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SI's Super Bowl Coverage

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From Bart Starr's '67 Packers to Drew Brees' '10 Saints, SI has been covering the Super Bowl since its inception. Here are the game stories for sports' biggest event:

• Super Bowl XLIV For You, New Orleans (New Orleans Saints -- Super Bowl XLIV)By Lee Jenkins, February 15, 2010Riding the spirit of a city renewed, the Saints stormed past Peyton Manning's favored Colts to bring a once-forlorn franchise its first championship and set off a party that promises to last a lifetime.

•The Steelers! Are Super!(Pittsburgh Steelers -- Super Bowl XLIII)By Damon Hack, February 9, 2009In a pulse-pounding showdown that will rank among the NFL's classic championship games, the Steelers broke the Cardinals' hearts to earn a record sixth Lombardi Trophy and evoke memories of Pittsburgh's title teams of old.

• They're History (New York Giants -- Super Bowl XLII)By Tim Layden, February 11, 2008Behind a ferocious assault on Tom Brady and a final drive for the ages, the upstart Giants broke the unbeaten Patriots in Super Bowl XLII and pulled off one of the NFL's greatest upsets.

• Bringing It Home (Indianapolis Colts, Super Bowl XLI)By Michael Silver, February 12, 2007Trusting in each other and in the guiding hand of their history-making coach, Peyton Manning and the Colts came together in the South Florida rain to vanquish the Bears and lay claim to greatness.

• Hearts Of Steel (Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl XL)By Michael Silver, February 13, 2006An inspired performance by wideout Hines Ward and big plays by lesser names carried the Steelers to victory over the Seahawks and their fifth NFL title-a fitting end to a historic out-of-town playoff run and a courageous rally from a 7-5 start • Three-Ring Circus (New England Patriots Super Bowl XXXIX)By Michael Silver, February 14, 2005The Patriots staked their claim as the century's first dynasty and the Greatest Show on Turf, beating the Eagles for their third NFL title in four seasons.

• Fight To The Finish (New Englad Patriots, Super Bowl XXXVIII)By Michael Silver, February 9, 2004New England and Carolina went toe-to-toe, but Tom Brady kept his cool and led the Patriots to their second NFL title in three year.

• What A Steal! (Tampa Bay Bucaneers, Super Bowl XXXVII)By Michael Silver, February 3, 2003Led by a defense that picked off five passes and a coach who proved his worth, Tampa Bay blistered Oakland to win its first NFL title.

• Pat Answer (New England Patriots, Super Bowl XXXVI)By Michael Silver, February 11, 2002Following the lead of their transformed coach and oh-so-cool quarterback, the no-name Patriots stunned the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.

• Talk Of The Town (Baltimore Ravens, Super Bowl XXXV)By Michael Silver, February 5, 2001The Ravens crowed about how good they'd be, then backed it up in the Super Bowl by crushing the Giants with big plays and a brutal defense.

• The Greatest (St. Louis Rams, Super Bowl XXXIV)By Michael Silver, February 7, 2000Kurt Warner was his usual stellar self as the Rams hung on to beat the Titans in the best Super Bowl ever.

• The Magnificent 7 (Denver Broncos, Super Bowl XXXIII)By Michael Silver, February 8, 1999The gunslinger from out West, John Elway, cut down the Falcons in rapid-fire fashion to give the Broncos their second straight Super Bowl title.

• Seven Up (Denver Broncos, Super Bowl XXXII)By Michael Silver, February 2, 1998Showing more grit than prowess, John Elway executed a brilliant game plan in the Broncos' stunning Super Bowl win over the Packers.

• Return To Glory (Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl XXXI)By Michael Silver, February 3, 1997After suffering through a week of Patriots blather, the Packers got on with the business of winning their first NFL title in 29 years.

• Special ... Delivery (Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XXX)By Michael Silver, February 5, 1996The Steelers handed the Cowboys two ugly interceptions and a 27-17 victory that kept the NFC's Super Bowl streak alive.

• Superb! (San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XXIX)By Rick Telander, February 6, 1995To no one's surprise, the 49ers dismantled the Chargers 49-26 for a record fifth Super Bowl win, which liberated quarterback Steve Young from the ghost of Joe Montana.

• The Fumble! (Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XXVIII)By Paul Zimmerman, February 7, 1994Dallas bashed Buffalo in their Super Bowl rematch, as miscues made the Bills four-time losers.

• Big. D, As In Dynasty (Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XXVII)By Paul Zimmerman, February 8, 1993Dallas provided a preview of things to come with a Super Bowl rout of Buffalo.

• Superb (Washington Redskins, Super Bowl XXVI)By Rick Telander, February 3, 1992The Washington Redskins were exquisite in their 37-24 Super Bowl destruction of the Buffalo Bills.

• High And Mighty (New York Giants, Super Bowl XXV)By Paul Zimmerman, February 4, 1991In one of the best-played Super Bowls in XXV years, the New York Giants used their power game to wear down the Buffalo Bills, who fought back but fell one point short.

• The Calm And The Storm (San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XXIV)By Paul Zimmerman, February 5, 1990In a record-setting deluge, the 49ers swamped Denver 55-10 in Super Bowl XXIV.

• Joe Cool (San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XXIII)By Paul Zimmerman, January 30, 1989The 49ers' Joe Montana knocked the Bengals cold with a spectacular late rally in the Super Bowl.

