Super Bowl history: The greatest performances from the big game
But what are some of the game's best performances of yesteryear? Forty-six years of history have given us plenty from which to choose. Legends have been made with fantastic performances, while others have all but faded from memory.
Will any of this week's players carve their name in Super Bowl tradition alongside the greats? Perhaps. In the meantime, here are the top 10 performances in title tilt history.
10. Phil Simms, New York Giants: Super Bowl XXI
How often do quarterbacks complete 88 percent of their passes during the regular season, let alone the Super Bowl? Phil Simms did just that, annihilating the Denver Broncos with killer precision. Simms threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns in Super Bowl XXI, leading the Giants to their first of two championships in a span of four years. Simms won the game's MVP award for his masterful performance.
9. Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers: Super Bowl XXIII
How telling is it that Jerry Rice makes this list three times? How much more telling is it that he broke the record for most catches and receiving yards in this game? The only reason this is his worst entry on his list is that he scored just one touchdown. Rice had 215 receiving yards on 11 catches that day, winning MVP honors and leading the 49ers to a 20-16 victory over the Bengals.
2. Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers: Super Bowl XXIX
If there is an untouchable record in Super Bowl lore, it might be Steve Young's. It was never a fair fight as San Francisco was favored by a staggering 18.5 points over San Diego heading into the game. Steve Young made sure his team covered the spread with ease. The 49ers quarterback threw for six touchdowns against the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX. He had plenty of help from Jerry Rice, but Young was simply spectacular. Not only did Young throw for 325 yards to go along with those six touchdowns, he led the game with 49 rushing yards.
1. Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers: Super Bowl XXIV
The fact Joe Montana threw for five touchdowns in his ultimate Super Bowl performance should not be surprising. The fact that he did it against the NFL's top defense is cause for pause. Montana annihilated the Broncos in his final Super Bowl victory, throwing for five touchdowns in a laugher. There was no need for dramatic, last-minute heroics like the stuff he pulled against the Bengals just a season earlier. The future Hall of Famer won his third Super Bowl MVP as the 49ers spanked the Broncos in the biggest rout in Super Bowl history, 55-10.