This question used to be easy to answer, because most of the first 25 or so Super Bowls were blowouts, with only a couple of close games.
But over the last 15 years or so, we've seen a lot of great Super Bowls, that have come down to the wire.
Three of the Steeler's four S B wins in the 70s were great games.
Super Bowl X - (Pitt 21 Dal 17) - the first Super Bowl in which both teams played well
Super Bowl XIII - (Pitt 35 Dal 31) - first rematch in SB history, each team had won two SB's going into this game. Pitt led 21-17 after 3/4, and scored 2 TD's in 18 seconds in the 4th to take a 35-17 lead. Dallas came back with 2 TDs to close to 35-31.
Super Bowl XIV - (Pitt 31 Rams 19). Game was MUCH closer than the score. Rams led 7-3 after one quarter, they led 13-10 at halftime, and they led 19-17 after three quarters. They led the Steelers after every quarter, except the 4th. This game also had SEVEN lead changes. HUGE catches by Stallworth after Swann was knocked out of the game.
(The 26--21 San Fran win over the Bengals was not as close as the score. The 49ers raced to a 20-0 lead and never really looked back)
Super Bowl XXII - 49ers 20 Bengals 16. Montana to Taylor.
Now THAT was a DRIVE...forget that Elway crap against the Browns.
Super Bowl XXV - Giants 20 Bills 19. Poor Scott Norwood. Game would have been better were it won on a last second kick, rather than lost on the last second miss.
Super Bowl XXXIV - Rams 23 Titans 16. What a finish.
Super Bowl XXXII - Broncos 31 Packers 24 - it would have been tough for a game to live up to the kind of hype that this one got, but it was pretty good.
XXXVI - Patriots 20 Rams 17 - I figured the Patriots would go for OT
XXXVIII - Patriots 32 Panthers 29 - great, great game as well!
XXXIX - Patriots 24 Eagles 21
XLII - Giants 17 Patriots 14 - so much history in this one. Even after the incredible beating that Brady took for 3 and 1/2 quarters, he still brought the Patriots back for what should have been a game winning TD with < 3 min to go. And that was a miraculous drive by Eli and the Giants to win it.. Great game, with a LOT of history tied to it. Swann's catch in SB X was unbelievable, and even though I'm a Steelers fan from back in that era, I gotta give Tyree credit for the best catch in SB history (esp under the circumstances).
XLIII - Steelers 27 Cardinals 23, another great ending, great TD catches, and a record setting fumble INT return/TD by Harrison...100 yards
Of these games, it's very tough to pick the best one.
I would say that the Patriots/Panthers game was the best of the three Patriot SB victories.
The Giants win over the Patriots was really a defensive struggle more than anything.
But I think I would pick the 35-31 Steeler win over the Cowboys, because of the sheer number of HOF and HOF-quality players who were on the field that day. In part because of that one loss, a number of Cowboy players from that era are not in the HOF, but should be. But that was probably the best collection of top to bottom talent (on the part of both teams) ever to oppose each other in a Super Bowl.
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