Top 5 All Time NFL Super Bowl Plays (modern era)
#5 Super Bowl XLIII (43) - Santonio Holmes catch
Pittsburgh Steelers 27 v. Arizona Cardinals 23
#4 Super Bowl XXXIV (34) - Mike Jones tackle on Kevin Dyson
St. Louis Rams 23 v. Tennessee Titans 16
#3 Super Bowl XXXII (32) - Elway 8-yard "helicopter" run
Denver Broncos 31 v. Green Bay Packers 24
#2 Super Bowl LI (51) - Julian Edelman 4th quarter catch
New England Patriots 34 v. Atlanta Falcons 28 (OT)
#1 Super Bowl XLII (42) - David Tyree catch
New York Giants v. New England Patriots
It's only fitting that a receiver named David would make the pivotal catch in this David versus Goliath matchup.
David Tyree's catch changed history. The undefeated Patriots were minutes away from reaching destiny and completing the NFL's first perfect 19-0 season. The '72 Miami Dolphins finished undefeated and won the Super Bowl, but they only played 14 regular season games.
This was not the greatest Super Bowl. Last week's overtime thriller owns that title. But this play meant more for the history of the game than any other play in Super Bowl history.