The Seven Best Tecmo Bowl Fan Videos on YouTube
If there's one good thing to come out of the Internet, it's the marriage of kitschy '80s cultural staples and modern day ingenuity.
When Tecmo Bowl was released in 1989, no one could've predicted that those playing it then would use it to recreate some of the greatest moments in football history 20 years later.
That said, let's take a look at the best of these recreations in chronological order, starting from the earliest moment up until last Sunday's big game.
7. The Catch
Date: January 10, 1982
Background Info: Joe Montana connects with a leaping Dwight Clark to put the 49ers up 28-27 with 51 seconds remaining in the NFC Championship Game. A helpless Everson Walls can only look on in amazement.
6. Run, Marcus, Run
Date: January 22, 1984
Background Info: Marcus Allen decimates the Redskins' D, going 74 yards for the score in Super Bowl XVIII. The play set the record for the longest run in Super Bowl history, and would stand for another 22 years.
5. Wide Right I
The Date: November 16, 1991
Background Info: No. 1 FSU hosted No. 2 Miami at Doak Campbell Stadium, where the two proceeded to beat the crap out of each other for 60 minutes. Trailing 17-16 in the fourth quarter, Bobby Bowden sent kicker Gerry Thomas out to retake the lead. His kick sailed wide right, giving Miami the ball, the game, and FSU's No. 1 ranking.
4. McCown Crushes Vikings
The Date: December 28, 2003
Background Info: Needing a win to get into the playoffs, the Minnesota Vikings took a 17-12 lead into the fourth quarter, and had the Arizona Cardinals on the ropes with a 4th-and-25 situation. Cardinal QB Josh McCown then nailed a TD pass to Nate Poole with four seconds remaining, dashing Minnesota's playoff hopes.
3. The Helmet Catch
The Date: February 3, 2008
Background Info: Facing a 4th-and-5 with less than two minutes to play in Super Bowl XLII, Eli Manning shrugs off a potential sack and completes a 32-yard strike to David Tyree, who caught the ball against his helmet. The drive resulted in a TD, putting the Giants ahead for good.
2. The Catch Redux
The Date: February 1, 2009
Background Info: Trailing 23-20 late in Super Bowl XLIII, Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger finds Santonio Holmes in the endzone for the go-ahead score. Holmes' tippy-toe grab put the Steelers up 27-23 with 35 seconds remaining, securing the Steelers' record-setting sixth Super Bowl title.
1. Porter Pleases Who Dat Nation
The Date: February 7, 2010
Background Info: Tracy Porter snags a pass intended for Reggie Wayne and returns it for six points, putting the New Orleans Saints up over the Indianapolis Colts, 30-17. Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez.