The five Super Bowl moments that most defined their eras.

From Jet Packs to O.J. Simpson: The Five Super Bowl Moments That Most Defined Their Eras

From Jet Packs to O.J. Simpson: The Five Super Bowl Moments That Most Defined Their Eras

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Notes from a fan who's seen it all.
Feb. 4 2016 5:38 AM

The Super Bowl Time Capsule

These are the five moments in Super Bowl history that defined their eras.

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The Super Bowl is the apex of American sports—a pseudo national holiday of football, gluttony, and high-priced advertising. On a broader scale, though, the NFL’s championship also serves as an artifact of the era in which it is played. Over the past two months, Slate writer Justin Peters rewatched every Super Bowl—from the inaugural Chiefs-Packers showdown, to Malcolm Butler’s game-sealing interception in XLIX. In his viewing, he has uncovered some of the top, era-defining vintage moments. Viewed through the lens of history, the games and their surrounding ceremonies really are the perfect encapsulation of their respective years.

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