1. Super Bowl 3, 1969. NY Jets 16 Baltimore Colts 7. Joe Namath predicted his AFL Jets would shock the NFL Colts, and Broadway Joe put down his cocktail(s) and fur coat long enough to pull it off. This alerted fans that the AFL had arrived. This was one of the biggest sports upsets ever.
2. Super Bowl 4, 1970. KC Chiefs 23 Minnesota 7. Just to drive the point home that the AFL was the equal to the NFL, The Chiefs throttled the heavily favored Vikings so badly that the leagues merged the following year. Until this win...and the Jets the previous year, The NFL viewed the AFL has a nuisance. There would now be one league, the NFL...broken into the AFC/NFC.
3. Super Bowl 18, 1984. L.A. Raiders 38 Washington 9. This was the first Super Bowl game i covered (Tampa). It established my opinion that the QB getting most pregame hype will be outperformed by his "lesser" rival. Jim Plunkett outdueled Joe Thiesmann (hyped) in a game that was over by halftime. The Raiders postgame locker room was as expected.. Matuszak and crew "holding court". Priceless.
4. Super Bowl 23, 1989. SF 49ers 20 Cincinnati 16. My first Super Bowl covering the 49ers (Miami) in a city i left just a year earlier. I got to see old friends and witness Cool Joe working his last minute magic. The Niners had it all going then, and they'd pound Denver the next year 55-10 to win it all. This offense was all Bill Walsh magic.
5. Super Bowl 36, 2002. New England 20 St. Louis 17. The Rams were "the greatest show on turf" and a 16 point pick over the Pats. This was the beginning of the great Pats run which continues. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick won again in 2004 and 2005. They haven't won since..but they keep sniffing at it. If this run ends with three Super Bowl titles in four years, I'm good.
Those are my top five Super Bowl games. I've covered three..including Super Bowl 20 in New Orleans. What's your favorite Super Bowl game as we head to the Niners and Ravens on Sunday?!