Super Bowl is the biggest event in American football and it is one of the biggest sporting events in the world. This history of Super Bowl is full of big names whose incredible performances made this event more charming and thrilling.
Many players have put up best performances throughout the history of the Super Bowl. We’ve ranked the 10 most dominant performances in Super Bowl history.
Most Dominant Individual Performances in Super Bowl History
Joe Montana is the one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. He won four Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers. His performance in Super Bowl XIX on Jan. 20, 1985 was one of the best performances in the history of the Super Bowl. He passed for 331 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions while completing 24 of 35 pass attempts. He ran for 59 yards and one touchdown on five attempts on the day. His spectacular performance in Super Bowl XIX ranked No 10 I our list of Top 10 Most Dominant Individual Performances in Super Bowl History.
Timmy Smith put together one of the dominating individual performances in Super Bowl history on Jan. 31, 1988.
Smith ran the ball just 22 times, but racked up an astonishing 202 rushing yards. That’s an average of 9.27 yards per carry. Smith found the end zone twice, including a 58 yard touchdown run that gave the ‘Skins a 21-10 lead. That score helped break the Broncos’ will and led Washington to a historic win.
The Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman delivered one of the best individual performances in Super Bowl on Jan. 31, 1993 against Buffalo. His greatest game led the Cowboys dominating 52-17 victory over Buffalo.
He was 22-30 on the day finishing with 273 yards and four touchdown passes. He did not throw an interception in the game, but did add 28 rushing yards on the ground. His great play helped lead Dallas to the beginning of its dynasty and for that he’ll always be remembered.
On Jan. 28, 1990 the San Francisco 49ers won Super Bowl in spectacular fashion. They beat the Denver Broncos 55-10 and Rice played major role in that game. He kicked off the game in scoring as he hauled in a 20 yard pass from Montana, but he wasn’t done. Rice caught a total of three touchdowns in the game on seven receptions that went for 148 yards. His third touchdown reception gave the ‘Niners a 34-3 lead in the third quarter. He wouldn’t be named the MVP of the game but his performance was one of the most dominant individual performances in Super Bowl history.
The spectacular performance by Jerry Rice in Super Bowl XXIX played vital role in the dominance of the San Francisco 49ers over the San Diego Chargers. 49ers won the game by 49-26 and Jerry Rice performed amazingly. Rice scored the first points of the game as he caught a 44 yard touchdown pass. He had 10 receptions in this game, but again wasn’t named MVP. His performance is at 6th position in our list of Top 10 Most Dominant Individual Performances in Super Bowl History.
The fifth most dominant individual performance in Super Bowl history is the Desmond Howard’s greatest performance on Jan. 26, 1997. Howard cumulative an astonishing 244 return yards in the game without playing a snap on offense. He averaged 38.5 yards per kick return and 15 yards per punt return for the game and routinely gave the Packers great field position. His incredible game was enough for him to win the MVP award.
On Jan. 22, 1984 Allen led the Raiders to their third Super Bowl championship in franchise history by his spectacular performance. Allen led the Raiders to a 38-9 rout of Washington. In this game Allen could not be stopped as he put fourth one of the most amazing rushing performances in Super Bowl history. Allen ran for 191 yards and two touchdowns in the game. The astonishing part is that he did so on just 20 carries; that put him at a 9.55 yards per carry average for the game. His back-to-back third quarter touchdowns put the game out of reach and his 74 yard touchdown run is one of the most iconic runs in super bowl history.
One of the best quarterbacks in NFL history Joe Montana delivered one of the most remarkable performances in Super Bowl history. On Jan. 28, 1990 Montana captured his fourth Super Bowl championship, but played his best game of the bunch. He was named MVP of the game as he played nearly perfect throughout. Montana was 22/29 passing the ball and those 22 completions went for 297 yards, yet it was his five touchdowns and zero interceptions that won him the MVP award. It was the greatest game in Super Bowl history at the quarterback position at the time.
Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis put up one of the greatest individual performances in Super Bowl history on Jan. 25, 1998. Terrell Davis ran for 157 yards and, a Super Bowl record, three rushing touchdowns against the defending champion Green Bay Packers. He was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXXII on a day when his quarterback, John Elway, threw for only 123 yards. The Broncos won the game 31-24.
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young delivered the greatest individual performance in Super Bowl history on Jan. 29, 1995 in Super Bowl XXIX. Young’s performance is the one of the most dominant individual performances. Playing against the San Diego Chargers Young delivered the best ever performance in Super Bowl history. In that game the ‘Niners jumped out to a 14-0 lead on the strength of two Young touchdown passes (44 and 51 yards) and the team never looked back. San Francisco stomped the San Diego Chargers 49-26.
In that game Young passed for a mind-blowing six touchdown passes and zero interceptions. He amassed 325 passing yards and added 49 yards on the ground for good measure. Young was named MVP as he delivered the greatest individual performance in the history of the big game.