ReadJack's guide to watching old Super Bowls on youtube

ReadJack's guide to watching old Super Bowls on youtube

ReadJack's 2013 guide to watching old Super Bowls on Youtube

So you're a Super Bowl junkie and don't want to wait until 5:30 today to get your Big Game Fix? Or you're just a severely depressed Bears fan still aching over our team's absence in this year's playoffs, and you want to pretend this year's Super Bowl is not happening? Youtube's got you covered!

Also, I'll be at Fizz Bar & Grill today watching a group of Ravens fans watch the Super Bowl, while my RedEye colleague Ryan Smith will be at a different bar watching 49ers fans. Tweet with us!

Okay for real, Super Bowl time...

Jan. 25, 1998, Super Bowl XXXII: Broncos 31, Packers 24 (box score)

Must See TV Scale: 8/10
This was a marvelous back-and-forth game with big historical stakes. Brett Favre was going for his second-straight Super Bowl victory, a feat that, to this day, only seven quarterbacks have ever accomplished. And John Elway was trying to win his first Super Bowl after losing three in the 1980s. Green Bay scored first, Denver scored 17 unanswered to lead 17-7, Green Bay tied the game at 17, and it was a dogfight from there.
Famous Play: The John Elway helicopter run
Famous Performance: Terrell Davis took home MVP honors with 157 yards and 3 touchdowns, including the game-winner, all while missing most of the 2nd quarter with a migraine.

Jan. 31, 1999, Super Bowl XXXIII: Broncos 34, Falcons 19 (box score)

Must See TV Scale: 3/10
This should have been Broncos-Vikings, with the Elway-TD-Smith-McCaffrey-Sharpe offense matching scores with Cunningham-Robert Smith-Moss-Carter-Reed. Instead, the Falcons snuck past the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game and proceeded to get blown out by a superior Denver team.
Famous Play: With the Broncos leading 10-3 in the 2nd quarter, Elway hit a streaking Rod Smith with a gorgeous 80-yard touchdown pass. Smith beat Falcons safety Eugene Robinson who was playing on little sleep and lots of nerves, due to his arrest the night before the game for soliciting an undercover officer for a blow job.
Famous Performance: In his final NFL game, John Elway bagged MVP honors with 336 passing yards, one TD pass and one TD run.

Jan. 30, 2000, Super Bowl XXXIV: Rams 23, Titans 16 (box score)
In 9 parts
Part 1:

Must See TV Scale: 10/10
My personal choice for best Super Bowl ever. This was a surprising matchup, to say the least -- the Rams and Titans each went 13-3 in 199 after finishing 4-12 (Rams) and 8-8 (Titans) in 1998. St. Louis was in their first year of the Greatest Show on Turf offense, but mustered only three field goals in the first half to lead 9-0 at halftime. A third quarter touchdown by rookie receiver Torry Holt gave St. Louis a 16-0 lead, before the Titans stormed back to tie the game in the 4th quarter, leading to a thrilling finale.
Famous Play: How about the most famous final play in Super Bowl history? On 1st and goal from the 10-yard line with six seconds remaining and down 23-16, Steve McNair hit receiver Kevin Dyson with a pass at the four-yard line. But Rams linebacker Mike Jones wrapped up him cleanly one yard shy of the endzone.

Final two minutes of the game:

Famous Performance: Kurt Warner won the MVP with a Super Bowl record 414 passing yards, but I was always more fond of Steve McNair's performance: 214 yards passing and a Super Bowl QB record 64 yards rushing. While the last play of the game was all Mike Jones, the second to last was all McNair, when he scrambled out of the grips of two St. Louis defenders and found Dyson for a 16-yard gain that set up the final play.

