Super Bowl XXXII, Jan. 25, 1998. Denver Broncos 31, Green Bay Packers 24.
Line: Packers by 14.5. Halftime show: Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, the Temptations and the Four Tops
“I don’t know if I like being the sentimental favorite,” John Elway told reporters before Super Bowl XXXII. “There are a lot of people who might not get another chance to win a Super Bowl, not just me.” But happily for the Denver Broncos quarterback, who had tasted defeat twice before in the Super Bowl, tens of thousands of fans in San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium were chanting “Elway, Elway, Elway” by the end of the game in recognition of what they’d just witnessed. The third time was the charm for the QB, as he finally delivered in Denver’s 31-24 victory over the favored Green Bay Packers. The highlight was his play on third and 6 from the 12-yard line with the score tied at 17. Elway wanted to pass, but no receivers were open. Scrambling right, he ran for the first-down marker, took a heavy shot from Packers safety LeRoy Butler and was catapulted into the air where, for good measure, he was hit again by Mike Prior. But Elway managed to land intact for a first down. He apparently wasn’t done winning, either he took the Broncos to another title the very next season.