SI’s 20 Best Super Bowl Photos

July 29, 2016  —  By

Nothing cements your spot in history like winning an NFL championship. Not many get to witness this amazing accomplishment. Every year 31 teams leave home disappointed but one team gets the honor of being called champions. Here you will see 100 photos of amazing plays and players of Super Bowl past.

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Vince Lombardi is easily one of the most well-known and most respected coaches of all time. Seen here being carried by Forrest Gregg and Jerry Kramer, the Packers are celebrating their second straight Super Bowl victory. It was also Lombardi’s final game as their head coach. He’s impact went far beyond the game.

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The famous kick that went wide right. Ask any Buffalo Bills’ fan about this kick and they will automatically start to fight you. Scott Norwood had a chance to defeat the New York Giants with a field goal, but missed it wide right. The Giants won Super Bowl XXV 20-19. The sad part is Norwood received lots of death threats after that game. If you ask us it is not that serious.

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You’ll see some players get tense and nervous before the big game. However, that wasn’t Joe Namath before his big day at Super Bowl III. He would help lead the New York Jets in a battle against the Baltimore Colts. Here, he was seen sitting poolside before the game. Even with reporters everywhere he didn’t bother to put on some clothes.

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After defeating the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV, New Orleans’ quarterback Drew Brees is seen holding up his son, Baylen. It was the first time New Orleans got to celebrate a Super Bowl victory. It came just four years after Hurricane Katrina. The Saints have yet to capture another title after this one but in this year new Orleans needed it.

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Before this moment, this moment never existed. Two players from both the Chiefs and the Packers meet at half field to greet each other before the very first Super Bowl. The Packers ended up winning the game 35-10. The shot captured at this view is incredible.

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The famous undefeated season. Don Shula helped lead his 1972-73 Miami Dolphins’ squad to an undefeated season, which was capped off with a 14-7 Super Bowl VII victory. To this day, no other coach has shared that same feat. The season was shorter back then but it was still an amazing feat.

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Some coaches can get a little emotional on the sidelines, especially after a call is made that they don’t like. That’s the case for Tom Landry, coach of the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X. The Boys would end up beating the Steelers in Super Bowl X 21-17. Look a the lift in that jump.

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Some coaches can get a little emotional on the sidelines, especially after a call is made that they don’t like. That’s the case for Tom Landry, coach of the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X. The Boys would end up beating the Steelers in Super Bowl X 21-17. Look a the lift in that jump.

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The first Super Bowl ever played was between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs. Seen here, Bart Starr completes a pass over a defender. The Packers would go on to win and Bart Starr would earn Super Bowl MVP rights with 250 yards passing and 2 touchdowns.

 f63cf52f666fd669a7b8e9b0b0c71249Earl Cooper, San Francisco 49ers’ fullback, is seen spiking the ball after catching a 10-yard touchdown from Joe Montana. It was the 49ers second touchdown of the game, to the Bengals 0. They would go on to win Super Bowl XVI 26-21 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Celebrating a late victory vs. the Carolina Panthers, Tom Brady and his Patriots’ are seen storming the field. The Patriots’ kicker, Adam Vinatieri, hit a 41-yard field goal to put the Pats up 32-29. There was only four seconds left on the clock at that point. The older Brady gets the most precious these moments get for him.

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In the New York Giants’ upset of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, Mario Manningham had 73 yards off five catches. This one was almost ruled out, but he kept both feet down and in. It helped set up a game winning touchdown. Another example of Brady’s curse for big plays down the stretch.

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In 2009, the Pittsburgh Steelers were one half away from winning another Super Bowl. However, their opponent, the Arizona Cardinals, made a comeback in the second half to take a 23-20 lead late in the game. Shown here, Big Ben connects with Santonio Holmes to score a game-winning touchdown. One of the proudest moments in his life we are sure of it.

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Seen here, Brett Favre celebrates after throwing a touchdown to Andre Rison in the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXI. Going 14-for-27 with 246 yards and two touchdowns, Favre helped lead the Packers to a 35-21 victory. He also added one rushing touchdown. A true Hall of Famer of the game.

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In one of the best offensive Super Bowl performances, the Oakland Raiders also stung the Vikings on defense. Here, Otis Sistrunk is seen sacking Fran Tarkenton. The play would result in a fumble and would help lead the Raiders to a 32-14 win over the Vikings, with 429 yards of total offense. Viking just haven’t had the best franchise overall.

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David Patten is seen recording a touchdown grab against the St. Louis Rams. It gave the Patriots a 14-3 lead in the second quarter, which was enough to take home the victory, 20-17. The Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVI, which was in 2002. Look at how open he was able to get. There isn’t a Rams defender there to contest the grab.

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No one likes to stare at a photo of someone in pain. Here, Doug Williams is seen twisting his leg and seems to be in obvious pain. After being down 10-0, the Redskins came back to defeat the Broncos 42-10 in a great offensive game for Williams. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger in this case.

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Jamie Sharper of the Ravens is seen grabbing Kerry Collins’ facemask in Super Bowl XXXV. The Ravens were very strong on defense, sacking Collins four times. With five forced turnovers, the Ravens beat the Giants 34-7. In this game referees really let them play, plays like this weren’t called.

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As Billy Kilmer tries to complete a pass, Manny Fernandez attempts to block it. The Redskins’ quarterback had three interceptions in the Super Bowl VII loss to the Dolphins. He also recorded no touchdowns in the 14-7 loss. His career never really recovered after that.

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In 2009, the Steelers faced off against the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. After intercepting a Kurt Warner pass in the first half, Harrison returned the ball 100 yards for a touchdown. It was the longest play the Super Bowl has ever seen and helped the Steelers win 27-23.