Super Bowl: XXXVI
Matchup: Patriots vs. Rams
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
It's hard to remember a time when the Patriots weren't a juggernaut loathed by pretty much every NFL fan. However, led by second-year quarterback Tom Brady, the 2001-02 Pats were a plucky upstart who entered Super Bowl XXXVI as 14-point underdogs to the St. Louis Rams. After the "Greatest Show on Turf" tied the game with 1:30 to go, venerable TV commentator John Madden suggested the Patriots should just kneel on the ball and take their chances in overtime. Brady had other plans. He instead marched his team down to the Rams' 30 yard line. Vinatieri took it from there, splitting the uprights with a 48-yard field goal as time expired. His kick was the first time in Super Bowl history that the game was decided by a score on the final play.