42 Years in the Making: The Super Bowl Highlight Reel, Part 2
7. Wide Right
In the 1990-91 season, Buffalo went into Super Bowl XXV hoping to win the big one. Their opponents, the New York Giants, werentt going to let that happen. The Giants, employing its ball-control offense, had possession for 40 minutes and 33 seconds, a Super Bowl record.
The Bills, who scored 95 points in their previous two playoff games leading to Super Bowl XXV, had the ball for less than eight minutes in the second half and just 19:27 for the game. As the game went on with a 20-19 lead for the Giants, the Bills gave their last drive enough time for Scott Norwood to attempt to win the game with seconds remaining, but his 47-yard field-goal attempt sailed wide right.
The Buccaneers' defense intercepted five passes, three of which were returned for touchdowns, and recorded five sacks as Tampa Bay scored 34 unanswered points en route to its first Super Bowl victory. The win was a new record not because of the interceptions, but Jon Gruden became the youngest coach ever to win a Super Bowl.
5. 49er Power
The 49ers, who also won Super Bowls XVI and XIX, became the first NFC team to win three Super Bowls. Pittsburgh, with four Super Bowl titles (IX, X, XIII, and XIV), and the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders with three (XI, XV, and XVIII), lead the AFC franchises.
Even though San Francisco held an advantage in total net yards (453 to 229), the 49ers found themselves trailing the Bengals late in the game. With the score 13-13, Cincinnati took a 16-13 lead on Jim Breech's 40-yard field goal with 3:20 remaining. It was Breech's third field goal of the day, following earlier successes from 34 and 43 yards.
The 49ers started their winning drive at their 8-yard line. Over the next 11 plays, San Francisco covered 92 yards with the decisive score coming on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Joe Montana to wide receiver John Taylor with 34 seconds remaining.
At halftime, the score was 3-3, the first time in Super Bowl history the game was tied at intermission.
The 49ers didn't waste any time coming back as they covered 85 yards in four plays, concluding with Montana's 14-yard scoring pass to Jerry Rice 57 seconds into the final stanza.
Rice was named the game's most valuable player after compiling 11 catches for a Super Bowl record 215 yards. Montana completed 23 of 36 passes for a Super Bowl record 357 yards and two touchdowns.
4. The first isn’t the worst
The Green Bay Packers opened the Super Bowl series by defeating the AFL champion Chiefs behind the passing of Bart Starr, the receiving of Max McGee, and a key interception by all-pro safety Willie Wood.
Green Bay broke open the game with three second-half touchdowns, the first of which was set up by Wood's 50-yard return of an interception.
McGee, filling in for ailing Boyd Dowler after having caught only four passes all season, caught seven from Starr for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Elijah Pitts ran for two other scores.
The Chiefs' 10 points came in the second quarter, with the only touchdown coming on a 7-yard pass from Len Dawson to Curtis McClinton. Starr completed 16 of 23 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns, and he was chosen as the most valuable player.
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