Super Bowl 2012: Ranking All of the Super Bowl Rematches

Andrew Pregler@ACPreglerContributor IIIJanuary 26, 2012

Super Bowl 2012: Ranking All of the Super Bowl Rematches

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    In the history of the Super Bowl, five times has the game provided fans with a rematch of another former championship.

    As the Patriots and Giants square off again for the NFL's crown, fans are hoping that this year's game provides just as much drama as the last installment. 

    In each of the other Super Bowl rematches, the sequel has always matched the original and the games are classics to be remembered forever. 

    Where will the Pats-Giants rank on this list after the game? Come back after the game and leave your input in the comments section! 

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5: Super Bowl XXVIII: Cowboys 30 Bills 13

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    First time: Super Bowl XXVII: Cowboys 52 Bills 17

    Much like every Buffalo Bills Super Bowl appearance, things did not end up as expected for Jim Kelly. In this installment of Bills futility, the Dallas Cowboys showed their dynastic dominance off with a comeback win that once again broke Buffalo's heart. 

    The Bills were up 13-6 at halftime, thanks to stellar defense and a punting show of excellence by both teams, forcing the high powered offenses to travel the entire field for touchdowns.

    Leon Lett was actually the Dallas hero in this game, as his fumble 45 seconds into the second half was returned for a Dallas touchdown to tie the game. 

    Dallas never looked back, and on the hurt shoulders of eventual MVP Emmitt Smith, pulled away to score two more touchdowns and never let Buffalo back into the game.  

4: Super Bowl XXX: Cowboys 27 Steelers 17 Pt 3

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    First time: Super Bowl X: Steelers 21 Cowboys 17. Second Time: Super Bowl XII: Steelers 35 Cowboys 31.

    Much like great movie trilogies, the third installment never quite lives up to the hype. 

    In this movie, it would be the Cowboys finally defeating Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl, as the Cowboys capped their dynasty with what is still the franchise's last championship.

    The Cowboys were dominating the game going into the fourth quarter, up 20-7, as Emmitt Smith and Troy Aikman were having their way with the Steel Curtain. However, after a Steelers field goal cut the lead to 20-10, Bill Cowher called for a Pittsburgh onside kick and was successful, leading to a Steelers touchdown and 20-17 final.

    However, the common trend of the game ended the Steelers' hopes of a sixth Super Bowl, as Neil O'Donnell threw another one of his three interceptions to MVP Larry Brown, who returned the ball to the Steelers six for an easy score to put the game out of reach for Pittsburgh. 

3: Super Bowl XVII: Redskins 27 Dolphins 17

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    First Game: Super Bowl VII: Dolphins 14 Redskins 7

    With a similar story to number five on this list, the Dolphins looked to have their way with the Redskins a second time. However, the Redskins would not be stopped and came from behind to win.

    Miami struck first with a 76 yard touchdown pass on their second possession, and would tack 10 more points on the board by the end of the half to gain a 17-10 half time edge. Going into the fourth, Miami had not scored, but kept their lead to 17-13.

    In the fourth quarter, the game was broken wide open by Super Bowl MVP John Riggins. On a fourth and one on Miami's 43, the 240 lb running back broke through the hole and shook off all defenders as he scored what would end up being the game winning touchdown. 

    Washington would finish the game with a then Super Bowl record of 276 yards on the ground. 

2: Super Bowl XXIII: 49ers 20 Bengals 16

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    First Game: Super Bowl XVI: 49ers 26 Bengals 21

    The 49ers and Bengals provided America with a classic in both Super Bowls, however, many would argue the sequel was better than the original. Ranked by in 2006 as the greatest Super Bowl of all time, Joe Montana cemented his legacy as one of the legends of the game. 

    After three quarters of just field goals, Bengals returner Stanford Jennings gave Cincinnati a 13-6 lead with his kick return for a touchdown. Not to be outdone, Montana responded with a four play touchdown drive, capped with a Jerry Rice catch and score. 

    The Bengals would add a field goal in the waning minutes and an illegal block on the ensuing kick off would leave the 49ers 3:10 on the clock with 92 yards to go for the end zone.  

    Picking apart the middle of the field, Montana continually found Rice and Roger Craig to get the ball to the Bengals 35 yard line before he threw an incompletion. With a second and 20 with 1:15 on the clock, Montana hit eventual MVP Rice for a 27 yard completion. 

    After a quick 8 yard catch to move the ball to the Bengals ten, Montana finished the Bengals with a touchdown pass to John Taylor with just 39 seconds left. 

1: Super Bowl XIII: Steelers 35 Cowboys 31

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    First game: Super Bowl X: Steelers 21 Cowboys 17

    This truly was a game for the ages.

    Ranked by NFL Films as the 3rd best Super Bowl winning team and the best Steelers Super Bowl win, the 1978 Steelers were a powerhouse. 

    This game was the one that revolutionized "Super Bowl Sunday." In a game that featured 16 Hall of Fame players and coaches, the Cowboys were considered "America's Team" while the Steelers relished their roles as spoilers representing "Blue Collar America." 

    The game was a back and forth battle that saw the game swing back and forth with turnovers, as Terry Bradshaw and Roger Staubach led their offenses in a game that featured the two best defenses in the league.

    The play of the game came when Staubach found tight end Jackie Smith wide open in the end zone, only to have Smith muff the catch. Dallas was forced to settle for a field goal rather than tying the game with a touchdown and Pittsburgh capitalized with 14 unanswered points.

    MVP Terry Bradshaw threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns, as Pittsburgh became the first team to win three Super Bowls as a franchise.