Jan. 28, 2001, Super Bowl XXXV: Ravens 34, Giants 7 (box score)

Must See TV Scale: 2/10
Terrible matchup, and a terrifically boring game. Historically, it was sort of interesting to see this Ravens defense in a Super Bowl, but how hyped can you get for a game that sets a Super Bowl record with 21 combined punts? As for a comparison of the championship performances of the '85 Bears D and the '00 Ravens D:
'85 Bears vs. '85 Patriots (362 points scored, 10th in NFL) -- 10 points allowed, 7 sacks, 2 INT (1 TD), 4 recovered fumbles, 123 yards allowed (116 pass, 7 rush).
'00 Ravens vs. '00 Giants (328 points scored, 15th in NFL) -- 0 points allowed, 4 sacks, 4 INT (1 TD), 2 recovered fumbles, 152 yards allowed (86 pass, 66 rush).
Famous Play: Let's go "famous sequence" on this one, and it's an easy choice: three touchdowns on three consecutive plays. First Duane Starks returns a pick 49 yards for a score (17-0 Ravens), then Ron Dixon returns a kickoff 97 yards for a score (17-7 Ravens), then Jermaine Lewis returns a kickoff 84 yards for a score (24-7 Ravens).
Famous Performance: Gotta be MVP Ray Lewis, who led the defensive charge for Baltimore and was all over the field making tackles and deflecting passes.

Feb. 3, 2002, Super Bowl XXXVI: Patriots 20, Rams 17 (box score)

Must See TV Scale: 9/10
Huge upset, as the nobody Patriots led by their nobody quarterback knocked off The Greatest Show on Turf. The Pats led 17-3 before league MVP Kurt Warner led St. Louis on a furious comeback. First-year starter Tom Brady then drove the Pats into field goal range for the game-winning kick.
Famous Play: A few good ones here, but again, let's go "famous sequence" and take New England's entire final drive, the one that famously started with announcer John Madden declaring that the Pats should kneel the ball and play for overtime. Removing the spike to stop the clock for the field goal, Brady went 5-7 for 53 yards, hitting three different receivers and never facing a third down.
Famous Performance: Tom Brady's final drive was the game's most famous performance, but I gained a lot of respect for Warner in this game, who took a vicious battering from the Patriots and still managed to pass for 365 yards and the game-tying TD, while also accounting for St. Louis's other touchdown with a two-yard QB sneak.

Jan. 26, 2003, Super Bowl XXXVII: Buccaneers 48, Raiders 21 (box score)
In 10 parts

Part 1:

Must See TV Scale: 4/10
Seemingly, this game answered the question: "What happens when the #1 offense plays the #1 defense in the Super Bowl?" Answer: The league MVP throws a Super Bowl record five interceptions, three of them returned for touchdowns, and the #1 defense helps their team roll to a 48-21 victory. However, this game also answered the question: "What happens if a hyper-competitive head coach meets his former team from the year before in the Super Bowl?" And "What happens if the starting center for the #1 offense goes AWOL days before the Super Bowl and cannot play in the game because he's in rehab?" That was a problem too.
Famous Play: None. This was a dull game, despite the fireworks on the scoreboard. Most memorable sequence was Tampa Bay's defense scoring two touchdowns on interception returns in the game's final 90 seconds.
Famous Performance: This might seem negative, but the most famous performance here was league MVP Rich Gannon throwing a Super Bowl record five interceptions.

Feb. 1, 2004, Super Bowl XXXVIII: Patriots 32, Panthers 29 (box score)

Must See TV Scale: 8/10
Loved everything about this game except for one thing: Carolina mishandled their two-point conversions. Take a look at how the scoring shook out in the 4th quarter, after New England took a 21-10 lead:
* Carolina touchdown, missed two-point conversion, 21-16 Patriots
* Carolina touchdown, missed two-point conversion, 22-21 Panthers
* New England touchdown, made two-point conversion, 29-22 Patriots
* Carolina touchdown, made extra point, 29-29 tie
* New England field goal, 32-29 final

