All eyes will be upon Raymond James Stadium on February 7, 2021, when Super Bowl LV kicks off to the delight of NFL fans worldwide.
NFL Super Bowl odds at season’s end favor the Kansas City Chiefs, but anyone who’s watched the big game over the past decade knows that picking a winner, whether it’s with friends or during online betting, can be a crapshoot at best.
With that in mind, let’s rank the best Super Bowl games of the 2010s along with what made each so compelling or a snoozer by halftime.
Editor’s note: Although the Saints and Colts played on February 7, 2010, it was technically the 2009 season, which is why it’s not on the list. It’s also why Super Bowl LIV between the Chiefs and 49ers, played on February 2, 2020, is on here.
10. Super Bowl LIII — Patriots 13, Rams 3
If you told someone who’s never watched football how exciting the Super Bowl is, this game would not prove your point. Tied 3-3 headed into the fourth quarter, the Los Angeles Rams mustered only 260 yards of total offense as Tom Brady won his sixth NFL title.
9. Super Bowl XLVIII — Seahawks 43, Broncos 8
On the first play of Super Bowl XLVIII, center Manny Ramirez launched the ball past Peyton Manning into the end zone for a safety. It was a sign of things to come as Seattle’s defense dominated all evening by causing four turnovers.
8. Super Bowl L — Broncos 24, Panthers 10
In Peyton Manning’s swan song, the QB threw for only 104 yards, the mustered only 194 total offensive yards, but the defense caused four Panthers’ turnover and harassed quarterback Cam Newton relentlessly.
7. Super Bowl XLV — Packers 31, Steelers 25
The Packers came out with guns blazing on their way to a 21-3 first-half lead, and Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers finished his day completing 24 of 39 passes for 304 yards and a trio of TD strikes.
6. Super Bowl XLVII — Ravens 34, 49ers 31
As some have called it, the Blackout Bowl endured a 34-minute delay early in the third quarter after a partial power outage. Down 28 to 6 before the lights went out in the Superdome, the 49ers scored 17 straight points before falling late to the Ravens.
5. Super Bowl LIV — Chiefs 31, 49ers 20
Speaking of falling late to a Super Bowl opponent, the 49ers were riding a 20 to 3 headed into the fourth quarter when the secondary suddenly forgot how to cover receivers. The Chiefs scored 21 fourth-quarter points and won its first title since Super Bowl IV.
4. Super Bowl XLVI — Giants 21, Patriots 17
The Giants set a new record by winning a Super Bowl with the lower regular-season winning percentage in league history (9-7, 56.3%)
3. Super Bowl LII — Eagles 41, Patriots 33
The Eagles secured their first Super Bowl title in a record-setting content. The 74 combined points were just one short of the record, and the two squads combined for 1,151 yards of total offense — the most in any NFL game, regular or postseason.
2. Super Bowl XLIX — Patriots 28, Seahawks 24
The Seahawks were one yard away from repeating as NFL champions when the offense inexplicably called a pass play to take the lead with 26 seconds remaining. Malcolm Butler made the interception of his life, and the Patriots walked out for Glendale with the most improbable Super Bowl victory ever.
1. Super Bowl LI — Patriots 34, Falcons 28 (OT)
The only Super Bowl victory more improbable than the Patriots’ four-point win over Seattle was New England’s epic comeback win over the Falcons. The only Super Bowl to go into overtime, Brady rallied his troops from a 25-point, third-quarter deficit before finding the end zone on the first drive of OT.
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Andy Coffaro is a sports journalist and managing editor with published work in USA Today, MSN, HERO Sports, The Mercury News, East Bay Times, Phil Steele’s College Football Preview magazine, and more. He graduated from San José State University with a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Sport Management. Follow him on Twitter @andycoffaro.