Super Bowl History and Game Results

From the Super Bowl I in 1967 to the 2020 Super Bowl, the NFL has taken us on a wild
ride. Fans of pro football have seen legendary performances, career-defining moments,
intense finishes, utter sorrow, pure bliss and disgusting blowouts.

The Super Bowl has no true favorites, as everything gets put on the line and it seems
every single year, in some weird way, the best team always emerges from the sea of 32
NFL teams.

To get a glimpse of every Super Bowl game ever, let’s take a quick look at what happened
in all 54 of them:

Note

Every Super Bowl is recorded via Roman numeral except for Super Bowl 50. Lamar Hunt, who was credited for coming up with the “Super Bowl” name, is also credited for tracking the Super Bowls with Roman numerals. Apparently the Super Bowl logo designers
didn’t like the way Super Bowl L would have looked.

Super Bowl I

35

Green Bay Packers
VS
Kansas City Chiefs

10

The first ever Super Bowl is naturally one of the most iconic NFL title games, as it was
the first of it’s kind and also showcased legendary head coach, Vince Lombardi. Green
Bay entered as 14-point favorites, as they hailed from the more respected NFL (NFC).

Lombardi’s Packers struck first via a Max McGee touchdown, scoring the first points in
Super Bowl history. Hank Stram’s Chiefs bounced back and were down just 14-10 at the
break, before Bart Starr helped Green Bay pull away and end with a 35-10 blowout
win.

  • Date: January 15, 1967
  • Attendance: 61,946
  • Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California
  • Super Bowl MVP: Bart Starr, QB, Packers (250 passing yards, 2 TDs)
Super Bowl II

33

Green Bay Packers
VS
Oakland Raiders

14

The Packers reinforced the argument that the NFL was still better than the AFL in 1968,
when they got back to the Super Bowl and repeated as world champions. That logic wasn’t
necessarily bullet proof, as the 13-1 Chiefs had built up an elite record. On paper,
they looked like a stiff challenge for the 9-4-1 green and gold.

The Packers once again opened as favorites (-13.5) and made good on the trust of
oddsmakers by dispatching the Oakland Raiders easily, 33-14. Green Bay quarterback Bart
Starr wasn’t as prolific as he was the year before, but once again locked up MVP
honors.

  • Date: January 14, 1968
  • Attendance: 75,546
  • Location: Miami Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida
  • Super Bowl MVP: Bart Starr, QB, Packers (202 passing yards, 1 TD)
Super Bowl III

16

New York Jets
VS
Baltimore Colts

7

The NFL finally gave into an improving AFL in 1969, as Joe Namath (aka Broadway Joe) came
through on his guarantee
to beat a heavily favored (-18) Baltimore Colts team. On top of
Namath’s guarantee, Super Bowl III still stands as one of the most iconic NFL title
games in history due to the AFL winning their first title in the Super Bowl era.

While Namath ended up being correct about his bold prediction, he didn’t exactly light up
the Colts in the league’s third Super Bowl. Instead, the 13-1 Colts made the Jets work
for every point they got. New York grinded their way to a 7-0 lead at half-time, and
went on to build a commanding 16-0 lead that resulted in a 16-7 win. It wasn’t pretty or
dazzling, but Namath made good on his word and the AFL crowned their first Super Bowl
champion.

  • Date: January 12, 1969
  • Attendance: 75,389
  • Location: Miami Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida
  • Super Bowl MVP: Joe Namath, QB, Jets (206 passing yards)
Super Bowl IV

23

Kansas City Chiefs
VS
Minnesota Vikings

7

The AFL made it back to back titles in 1970, as the Kansas City Chiefs returned to the scene of the first Super Bowl and got vengeance by taking down the Minnesota Vikings. Kansas City head coach Hank Stram and quarterback Len Dawson got total vindication in this game, as there remained serious doubt that the AFL was remotely at the NFL’s level. Not surprisingly, the 12-2 Vikings entered as heavy -12 favorites.

Super Bowl IV was arguably a major moment in the event’s history, both because we got an
up close and personal look at Hank Stram on the sidelines, and also because the Chiefs
proved the AFL was no slouch by evening up the Super Bowl tally, 2-2.

Kansas City leaned hard on their defense in this one, as they jumped out to a 9-0 lead
and forced five turnovers en route to an easy 23-7 victory. Len Dawson did just enough
on the offensive side for KC and became the fourth straight quarterback to take home the
Super Bowl MVP award.

  • Date: January 11, 1970
  • Attendance: 80,562
  • Location: Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Super Bowl MVP: Len Dawson, QB, Chiefs (142 passing yards, 1 TD)
Super Bowl V

16

Baltimore Colts
VS
Dallas Cowboys

13

The fifth Super Bowl in NFL history ended up making history for its competitiveness, as
the previous four title games were extremely one-sided. This also marked the first
official season where the old AFL had become the current AFC, following the official
completion of the AFL/NFL merger. With the merger in place, the Baltimore Colts shifted
to the AFC and marched into Super Bowl V with an elite 11-2-1 record.

Waiting for Johnny Unitas and the Colts were the 10-4 Cowboys, who entered as +2.5
underdogs, marking the first time a team from the NFC side started the Super Bowl as
anything other than a favorite. Dallas initially looked to be in position to stage the
upset, however, as they took advantage of an injury to the legendary Unitas and led at
the break, 13-6.

