Super Bowl XXXVI, Feb. 3, 2002. New England Patriots 20, St. Louis Rams 17.
Line: Rams by 14. Halftime show: U2
For every Scott Norwood, there is an Adam Vinatieri. The then Patriots kicker was standing on the sidelines, watching the imperious Tom Brady drive his team down the field with time running out in Super Bowl XXXVI. The Patriots and the Rams were tied 17-17, with a first-ever Super Bowl overtime looming large. But after Brady connected with wide receiver Troy Brown for 23 yards with seven seconds left, Vinatieri went onto the field with just those New Orleans Superdome uprights standing between him and glory. He absolutely nailed the 48-yard kick, and the 14-point underdogs had won their first Super Bowl title. Coach Bill Belichick later said, “It was so high and so far. If you want a guy to make a play at the end of the game, he’s the one.”