Top 10 Moments in NFL History

Top 10 Moments in NFL History

The NFL’s Big Game is almost here. This year it’s the New England Patriots (again) versus the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s always a Super time no matter who’s playing, between the epic parties with adult beverages and heaping Bowls of snacks, the TV commercials, the halftime show, and the game itself. We think so.

In fact, the history of the NFL is loaded with exciting, “interesting,” regrettable, or otherwise unforgettable moments. Our top 10 list is below, not in any particular order, and not all are things the participants would want us to remember! Too bad.

Let’s start with something from recent memory.

The Falcons Go Back on the Endangered List

The 2017 Big Game is memorable/regrettable for a few reasons. In the third quarter, the Atlanta Falcons were leading the Pats 28-3. By the end of the fourth quarter, the game was tied 28-28, making this the very first Big Game to go into overtime. The Falcons then snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by losing to the Pats, with a final score of 34-28. Talk about a turnaround!

The Bills Grease the Oilers

People still refer to the January 3, 1993 game between the Houston Oilers and the Buffalo Bills as “The Comeback.” At halftime the score was 28-3 in favor of the visiting Oilers. The Bills must’ve had quite a locker room pep talk, because they went on to win the game 41-38 in overtime. Many Bills fans left the game early, only to try and return with their “no reentry” tickets as soon as the tide started turning. Oh ye of little faith!

Da Singing Bears

Pro athletes sometimes try alternate careers as product spokespeople, actors, or felons. In 1985 the Chicago Bears became rap artists, recording “The Super Bowl Shuffle” two months before their victory in Big Game XX. The now-cringeworthy song was a hit and has been imitated and rerecorded many times since. Maybe not a “top” moment, but just try to look away from this video.

The Steelers Get Religion

With only 30 seconds left in the game and his team trailing by one point, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw threw what became known as the “Immaculate Reception.” It was almost an interception, but the ball bounced out of the hands of a Raiders player and into the hands of Steelers fullback Franco Harris, who took it across the goal line, to the shocked thrill of hometown fans. That December 23, 1972 game was the Steelers’ first-ever playoff victory.

The Lions Take a Pass on Winning

The clock had already run out when Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a 61-yard pass into the hands of Richard Rodgers (no relation), who was waiting in the end zone. The catch resulted in a 27-23 victory over the Detroit Lions. The December 3, 2015 game has been called the “Miracle in Motown,” but Lions fans who were there to cheer on their hometown team probably have another name for it.

Say It Ain’t So, Joe

Before YouTube and social media, people had to rely on broadcast TV to serve up disturbing video clips. Do you remember where you were on November 18, 1985 when you first saw star quarterback Joe Theismann’s leg snap in half during a rough sack? (Our guess is in front of a TV.) The graphic clip was replayed ad nauseam and was possibly the most gruesome footage ever shown on TV up until that point. Joe’s leg eventually healed, but his football career succumbed to the injury.

The Bucs Sink the Raiders

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had long been the NFL underdogs/underachievers. It seems new uniforms, a new stadium, and a new coach (Jon Gruden) inspired them to greater things. In 2003 they won their first and only (so far) Big Game, surprising pretty much everyone and forcing many bookies to find a new line of work.

America Rises From the Ashes

The 2002 Big Game, featuring the New England Patriots vs. the St. Louis Rams, was the first championship match-up to be played in February. The normal NFL schedule had been delayed by one week due to the 9/11 attacks. Irish rockers U2 gave a poignant tribute to victims during their halftime performance.

The Vikings Surprise-Attack the Pack

Some games start slowly, and some stay that way. But attendees of the October 27, 2013 Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers game had no such complaints. That’s when Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson treated hometown fans to a record-breaking 109-yard touchdown run on the opening kick. The Packers had won the toss and opted to kick. Oops. Green Bay eventually won the game 44-31.

Jumping Janet Flash

Some say it was a brilliant/outrageous publicity stunt, though the participants still insist it was an accident. Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake were performing the 2004 Big Game (Pats vs. Panthers) halftime show. The planned finale was JT tearing off Jackson’s bustier, revealing another garment underneath. However, more than that came off, and TV viewers worldwide choked on their game snacks as the term “wardrobe malfunction” was introduced into our vocabulary.

Don’t miss the Big Game, February 4 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on NBC. You never know what enduring moments might take place, especially with Justin Timberlake performing his first halftime show since, well, you know.

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