12. Patriots vs. Rams (2002)
This was the beginning of a dynasty for Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Nobody even really knew who the sixth-round draft pick was before Drew Bledsoe’s injury. However, he stepped up in style and inspired his team to the AFC East title. Bledsoe returned for the Championship Game after Brady sprained his ankle. But Belichick threw his young star back in when it counted (via Boston Globe).
St. Louis were 14-point favorites before this game. However, Brady showed calmness beyond his experience as he inspired his team to victory. This culminated in Adam Vinatieri’s field goal in the dying moments. As Super Bowls go, this was one of the most important because it kicked off the Patriots’ dominance for two decades. Believe it or not, this was a fairytale at the time.