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You Know the Drills

Feb. 04, 2013
Feb. 04, 2013

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Feb. 4, 2013

THE MAIL
LEADING OFF
SUPER BOWL XLVII
  • FOUR OF THE LAST FIVE SUPER BOWLS HAVE BEEN DECIDED ON THE FINAL DRIVE. IF THE PAST IS PROLOGUE, THIS YEAR'S CHAMPIONSHIP COULD WELL COME DOWN TO A TWO-MINUTE DRILL—AND TO HOW WELL JOE FLACCO OR COLIN KAEPERNICK HANDLES THE PRESSURE WHEN THE CLOCK IS TICK ... TICK ... TICKING

  • Keeping in mind score, yardage, clock management and big plays, SI stacked up the five best and the three worst (criteria: cringe-worthiness) two-minute drills in XLVI years of Super Bowls

  • HarBowl, Colin Kaepernick and Ray Lewis's last game—you already know the popular plotlines. But these games often come down to the small stuff. For regurgitation during Super Bowl XLVII, consider these subplots and supporting characters

  • THE MEEK SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH—BUT THEY'RE UNLIKELY TO TAKE HOME THE LOMBARDI TROPHY THIS WEEK. HOW CHRISTIAN ATHLETES RECONCILE THE CULTURE OF FOOTBALL WITH THE TEACHINGS OF THEIR FAITH

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
SOCCER
  • U.S. STRIKER HÉRCULEZ GÓMEZ RESCUED HIS CAREER SOUTH OF THE BORDER, AND NOW HE'S THRIVING IN ONE OF THE WORLD'S DEADLIEST CITIES

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
  • THERE ARE STORIES OTHER THAN THE MANTI TE'O SAGA TO BE TOLD ABOUT NOTRE DAME—REALLY. HERE ARE TWO: FUTURE WIDEOUTS COREY ROBINSON AND TORII HUNTER JR. MAYBE THE NAMES OF THEIR DADS RING A BELL?

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You Know the Drills

Keeping in mind score, yardage, clock management and big plays, SI stacked up the five best and the three worst (criteria: cringe-worthiness) two-minute drills in XLVI years of Super Bowls

1 Montana Magic Super Bowl XXIII

This is an article from the Feb. 4, 2013 issue

Backed up to his own eight-yard line with 3:20 left and trailing by three, Joe Montana played the conductor, and John Taylor (above) provided the climactic note with his game-winning 10-yard touchdown catch. But it was Jerry Rice who astutely got out-of-bounds after a key 17-yard reception and who hauled down a 27-yarder on second-and-20 to set up Taylor in the red zone.

2 Nerves of Steel Super Bowl XLIII

Ben Roethlisberger led the charge from the Steelers' 12, down three with 2:37 left, and Santonio Holmes was the receiving star, catching four passes from Big Ben for 73 yards, including the six-yard tiptoe touchdown in triple coverage in the back of the end zone. That left Kurt Warner's Cardinals with just 35 seconds to respond. Spoiler alert: They failed.

3 Patriotic Lore Super Bowl XXXVI

First-year starter Tom Brady put on a veteranlike time-management clinic against the Rams, twice spiking the ball to stop the clock, which had started at 1:30 at the Pats' 17-yard line. And his pass catchers twice got out-of-bounds after long gains—11 by J.R. Redmond and 23 by Troy Brown—to set up Adam Vinatieri's winning 48-yard field goal. Brady would put on a similar show two years later at Super Bowl XXXVIII against Carolina, but this was the more impressive effort.

4 More Than Manning Super Bowl XLII

Patriot-slayer Eli Manning led the Giants to victory from their 17, trailing by four with 2:39 remaining. Everyone remembers Manning's miraculous 32-yard pass to David Tyree, but just as crucial were Brandon Jacobs's conversion on fourth-and-one and Plaxico Burress's corner-of-the-end-zone TD grab with 39 seconds left.

5 Giant Swing Super Bowl XXV

Down 12--3 with 3:43 before halftime, the Giants pulled off a quick strike to get back in the game. An 18-yard run by O.J. Anderson, a 22-yard pass from Jeff Hostetler to Mark Ingram and a 17-yard run by Dave Meggett took New York from its own 19 to Buffalo's 24. A 14-yard TD to Stephen Baker brought New York within two at halftime and set up a memorable second half in which Buffalo's own two-minute drill came up ... wide right.

And the Worst

1 Star-Crossed Super Bowl V

Dallas seemed in perfect position with the ball on the Colts' 48, 1:52 left and the game tied at 13. Then Duane Thomas lost a yard on first down, the Boys were pushed back to their own 27 on a holding call, and linebacker Mike Curtis intercepted a Craig Morton pass to set up Pat O'Brien's game-winning field goal for the Colts.

2 You Wanna Hurl Super Bowl XXXIX

It was always going to be a big task for Donovan McNabb, pinned on his own four-yard line, down seven with 46 seconds left. But McNabb looked sickly rather than heroic, and his third-down interception sealed New England's victory.

3 Imperfect Ending Super Bowl VII

Redskins QB Billy Kilmer had had a rough day, but he did have a late chance against Miami, with 1:14 left and 70 yards to go for a tying TD. Two incompletions, a swing pass to Larry Brown for a loss of four and a sack on the last play put Kilmer out of his misery and left the Dolphins a perfect 17--0.

PHOTOJOHN BIEVER