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Top 25 Super Bowl Moments: No. 10, Max McGee's amazing catch

With the Tampa Bay area hosting the 2009 Super Bowl, we picked 25 memorable moments from past games and asked you to rank them. After more than 1,000 votes, we are counting down to the Feb. 1 game with a weekly look at your picks for the most memorable. See slide shows of the nominees, narrated by legendary announcer Pat Summerall, at superbowlvote.tampabay.com.

THE RESULT: Green Bay Packers 35, Kansas City Chiefs 10

THE DATE: Jan. 15, 1967

THE PLACE: Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles

THE SITUATION: Max McGee was just about the last guy anybody expected to make an impact in the inaugural Super Bowl, known at first as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. The grizzled Packers receiver didn't even believe he'd get into the game against the Chiefs. He caught only four passes for 91 yards in the regular season behind standout starter Boyd Dowler. McGee was so certain he'd watch the game from the bench, he violated coach Vince Lombardi's curfew and partied all night before the game. Naturally, Dowler got hurt, separating his shoulder on the Packers' second drive.

THE MOMENT: In came McGee. And several plays later, he broke into the open. Bart Starr's pass was slightly off the mark, but McGee reached behind his body with his right hand and made a spectacular one-handed catch. He darted past cornerback Fred "The Hammer" Williamson and ran 37 yards for the first touchdown in Super Bowl history. McGee wound up with seven catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns, and Starr earned MVP honors for completing 16 of 23 passes for 250 yards and the two scores to McGee.

QUOTABLE: "I waddled in about 7:30 in the morning, and I could barely stand up for the kickoff. On the bench, Paul (Hornung) kept needling me, 'What would you do if you had to play?' And I said, 'No way, there's no way I could make it.' " — McGee in the book Lombardi

Dave Scheiber, Times staff writer. Information from nfl.com was used in this report

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