Top 5 Super Bowl Moments: Joe Namath's Jets Guarantee No. 1?

A key trick play, an undefeated titan going down, and the largest guarantee in sports. On Super Bowl Sunday, it's time to look back at the best moments in the first 57 years of the big game.

57 Super Bowls have come and gone. 57 games have had unbelievable moments that will stay with football fans for an eternity. 

Ranking some of the moments we can close our eyes and see as if it's the first time is so difficult. How can we possibly judge some moments that will go down in sports history forever? 

Today, on the morning of Super Bowl LVIII, we will prepare to do exactly that. Let's go through the top five moments on the NFL's biggest stage here.

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5. Malcolm Butler's Late-Game Interception

Most New York Jets fans won't be happy to see any of the Patriots Super Bowls on this list, but the Butler interception in Super Bowl XLIX is an unreal moment in Super Bowl history. 

We can put Adam Vinateri's game-winning kick in Super Bowl XXXVI, but the 28-24 win for the Patriots over the Seattle Seahawks in 2015 was important for several reasons. 

First, it gave Tom Brady his fourth ring, 10 years after he won his third. The interception, made by then-rookie Malcolm Butler, came in the closing seconds of the contest with Seattle having a second-and-goal situation inside the five-yard-line. Instead of running the ball with Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch, head coach Pete Caroll opted to throw the football with young passer Russell Wilson. 

Butler stepped up on a quick slant and sealed New England's fourth Super Bowl championship. 

In the record books, Super Bowl XLIX is one of the greatest ever played, and Butler's interception should be seen as one of the greatest Super Bowl plays ever. 

4. Scott Norwood Goes Wide Right

Oh, Buffalo.

The Bills reached the Super Bowl for four straight years in the early 90s but weren't close in three of those losses. The one close game seemed to be a sign of things to come for the franchise. 

In Super Bowl XXV, the underdog New York Giants dominated the game against the K-Gun Bills by keeping Hall of Fame players like Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, and Andre Reed on the sidelines. Behind a dominant running performance, Bill Parcells' Giants led 20-19 late in the contest. 

As good as New York played, Buffalo still had a chance to pull off the win, but Norwood's 47-yard field goal went wide right and gave New York their second Super Bowl win. 

3. Joe Namath Guarantees A Win

Can a moment in Super Bowl history be so important that it happened before the game was even played?

For the Jets and NFL history, that's certainly the case. 

Before Super Bowl III, Jets quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed his AFL team would pull off the upset against the heavily favored Baltimore Colts. 

Just how big of a favorite was the NFL-sided Colts? Their 18-point spread was the largest entering a Super Bowl until the 49ers and Chargers had a spread that reached 18.5. 

San Fran ended up dominantly winning the Super Bowl that year. The same can not be said for the Colts. 

Behind a five-turnover day from Baltimore, and a 121-yard rushing game from Matt Snell, the Jets pulled off one of the biggest upsets in sports history. Namath's team executing on his guarantee was massive both for New York football and for the NFL as well. It showed that the AFL could play dominant enough football to compete with the national league and jumpstarted NFL-AFL merger discussions just a few years later. 

The Super Bowl isn't the spectacle it is today without Namath's guarantee and aura since

2. The Philly Special

We like upsets in this list, in case anyone didn't notice. 

In Super Bowl LII, the Philadelphia Eagles were underdogs against the New England Patriots behind backup journeyman quarterback Nick Foles. The Patriots had a five-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback-coach tandem as we are all aware of. 

It was the Eagles that took it to Bill Belichick's defense throughout the night. 

Foles threw for 373 yards with three touchdown passes. Brady threw for a Super Bowl record 505 yards, but it wasn't enough as the Eagles ended up winning the game 41-33. 

The big moment in this game is arguably the greatest trick play call in league history.  

Up 15-12 in the closing moments of the first half, the Eagles were faced with a fourth-and-goal at the one-yard line. Instead of vying for a field goal, the ever-aggressive head coach Doug Pederson opted to go for it and called a trick play that resulted in a touchdown pass thrown by tight end Trey Burton, and caught by Foles. 

The play gave the Eagles a 22-12 halftime lead that they would hold on to win and end a near 60-year championship drought for the football team. 

Related: Super Bowl Role: Former Jets Backups for Chiefs, 49ers in LVIII

1. The Helmet Catch

Before Super Bowl XLII, Namath's upset over the Colts was the biggest upset in NFL history.

That was blown away on February 3rd, 2008. 

The 10-6 New York Giants, was over 12-point underdogs to the undefeated New England Patriots. It was one of the largest points spread in Super Bowl history and a sign that most expected Brady and the Patriots to enter NFL history in their own right. 

That didn't happen, though. 

Behind a dominant defensive line, and one miracle catch, the Giants were able to stun New England by a 17-14 final. The biggest moment of the game came from David Tyree's "Helmet Catch" within the final two minutes of the contest. Jockeying for position on third down against Rodney Harrison, Tyree caught a 32-yard pass from eventual Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning to give the Giants new life on their final drive of the season. 

The catch has since been immortalized as the greatest moment in Super Bowl history. 

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