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.
It became pretty clear in the last post of this series that breaking into the Top-10 this late in the Super Bowl’s past takes quite a fantasy performance. The Steve Young-led 49ers made sure Super Bowls XXIX-XXXII were not shut out.
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 XXIX through XXXII:
Super Bowl XXIX: 49ers 49, Chargers 26
MVP: Steve Young
Fantasy MVP: (TIE) 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice, 43 points; 49ers quarterback Steve Young, 41 points.
- This Super Bowl marks the first time two players scored at least 40 points. Young threw the most TD passes in a single Super Bowl (6), threw for 325 yards and rushed five times for 49 yards. Rice caught three of Young’s TDs. That total is tied for the best in the history of the big game. Rice also had 149 yards receiving (7th best) and 10 catches (tied for fifth). He also ran the ball once for 10 yards. They were truly great performances, so great they rendered Ricky Watters 3-TD, 168 total yards performance to third place.
Super Bowl XXX: Cowboys 27, Steelers 17
MVP: Larry Brown
Fantasy MVP: Steelers wide receiver Andre Hastings, 19 points.
- It’s only fitting to go from an offensive onslaught like XXIX to this fantasy nightmare of a game. Hastings had 10 catches (tied for fifth best in a super Bowl) for just 98 yards to take “top” honors. The Cowboys’ Emmitt Smith and the Steelers Bam Morris each scored 18 points and Jay Novacek added 16.
Super Bowl XXXI: Packers 35, Patriots 21
MVP: Desmond Howard
Fantasy MVP: Packers quarterback Brett Favre, 27 points.
- Another Super Bowl with only a handful of decent fantasy performances. Favre threw two TDs and ran for another. Antonio Freeman added a 19-point performance and the Patriots’ Ben Coates (18) and Drew Bledsoe (16) were the only other notable players.
Super Bowl XXXII: Broncos 31, Packers 24
MVP: Terrell Davis
Fantasy MVP: Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis, 34.
- Not only did Davis’ arrival in Denver provide John Elway the boost he needed to win a Super Bowl, it also brought the 30-point fantasy performance back to the Super Bowl after a 2-year hiatus. Davis rushed for the fifth most yards in a Super Bowl (157) and set the record for rushing TDs (3). Freeman (33 points)and Favre (23) were excellent in their return. Freeman scored two TDs and caught nine passes for 126 yards. Favre three three TDs to just one interception
Rankings after Super Bowls I-XXXII:
49ers WR Jerry Rice, SBXXIX……………….43
49ers QB Steve Young, SBXXIX……………..41
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
Broncos RB Terrell Davis, SBXXXII…………34
Knocked out this round: Redskins QB Doug Williams, SBXXII, 32; Cowboys QB Troy Aikman, SBXXVII, 32.
Note: The rankings are 12 players long due to a tie for 10th place.