Final Play of Super Bowl XXXIV: Mike Jones Makes "The Tackle"
People ask me all the time what was gonna happen in overtime. Even to this day, I never [thought] past the last play [in my mind]. We knew we had to stop the last play and didn’t really think beyond that.”— Mike Jones, Rams Linebacker
The final play of Super Bowl XXXIV (also known as The Tackle and One Yard Short) happened in a game played between the St. Louis Rams and the Tennessee Titans on January 30, 2000. It resulted in Titans wide receiver Kevin Dyson being tackled by Rams linebacker Mike Jones at the one-yard line, preserving a 23–16 Rams victory.
Down 23-16 with 6 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXIV at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair threw the ball to streaking wide receiver Kevin Dyson who caught the ball at the four yard line but was met by St. Louis Rams linebacker Mike Jones, who wrapped his legs and slowed his momentum. Knowing he was about to fall to the turf, Dyson reached the ball out as far as he could in hopes of reaching the end zone.
His last ditch effort fell short and time ran out as the Rams celebrated their first NFL championship since 1951 while many Titans laid dejected and motionless after coming up just short of forcing the first ever overtime period in Super Bowl history.