go on to lose by four points to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
No. 31: Steve McNair’s epic scramble, Super Bowl XXXIV
With less than 20 seconds remaining and the Titans trailing by seven, quarterback Steve McNair becomes an escape artist, eludes the sack attempt of several Rams defenders and connects with Kevin Dyson on a 16-yard completion to the 10-yard line.