Each weekday until Super Bowl Sunday, Hulu and Football Outsiders’ Aaron Schatz are counting down the 10 best Super Bowl games in history with the help of NFL Films. Check our Spotlight page every day to see the latest pick. Today’s selection: the 1997 season’s showdown between the Broncos and the Packers.
With this game, the underdog Denver Broncos broke the NFC’s streak of 13 straight Super Bowl championships, and finally got veteran quarterback John Elway the ring he had been chasing for 15 yards. The two teams traded the lead back and forth in an extremely balanced game, and the scoring was spread throughout all 60 minutes—each quarter had at least one score for each team.
The two teams traded drives after Green Bay tied things up on a Brett Favre-to-Antonio Freeman touchdown early in the fourth quarter, but the Broncos gradually built a field position advantage. They got the ball at midfield with 3:27 left and built a drive on one long John Elway pass and five Terrell Davis runs—the final one for the game-winning touchdown with 1:45 remaining. Brett Favre tried to drive the Packers back with a two-minute drill but couldn’t complete a fourth-and-6 pass to tight end Mark Chmura, and the Broncos were World Champions.
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