There have been some very memorable Super Bowls over the years and there have been some huge busts as well.  The New England Patriots, one of this year's Super Bowl teams, have been a part of both the closest games as well as the biggest blowouts.  I guess your age will have a lot to do with which games are most memorable, but we've had both booms and busts throughout the history of the game.

Clear back in Super Bowl V the Baltimore Colts and Dallas Cowboys fought to the bitter end to see who could play worse (although some think that award should have gone to the officials), with the Colts finally kicking a game-winning field goal to pull out a 16-13 victory.  Then there was Super Bowl XXV, the closest one of all, which began Buffalo's 4-game Super Bowl slide.  The Bills had the best offense in the league that year and had already beaten the Giants (the league's best defense) earlier in the year.  However, Scott Norwood's potential game-winning field goal sailed right as time ran out, giving the Giants a one-point victory, 20-19.  In more recent years, the Patriots have been 3-point winners in 3 of 4 Super Bowls, beating the Saint Louis Rams 32-29 in Super Bowl XXXVI, then two years later beating the Carolina Panthers 32-29 in Super Bowl XXXVIII and the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 the following year in Super Bowl XXXIX.  The Patriots have also been on the losing end of some close losses, losing to the Giants in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI by 3 and 4 points, respectively.

Some of the blowouts in Super Bowl history have been less memorable because you probably quit watching by halftime, unless of course your team was on the better end of it.  The worst of all was Super Bowl XXIV when the San Francisco 49ers took the Denver Broncos to the woodshed for a 45-point win, 55-10.  And who can forget the year of the "Super Bowl Shuffle" when the Chicago Bears with Walter Payton, Jim McMahon, William "The Fridge" Perry, and Buddy Ryan's defense dominated nearly everyone en route to a 46-10 shellacking of the Patriots in Super Bowl XX?  Personally, my favorite blowout was when my LA Raiders with Jim Plunkett and Marcus Allen pummeled the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII.

I thought my Raiders were going to get back to the big game this year, but when Derek Carr went down at the end of the year their hopes vanished.  Oh well, maybe next year.

What did you think of this year's game?  What are some of your favorite Super Bowl memories?  Are they of the games themselves or the commercials (my favorites to this day are the Trunk Monkey series)?  We'd love to hear from you.
Posted 11:00 AM

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