Now, if Carolina just kicks extra points, here's how the scoring goes:
* Carolina touchdown, made extra point, 21-17 Patriots
* Carolina touchdown, made extra point, 24-21 Panthers
* New England touchdown, made extra point, (because now up three, an extra point puts them up four, and hence they have no need to go for 2), 28-24 Patriots
* Carolina touchdown, made extra point, 31-28 Panthers
* New England field goal, 31-31 tie, overtime

Barring a Carolina kick return for a touchdown (and in reality, Rod "He Hate Me" Smart returned the post-field goal kickoff 20 yards to end the game) this would have been the first ever Super Bowl to end in overtime. Damn shame.
Famous Play: Adam Vinatieri's game-winning kick was probably the most famous play. Deshaun Foster's dive into the endzone was the game's most famous single image (excluding Janet Jackson's nipple, of course). Muhsin Muhammad's 85-yard touchdown catch from Jake Delhomme is still the longest pass play in Super Bowl history.
Famous Performance: Both quarterbacks were marvelous, with the MVP Brady (354 yards, 3 TD/1 INT) topping the brilliant Delhomme (323 yards, 3 TD/0 INT).

Feb. 6, 2005, Super Bowl XXIX: Patriots 24, Eagles 21 (box score)

Must See TV Scale: 4/10
This should have been a game for the ages, with two battle-tested teams who were the clear-cut best from their respective conferences. And with the game tied at 7 at the half and 14 after 3, it looked like a classic. But the 4th quarter was a dud, with the Pats taking a 10 point lead and the Eagles taking FOREVER to muster a TD-drive.
Famous Play: None, unless you count Donovan McNabb vomiting in the huddle on his final drive.
Famous Performance: After missing the entire postseason with an injured ankle, Terrell Owens had a wonderful game, catching 9 passes for 122 yards, though failing to get into the endzone.

Feb. 5, 2006, Super Bowl XL: Steelers 21, Seahawks 10 (box score)

Must See TV Scale: 4/10
Another dull game. Thank goodness it does not live on in all of its anti-climactic glory. Seahawks fans claim the refs stole the game from them, but if you lose by 11 points, there are a lot of fingers to be pointed inward before you start looking at the officials. This was a snoozer.
Famous Play: That said, there were a few big plays in this game, most notably the game-icing touchdown pass from receiver Antwaan Randle-El to fellow receiver and game MVP Hines Ward. It is still the only Super Bowl touchdown pass not thrown by a quarterback. This game also featured the longest run in Super Bowl history, a 75-yard TD scamper by Willie Parker.

Famous Performance: And speaking of quarterbacks, how about Ben Roethlisberger producing the worst ever performance for a Super Bowl-winning QB? 9-21, 123 yards, 0 TD/2 INT, one very debatable rushing touchdown, 22.6 QB rating.

Feb. 4, 2007, Super Bowl XLI: Colts 29, Bears 17 (box score)

Must See TV Scale: 3/10 (This is my objective choice. Subjective choice is 1/10.)
I really tried to find this game on youtube, but mercifully it does not exist. Thank god. Removing the personal pain of losing a Super Bowl, this was another dull contest. The Bears scored on the game's opening kickoff, and scored again to take a 14-6 lead at the end of the 1st. Indy took the lead with a field goal and a touchdown, then scored two more field goals in the third quarter before icing the game with a 56-yard interception touchdown return.
Famous Play: There's only one, and it's a beauty: rookie Devin Hester returning the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown, the fastest score in Super Bowl history.

Famous Performance: Peyton Manning was given the MVP award, but the true MVP for the Colts were running backs Dominic Rhodes (113 yards on 21 carries, 1 TD) and rookie Joseph Addai (77 yards on 19 carries, 66 yards on 10 receptions).

Feb. 3, 2008, Super Bowl XLII: Giants 17, Patriots 14 (box score)
Must See TV Scale: 9/10
Not on youtube in full... This game pairs nicely with Super Bowl XXXVI. Both featured unstoppable offenses shut down by unflappable defenses. Both featured seemingly overmatched quarterbacks upending their league MVP counterpart. Both featured three-point victories.
Famous Play: One of the most famous plays in Super Bowl history, David Tyree's "Helmet Catch" on 3rd and 5 on New York's game-winning drive. It was the final catch of Tyree's career.

