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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  There have been a lot of amazing, nail-biting match-ups over a half-century of Super Bowl games, with the New England Patriots, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers involved in ones sports fans will remember forever.

The "wide right" kick in Super Bowl XXV, the upset in XXXVI that started a dynasty and the catch in XLII that thwarted a perfect season; all will live on in football lore.

These is by no means an exhaustive list of the classic contests in Super Bowl history, but here are nine, unranked games that are unforgettable.

Super Bowl XLIX – New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks

Looking for their first Super Bowl title since 2004 -- an eternity for New England fans -- the Patriots looked to be dead in the desert. The Seahawks had just completed an unbelievable circus catch and were on the verge of back-to-back Super Bowl titles.

Enter Malcolm Butler, an undrafted rookie free agent out of tiny West Alabama. With second-and-goal from the 1-yard line, the Seahawks inexplicably chose to pass and Butler promptly jumped Russell Wilson’s throw, securing the interception, giving the Patriots their fourth Super Bowl title since 2002. It was a coaching decision that will go down in infamy and a play that will be remembered as one of the greatest in Super Bowl history.

Super Bowl III - New York Jets vs. Baltimore Colts

It was the third Super Bowl and the upstart AFL had yet to win a championship over the old guard NFL. The Colts were highly favored against the Jets, but days before the big game, future Hall of Famer Joe Namath made a guarantee that his team would win. This was unheard of and laughed at during this time period. Baltimore was 13-1, the Jets just 11-3. This seemed like a lock for the Colts.

But Namath came through on his promise and led the team to an amazing 16-7 upset victory. It wasn't even that close, as the Jets were up 16-0 in the fourth quarter and gave up a touchdown towards the end of the game. Namath threw for 200 yards and was named MVP, and classic footage of him wagging that No. 1 finger in the air would be shown for year and years to come. The AFL, soon to be AFC, had arrived and deserved respect.

Super Bowl XXXVI – St. Louis Rams vs. New England Patriots


Before they were the NFL’s version of the “Evil Empire,” the Patriots were the underdog team heading to Super Bowl XXXVI, led by their 6th round pick out of Michigan, Tom Brady. The St. Louis Rams or “The Greatest Show on Turf” as they were known, were looking to get two Super Bowl titles in three years. On paper, the gamed seemed like a total mismatch, with the Rams 14-point favorites.

On the field, the Patriots proved to be a worthy match. With a game plan that limited Rams star Marshall Faulk, the Patriots entered the fourth quarter with a 17-3 lead. But Kurt Warner led two touchdown drives to tie the game, and it seemed the safe play for the Patriots would be to play for overtime. But as NFL fans have seen regularly time and time again, coach Bill Belichick and Brady rarely settle for the conventional. Brady came out firing, and got the Patriots into field goal range at the Rams 30-yard line, setting the stage for Adam Vinatieri to attempt a game-winning kick. Vinatieri’s 48-yard field goal went right down the middle, giving the Patriots their first title and completing one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history.

Super Bowl XXV - Buffalo Bills vs. New York Giants

In the Empire State showdown, the Bills breezed through the playoffs, crushing the Raiders 51-3 in the AFC Championship to make it to the big game looking to cement their place in history as one of the great all-time NFL teams. But the gritty Giants, led by former backup QB Jeff Hostetler, were up to the challenge and the five future Hall of Famers the '91 Bills boasted at the time, including Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith and Andre Reed.

The Bills took an early 12-3 lead and looked to have the game in hand, before the Giants scored right before the half. In the end, the game was decided by a missed Scott Norwood field goal, which went wide right, helping the Giants top the Bills 20-19 in the closet game in championship history at the time. The Bills would represent the AFC in the next three Super Bowls, only to fall short each year. But their run is still impressive and started against New York.

Super Bowl XXIII - San Francisco 49ers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

This was the game that really solidified Joe Montana as “Mr. Clutch.” The 49ers took home their third Super Bowl win on the back of Montana and MVP Jerry Rice. The Bengals had actually finished the regular season with a better record than San Francisco behind an impressive running game, featuring the likes of Ickey Woods and Boomer Esiason.

But after leading the game 13-6 heading into the fourth quarter, Montana and Rice showed why they were one of the best duos in football history. Down 16-13 with 3:20 left in the game, Montana drove the team 92 yards down the field for the game-winning touchdown with just 39 seconds left.

Super Bowl XLII - New York Giants vs. New England Patriots

It was a game billed as the culmination for the Patriots, who were to be crowned the NFL’s greatest all-time team. The Pats were looking to finish their season 19-0, joining the 1972 Dolphins as the only other team to complete a perfect season. But the Giants, who finished their regular season 10-6, were ready.

