Yet when the lights shine brightest, there’s usually a player or two that ends up making all the difference on the game’s biggest stage.
Sometimes, the players who make the biggest difference are the ones you’d expect to. Joe Montana was one of the best big-game players ever and it showed in the Super Bowl. Other times, there are players who you might not think would play a huge role that steals the show — think Desmond Howard in Super Bowl XXXI.
Regardless, there’s always someone who steps up most when his team needs a big individual effort. With star-studded teams like the Giants and the Patriots, Sunday’s Super Bowl will feature plenty of players who may step up to be the ultimate difference-maker.
Here are some potential Super Bowl difference-makers and why they could end up being the difference on Sunday.