Super Bowl: Explore the top plays in augmented reality

Brian Pincus, Natalie Sutton and Tyler Greenawalt
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The best plays in Super Bowl history didn't all happen in the end zone and weren't all touchdowns.

As everyone prepares for Super Bowl LV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, we’ll take you through the most iconic moments in the history of the big game. From the Philadelphia Eagles’ strip-sack of Tom Brady in February 2018 to the New Orleans Saints’ surprise onside kick in early 2010 and David Tyree’s helmet catch in 2008, our augmented reality experience goes end zone to end zone on a 3D football field and breaks down some of the most iconic important plays in Super Bowl history.

Click on the link above to explore the scene on your desktop or mobile device and scroll down for directions on how to best utilize the immersive experience.

One-yard line: Malcolm Butler’s goal-line pick Super Bowl XLIX

We start with Malcolm Butler’s game-sealing interception at the 1-yard line for the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. The Seahawks’ decision not to run it in with Marshawn Lynch will live in infamy, but the interception by Butler with 20 seconds left in the game is among the most important turnovers of all time. It prevented a Seattle comeback and helped seal Tom Brady’s fourth Super Bowl ring.

40-yard line: Saints’ onside kick Super Bowl XLIV

Next, we travel to midfield, where the Saints’ unthinkable onside kick to start the third quarter against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV gave New Orleans the ball back and set up a momentum-swinging touchdown drive. Trailing 10-6 heading into the second half, Saints coach Sean Peyton decided to attempt an onside kick and keep the ball away from the high-octane Colts offense. It worked, and the Saints scored on the ensuing drive to go up 13-10. Saints kickoff specialist Thomas Morestead broke the moment down for Yahoo Sports last year.

50-yard line: Manningham’s sideline snag Super Bowl XLVI

Mario Manningham’s toe-tapping catch in Super Bowl XLVI played a crucial role in the New York Giants’ second victory over Tom Brady and the Patriots. Manningham corralled the 38-yard heave from Eli Manning at midfield with sensational sideline awareness. The play was upheld after a challenge from New England, and the reception ignited the Giants’ offense at the end of the game – they scored eight plays later to take a 21-17 lead and the defense held on for another New York championship.

30-yard line: Brandon Graham's Strip Sack on Tom Brady in Super Bowl LII

The Eagles needed a momentum-swinging play to stave off the Patriots in Super Bowl LII. Tom Brady had the opportunity to retake the lead after the Eagles went up 38-33 with 2:25 left in the game, but Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham rushed in for a roaring strip-sack and gave Philly the ball game. A quick field goal later by the Eagles provided Brady one more shot to tie, but a last-second Hail Mary heave fell short.

20-yard line: David Tyree’s improbably helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII

David Tyree’s helmet catch is arguably the most shocking reception in Super Bowl history. Not only did Eli Manning scramble out of a would-be sack but he somehow toss up a prayed that Tyree pinned against his helmet with Rodney Harrison trapped all over him. The catch set up the Giants for a game-winning touchdown to Plaxico Burress and upset the previously unbeaten Patriots.

Far endzone: Santonio Holmes’ toe-tapping touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII

In a back-and-forth battle between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals, it was Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes who got the last laugh. Roethlisberger found Holmes in the back corner of the end zone surrounded by Cardinals defenders, but the two still managed to connect for the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII. This play unfolded at Raymond James Stadium – also the site of Super Bowl LV.

Augmented reality directions:

For desktop:

  • Use your mouse to zoom and rotate the object

For mobile (optimal experience):

  • Tap on the camera icon in the upper right-hand corner of the browser

  • Press “allow” (this prompt should come up multiple times)

  • Place the object in your space, use your fingers to resize and rotate in augmented reality

  • To take a photo of what you’re seeing, tap on the screen and a camera icon will appear

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