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The 10 Most Satisfying Football Moments

This feature was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and SNICKERS® Brand. Vox Media editorial staff was not involved in the creation or production of this content.

Whether it’s being played in the backyard in front of your grandparents, or in a stadium surrounded by tens of thousands of fans, football is a part of many Americans' lives for a good part of the year. And while the memories of game-winning field goals and devastating losses sit prominently in every fan’s psyche, certain moments truly stand out. These aren’t your normal touchdowns and comebacks. These are the moments that had you at the edge of your seat and brought an entire stadium to its feet. These are the 10 most satisfying football moments.


The helmet catch

In one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history, the New York Giants beat the undefeated New England Patriots in the final moments of Super Bowl XLII, and none of that would have been possible without David Tyree’s insane catch against his helmet. The 32-yard pass to the relatively unknown receiver gave Giants’ fans the satisfaction they’d been waiting for.

Odell Beckham Jr.’s one-handed catch

New York Giants’ receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s one-handed touchdown catch against Dallas is easily one of the most satisfying catches of the year. It’s one of those plays that gets more impressive every time you watch it.

The Ickey Shuffle

While most players end their touchdowns with a ball spike or toss, Cincinnati Bengals fullback Ickey Woods truly celebrated that satisfying moment, every time. During his time with the Bengals from 1988 to 1991, Woods was known for his iconic "Ickey Shuffle" dance that he would perform every time he scored a touchdown.

The Patriots win their first Super Bowl

For Patriots fans, this was a very long time coming. The satisfying win came down to the final seconds of the fourth quarter when New England scored a game-winning 48-yard field goal. This also marked the first time a Super Bowl game was won by points scored on the final play.

Driscoll Middle School’s trick play

Satisfying plays don’t always need to come from professional athletes. These middle schoolers confuse the other team and simply walk right past the defensive line to score a touchdown. Would this work in the NFL? Probably not. Does that limit its awesomeness? Absolutely not.

Sam Gordon is better than the boys

Sam Gordon is a football player that’s appeared on late night talk shows, national news programs, and even the Super Bowl. That’s because Sam is an 11-year-old girl who proves that age and gender don’t limit greatness.

The ultimate 2-point conversion

This high school football play is probably more luck than skill, but that doesn’t make it any less satisfying. The quarterback’s over the shoulder toss is so absurd that it’s hard not to laugh while watching it.

The creative onside kick

Whether you consider it skills or stupidity, high school football players often take great risks that lead to incredibly satisfying moments on the field. These players devise a sneaky strategy to recover an onside kick. Now let’s just see if it’s possible for them to repeat that play.

A born football player

While training is obviously essentially to make it in professional football, some players are just born to play the game, and that’s often evident as early as little league. That is most certainly the case here, leading to an unbelievably satisfying tackle.

Eating a SNICKERS® Bar while enjoying football

Let’s be honest. Whether you’re sitting in the bleachers, standing on the field, or even in a suite, there is no moment more satisfying than eating a SNICKERS® Bar while enjoying football. Now that’s pure satisfaction.

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This feature was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and SNICKERS® Brand. Vox Media editorial staff was not involved in the creation or production of this content.

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