The G Men stifled the explosive Pats offense all game long and were down 14-10 when New York QB Eli Manning threw to David Tyree on fourth down, with Tyree making an incredible one-handed catch with only moments left to go. The Giants eventually scored on a pass to Plaxico Burress to take the lead and the game 17-14.

Super Bowl XIII – Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Two of the NFL’s flagship franchises battled at the Orange Bowl in Miami as they tried to become the first franchise in league history to win three Super Bowls. In a high scoring game that featured fourteen future Hall of Famers, the Steelers, led by Terry Bradshaw’s four touchdown passes, prevailed in a 35-31 victory.

However, the lasting image from Super Bowl XIII would come from Cowboys tight end Jackie Smith. A Hall of Fame player who spent all but one year of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals, Smith was playing in his first Super Bowl. With his team down by seven in the third quarter, Smith dropped what would have been a game-tying touchdown pass in the end zone, a highlight that has been replayed for years. The team settled for a field goal, as Smith and his teammates were left to wonder how the game would have turned out had he caught Roger Staubach’s pass.

Super Bowl XXXIV – St. Louis Rams vs. Tennessee Titans

After Kurt Warner stepped in for injured starting QB Trent Green, the future Super Bowl MVP led the Rams to a surprising 13-3 regular season record. The Titans finished with the same record behind Steve "Air" McNair and their stingy defense.

With the Titans trailing late in the game, they had one final shot with six seconds to go from the Rams' 10-yard line. McNair hit one of his favorite targets -- wide receiver Kevin Dyson -- who looked to be on his way for a last-second score to tie the game. But linebacker Mike Jones tackled Dyson at the 1-yard line, ending in a 23-16 win for the Rams.

Super Bowl XXXII - Denver Broncos vs. Green Bay Packers


Broncos quarterback John Elway was a future Hall of Famer but a multiple Super Bowl loser heading into the 1997 season. But led by running back Terrell Davis, the Broncos ended the regular season 13-3 and looked primed to head back to the big game. The Packers were the defending champs, led by another iconic QB -- Brett Favre.

The game was a classic. Elway's determination to win his first championship was shown in one epic play where he helped his team regain the lead early in the second half, running for a first down and jumping in the air, only to get hit and be spun around like a helicopter. The game was later tied with a few minutes to go until Davis scored the go-ahead touchdown, leading the Broncos to a 31-24 win.

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been named the National Football League's Most Valuable Player of 2015.

The 26-year-old received the honor on Saturday night at the NFL Honors show.

Out of a panel of 50 sports journalists who cover the NFL, 48 votes went to Newton while quarterbacks Tom Brady and Carson Palmer each got one vote, according to ESPN.

Newton's coach, Ron Rivera, was also honored Saturday night and received coach of the year honors for the second time in three seasons.

Both Newton and Rivera were unable to attend the event in San Francisco as they were preparing to face the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium the next day.

Newton holds 45 total touchdowns with 3,837 passing yards and 636 rushing yards. He led the Panthers to a 17-1 record this season with 35 touchdown passes and 10 rushing touchdowns.

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Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(CANTON, Ohio) -- The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its induction class for 2016 on Saturday, starring legendary quarterback Brett Favre.

Also selected for the honor were Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy, linebacker Kevin Greene, wide receiver Marvin Harrison, and tackle Orlando Pace.

Dick Stanfel and Ken Stabler, two nominees from the seniors committee (both ended their playing careers over 25 years ago), will be inducted as well as former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr.

The Hall of Fame's selection committee met Saturday morning to discuss the 18 finalists. In the end, the eight nominees received the requisite 80 percent of the vote.

Favre will be inducted in his first year on the ballot. He played 20 seasons for the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings. He finished his career as the all-time record holder in passes completed and attempted, passing touchdowns and interceptions. He has since been surpassed for the passing touchdown record by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2016 will be inducted in Canton, Ohio on August 6. 

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Al Seib / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- University of Southern California Athletics Director Pat Haden announced Friday that he would retire from that role in June, after six years at his alma mater.

Haden's announcement came in the form of a letter released by school president Max Nikias. "It has been a tremendous honor serving my alma mater, a school I love so much," Haden said in the letter. "I am proud of what has been accomplished here the past six years and knowing that USC Athletics is on an upward trajectory."

Haden will remain at the school for another year, helping to guide the renovations of the Los Angeles Coliseum, where the Trojans play football.

Haden, 60, played football at USC, and was a member of the school's Board of Trustees from 1991 through 2010.

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Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The Oakland Raiders believe that Las Vegas is a viable city if the team should decide to move.

In an interview with USA Today, Raiders owner Mark Davis said that Sin City is "absolutely an NFL city." Calling Las Vegas an "international city" and his team "a global brand," he said a marriage between the two has "potential."

Davis has visited Las Vegas and San Antonio in recent weeks after his bid to move the team to Los Angeles was put off by the NFL. The league decided to allow the Saint Louis Rams to move to Los Angeles, and to give the San Diego Chargers the option to follow suit.

