By Tom Bogert, CBS Local Sports
Several television and radio personalities coalesced to reveal their choices for the best Super Bowl play of all time ahead of the big game’s 50th edition. As expected, David Tyree and his helmet make an appearance. Sorry, Patriot fans, but at least there’s a play to be proud about in here, too. Just in case winning four titles since the turn of the century isn’t enough.
Names like Rich Gannon, Evan Roberts, Gregg Giannotti, Steve Beuerlein and Brandon Tierney offered their insights as to what they believe to be the best play. With a bottomless pile of plays to pick from across the previous 49 Super Bowls, they certainly were not bereft of quality options.
Gannon, CBS NFL analyst, touts Malcolm Butler’s heroics from last season’s Super Bowl to be the best play recorded. As the Seattle Seahawks were closing in on back-to-back championships with the ball just three feet away from the goal line, Butler sealed Tom Brady’s fourth title with the play and a 28-24 victory.
Butler’s memorable interception of Russell Wilson was fueled by the infamous decision to put the ball in the air while Marshawn Lynch stood behind Wilson unused.
A play that New England was on the wrong end of is Tyree’s aforementioned incredible helmet catch. It was a play that both Roberts, WFAN, and Giannotti, CBS Sports Radio, couldn’t look past as the best play in Super Bowl history.
Manning’s escape before the throw as well as the New York Giants capitalizing with a game-winning touchdown on that drive, they say, accentuate how incredible the Tyree catch was in and of itself. The Giants won that game 17-14 and ended the New England Patriots’ undefeated season at the final hurdle.
Beuerlin, CBS NFL analyst, reached a little deeper in the memory banks to anoint Marcus Allen’s 74-yard touchdown run in the Los Angeles Raiders’ 38-7 drubbing of the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII. Allen would be named Super Bowl MVP for his efforts, buoyed by his mazy run.
In a tackle he describes as the “essence of football,” Brandon Tierney, CBS Sports Radio, chose Mike Jones’ last second tackle of Kevin Dyson on the one-yard line to end Super Bowl 34, preventing a touchdown that would’ve tied the game, pending an extra point. Jones’ Rams, of St. Louis at the time of this game, won 23-16 over Dyson’s Tennessee Titans.
Will a play from Super Bowl 50 live in folklore for years to come?