As we gear up for Super Bowl XLIV it can’t hurt to reminisce about some of the great moments in the history of the biggest sporting event in America.
With Super Bowl XXV begins the 4-year also-ran run of the Bufflao Bills and the Cowboys 90s dynasty.
To read more about this series, check out the post on the first four Super Bowls. To see every Super Bowl fantasy MVP and links to all of the posts in this series, check out our Super Bowl Fantasy MVPs page. Check back at noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. every day through Saturday to see how you favorite memories from the Super Bowl stack up against the rest.
We’re using standard scoring with PPR: 1 pt/20 passing, 1 pt/10 rushing/receiving, 4pts/passing TD, -1 INT, 6 pts/(rushing/receiving TD).
Today’s edition of the series reviews Super Bowls XXV through XVIII:
Super Bowl XXV: Giants 20, Bills 19
MVP: Ottis Anderson
Fantasy MVP: Bills running back Thurman Thomas, 30 points.
- Anderson scored 24 points and was the best Giants performer, rushing for 102 yards and a TD. However, Thomas was the Bills offense. He rushed 15 times for 135 yards (8th-best total in Super Bowl history), scored a Td and caught five passes for 55 yards.
Super Bowl XXVI: Redskins 37, Bills 24
MVP: Mark Rypien
Fantasy MVP: Redskins wide receiver Gary Clark, 24 points.
- With seven catches 114 yards and a TD, Clark edged out Rypien (21 points) in the fantasy race. Clark’s teammate Art Monk had seven catches for 113 yards but did not score a TD.
Super Bowl XXVII: Cowboys 52, Bills 17
MVP: Troy Aikman
Fantasy MVP: Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, 32 points.
- Quarterbacks are regularly presented the Super Bowl MVP trophy, but as this series has shown, they aren’t always the most productive fantasy player in the game. But Aikman was masterful against the Bills the first time, throwing four touchdowns — the third-best total in Super Bowl history. Michael Irvin, who caught two of those TDs, and four other catches for 114 yards scored 29 points.
Super Bowl XXIII: Cowboys 30, Bills 13
MVP: Emmitt Smith
Fantasy MVP: Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, 31 points.
- I remember how much I wanted the Bills to win this game, but Emmitt Smith stopped all of that. The future Hall of Famer rushed 30 times for 132 yards and two TDs and caught four passes for 26 more yards as Buffalo got buried for the fourth consecutive Super Bowl.
Rankings after Super Bowls I-XXVIII:
49ers QB Joe Montana, SBXIX………………40
Redskins WR Ricky Sanders, SBXXII………40
49ers WR Jerry Rice, SBXXII………………..39
49ers WR Jerry Rice, SBXXIV……………….39
49ers RB Roger Craig, SBXIX………………..38
49ers QB Joe Montana, SB XXIV……………36
Bengals TE Dan Ross, SBXVI…………………34
Raiders RB Marcus Allen, SBXVIII…………34
Redskins RB Timmy Smith, SBXXII………..34
Redskins QB Doug Williams, SBXXII……….32
Cowboys QB Troy Aikman, SBXXVII……….32
Knocked out this round: Nobody. But Emmitt Smith’s 31 points in XXVIII, Thurman Thomas’ 30 points in XXV and Michael Irvin’s 29 in XXVII weren’t good enough to crack the top-10.
Note: The rankings are 11 players long due to a tie for 10th place.