The Most Memorable Super Bowl Games of All Time
Marc Gordon - September 12, 2020

Happiest Days

By Edward H. Donnelly

I said to the little children,
"You are living your happiest days,"
And their bright eyes opened wider In innocent amaze.
For their happiness was so perfect,
They did not know it then;
"Oh, no," they said, "there'll be happier days
When we are women and men."

I said to the youth and maiden,
"You are living your happiest days,"
And into their sparkling eyes there crept
A dreamy, far-off gaze;
And their hands sought one another,
And their cheeks flushed rosy red;
" Oh, no," they said, " there'll be happier days
For us when we are wed."

I said to the man and woman,
"You are living your happiest days,"
As they laughingly watched together
Their baby's cunning ways.
"These days are days of labor.
They can hardly be our best;
There'll be happier days when the children are grown,
And we have earned our rest."

I said to the aged couple,
"You are living your happiest days,"
Your children do you honor,
You have won success and praise.
" With a peaceful look they answered,
"God is good to us, that's true: But we think there are happier days for us
In the life we're going to."

Regarded as the most anticipated game in professional football, the Super Bowl is the championship game of the National Football League (NFL). The winners of the American Football Conference and National Football Conference each January/February play in the game. Each year the game is held in a different city. In 1966 the NFL and rival American Football League (AFL) merged. Their agreement stated their would be an end-of-season championship game and the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game (as it was called then) was played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 15, 1967. The game was sold out and the NFL’s Green Bay Packers defeated the AFL’s Kansas City CHiefs, 35-10. Since then, the game has taken on a huge cultural meaning not just for football, but for America as well. Here’s a look back at some memorable Super Bowl Games.

Super Bowl 36, 2002

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Patriots 20, Rams 17 

St. Louis Rams and the New England Patriots faced off in the Super Bowl XXXVI game. The Patriots defeated the Rams with a score of 20-17. It was New England’s first Super Bowl championship. Led by quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick, New England went on to win two of the next three Super Bowls and establish itself as the team of the decade. This photograph shows New England Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri jumping in excitement after kicking the game-winning field goal at the Super Bowl XXXVI.