Patriots vs. Giants
This one is almost a requirement in any list of rematches, especially those concerning nightmares. Take One: Eli to David Tyree. Take Two: Welker misses Brady’s bad pass. Eli to Manningham. Gronkowski comes up a step short. But the Patriots were not the first team to ever get a second shot at a Super Bowl opponent who beat them. In Super Bowl XIII, Terry Bradshaw and the Pittsburgh Steelers took care of business against the Dallas Cowboys for the second time in four years. The 35-31 victory at the Orange Bowl followed Pittsburgh’s 21-17 win over Dallas at the same site three years earlier in Super Bowl X, in a game was used as the real-life background for the original “Black Sunday.” The sequel—“Black and Blue Sunday”—took place in New Orleans during Super Bowl XX. The Cowboys finally beat the Steelers 27-17 in Super Bowl XXX. The Dolphins and Redskins had their own Super Bowl rematch, with Washington beating David Woodley friends 27-17 in Super Bowl XVII ten years after the Dolphins reached perfection (but failed to cover the spread thanks to Garo Yepremian’s arm) with their 14-7 win over the Redskins in Super Bowl VII. The Bengals fell twice to the 49ers to bookend the 1980s. Joe Montana rallied San Francisco past Cincinnati 26-21 in Super Bowl XVI and again 20-16 in Super Bowl XXIII. In the only true back-to-back Super Bowl rematch, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irving led the way for Dallas in a pair of routs (52-17 and 30-13) over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVII and XVIII.