NFL Power Rankings: The 10 Best NFL Games That Have Nicknames

Justine BrownCorrespondent IINovember 18, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - JANUARY 11:  Wide receiver Freddie Mitchell #84 of the Philadelphia Eagles catches a 28-yard catch on defensive backs Jue Bhawoh #21 and Darren Sharper #42 of the Green Bay Packers on the Eagles last posession in the forth quarter during the NFC divisional playoffs on January 11, 2004 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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As one of the greatest games played in America, the NFL has seen some pretty epic battles go down over the years.  

From last-second comebacks to miracle game-winning receptions, these games for the ages are never to be forgotten, garnering nicknames to remember them by.  

The debate over which games are the best seems to be never ending, often lying in the eye of the beholder and where a person's fan hood lies.

Here's a look at where some of these incredible games fall in terms of greatness. 

1. The Greatest Game Ever Played

It's only fitting that the game titled "The Greatest Game Ever Played" finds itself first on the list. This game was the 1958 NFL Championship game in which the Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants in overtime by a score of 23-17.

The game is believed to be the impetus behind the NFL becoming one of the most popular sports in America. In this matchup, Johnny Unitas connected with wide receiver Raymond Berry for a record-setting 12 times on the Colts' way to victory.

Berry's 12 receptions in a championship game is a record that still stands today.

2. The Comeback

The Comeback was an AFC Wild Card game in 1993 in which the Bills defeated the Oilers 41-38 in overtime after overcoming a substantial 32-point deficit.

3. The Ice Bowl

The Ice Bowl was the 1967 NFL Championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys. Playing on what is considered the "Frozen Tundra" of Lambeau Field, the Packers pulled of a miraculous 21-17 win when their quarterback, Bart Starr, seemingly fell into the end zone for the win.

4. Red Right 88

This 1981 AFC Championship game between the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders went down in history when the Browns made a huge mistake trailing 14-12 with less than a minute to play.

Despite being within field goal range and in position to win, Browns' coach Sam Rutigliano called a passing play titled "Red Right 88." The play resulted in an interception and an end to the Browns season.

5. The Guarantee

"The Guarantee" is the nickname given to Super Bowl III, played in 1969 between the New York Jets and the Baltimore Colts. Prior to the game, Jets quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed the victory over the heavily favored Colts.

Namath made good on the guarantee leading the Jets to a 14-7 victory.

6. The Catch

"The Catch" happened in the 1982 NFC Championship game when Joe Montana connected on a touchdown pass to Dwight Clark in which Clark seemingly came out of nowhere to make an incredible catch on a ball which looked to be surely sailing out of the end zone.

The catch gave the 49ers a 28-27 victory over the Cowboys.

7. The Immaculate Reception

"The Immaculate Reception" happened during 1972 divisional playoff game between the Oakland Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers. To this day the play is one of the greatest and most controversial in NFL history.

With 22 seconds left on the clock and the Steelers trailing 7-6, Pittsburgh faced 4th-and-10 on their own 40-yard line. Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw tossed up a miracle, which somehow ended up in the hands of fullback Franco Harris, who took it into the end zone for the win.

8. Epic in Miami

"Epic in Miami" refers to the 1982 AFC Divisional Championship game between the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers, in which the Chargers' Kellen Winslow put on an amazing performance, leading his team to an overtime victory.

The San Diego Chargers came out to a 24-0 lead and the game seemed all but over. However, the Dolphins battled back, going play for play until the final minute.

After tying it up, the game went to overtime with San Diego coming out victorious, 41-38.    

9. 4th-and-26

"4th-and-26" refers to the 2003-04 NFC Divisional playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles.

With 1:12 remaining in the game, the Eagles faced 4th-and-26 after a sacked push them back. With their last attempt, Donovan McNabb hit Freddie Mitchell on a perfect slant to pick up the first down.

The play set up a successful Eagles field goal forcing overtime, in which the Eagles pulled out the 20-17 victory.

10. The Music City Miracle

The Music City Miracle was a 2000 AFC Wild Card game between the Tennessee Titans and the Buffalo Bills. With 16 seconds remaining in the game, the Buffalo Bills took a 16-15 lead on a field goal.

The next play, the kickoff return, was one of the greatest, yet most controversial plays of all time.

The Titans' Lorenzo Neal fielded the kick and handed it off to tight end Frank Wycheck, who proceeded to throw a lateral pass to Kevin Dyson, who ran down the field 75 yards for the touchdown.

The play, which the team practiced many times, seemed to be run almost flawlessly, although some still argue that Wycheck's lateral was a forward pass. 

Other Notables

One Yard Short

This One's For John

Wide Right

The Hail Mary

Ghost to the Post

Miracle at the Meadowlands

Miracle at the New Meadowlands

The Freezer Bowl

Sea of Hands

The Fumble

The Drive 

The Fog Bowl

Bounty Bowl

65 Toss Power Trap

The Monday Night Miracle


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