In honor of the 2021 Super Bowl kicking off from Tampa in February, we're breaking down the greatest Super Bowl performances of the last decade.
2010 Super Bowl: Tracy Porter, New Orleans Saints
When: February 7, 2010
Where: Miami, Florida
Final Score: Saints 31, Colts 17
With 3:25 left in the fourth quarter of the 2010 Super Bowl, the Indianapolis Colts trailed the New Orleans Saints, 24-17, and had the ball on their opponent’s 31-yard line.
On the next play, Peyton Manning threw to Reggie Wayne on a slant route, but the pass never got to his intended receiver.
Cornerback Tracy Porter read Manning’s pass and cut off the route in full stride, intercepting the ball and bringing it to the endzone to push New Orleans’ lead to two scores and ultimately secure the franchise’s first Lombardi Trophy.
2011 Super Bowl: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
When: February 6, 2011
Where: Dallas, Texas
Final Score: Packers 31, Steelers 25
With Green Bay depending heavily on their franchise quarterback, Aaron Rodgers gave one of the best performances of his career, throwing for 304 yards and three touchdowns to win the Packers their first Lombardi Trophy since 1996.
Rodgers depended on receiver Jordy Nelson in the performance, hitting him nine times for 140 yards and a touchdown.
2012 Super Bowl: Eli Manning, New York Giants
When: February 5, 2012
Where: Indianapolis, Indiana
Final Score: Giants 21, Patriots 17
Eli Manning is the New England Patriots kryptonite.
With under four minutes left in the two franchise’s second Super Bowl meeting, the Giants found themselves trailing 17-15 and on their own 10-yard line.
But Manning was game for the challenge, driving his side down the field and pushing them to the Patriots’ six-yard line. On the Giants final offensive play of the game, Manning handed the ball to Ahmad Bradshaw for the game-winning score.
Manning was named MVP with 296 passing yards on 30-for-40 passing and one touchdown.
2013 Super Bowl: Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens
When: February 3, 2013
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
Final Score: Ravens 34, 49ers 31
In a game coined as the “Harbowl” and the only blackout in Super Bowl history, it's easy to forget about the game-changing performance of Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin.
While Joe Flacco won Super Bowl MVP, he couldn't have done it without the big plays made by Boldin.
Boldin finished the game with 104 yards and a touchdown on six catches.
His most vital grab came on a third-and-inches with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter and the Ravens leading, 31-29. Flacco lobbed the ball near the sidelines and Boldin showcased his reach to bring the ball down and put the Ravens into field goal range.
2014 Super Bowl: Malcolm Smith, Seattle Seahawks
When: February 2, 2014
Where: New York, New York
Final Score: Seahawks 43, Broncos 8
Defense wins championships.
Malcolm Smith was named the first defensive Super Bowl MVP since 2003 after an unforgettable performance that included a 69-yard interception return touchdown off Manning.
Smith finished the game with 10 combined tackles and a fumble recovery to cap off the biggest Super Bowl blowout of the decade.
2015 Super Bowl: Malcolm Butler, New England Patriots
When: February 1, 2015
Where: Glendale, Arizona
Final Score: Patriots 28, Seahawks 24
While this list mostly dives into full performances, Malcolm Butler pulled off the biggest play of the decade.
His goal-line interception of Russell Wilson with 25 seconds remaining in the 2015 Super Bowl single-handedly won the Patriots their first title of the decade and changed the course of New England's dynasty.
Butler jumped Doug Baldwin’s route perfectly and corralled the ball while still getting blasted as Baldwin crossed into the endzone.
It will forever be remembered as one of the most important plays in the game's long and storied history.
2016 Super Bowl: Von Miller, Denver Broncos
When: February 7, 2016
Where: Santa Clara, California
Final Score: Broncos 24, Panthers 10
Von Miller celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl by putting on a defensive performance like none other before it.
Miller was a menace in Carolina's backfield, forcing two fumbles and recording 2.5 sacks.
His performance goes beyond the stat sheet as the Panthers had to game plan around Miller in the second half after he had his way in the first 30 minutes.
2017 Super Bowl: James White, New England Patriots
When: February 5, 2017
Where: Houston, Texas
Final Score: Patriots 34, Falcons 28
When we look back at Tom Brady's storied career, this performance will be his masterpiece.
He threw for 466 yards on a whopping 66 passing attempts to help lead the Patriots back from a 28-3 deficit against the Falcons.
But it was James White that was arguably the biggest factor in the comeback. Brady found White 14 times for an impressive 110 receiving yards in the game.
White scored three times in the victory, including the game-winning overtime touchdown.
2018 Super Bowl: Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
When: February 4, 2018
Where: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Final Score: Eagles 41, Patriots 33
It was a performance worthy of a statue.
Nick Foles, the mythical backup quarterback who put the entire Eagles team on his back, outdueled Tom Brady to deliver Philadelphia its first-ever Super Bowl title.
Foles threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns in the victory but will be remembered for his receiving touchdown after head coach Doug Peterson called for the “Philly Special.”
2019 Super Bowl: Ryan Allen, New England Patriots
When: February 3, 2019
Where: Atlanta, Georgia
Final Score: Patriots 13, Rams 3
You can't ignore New England punter Ryan Allen’s performance in the Patriots third Super Bowl victory of the decade.
Allen had five punts with an average of 43 yards per kick, but most importantly he kept the Los Angeles offense deep in its own territory.. Three of his five punts pinned the Rams offense within their own 20-yard line, with them starting from the 6-, 7- and 2-yard line on three separate possessions.
In a game where both offenses failed to produce for four quarters, Allen was in contention for the game’s MVP.
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