Published: January 9th, 2011 | Tags: Pick Six, Adam Vinatieri, Billy Waddy, Dallas Cowboys, David Tyree, Joe Namath, Los Angeles Rams, Marshawn Lynch, New England Patriots, Pick Six, Roger Staubach, Super Bowl III, Super Bowl XLII, Super Bowl XXXVI, Tom Brady, Vince Ferragamo
The Twitterverse has spoken. Marshawn Lynch‘s touchdown run was the greatest of all time. The Seahawks upset of the Saints was the greatest of all time. The Pick Six is the greatest internet creation of all time. Alright, I might only be trending that last one. But let’s have some perspective.
You can make your voice heard about Lynch’s bruising run, here. But as for the upset, the Seahawks did manage to crack the top six. Let’s break it down.
6. 1979 NFC divisional playoff game: The Los Angeles Rams, Cowboys and Vikings had a spirited rivalry in the 1970s. But in 1979, the Cowboys were coming off two NFC championships, the Vikings missed the playoffs and the Rams won the NFC West with a 9-7 mark (some things never change, but at least it was a winning record). But the Rams pulled the upset as Vince Ferragamo hit Billy Waddy on a touchdown bomb, and Roger Staubach threw the last pass of his career to an offensive lineman. The Rams would win the NFC Championship Game at Tampa Bay, and nearly unseated the Steelers in Super Bowl XIV, which also would have registered on this list.
5. 2010 NFC wild-card game: The Onion might have summed it up best by saying that the Saints lost a first-round bye. But a couple of things keep this from being higher on the list. First, the Seahawks are tough at Qwest Field. And second, the NFL preaches parity. If the 1975 Steelers lost in the playoffs to a 7-9 team, then you are talking about a run for the greatest upset ever. This will have to settle for No. 5.
4. 1996 AFC divisional playoff game: The second-year Jaguars were 4-7 after losing to the Steelers 28-3 in Week 12. But the Jags would win five consecutive games to squeak into the playoffs, and then upset the Bills. But the biggest upset came a week later, when they rallied from a 12-point deficit to knock off the top-seeded Broncos. Easily the biggest non-Super Bowl upset in postseason history.
3. Super Bowl XLII: The Patriots were expected to steamroll the Giants after finishing the regular season with a perfect record, including a season-closing win over New York. But the Giants defense rose to the occasion, and WR David Tyree made a miracle catch to prevent the Patriots from becoming the first NFL team to go 19-0 in one season.
2. Super Bowl XXXVI. Nobody — outside of me — gave the Patriots a chance to knocked off the high-flying St. Louis offense. Especially after St. Louis rallied to tie New England in the closing minutes of the game. But Tom Brady would engineer a drive that would set up Adam Vinatieri‘s winning field goal in one of the most memorable upsets that current NFL fans watched unfold.
1. Super Bowl III: There is no doubt that this was the most compelling upset in football history. The old-guard NFL. The upstart AFL. And Joe Namath‘s guarantee. This is a no-doubter.
But NFL enthusiasts, does the Seahawks’ upset deserve to be higher?