Which of the 46 big games are remembered most fondly? Well, that depends of course on who you are. Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp, Ronde Barber and company would probably put Super Bowl XXXVII at the top of their own personal list, as would the majority of Buccaneer fans. It would be a bit lower for Rich Gannon, Jerry Rice and most Raider loyalists.
From a presumably more objective point of view, the folks at NFL.com have taken the time to rank all the Super Bowls, from 46th to first, in terms of how thrilling the action was. The list is presented in photo essay form, with supporting commentary from Senior Analyst Gil Brandt, who helped build several championship teams in Dallas.
The list doesn’t seem to be based on how strong the various championship teams were; in fact, that worked against the clubs who thoroughly dominated on Super Bowl Sunday. The 46th-ranked game, in fact, was the 49ers’ 55-10 dismantling of the Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV after the 1989 season. That was a marvelous San Francisco squad, but it so completely dominated Denver that the action is described as “brutal from start to finish.”
No spoiler here as to where the Buccaneers’ 48-21 thrashing of the Raiders after the 2002 season ranks, although the final score should provide a hint. Two of the top 10 games were played in Tampa, one each at Tampa Stadium and Raymond James Stadium, and those two selections are not hard to guess (cough, James Harrison, cough, Scott Norwood).
So check out the list, see where our personal favorite lands on the list and leave a comment if you think it should have been higher. After all, a lopsided final score doesn’t mean a game was lacking in exciting moments.