Top 10 Plays In Sunday Night Football History
For the past decade, we've been "waiting all day for Sunday Night". NBC's Sunday Night Football turns 10 this week, and these past 10 years have been more dramatic than any other show the Peacock Network has put out. We've seen it all on SNF. From six touchdown blowouts to games decided at the very last second, from games won on touchdowns to games won on blocked field goals, NBC has seen it all. So to kick off (no pun intended) the X season of Sunday Night Football on NBC, crank up the Pink/Faith Hill/Carrie Underwood, and check out the Top 10 plays in SNF's history.
10) Punters Are People Too!
With Adam Vinateri having just a little precedence over kicking duties in Indianapolis, Pat McAfee has made his mark as the team's punter and kickoff specialist. During Peyton Manning's famous return game to Indy, McAfee was also a big play defender, crushing Denver KR Trindon Holliday on a touchdown saving tackle. McAfee's teammates presented him with a "random" drug testing notice after the game.
9) Brandon Marshall Officially Opens The Field of Jeans
Before a certain catch by a certain Giants receiver (more on that later), this was the catch of the 2015 season. In the opening of Levi's Stadium in San Francisco (excuse me, Santa Clara), Marshall made a sick one handed grab that was the catalyst behind an incredible Chicago comeback. It was Marshall's first of three scores on the day.
8) Peyton's Record Breaking Throw
The only reason this is so low is because knowing NFL offenses these days, this record, for most touchdown throws in NFL history, will probably be broken by the time we're counting down the 15 best plays in SNF history.
Until then though, it was such a special moment to see Peyton topple one of the most prestigious records in NFL history. If anything, this ensured that bars everywhere will be hearing the Brady-Manning debate go on for at least another decade.
7) Jason Witten's Bare Headed 1st Down
Issues about player safety have made this play more scary than awesome, but it's still a great play from one of the NFL's premiere tight ends. A play like this is also an extinct species, as the NFL made a rule shortly after that ceased play immediately after a ball carrier loses his helmet.
6) JPP Blocks The FG
Then just a young rookie, Jason Pierre Paul swatted away a potential game tying field goal from Dallas Cowboys' K Dan Bailey to cap off a 15 points in 5:34 comeback from the New York Giants. It would set the Giants on a course to a championship title in Super Bowl XLVI, their second in four years.
5) Torrey Smith Does It For His Brother
Ravens WR Torrey Smith found out hours before his team's Sunday Night tilt with the Patriots that his younger brother had been killed. Smith went on to have an excellent day, nabbing 6 receptions for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns, driving the Ravens to a 31-30 upset win over the Patriots
4) Wide Load
The Patriots have built their dynasty on the most unexpected players coming through in the most clutch situations. In a key December match with Green Bay, that was in the form of OL Dan Connelly, who took a squib kick a whopping 71 yards, en route to a Patriots come from behind victory.
3) Devin Hester Flexes
In the first ever flex game in Sunday Night Football History, Devin Hester ensured the NFL it had chosen the correct game to flex. Taking a short Jay Feely field from the edge of his own goal line, taking it a then-NFL record 108 yards for the score. Granted, Hester might've had some assistance from the Giants field goal unit, which was walking off the field during his epic runback.
2) Marshawn Lynches The Saints
Technically, this isn't a Sunday night game, but the run, that went down during the 2011 NFC Wild Card Playoffs, is such an epic moment in NFL history. The 7-9 Seahawks, many questioning why they were in the playoffs in the first place, pulled off the upset thanks to this run and it instantly turned Lynch from first round bust to premiere NFL running back.
1) The (Regular Season) Catch
Having witnessed this moment live, I wasn't there to hear Cris Collinsworth call it the "greatest catch he's ever seen". While the Giants went on to lose the game, Beckham's catch put him on the map, as the young LSU rookie made the Madden cover the year after and has left fans across the nation wondering what he could possibly do for an encore.
Geoff Magliocchetti believes Carrie Underwood's Rendition of "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night" is the best. Agree or disagree with him on Twitter @GeoffMags5490
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