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Top 5 Super Bowl Games of the Decade

5. Super Bowl XLV: Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers in Cowboys Stadium, Arlington TX

Score: Green Bay 31-25 Steelers

Coaches: Mike McCarthy vs. Mike Tomlin

Quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers vs. Ben Roethlisberger

Super Bowl MVP: Aaron Rodgers

Super Bowl Performance: Black Eye Peas Ft. Usher

Aaron Rodgers went 24-39 with 3 TD passes and 304 passing yards to win Super Bowl MVP in 2011 (Photo Credit: Tim Layden/ Sports Illustrated)

Super Bowl XLV was an exciting one. It was Aaron Rodgers’ first-ever Super Bowl appearance and Ben Roethlisberger’s third Super Bowl appearance. Roethlisberger has been two for two when it came to Super Bowl appearances before that year.

The Packers took an early lead in the game with a 29-yard pass from Rodgers to wide receiver Jordy Nelson that gave the Packers the early 7-0 lead. The Packers continued to dominate early in the first half with a touchdown catch by wide receiver Greg Jennings and an interception from safety Nick Collins. The score was 21-10 Packers by halftime, with the Packers playing significantly better all around.

The Steelers came back in the third quarter after running back Rashard Mendenhall’s touchdown that brought Pittsburgh just four points behind the Packers.

The fourth quarter was the most exciting quarter of the game. After huge plays from both Jennings and Nelson that gave the Packers a 28-17 lead, the Steelers immediately followed with a touchdown by wide receiver Mike Wallace. The game was then 28-25 Packers after the Steelers successful two-point conversion.

The last few minutes of the game were dominated by the Packers defense, as they did not allow a point for the Steelers for the rest of the game as they defeated the Steelers 31-25.

Rodgers was named Super Bowl MVP, though most of the credit goes to Greg Jennings, who scored three touchdowns in the game.

4. Super Bowl LII: Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots in U.S Bank Stadium, Minneapolis MN

Score: Eagles 41-33 Patriots

Coaches: Doug Pederson vs. Bill Belichick

Quarterbacks: Nick Foles vs. Tom Brady

Super Bowl MVP: Nick Foles

Super Bowl Performance: Justin Timberlake

Nick Foles’ successful touchdown catch from tight end Trey Burton during Super Bowl LII (Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Super Bowl LII was one not to forget, especially for Eagles’ fans. The Eagles won their first-ever Super Bowl in franchise history by defeating five-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady.

The game began with solid defense from both sides. The Eagles were the first team to put points on the board with a touchdown catch from wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey and touchdown run from running back LeGarrette Blount.

The play of the game came from the Eagles when Foles faked out the Patriots’ defense by changing tight end Trey Burton to quarterback and Foles to wide receiver. Burton passed the ball to Foles for a touchdown that gave the Eagles a 22-12 lead heading to the second half.

Like what was seen in Super Bowl LI, the Patriots caught up to take the lead early in the fourth quarter with huge plays by both tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Chris Hogan. The Patriots led the Super Bowl by one point until late in the fourth quarter when tight end Zach Ertz made an outstanding touchdown catch that gave the Eagles a 38-33 lead.

A sack from Brady which resulted in an Eagles field goal sealed the game for the Eagles as they defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in what will be known as one of the greatest moments in Philadelphia Eagles history.

3. Super Bowl XLVII: Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers in Mercedes Benz-Superdome, New Orleans LA

Score: Ravens 34-31 49ers

Coaches: John Harbaugh vs. Jim Harbaugh

Quarterbacks: Joe Flacco vs. Colin Kaepernick

Super Bowl MVP: Joe Flacco

Super Bowl Halftime Performance: Beyonce ft. Destiny Child

The Harbaugh brothers after Super Bowl XLVII (Photo Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XLVII was one of the closest Super Bowl finishes this decade. What made this Super Bowl even more special was the two head coaches from each team were brothers.

The first half of the game was completely dominated by the Ravens both on offense and defense. The Ravens in the first half scored three touchdowns, while only allowing two field goals from the 49ers.

The second half began with a huge 108-yard punk return by wide receiver Jacoby Jones that extended the Ravens lead. During the third quarter, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome had a power outage and the game was delayed a half-hour. Once the power outage delay ended, the 49ers came back a different team.

The 49ers scored three touchdowns, including a huge 15-yard run by Kaepernick that got the 49ers within three points of the Ravens.

The Ravens’ defense is what sealed the win in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter. After a failed penalty call, the game ended 34-31, giving the Ravens the victory.

2. Super Bowl XLVI: New York Giants vs. New England Patriots in Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis IN

Score: Giants 21-17 Patriots

Coaches: Tom Coughlin vs. Bill Belichick

Quarterbacks: Eli Manning vs. Tom Brady

Super Bowl MVP:  Eli Manning

Super Bowl Performance: Madonna Ft. LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, and MIA

Eli Manning winning his second Super Bowl ring after defeating Tom Brady and the Patriots again (Photo Credit: Andrew Sharp/ Getty Images)

The Giants winning the Super Bowl was the biggest shock of the 2011 NFL season. After a nine-win season, the Giants made it to the Superbowl as the underdog and defeated the New England Patriots… again.

The Giants dominated the first half of the game. After a touchdown by wide receiver Victor Cruz and a solid performance by the defense, the Giants seemed to be locked in. This all changed after running back Danny Woodhead’s touchdown catch that put the Patriots within one point of the Giants at the end of the first half.

The Patriots defense in the third quarter was solid, only limiting the Giants to one field goal. The Patriots took the lead in the third quarter with a touchdown run by tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Defense played a huge role for both teams throughout the whole game. The game-changing moment of the Super Bowl was the catch by wide receiver Mario Manningham late in the fourth quarter that was ruled a catch after a review. That set up Manning and with one minute left in the game, running back Ahmad Bradshaw delivered the game-winning touchdown that gave the Giants a 21-17 win over the Patriots.

1. Super Bowl LI: New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons in NRG Stadium, Houston TX

Score: Patriots 34-28 Falcons

Coaches: Bill Belichick vs. Dan Quinn

Quarterback: Tom Brady vs. Matt Ryan

Super Bowl MVP: Tom Brady

Super Bowl Performance: Lady Gaga

The play that won the Super Bowl for the Patriots. Julian Edelman made a fantastic catch that led the Patriots into completing the most historic comeback in NFL history (Photo Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Super Bowl LI will go down as the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. Down by 25 points in the beginning of the third quarter, Tom Brady and the Patriots did the impossible and came all the way back to pick up the victory in overtime.

The Patriots began their comeback towards the end of the third quarter with a touchdown catch by running back James White. White was a big part of the Patriots’ comeback, as he scored three touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown.

With six minutes left in the fourth quarter and down sixteen points, wide receiver Danny Amendola scored a huge touchdown, putting the Patriots just eight points away after successfully converting the two-point conversion.

The moment that decided the game was the controversy catch by wide receiver Julian Edelman. After video review, the called remained a catch and that set up Brady to pass to White for the game-tying play.

The game went to overtime and the Patriots won the toss. Brady again passed the ball to White, where he rushed the ball for the game-winning touchdown.

 

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