Now that one of, if not the most exciting Super Bowl ever is in the books, it’s time to take a look back at an interesting topic – the top game-changing touchdowns in Super Bowl history. For sure you will see one that you will remember from the first 43 Super Sundays.
1. Super Bowl XLIII – Ben Roethlisberger goes Magic to Santonio Holmes for a game-winner: 8 plays, 78 yards in 2:02. The Steelers earned their 6th Super Bowl title as they went downfield and carved the Cards defense after Arizona had taken a 23-20 lead. Roethlisberger’s pass to Holmes, who toe-tapped his way to an MVP with the catch, remains the best in SB history.
2. Super Bowl XXIII – Joe Montana hits John Taylor with a TD with :34 seconds left: This 92-yard drive was the cement that casted Montana in the Hall of Fame. He calmly and cooly led the Niners down the field and hit Taylor with the 10-yard TD to clinch the 20-16 win. The game was ranked as the best Super Bowl ever on NFL.com back in January of 2006.
3. Super Bowl XVII – John Riggins 43-yard run vs the Dolphins: The “Disel” ran over the Fins on a fourth down play that turned a 17-13 Dolphins lead into a 20-17 lead back to the Skins. It also was the defining moment for the Skins offensive line, as the “Hogs” opened the big hole for Riggins to run right through.
4. Super Bowl XLIII – Plaxico Burress catches a 13-yard score to clinch the win over the Pats: Fresh still in the minds of everyone, not many will forget this memorable TD with :35 seconds left that won the game for the Giants, or better yet the one that put the perfect Pats from close to 19-0 to 18-1.
5. Super Bowl XXXIV – Issac Bruce takes in a 73-yard bomb to be the deciding score over the Titans: Everyone recalls the play that where Mike Jones stopped Kevin Dyson on the 1-yard line to end the game, but it was this bomb from Kurt Warner to Bruce that clinched the game with just about 2 minutes left.
6. Super Bowl XVIII – Jack Squirek picks off Joe Theismann for a 5-yard score to slam the Skins: It was called the “Raider screen” and the silver and black played it to perfection, with Squirek picking it off in the final seconds of the first half to make it a route – 21-3 at the half in a game the Raiders dominated, winning 35-9.
7. Super Bowl XIV – John Stallworth hauls in a 73-yard score to put the Steelers ahead for good: The Steelers, 11.5 point favorites to win their fourth bowl, struggled with the Rams, but this score with 12:59 left in the game put them ahead for good. Facing a 3rd and 8, Terry Bradshaw took the snap, faked a handoff, and then threw a pass to Stallworth, who caught the ball without breaking stride and took it all the way to the end zone, making it 24-19 for the Steelers in an eventual 31-19 win.
8. Super Bowl XXXI – Desmond Howard takes a kickoff 99 yards for a 35-21 Packers lead in their win over the Pats: Howard was a highly touted player out of Michigan, but never lived up to the hype, other than this Super Sunday afternoon. Howard and the Pack were in a fight with the Pats, led by Bill Parcells, and led 27-21 in the third quarter. That’s when Howard took the kickoff after a Pats score and put the game away, racing 99 yards to clinch the Pack’s third Super Bowl.
9. Super Bowl XL – Antwaan Randle El throws 43 yards to Hines Ward for a finishing TD vs the Hawks: The Steelers could not put the Hawks away, and after an Ike Taylor pick, the Black and Gold were looking for the finishing touches on their fifth Super Bowl. They got it. Taking a pitch from Ben Roethlisberger, Randle El fired a perfect trick pass to Ward, who took it in stride for a score that clinched the 21-10 win for Pittsburgh.