13. Fake Out

What: Super Bowl XXI vs. Denver Broncos
Date: 1/25/1987

Remember how New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton had his team successfully execute an onside kick during Super Bowl XLIV? He wasn't the first NFL coach to prove he had the testicular fortitude to try something completely off-the-wall in the middle of the biggest game of the year. At the beginning of the second half against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI, Bill Parcells called for a fake punt that resulted in his backup QB—his backup QB!—to run the ball on a 4th-and-1 play. Luckily, it worked and helped propel the Giants to a 39-20 Super Bowl victory.