To help celebrate the NFL’s 100th season this year, the NFL Network has released a list of its 100 best plays. These are the top five from the last 100 epic years of the NFL.
Number five on the list is the Malcolm Butler interception from Super Bowl XLIX. With only 26 seconds left in the game, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw an interception from the 1-yard line. However, New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler wasn’t fooled and jumped the route to get in front of Ricardo Lockette to seal a 28-24 Super Bowl win.
Coming in at number four on their list is the “Music City Miracle”. During the 2000 AFC Wild Card game, Tennessee Titans receiver Kevin Dyson caught a lateral from Frank Wycheck with only 16 seconds left. He then returned it for a 75-yard touchdown to win the game against the Buffalo Bills.
Number three on the list is the “Helmet Catch”. New York Giants receiver David Tyree managed to pin the ball against his helmet to secure a catch in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. The Giants ended up defeating the Patriots to win Super Bowl XLII.
Only two words are needed for the number two pick on the list: “The Catch”. The San Francisco 49ers had never been to the Super Bowl before and it took this legendary catch in 1982 to change all that. A game-winning pass from Joe Montana to Dwight Clark in the NFC Championship game that year sent the 49ers to their first Super Bowl, which they would go on to win.
The number one NFL play of all time, according to the NFL Network, is what is known as the “Immaculate Reception.” In an AFC Divisional Playoff game between the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers in 1972, Franco Harris managed to catch a deflected pass and ran it all the way to the endzone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Many believe it was this play that was the starting point to the Steeler’s dynastic 1970s run. All these years later it’s still a controversial play as some believe the ball hit the ground before Harris caught it. This controversy, drama, and the amazement of the play is what keeps it alive and at number one on the list all these years later.