No major American sports team plays in Las Vegas, and the leagues have historically opposed sports gambling, meaning there would be at least one complication. The league would most likely have to reach an agreement involving the team and the city's casinos if a move were to happen.

The Raiders have been unhappy with the current stadium situation in Oakland. This year, the team will play one fewer home game and play in Mexico City this November.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest sports scores and winners.

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Atlanta 102, Indiana 96
L-A Clippers 107, Orlando 93
Miami 98, Charlotte 95
Washington 106, Philadelphia 94
Boston 104, Cleveland 103
Memphis 91, New York 85
Brooklyn 128, Sacramento 119
Denver 115, Chicago 110
Utah 84, Milwaukee 81
San Antonio 116, Dallas 90


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 6, Pittsburgh 3
Carolina 5, Winnipeg 3
Columbus 2, Calgary 1
Anaheim 5, Arizona 2

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Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Dallas police have opened a criminal investigation into Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel after a domestic violence dispute.

In a statement Friday, the Dallas Police Department said police "received a complaint of a domestic violence assault that occurred in Dallas on January 30, 2016" involving the 23-year-old football player.

"Detectives will thoroughly investigate the case to determine what criminal charges, if any, will be filed and victim services will be offered," said the statement.

On Thursday, police had said Manziel would not face charges for a domestic violence incident that happened on Saturday in which he allegedly hit his former girlfriend Colleen Crowley at a downtown Dallas hotel.

The news comes the same day a protective order was signed by a judge that stated the quarterback was not permitted to see his ex-girlfriend for two years. The order also required that Manziel pay $12,500 in legal fees.

Manziel and his girlfriend have been involved in previous allegations of domestic violence disputes before, including an incident in Ohio in October.

Manziel's agent announced on Friday as well he would be dropping the quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner as a client.

Paul Manziel, "Johnny Football's" father, told the Dallas Morning News, "I truly believe if they can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday."

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Andy Lyons/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- As the NCAA investigates a potential scandal involving the University of Louisville's recruiting, the school has decided to impose a one-year post-season ban on its men's basketball team.

The ban comes after former escort Katina Powell claimed in a book that she and others were hired by former men's basketball staffer Andre McGee to strip and sleep with recruits and players at an on-campus dorm.

The decision was announced at a news conference on Friday afternoon when University president James R. Ramsey said it was "reasonable to conclude violations [had] occurred in the past."

"While this was a difficult decision, it was made in the best interest of the university," Ramsey said Friday.

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said the news was "painful" and it came to him as a "complete shock" because he had been "kept in the dark" regarding details in the investigation.

"Painful probably would, I could characterize it is one of the best understatements I could make," he said.

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Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images)(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- The spirited mascot for the Carolina Panthers, “Sir Purr,” makes his way to Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, where he will meet his match in Thunder III, the mascot for the Denver Broncos.

The feline will cheer on his team along with fans in Santa Clara -– purr-haps with plenty of hugs and belly shakes.

Watch the video below to learn about Sir Purr in a minute.

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Jason O. Watson/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is willing to put some products made in Colorado on the line in a friendly Super Bowl 50 bet with North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.

In a statement made by the governor’s office, Hickenlooper is offering to give the state of North Carolina the following products should the Broncos lose to the Panthers on Sunday:

  • 50 Osprey backpacks filled with school supplies that will be donated to a North Carolina shelter
  • 50 cases of Pueblo Salsa provided by Milberger Farms, Musso Farms, Pueblo County, and the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce
  • 500 boxes of crackers from 34 Degrees Crackers
  • 500 packages of sausages from Continental Sausage that will be donated to a food bank in North Carolina
  • Dog food that will be donated to an animal shelter

If the Panthers should lose, McCrory has offered to donate 50 cases of turkey burgers and turkey sausages, provided by North Carolina-based Butterball, LLC, to a Colorado food bank. He will also donate dog food to an animal shelter in Colorado.

"This Broncos team has proven time and time again that they know how to overcome challenges,” Hickenlooper said in the statement. “The Carolina Panthers are certainly a formidable foe, but they will simply be another challenge that our Broncos will overcome in Super Bowl 50. Peyton Manning, DeMarcus Ware, Pat Bowlen and the entire Broncos team deserve a championship to cap a season that will be remembered as nothing short of magical."

“I predict the Panthers will win 33-10,” predicted McCrory. “The Broncos may have one of the best defenses in the league, but they haven’t faced Cam Newton and his offense yet.  I fully expect the Carolina Panthers to be Super Bowl 50 Champions.  I am good friends with Governor Hickenlooper, but his team will be on the losing end this time.”

Hickenlooper and McCrory will both be at the game at Levi’s Stadium cheering on their respective teams on Sunday.

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