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Live dispatches from Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa

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John Elway went out with a bang in his Super Bowl finale.
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By Don Banks, SI.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- I don't necessarily know who's going to provide it, but I'm pretty sure we're in for some kind of historic performance by one of the Super Bowl quarterbacks on Sunday.

Easy call, right? Well, it is when you consider history. Super Bowls with threes in them have always been very good to quarterbacks. To wit:

* In Super Bowl III, Joe Namath and the Jets shocked the world by upsetting the heavily favored Colts in Miami. It was the game that put the AFL on the map, and spawned 40 years worth of the "guarantee'' business in sports.

* In Super Bowl XIII, Terry Bradshaw of the Steelers threw for a record four touchdown passes in Pittsburgh's thrill-a-minute 35-31 defeat of Dallas in Miami, winning the game MVP award in the process. The Steelers became the first team to win three Super Bowls, and that game still ranks as one of the more entertaining Super Bowls of all time.

* In Super Bowl XXIII, Joe Montana cemented his legend forever with that 11-play, 92-yard game-winning drive, hitting John Taylor on a 10-yard slant with 34 seconds remaining to give San Francisco a 20-16 win over Cincinnati. The game was again in Miami, and the 49ers became the first NFC team to win a third Super Bowl ring. Though Jerry Rice was named MVP, Montana finished 23 of 36 for a Super Bowl record 357 yards and two touchdowns.

* And in Super Bowl XXXIII -- yes, it was once again in Miami -- all we had was John Elway winning his final game ever to lift Denver to a second consecutive NFL title. The Broncos beat Atlanta 34-19, and the 38-year-old Elway -- a sentimental figure if there ever was one by this point in his career -- became the oldest Super Bowl MVP ever. Elway threw for 336 yards on 18 of 29 passing, with one score through the air and another 3-yard rushing score.

So you see, it's a lock for Super Bowl XLIII. Either Kurt Warner or Ben Roethlisberger is going to come up huge on Sunday and probably put his name into the record books for something or another. Bank on it.

Unless it was just a Miami thing.

Check SI.com's Super Blog regularly for more dispatches from Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa.

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