The Super Bowl long had a bad reputation for not living up to its billing, but the game has had its share of barnburners, and as you'll see that has an especially recent flavor...
1970: Baltimore 16 Dallas 13
It was a sloppy game, but the Colts finally won it on Jim O'Brien's field goal with five seconds left. It marked a Baltimore sweep of the big events, as the Orioles won the World Series.
1975: Pittsburgh 21 Dallas 17
A 64-yard touchdown pass from Terry Bradshaw to Lynn Swann just as he was being knocked flat on a blitz was the play that turned the tide for the Steelers.
1988: San Francisco 20 Cincinnati 16
Joe Montana led an 88-yard drive in the closing moments, hitting John Taylor with the winning touchdown pass.
1990: NY Giants 20 Buffalo 19
The Giants controlled the ball for forty minutes, but the Bills still had a shot. Scott Norwood's 47-yard field goal hooked wide right on the final play.
1997: Denver 31 Green Bay 24
John Elway got his first ring in a back-and-forth game when the Broncos finally broke the tie with a late fourth quarter touchdown.
1999: St. Louis 23 Tennessee 16
The Rams won their first and only Super Bowl when the Titans final play ended up one yard short of the tying touchdown.
2001: New England 20 St. Louis 17
New England starts a new dynasty by preventing one. The Rams and Kurt Warner were heavy favorites, but unknown quarterback Tom Brady played a game-managing style and ultimately set up Adam Vinateri's field goal on the last play.
2003: New England 32 Carolina 29
Brady was no unknown this time and his performance here was well above game managing. The end result was the same as '01--a last-play field goal by Vinateri.
2007: NY Giants 17 New England 14
Perhaps the most historic Super Bowl, as the Patriots' bid for a 19-0 season is denied, when the Giants mount a late drive for the winning touchdown.
2008: Pittsburgh 27 Arizona 23
A thrilling fourth quarter, with Arizona rallying for the lead, ultimately saw Pittsburgh take it back, with a terrific catch by Santonio Holmes giving the Steelers the winning score and their record sixth Super Bowl victory.