• One Super Show! ... and The Rout Was On (Washington Redskins, Super Bowl XXII)By Paul Zimmerman, February 8, 1998For two weeks leading up to the Washington Redskins' 42-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII, Doug Williams was asked the same question. Often it was disguised by another question, or buried in a mass of them, like a tin whistle in a Cracker Jack box. But it was always there.

• Killer Giants (New York Giants, Super Bowl XXI)By Paul Zimmerman, February 2, 1987Behind pinpoint passing by Phil Simms, the Giants routed Denver in Super Bowl XXI.

• A Brilliant Case For The Defense (Chicago Bears, Super Bowl XX)By Paul Zimmerman, February 3, 1986Playing the most devastating D in Super Bowl history, the Chicago Bears routed the Patriots for the NFL title

• The Niners Were Never Finer (San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XIX)By Paul Zimmerman, January 28, 1985In San Francisco's 38-16 Super Bowl rout of Miami, it's hard to say which was better, the offense or defense.

• A Runaway For The Raiders (Los Angeles Raiders, Super Bowl XXVIII)By Paul Zimmerman, January 30, 1984Playing an old-fashioned man-to-man brand of football, Los Angeles beat Washington 38-9 in the Super Bowl.

• Hail To The Redskins! (Washington Redskins, Super Bowl XVII)By Paul Zimmerman, February 7, 1983Hail victory! And good grief! The whooping began after good young Charlie Brown (87) scored the clinching TD against Miami in Super Bowl XVII.

• X'd, O'd And Ko'd (San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XVI)By Paul Zimmerman, February 1, 1982Cincinnati was dazzled by a master of deceit, Bill Walsh, then doomed by a gutty goal-line stand as San Francisco won Super Bowl XVI.

• This Was The Time For One Good Man (Oakland Raiders, Super Bowl XV)By Paul Zimmerman, February 2, 1981Given all the time in the world to throw, Jim Plunkett formidably came to the aid of his team, passing for three touchdowns as the Oakland Raiders routed the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XV.

• They Were Just Too Much (Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl XIV)By Paul Zimmerman, January 28, 1990The scrappy Rams had 'em on the ropes in Super Bowl XIV, but the Steelers' old pros prevailed once again.

• What A Passing Parade! (Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl XIII)By Dan Jenkins, January 29, 1979The leader of the band of Steelers who defeated the Cowboys 35-31 in Super Bowl XIII was Terry Bradshaw, who strutted his stuff by throwing for four touchdowns.

• Doomsday In The Dome (Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl XII)By Dan Jenkins, January 23, 1978That ferocious Dallas defense forced and recovered four Denver fumbles and intercepted four passes as the Cowboys belted the Broncos in the Super Bowl.

• The Raiders Were All Suped Up (Oakland Raiders, Super Bowl XI)By Dan Jenkins, January 17, 1977And the Vikings were all but wiped out in the Super Bowl, as Oakland ran and passed pretty much as it pleased in setting a record for total offense. But the final score may be of interest only to trivia fans.

• Dallas Feels The Steeler Crunch (Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl X)By Dan Jenkins, January 26, 1976Caught between the man-eating Pittsburgh defense and the pass-catching wizardry of Lynn Swann, the Cowboys fell just short in their gallant bid for a Super Bowl upset.

• Pittsburgh Punches It Out (Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl IX)By Dan Jenkins, January 20, 1975Pressuring the Vikings with a vigorous attack and an overwhelming defense, the Steelers bulled their way to sweet victory in the Super Bowl.

• It Was The Day Of The Dolphins (Miami Dolphins, Super Bowl VIII)By Tex Maule, January 21, 1974They came by land and by air, if not by sea, and they didn't squeak by the Vikings but roared over them in an awesome display of offense and defense to win their second straight Super Bowl.

• 17-0-0 (Miami Dolphins, Super Bowl VII)By Tex Maule, January 22, 1973With a super-perfecta performance, the Dolphins drub the Redskins 14-7 and take pro football's biggest purse.

• A Cowboy Stampede (Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl VI)By Tex Maule, January 24, 1972Dallas had the horses to defeat Miami in Duane Thomas, Walt Garrison and Calvin Hill, and they all ran wild in the Super Bowl, leaving the Dolphins floundering in a cloud of dust -- well, Poly-Dust.

• Eleven Big Mistakes (Baltimore Colts, Super Bowl V)By Tex Maule, January 25, 1971Baltimore had seven turnovers and Dallas only four as both teams bumbled through a laugher of a Super Bowl, but in the end the joke was on the Cowboys, who made the biggest mistake of all -- losing.

• Wham, Bam, Stram! (Kansas City Chiefs, Super Bowl IV)By Tex Maule, January 19, 1970In the Super Bowl the ingenious boss of the Kansas City Chiefs aimed a devastating machine at Minnesota, and Engineer Len Dawson used it to outhit, outmaneuver and eventually destroy the Vikings.

• Say It's So, Joe (New York Jets, Super Bowl III)By Tex Maule, January 20, 1969And say it Joe did, boasting over and over again that his Jets would whip the mighty Colts in the Super Bowl. Then came Sunday -- and Joe Namath quit talking and began to throw. Just like he said ...

• Green Bay, Handily (Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl II)By Tex Maule, January 22, 1968Never really pressed, the Packers neatly chopped up the Raiders in the Super Bowl. They were at least in part motivated by a desire to win this one for Vince Lombardi, who was hinting that he might retire.

• Bread-and-Butter Packers (Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl I)By Tex Maule, January 23, 1967In the first half the Super Bowl lived up to its billing, but then the ruthless insistence of Green Bay wore down Kansas City and turned the game into a runaway.