8. Patriots vs. Panthers (2004)
It was remarkable that the Panthers even made it to the Super Bowl. That’s because this was an average team that scraped its way through games. Yes, they came up clutch as they won multiple times in overtime. However, they were exciting. Meanwhile, the Patriots had a remarkably efficient defense. They were also looking for their second title in just three years (via WCNC).
In the end, the Panthers came up just short but they pushed the Pats all the way. They had a chance to push downfield and put the game to rest. It was down to John Kasay to handle kickoff duties and ignite the drive. Unfortunately, he kicked the ball out of bounds and incurred a penalty. Finally, the Patriots went up to the other end and scored the winning field goal.