The SI book is great for the writing and more so for the photos
As you note, the action in SB XLIII of any significance was limited to the Harrison 100 yard pick six until all hell broke loose with 2 TDs and a safety (including a great catch and run by Fitzgerald) by the Cards followed by the Steelers' drive
But other games ranked higher were famous when about the only interesting thing that happened was the last drive and, in one case, not even that
The #1 game in the SI book is the 1958 NFL championship between the Giants and the Colts. That game was 17-14 in the 4th quarter when Unitas conducted a famous 2 minute drive for a tying FG, which sent the game into the first OT for a championship game 23-17 Colts win. The reason that is the "greatest game of all time" is that it was an entertaining 4th quarter of a championship game early in the TV era which involved a New York team.
The #3 game was the Dallas-Green Bay Ice Bowl. In that game Green Bay blew a 14-0 first half lead but won on a legendary drive at the end of the game to win 21-17.
The #4 game is the Jets beating the Colts 16-7 in Super Bowl III.
So a lot of where a game is ranked depends on how great the media wants it to be in the post-game coverage. The 3 games above were great in large part because two involved New York teams and the other involved a legendary team.
OTOH the #2 game in the SI book is the epic 1981 playoffs game between Miami and San Diego that the Chargers won 41-38 in OT. That was a remarkable game.
Greatest game for me not on the SI list is the 2 OT Chiefs-Dolphins Christmas Day 1971 playoff game. Game involved a once and a future Super Bowl team.
Don Banks of Si.com appears to agree with me in this 2011 article written on the 40th anniversary of that game
It lasted nearly 83 mesmerizing minutes of game action, a six-quarter see-saw extravaganza that stretched from mid-afternoon into the dark December evening, with enough drama, plot twists and momentum shifts to fill a novel.
It's easily my most vivid NFL memory of childhood, and thoughts of that thrilling 27-24 Miami victory in the AFC Divisional playoff in Kansas City -- won on Garo Yepremian's 37-yard field goal roughly midway through the second overtime...still the most thrilling NFL playoff game ever for my money
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