Super Bowl XXV - Giants 20, Bills 19
Super Bowl XXV was an American football game played on January 27, 1991 at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion following the 1990 regular season.
The National Football Conference (NFC) Champion New York Giants (16-3) defeated the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Buffalo Bills (15-4), 20–19, the smallest margin of victory in Super Bowl history.
Super Bowl XXV was played under much patriotic fervor, due to the Gulf War. The proceedings included a rousing rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Whitney Houston. This was the first Super Bowl involving two teams representing the same state (though the New York Giants play in East Rutherford, New Jersey).
Giants running back Ottis Anderson, who carried the ball 21 times for 102 yards and one touchdown, was named Super Bowl MVP. Anderson also recorded one reception for seven yards.
However, the game is best remembered for Bills placekicker Scott Norwood's last second field goal attempt which went wide right, losing the game for the Bills and beginning that team's four-Super Bowl losing streak.
The game was broadcast in the United States by ABC with play-by-play announcer Al Michaels and color commentators Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf. Brent Musburger hosted all the events with the help of then-ABC Sports analysts Lynn Swann and Dick Vermeil, Musburger's regular color commentator on ABC's college football telecasts. Also sponsors Coca-Cola and Diet Pepsi had to withdraw planned contest promotions or ads due to the Gulf War situation. The game was broadcast in the United Kingdom on Channel 4.
Singer Whitney Houston's rendition of the national anthem during Super Bowl XXV, backed by the Florida Orchestra, was later released as a single, where it reached number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the only artist to turn the national anthem into a hit single. The single was also reissued after the September 11, 2001 attacks a decade later and charted even higher on the Hot 100, reaching number six.
Former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle joined the coin toss ceremony.
The halftime show was titled "A Small World Salute to 25 Years of the Super Bowl". It was produced by Disney and featured over 3,500 local children from different ethnic backgrounds and a performance by boy band New Kids on the Block, with special guest Warren Moon.
ABC did not broadcast the halftime show live. Instead, they televised a special ABC News report anchored by Peter Jennings on the progress of the Gulf War. The halftime show was later shown on tape delay after the game, although most ABC affiliates ran the first episode of Davis Rules following the broadcast.
This Super Bowl was the inspiration for the Ray Finkle character in the 1994 movie Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and provided a critical plot point for the 1998 Vincent Gallo film Buffalo '66.
In an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, Ray and Debra are watching their wedding video when all of a sudden the tape cuts to the opening kickoff of the game. Debra says "did you hit something?" Ray says no, then Debra says, "Then why am I seeing football?" Later on in the episode, Ray has a group of his friends over to watch the tape of the game, and just as Scott Norwood misses his kick, the tape cuts back to the wedding, to the dismay of his friends. Ray says "We all know what happened." One of his friends (The Priest) then said, "I forgot."