Famous Performance: MVP Eli Manning (19-34, 255 yards, 2 TD/1 INT) had a better game than his brother the year before or Brady six years prior. Manning's final drive: 5 for 9, 77 yards, game-winning touchdown. 9 yard pass to Amani Toomer on a 3rd and 10 (they converted the 4th and 1); 32 yard pass to Tyree on a 3rd and 5; 12 yard pass to Steve Smith on a 3rd and 11. They scored the next play.

Feb. 1, 2009, Super Bowl XLIII: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23
(box score)

Must See TV Scale: 7/10
This game could have been a lot more exciting if they had reviewed Kurt Warner's fumble on Arizona's final play of the game. I just didn't understand why they wouldn't review a possible incomplete pass on the biggest play of the Super Bowl.
Famous Play: There were a few. My favorite play of the game was Warner's 64 yard TD pass to Larry Fitzgerald to give the Cardinals a 23-20 4th quarter lead after trailing 20-7. More famous than that, however, was James Harrison's 100-yard interception touchdown return to end the first half (the longest play in Super Bowl history), as well as Roethlisberger's brilliant game-winning throw to Santonio Holmes.
Famous Performance: Roethlisberger's final drive: 5 for 7, 84 yards, and a touchdown.

Feb. 7, 2010, Super Bowl XLIV: Saints 31, Colts 17 (box score)

Must See TV Scale: 7/10
The past three Super Bowls are not on youtube in-full, which is fine in this case. This was another showdown game between the two clear-cut best teams of each conference. The Colts started the season 14-0 and lost their last two games, the Saints started their season 13-0 and lost their last three games, but both teams looked strong in the postseason. The Colts led 10-0 after the first quarter and 10-6 at the half, but New Orleans opened the second half with a successful onside kick. After three lead changes, the Saints led 24-17 when cornerback Tracy Porter iced the game with a 74-yard pick six.
Famous Play: The Porter touchdown.

Famous Performance: MVP Drew Brees, who completed 82% of his passes for 288 yards, two touchdowns, and no turnovers.

Feb. 6, 2011, Super Bowl XLV: Packers 31, Steelers 25 (box score)

The game's first touchdown:

Nick Collins INT-TD
Greg Jennings TD
Hines Ward TD
Rashard Mendenhall TD
Rashard Mendenhall 4th quarter fumble (bad quality)
Greg Jennings TD
Mike Wallace TD + Randle-El two-point conversion
Steelers final offensive play (bad quality)
Must See TV Scale: 7/10
Green Bay was up 21-3, but the Steelers actually had opportunities to win the game in the 4th quarter. Since we'd just seen Roethlisberger lead a game-winning Super Bowl drive two years earlier, seeing him take the field at the end of this game added a great deal of tension and drama. Still, unlike the Cardinals two years earlier, the Steelers never led.
Famous Play: Some excellent touchdowns (as seen above), but no singular famous play.
Famous Performance: MVP Aaron Rodgers joined a small group of Super Bowl QBs who have thrown for 300+ yards with 3+ TD and zero interceptions.

Feb. 5, 2011, Super Bowl XLVI: Giants 21, Patriots 17 (box score)
Must See TV Scale: 8/10
Not quite as exciting as XXXVI or XLII, but still a wonderful game. One of only two games (XXXIV) to end with an offensive play.
Famous Play: The hail mary in the endzone was pretty big, but for Patriots fans, the play that sticks out is Wes Welker's 4th quarter drop on 2nd and 11. That catch would have given New England a first down and extended their drive while leading 17-15.

Famous Performance: MVP Eli Manning was more of a true MVP this time around, but once again led a beautiful final drive to give the Giants a late-game lead: 5 of 6, 74 yards, and a huge 38-yard sideline pass to Mario Manningham to open the drive.

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