10 greatest plays in Super Bowl history, including ‘The Helmet Catch’ and Marcus Allen

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Super Bowl LVIII between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs is bound to have at least one memorable play that will help fans remember the game years from now.

That’s how it’s been for the 57 previous Super Bowls, which have produced volumes of highlight-reel plays, often making it difficult to rank the best of the best.

But there are some plays that simply stand apart from the rest for their impact and their brilliance. They are both timeless and iconic.

That said, here are the top 10 greatest plays in the history of the Super Bowl.

10. ‘The Philly Special’ — Super Bowl LII

'The Philly Special' was the best trick play in Super Bowl history.
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9. John Riggins scores on ’70 Chip’ — Super Bowl XVII

John Riggins' iconic TD run on fourth down
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8. Lynn Swann’s circus catch — Super Bowl X

Lynn Swann's circus catch was one of the best ever
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7. James Harrison’s unlikely pick-six — Super Bowl XLIII

James Harrison went the distance on a 100-yard pick-six.
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6. Marcus Allen’s run to glory` — Super Bowl XVIII

Marcus Allen's 74-yard bolt was the greatest run in Super Bowl history
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5. Montana to Taylor — Super Bowl XXIII

Joe Montana's legend grew with his iconic throw to John Taylor
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4. Mike Jones’ triumphant tackle —

Mike Jones made a game-saving tackle for the Rams
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3. Big Ben to Holmes — Super Bowl XLIII

Santonio Holmes' amazing TD catch won the game for Pittsburgh
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2. Malcolm Butler steals a victory — Super Bowl XLIX

Malcolm Butler's interception stole a victory from the Patriots
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1. ‘The Helmet Catch’

David Tyree amazingly caught the ball against his helmet
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