“One Yard Short” Game Saving Tackle In SB XXIV
The first Super Bowl of the 21st century ended with a clutch and dramatic last-second tackle, which proved and made literal the old adage that “defense wins championships.” With six seconds left in the game, which was played at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, the Rams led the Titans, 23-16. But Tennessee had a chance to tie it, with the ball at the St. Louis 10. Titans quarterback Steve McNair caught the snap out of the shotgun, and threw the ball to wide receiver Kevin Dyson, who was cutting across the middle on a slant. Dyson caught the ball while on the move inside the 5, with only one man between him and Super Bowl Glory: 30-year-old, undrafted linebacker Mike Jones. Dyson had a step on Jones, but the Ram defender wrapped Dyson up by the leg, halting the receiver’s progress. As he fell, Dyson desperately extended his arm and the ball as far as he could, but fell inches short of the goal line. The Rams had won their franchise’s first Super Bowl.