The Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event on the North American calendar. Millions tune in at the end of every NFL season to watch at least part of the spectacle, whether it be the commercials, the halftime show, or the actual game itself. In the game’s almost 50-year history, there have many amazing, memorable, and even shocking moments. Although this list is going to stick with things that actually happened on the field, who can forget the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” from Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show. Or the blackout at the Superdome that halted Super Bowl XLVII for over 30 minutes. One of the most iconic commercials in history, Apple Computer’s “1984” ad was first aired during Super Bowl XVIII. Anyway, back to the nine greatest moments in Super Bowl history.
10. Lynn Swann’s Dive
It was Super Bowl X and the Pittsburgh Steelers were looking for their second championship in a row. In their way was America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys. Right before halftime, the Steelers’ defence came up huge with two consecutive sacks, pushing the Cowboys out of field goal range. Dallas was forced to punt and give the Steelers back the ball right before the break.
During the following drive, legendary quarterback Terry Bradshaw hit Swann for a 53-yard catch. But not just any catch. After first tipping the ball into the air, Swann made an acrobatic diving catch while leaping over the fallen Dallas defender. It has become one of the most iconic plays in Super Bowl history, and is regularly included on lists of the greatest plays in NFL history. The drive proved fruitless though, as the Steelers missed a field goal before half. They still won the game though, a close 21-17 victory.