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Denver QB John Elway stood tall in Super Bowl XXXII.
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From start to finish, Super Bowl XLIII offered all the hallmarks of an epic contest. There was a record-setting interception return to end the first half and a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback by one team that served as a precursor to a thrilling finish. Even Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band gave an amazing performance at halftime.

Some are already calling it the greatest Super Bowl ever. It very well might have been. Which one of these five do you think is the best?

Super Bowl XLIII: Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes team up on drive late in the fourth quarter as the Steelers rally to beat the Cardinals, 27-23. Arizona erased a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter and took a 23-20 lead with 2:37 left when Kurt Warner hooks up with Larry Fitzgerald for a 64-yard touchdown. But on Pittsburgh's ensuing possession, Holmes makes four of his game-high nine catches, including a 6-yard touchdown, to snatch the MVP Trophy away from Fitzgerald.

Super Bowl XLII: Certainly, it was one of the best finishes in Super Bowl history. Eli Manning's great escape and David Tyree's amazing catch might be the greatest play. Manning drove the Giants down the field for the game-winning touchdown with 35 seconds left final to stun the Patriots 17-13 and end their bid for a perfect season.

Super Bowl XXXII: The Packers were 11½-point favorites and looking to repeat at Super Bowl champions. Broncos quarterback John Elway, who was 0-3 in Super Bowls and nearing the end of a brilliant career, finally got that elusive ring as he led Denver to touchdown late in the fourth quarter for a 31-24 victory in a back-and-fourth contest.

Super Bowl X: Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann makes acrobatic catches to help the Steelers repeat as Super Bowl champs with a 21-17 victory over the Cowboys. The game isn't decided until the final play when Glen Edwards intercepts a desperate heave by Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach in the end zone.

Super Bowl XXXVIII: Adam Vinatieri's 41-yard field goal with 4 seconds left gives the Patriots a 32-29 victory over Carolina after a frantic fourth quarter in which the teams combined to score 37 points.

 

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