Greatest Super Bowl ever?
This is why. There was defense (no points score for the first 27 minutes) then a flurry of touchdowns (24 points scored in the final 3 minutes). The fourth quarter was the highest scoring in Super Bowl history (37 points). The Patriots were up 21-10, and looked to be done with it. Then Carolina makes a comeback, scoring a touchdown, and then making a key interception in the endzone when New England looked as if it was going to put it away. Jake Delhomme then, on 3rd and 10 with 7 min left in the 4th, his team down 21-16, throws the longest pass play in Super Bowl history (85 yards) to Mohammed for the touchdown AND the lead, 22-21. Tom Brady calmly drives his team down again in the fourth quarter and scores a TD with 2:51 to go, also converting the 2 pointer, giving his team a 29-22 lead. It looks to be over. Carolina and Delhomme then drive down and tie on a touchdown pass from Delhomme to Proehl with 1:08 left, and the score is 29-29. Jon Kasay then kicks the ball out of bounds on a crucial kick, giving the Patriots the ball at the 40. Brady drives his team down to the Panthers 23 with :08 seconds left after four completions, including a long one to Branch to set up Vinatieri's game winning 41 yard FG. He hits it, and the Patriots win 32-29 in the final seconds.
The reason I don't think of Giants Patriots or say Colts Cowboys as on pas with this game is because while the last few minutes were thrilling, the whole game wasn't exhilarating like this one was. It was both an offensive and defensive showdown, plus it was a great quarterback duel: Brady through a Super Bowl record 32 completions for 354 yards while Delhomme threw for 323 yards, both throwing for 3 touchdowns.
How about this: let's just agree that in the past 10 years or so, we've been spoiled with the best Super Bowls ever, and at least 5 or so nail-biters. I believe the top 5 of all time (maybe except for Dallas Pittsburgh 35-31) are in the past decade. Broncos Packers was good too.