The Super Bowl is full of memories— some good, some bad and some just plain bizarre (like the Saints even winning one!). FOXSports.com breaks down the all-time craziest, weirdest and coolest moments from Super Sunday.
James Harrison, Super Bowl XLIII
With the favored Steelers leading the upstart Arizona Cardinals (9-7 in regular season) just 10-7 late in the first half, QB Kurt Warner drove the Cardinals into scoring range. Instead of a field goal, Warner's final throw of the half was picked off by Pittsburgh's Pro Bowl linebacker. Harrison lumbered, fought off tacklers and followed blocks ... finally scoring on the 100-yard return. Instead of trailing 14-10 entering halftime, the Steelers led 17-7 — a huge play in an eventual 27-23 Steelers win.
Thurman Thomas, Super Bowl XXVI
Before Super Bowl XXVI, Bills star running back Thurman Thomas was openly complaining that he was not getting enough publicity. Then he went out and rushed for only 13 yards in Buffalo's 37-24 loss to the Washington Redskins. Worse yet, TV viewers wondered which galaxy the star's mind was in to start the game as he famously misplaced his helmet, delaying his entry into the game.
Saints' onside kick, Super Bowl XLIII
Playing in the first Super Bowl in franchise history, the Saints were expected to simply be happy to be there. They faced Peyton Manning and the Colts, who had started the year 14-0 and decided against shooting for an unbeaten season to save starters for a Super Bowl run. Indianapolis held control with a 10-6 halftime lead, but Saints coach Sean Payton stunned the world by opening the second half with an onside kick. The Saints recovered, drove for a go-ahead TD and rode the momentum to their first Lombardi Trophy.
William Perry, Super Bowl XX
The 1985 Chicago Bears were a collection of crazy characters, but arguably the top cult hero of all was William "The Refrigerator" Perry — a (literally) larger-than-life rookie defensive lineman who became popular for doing what he did in Super Bowl XX vs. the Patriots, scoring a rushing touchdown instead of Bears RB legend Walter Payton, leaving an indelible memory in Chicago's 46-10 win.
Marcus Allen, Super Bowl XVIII
The elusive Allen provided the exclamation point in Oakland's 38-9 annhilation of favored Washington with a jaw-dropping, 79-yard touchdown run on the final play of the third quarter, which included his psychic comeback away from his blocking and the teeth of the Redskins defense. The run ripped the hearts out of the 'Skins, who entered the Super Bowl with the NFL's top-ranked rush defense.
Leon Lett, Super Bowl XXVII
It didn't change the outcome by a long shot, instead only the reputation of Cowboys Pro Bowl defensive lineman Leon Lett. With Dallas already en route to a 52-17 Super Bowl rout of the Bills, Lett (No. 78) snatched a fourth-quarter fumble and headed unchallenged on a long return and a certain TD ... that is, until Lett slowed down to celebrate (or gloat) a tad early. This gave hustling Buffalo WR Don Beebe (pictured) time to catch up and loosen the ball from Lett's big paw, turning a TD into a touchback and entertaining the remaining audience worldwide.
Lynn Swann, Super Bowl X
The list of key contributors to the Steelers' Super era in the '70s is long, but Swann secured a prominent place on it with his performance in the club's 21-17 victory over the Cowboys. He had just four catches, but for 161 yards, including a majestic, awe-inspiring 64-yard grab in the fourth quarter. He became the first wide receiver to be named the Super Bowl's most valuable player, and is remembered always in NFL Films lore.
Janet Jackson, Super Bowl XXXVIII
OK, who really remembers anything about the musical part of Janet's halftime performance with a bewildered Justin Timberlake? The "wardrobe malfunction" heard 'round the world — lasting less than a second — forced stricter broadcast regulations, leading to tighter restrictions on TV and radio and even a serious fine by the FCC levied against CBS (later rescinded).
Garo Yepremian, Super Bowl VII
The 1972 Dolphins are the only team ever to end the regular season and playoffs unbeaten and untied. However, their kicker stole the show with one of football's enduring bloopers. In cruise control up 14-0 in the fourth quarter vs. the Redskins, Miami kicker Garo Yepremian (No. 1) lined up for a simple field goal to ice the game. His kick was blocked into his panicked hands, so the undersized kicker feebly tried to pass. Only the ball slipped from his hands into those of Washington's Mike Bass (No. 41) — who ran for a TD to cut Miami's lead in half with 2:07 left. Miami ran out the clock to finish 17-0, saving its poor kicker major grief.
David Tyree, Super Bowl XLII
This Super Bowl upset is celebrated for the most amazing, game-changing play in the title game's history. Down 14-10 late vs. the 18-0 Patriots, Giants QB Eli Manning scrambled for what seemed like an eternity and heaved a prayer downfield toward no-name WR David Tyree (No. 85), blanketed by safety Rodney Harrison. In an insult to physics and Albert Einstein, Tyree secured the 32-yard catch by wedging the back half of the ball against his helmet — while fighting off Harrison defending. Instead of 4th-and-20, the Giants had first down and eventually scored to make history vs. New England. — Adrian Hasenmayer