Originally Posted by Hap
I don't mean to be a Charley Corrector, but that dropped interception occured on the drive when the 49ers tied the game at 13-13 (with about 8 or 10 minutes left), not the game-winning drive. Had Billups caught it, the Bengals would have had the ball at the 20 and a 7-point lead. They could have ran some time off the clock and kicked a field goal to put the game out of reach.
You are right, Hap! In the back of my mind, I wanted to think that the dropped INT happened earlier, but I googled and found a page that stated that it was on the last drive. So, I went with that and agreed. Just goes to prove that not all that appears on Web pages is necessarily correct.
Now that I've researched it a bit, it turns out that the idea that the dropped INT occured on the final drive has become something of an Urban Legend in Super Bowl lore.