Memorable Moments in NFL Super Bowl History - The Catch

While it can be reasonably argued that Super Bowl Sunday is the single best day on the global sports betting calendar but, for our money, nothing beats the action offered up during Conference Championship Sunday. After a grueling 17-week regular season, plus the Wild Card and Divisional playoff rounds, that are available for wagering at the best online sportsbooks for NFL Super Bowl betting, the AFC and NFC Championship games are the final road to Super Bowl glory. Over the years, a ton of memorable title game battles have been waged – here are some of our most memorable games.

1982 NFC Championship: 49ers knock off Dallas with “The Catch”

Perhaps the most iconic moment in Conference Championship action, “The Catch” was forever etched into NFL lore during the San Francisco 49ers vs. Dallas Cowboys clash back in 1982. Although a sloppy game for the most part, the 49ers committed six turnovers while the Cowboys gave up the ball three times, this is still one of the greatest games in NFL history. Following five lead changes, through the first three quarters, a Danny White to Doug Cosbie 21-yard TD pass gave the Cowboys a 27-21 edge with 4:54 left in the fourth quarter. NFL Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana and the 49ers got the ball back on their own 11-yard line and were faced with an 83-yard final drive. Few can forget the normally reserved and velvet tones of Vin Scully as he called the 6-yard winning pass play “Montana…looking, looking, throwing in the endzone, Clark caught it!!!”  With that, “The Catch” became legendary and the Niners would go on to win their first of five NFL Championships with a 26-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI.

 Minnesota vs. New Orleans: 2010 NFC Championship Shootout

When it comes to Championship game action – is there anything better than overtime being needed to decide the winner? We think not! That was the case during the 2010 NFC Championship game as the Vikings and Saints went to a fifth quarter to decide the NFC representative for Super Bowl XLIV. This was a classic battle as Drew Brees matched Brett Favre score for score in a 31-28 shootout that was tied four times (once in each quarter) and saw both teams hold the lead twice. After New Orleans intercepted a Favre pass, with just seven seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Saints took a knee to send the game into extra time. Much to their chagrin, the Vikings didn’t get the ball in OT as the Saints won the coin toss and ran ten plays, that gained 39 yards, before Garrett Hartley pounded home a 40-yard game winning field goal. New Orleans would go on to crush the Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLVI and claim their first Super Bowl Championship in franchise history.

Baltimore vs. New England: 2012 AFC Championship Game

One of our favorite AFC Championship games saw the Ravens and Patriots put on a show for the ages during the 2012 title game. Meeting in what would be the first of two straight AFC Championship contests, Baltimore were huge road pups as they rolled into New England with a line that was -10 points at many Las Vegas and online sportsbooks. Trailing 20-16 late in the third quarter, Tom Brady engineered an 11 play, 64-yard drive that spilled over to the fourth quarter and was capped with a 1-yard TD plunge by Brady himself to put the Pats up 23-20. The Ravens suffered heartbreak after they went on a 10-play drive in 1:33 to set up a 32-yard “chip-shot” field goal by Billy Cundiff with just 11 ticks left on the game clock. When the kick sailed wide left, the Patriots were 18-0 and headed to Super Bowl XLVI. A prefect season wasn’t meant to be though as the Pats lost 17-14 to the New York Giants at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

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