There have been 50 games and 200 quarters of action on Super Bowl Sunday. Here are the Top 25 performances on the NFL’s biggest stage.
How on earth do you narrow down 50 years of memorable football into 25 great performances? It’s one of those subjective assignments that can be a lot of fun. And there’s nothing wrong with taking some memorable trips down memorable lane.
Take a look at our choices for the best of the best from the Super Bowl in terms of individual outings.
25. Green Bay Packers WR Max McGee (Super Bowl I)
It’s somewhat ironic that the first name in our piece (listed at No. 25) was not only part one of the league’s great dynasty but came up big in the very first Super Bowl. The game was then known as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game and fittingly, the defending National Football League champion Green Bay Packers would earn the invite. Their opposition that day would be the Kansas City Chiefs, led by now Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach Hank Stram.
Vince Lombardi’s club entered the contest off a 34-27 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL title game. In that contest, veteran wide receiver Max McGee caught only one pass, good for 28 yards and a score. Including a dozen regular-season contests that season, the experienced wideout totaled just five catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns in 13 outings. In fact, in his final three years with the Pack (1965-67), he managed only 17 receptions in 34 regular-season games.
So when fellow wide receiver Boyd Dowler was unavailable for this tilt with the Chiefs, it was McGee who came to the forefront that Sunday afternoon at the Los Angeles Coliseum. He would catch seven passes for 138 yards and two scores from quarterback Bart Starr as Green Bay rolled to a 35-10 win thanks to a 21-point second half. His 37-yard touchdown grab just 8:54 into the game was the first score in Super Bowl history. And McGee’s unexpected showing was vital to Lombardi and company’s championship performance.
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