Originally Posted by macro
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.
And, if I recall correctly, the next play was the touchdown when Jerry Rice was diving out of bounds and lightly grazed one corner of the pylon with the ball. No one on earth could have stopped him on that play.
The reason people confuse Billups' drop with the final TD is because Billups was covering John Taylor on the touchdown play. Taylor gave him a move at the line and gained a step on him and that was all she wrote.