1. Super Bowl XLIX, 2015: New England 28—Seattle 24
In keeping with the recent trend line of terrific Super Bowl games, the 2014 edition featured two great teams engaged in a back and forth battle with a shock ending for the ages.
Competitiveness: 10 out of 10. The defending champion Seahawks came in loaded with talent and intensity and sporting one of the most dominant defenses in recent memory. The Patriots featured Tom Brady at quarterback and Bill Belichick as head coach, vying for their fourth championship and a claim on being the greatest of all time at their respective positions. The teams traded body blows for four quarters before the Patriots rallied from a ten-point deficit to forge ahead with just under five minutes. Russell Wilson then drove to the Patriots’ one-yard line only to throw a shocking interception with twenty seconds remaining. Breathtaking.
Star Power: 10 out of 10. An astounding collection of talent including two Hall Of Fame coaches, arguably the best quarterback ever to play, plus Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, Rob Gronkowski and the Legion Of Boom.
Intrigue/Controversy: 10 out of 10. The last man to coach the Patriots before Belichick’s legendary run? Seattle coach Pete Carroll. The stories wrote themselves as the Seahawks looked to go back-to-back and establish a dynasty while the Patriots looked to cement their place in history. The shocking pass play on the goal line to end the game dropped jaws the world over and will be debated as long as people remember football.
Aftermath: 10 out of 10. With their fourth title together Brady and Belichick became the winningest QB-coach combo in postseason history, surpassing Joe Montana and Bill Walsh. No Super Bowl has featured higher stakes matched by equally astounding results.
Aggregate Score: 40 out of 40.
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