The 2008 NFL season was full of a number of great games, ending with the greatest game of the season, Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, Florida. Here below is a little list we’ve put together of what we feel were the 10 best games of the past 2008 NFL season.
1. Super Bowl XLIII Pittsburgh 27 Arizona 23, Sunday February 1st – The game lived up to the hype, as the rough and tough Steelers survived a game Cardinals team 27-23 to win their 6th NFL title. The game had it all: big plays, great catches, two great comebacks, and it really was a “Super” way to end the 2008 season. Now if only all the Super Bowls were this good.
2. New York Giants 34 Carolina 28 (OT), Week 16 Sunday Night December 21st – A great back and forth battle between two teams that seemed destined to meet again in the NFC Title game. This outing was to decide who would have the #1 seed in the NFC, and was one of the more entertaining regular season games in some time. It also highlighted two great running teams, the Panthers with their 1-2 punch of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart and the Giants “Earth, Wind and Fire” of Brandon Jacobs, Derick Ward and Ahmad Bradshaw. In the end, the G-Men were able to use that running game to pull of a big OT win to clinch the one-seed. Though in the end, it didn’t even matter.
3. New York Jets 34 New England 31 (OT), Week 11 Thursday Night November 13th – Brett Favre and the Jets were out to prove they could play with the big boys in New England, and while the Jets built a big lead and eventually won, the game likely will be remembered more for the coming out party for Matt Cassel, who went over 400 yards passing, and cashed in on it with a move to now be the starter for the Chiefs. The Pats tied the game in the final seconds of regulation, but the Jets were able to pull out a hard fought win in OT.
4. Baltimore Ravens 13 Tennessee Titans 10, Divisional Playoffs Saturday January 10th – The hardest hitting game of 2008, these two foes went into this divisional playoff game looking for blood, and they basically found it. It came down to the Titans turning the ball over, and rookie QB Joe Flacco taking advantage of a few big plays, one to Derrick Mason for a TD and then a huge third-down throw to TE Todd Heap to set up Matt Stover’s game-winning field goal. Both teams lost players throughout the game, with the biggest injury being Titans rookie back Chris Johnson going out in the second quarter. The win put the Ravens in the AFC Title game vs the Steelers.
5. Dallas 41 Philadelphia 37, Week 2 Monday Night September 15th – The Cowboys were the hottest team in the NFL for the first month of the season, and this shoot-out with the Eagles was the best Monday night game of 2008, as both teams went back and forth in this NFC East battle. The first half ended 30-24 Philly, then finally both teams settled down somewhat in the second half as the Cowboys rallied to outscore the Eagles 17-7 to go on for the win and an early 2-0 record.
6. Pittsburgh 13 Baltimore 9, Week 15 Sunday December 14th – Two teams that clearly don’t like each other waged war in Baltimore for the AFC North title. Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense was null and void all day, but had one long drive in them in the final few minutes to take home the win, the AFC North, and the #2 seed in the conference. Of course anyone that remembers the game will recall the ending with the controversial call with Steelers WR Santonio Holmes’ disputed TD catch to gain the win. Little did we all know these two foes would meet again for the right to go to the Super Bowl.
7. Arizona 32 Philadelphia 25, NFC Title Game Sunday January 18th – The game that no one imagined when the playoffs started was a fun game to watch, as the Cardinals with Kurt Warner built a big lead early, but then Philly came back to take a lead when Donovan McNabb hitting some big plays, the biggest a TD to DeSean Jackson to give the Eagles the lead. Not to be denied, Warner got the Cards in striking distance, and they were able to get the winning score and then hold the Eagles one last time to get the win and a trip to Tampa.
8. New York Giants 36 Philadelphia 31, Week 10 Sunday Night November 9th – These two NFC East rivals went back and forth, but by the end of the night it was Giants able to deliver the knockout blow to take home the hard fought five-point win. There wasn’t much defense for two teams that usually play stout D, as the Giants put up 401 yards of offense, and the Eagles 300 yards. The Eagles though would get the last laugh, as they would beat the Giants twice after this game, and the second time knocking them out of the playoffs in the Meadowlands.
9. Atlanta 22 Chicago 20, Week 6 Sunday October 12th – The NFL had a new star on its hands at the end of this one, as Matty Ice, otherwise known as Matt Ryan, was able to pull off an unreal last second comeback that was highlighted by a long Jason Elam field goal to top the Bears and put th Falcons on the map as a young team that was not going to be pushed around by the big bad Bears. Give the Bears credit though, as they were able to rally for a late lead, only to then let Michael Jenkins get free for a 26-yard catch to set up Elam’s winning 48-yard field goal as time ran out.
10. New York Jets 56 Arizona 35 Week 4 Sunday September 28th – In a Hall of Fame career that ended on a sour note for Brett Favre, this was his finest moment in the 2008 season, throwing for 289 yards and six touchdowns vs the Cardinals. The Jets blew the game wide open in the second quarter as they scored an amazing 34 points in the quarter, with Favre throwing three of his six TD’s. The game also is remembered for the scary hit on Cards wide out Anquan Boldin that broke his jaw and cost him a couple of weeks of the 08 season.