Our look at those who came through at the key moments on the game's grandest stage concludes with the 10 greatest clutch moments in Super Bowl history.
10. The easy way or the Elway
After three previous Super Bowl setbacks, Elway finally earned a Super Bowl win and added an iconic moment in the triumph. With the score tied at 17-17 in the third quarter, the Broncos had a 13-play, 92-yard drive to retake the lead. The key play was an 8-yard scramble for a first down by Elway. During the play, Elway dove for the first down, got hit by Packers defenders Mike Prior and LeRoy Butler, and spun through the air. Following Elway's dramatic "Helicopter" play, running back Terrell Davis scored on a 1-yard run and the Packers were left chasing the game.
9. Harrison goes the distance
The second, of course, being Santonio Holmes' game-winning touchdown catch. The first being James Harrison's momentum grab right at the end of the first half. The Steelers led 10-7, but the Cardinals were stationed at Pittsburgh's 1-yard line with 18 seconds remaining in the first half. Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner threw a pass intended for receiver Anquan Boldin, but Harrison was there for the pick and rumbled down the sideline 100 yards for the dramatic interception return for a touchdown. The then-longest play in Super Bowl history -- since broken by Jacoby Jones' 108-yard kickoff return touchdown in Super Bowl XLVII (see play No. 42 on this list) -- increased the Steelers' lead to 17-7 at halftime.
8. Big Rig Rollin'
Pro Football Hall of Famer John Riggins took a handoff from quarterback Joe Theismann, ran over Dolphins defensive back Don McNeal and then raced to the end zone for the decisive score. Riggins was a workhorse in the Redskins' first Super Bowl win, carrying the ball a Super Bowl-record 38 times for 166 yards.
7. Vinatieri's boot kickstarts a dynasty
With an era of success that includes six Super Bowl appearances and four Super Bowl wins beginning with this game, the Patriots' win over the Rams doesn't seem like the historic upset that it was at the time. Not many figured that the upstart Patriots with an unknown quarterback named Tom Brady would be much of a match for the "Greatest Show on Turf."
6. Big Ben phones Holmes
5. 'Joe Cool' comes through
Down 16-13 with three minutes remainin in the game, the 49ers got the ball at their own 8-yard line. Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana lived up to his "Joe Cool" nickname, deftly driving the 49ers 92 yards for the winning score in a tightly contested Super Bowl rematch with the Bengals, who the 49ers faced in Super Bowl XVI seven seasons prior.
4. You shall not score
Like Super Bowl XLVIII after it, this breathtaking Super Bowl featured some career-defining big plays -- see No. 22 on this list (Kurt Warner to Isaac Bruce for the winner) and No. 32 on this list (Steve McNair's great escape) -- but the greatest tackle in Super Bowl history is the one that sticks out most.
With five seconds remaining in regulation, the Titans faced a first-and-goal situation from the Rams' 10-yard line after the aforementioned McNair play. McNair connected with receiver Kevin Dyson, who for a brief moment appeared to have a clear path to the end zone, but Rams linebacker Mike Jones stepped up and made an open-field tackle at the 1-yard line, preventing the game-tying touchdown and saving the Super Bowl win for the "Greatest Show on Turf"Rams.
3. The Butler did it
After the Patriots grabbed a 28-24 lead just before the two-minute warning, the Seahawks still had plenty of time to mount a game-winning drive. When Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse made a ridiculous catch for a big gain, it seemingly set up the Seahawks for the winning score. Instead, on a second-and-goal play from the 1-yard line, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson' quick slant pass was picked off by Patriots rookie defensive back Malcolm Butler. It was shocking development, and a play callthat will be debated for as long as the game of football is played.
2. The helmet catch
A frantic 12-play, 83-yard drive led to a shocking victory for the Giants. It was highlighted by one of the most spectacular plays in NFL history: A 32-yard completion from quarterback Eli Manning to receiver David Tyree. The play was unique at both ends. Manning magically escaped the grip of the New England pass rush, then heaved what appeared to be a desperation pass deep down the middle of the field, where Tyree leaped and used his helmet to gain control of the ball and somehow maintain possession.