No. 2: Super Bowl XXIII - Jan. 22, 1989, in Miami
Super Bowl XXIII will forever be known as the (Joe) Montana-to-(John) Taylor game. The year was 1989. Ickey Woods and the Bengals had "Ickey Shuffled" their way into the Super Bowl, only to face the iconic Montana and the dynasty that was the 49ers in the '80s.
San Francisco had dominated Cincinnati into the fourth quarter, putting up 453 yards to the Bengals' 229. Ickey and his shuffle already seemed kitschy. The scoreboard, however, read 16-13 in favor of the Bengals with only 3:10 remaining.
The Niners offense took possession at their own 8. Legend has it that it was in this nerve-wracking moment that Montana serenely gazed into the stands and wondered aloud, "Hey, Isn't that John Candy?"
Then he orchestrated an 11-play, 92-yard drive, capping it off with the winning touchdown pass to Taylor and leaving only 34 seconds left on the clock. Final score: 49ers 20, Bengals 16.
No. 1: Super Bowl III - Jan. 12, 1969, in Miami
The history of professional sports is spattered with athletes guaranteeing a victory. Some have come to fruition, some have not.
So it's likely that people rolled up their eyes in unfettered skepticism when Joe Namath predicted that his Jets would defeat the heavily favored Colts in Super Bowl III. His words, however, would prove to be prophetic.
Namath led the Jets to a stunning 16-7 win, giving the AFL its first-ever Super Bowl title and cementing his name in history. Matt Snell rushed for 121 yards that day and the Jets defense had three interceptions in the first half, keeping Baltimore scoreless until late in the fourth quarter.
These performances were paramount to making Namath's prediction come true, but the Jets' quarterback helped himself as well with a stellar performance. He completed 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards.
After the game, Broadway Joe jogged off the field with his index finger waving "No.1" in the air.
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