Often referred to as the “Blunder Bowl”, Super Bowl V was at times unwatchable, as both
teams struggled to hang onto the football. Dallas and Baltimore turned the ball over a
combined 11 times, which still ties for the most in Super Bowl history. Baltimore’s
seven turnovers (third most, all-time) were nearly too much to overcome, but a Dallas
turnover, ironically enough, gave way to a late field goal and a Colts win. The win not
only allowed the Colts to avenge their loss in Super Bowl III, but also handed the AFC
side of the league their fourth straight title.

While the Colts won, the Super Bowl MVP ended up being disruptive Dallas linebacker,
Chuck Howley. Howley still stands as the only Super Bowl MVP from a losing team.

  • Date: January 17, 1971
  • Attendance: 79,204
  • Location: Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida
  • Super Bowl MVP: Chuck Howley, LB, Cowboys (2 interceptions)
Super Bowl VI

24

Dallas Cowboys
VS
Miami Dolphins

3

Dallas fought their way back to the Super Bowl in 1972, as Roger Staubach finally stole
the quarterback job from Craig Morton and helped the Cowboys to a 11-3 record. Despite
carrying a negative perception of not being able to win “the big one”, the Cowboys
entered Super Bowl VI as 6-point favorites over the AFC’s Miami Dolphins.

Miami initially seemed to pose a solid threat to Dallas, as they finished the regular
season with a strong 10-3-1 mark and had ripped off eight consecutive victories. Having
fended off past Super Bowl mainstays, Kansas City and Baltimore, the Dolphins entered
their first ever Super Bowl as a sneaky underdog pick.

The sneakiness lasted until halftime, as Miami was clearly out-played, but hung around at
the break, down 10-3. The Cowboys dominated on the ground from there, however, as they
put up over 250 rushing yards and held a bruising Miami offensive backfield (80 total
rushing yards) in check. Miami also turned the ball over three times, dooming any chance
of turning things around in the second half.

  • Date: January 16, 1972
  • Attendance: 81,023
  • Location: Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Super Bowl MVP: Roger Staubach, QB, Cowboys (119 passing yards, 2 TDs)
Super Bowl VII

14

Miami Dolphins
VS
Washington Redskins

7

Like Dallas did the year before them, Miami sucked it up and fought back to the Super
Bowl in 1973. Their return to the NFL’s biggest stage was a tad more impressive, of
course, as Don Shula’s second go-around in the Super Bowl boasted the league’s first
undefeated team.

Despite finishing the regular season with an unblemished 14-0 record, Miami actually
entered Super Bowl VII as narrow +1 underdogs to the 11-3 Washington Redskins. The
Redskins had taken an unconventional approach to winning, as new head coach George Allen
loaded his team with veteran players and declared the time to win was “now”. Dubbed the
“Over the Hill Gang”, Allen’s veterans ended up making him look like a genius after just
a few years on the job, ultimately pushing the ‘Skins into Super Bowl VII.

Once there Washington couldn’t do much, as Miami’s elite defense held them scoreless
until one of the most iconic moments in Super Bowl history happened.

Instead of the Dolphins converting a late field goal en route to a likely 17-0 win,
kicker Garo Yepremian’s kick was blocked, which led to one of the worst pass attempts in
league history and a Redskins touchdown.

Luckily for Miami, the blocked field goal for a score came too late and the undefeated
Dolphins were able to stay perfect at 17-0.

  • Date: January 14, 1973
  • Attendance: 90,182
  • Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California
  • Super Bowl MVP: Jake Scott, S, Dolphins (2 interceptions)
Super Bowl VIII

24

Miami Dolphins
VS
Minnesota Vikings

7

The great Don Shula continued to add to his legendary career in 1974, when he got
his Dolphins back to the Super Bowl for a third consecutive season. Miami (12-2)
wasn’t perfect like they were the year prior, but they still came into Super
Bowl VIII as 6.5-point favorites over the 12-2 Minnesota Vikings.

Shula was a mainstay in the league’s biggest game at this point, having coached
Miami to two previous title games. He left his lasting mark with this second
win, however, as Miami dominated the Vikings, throughout. The win got Shula and
Miami their second straight Super Bowl win, while also making the Dolphins the
first team to repeat as world champions since the Green Bay Packers. The win
also gave the AFC its first repeat Super Bowl winner.

Super Bowl VIII was unfortunately never in doubt, as a solid Vikings offense
couldn’t capitalize on numerous chances, turning the ball over three times. Fran
Tarkenton was able to move the ball for Minnesota, but didn’t punch it into the
end-zone until the fourth quarter, when Miami had already built a decisive 24-0
lead.

Running back Larry Csonka was the deciding factor in this game, as he bullied his
way to a then-Super Bowl record 143 rushing yards on 33 carries. Csonka
fittingly was named Super Bowl MVP, becoming the first running back in league
history to win the award.

  • Date: January 13, 1974
  • Attendance: 71,882
  • Location: Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas
  • Super Bowl MVP: Larry Csonka, RB, Dolphins (143 rushing yards, 2 TDs)
Super Bowl IX

16

Pittsburgh Steelers
VS
Minnesota Vikings

6

Miami’s run in the Super Bowl ended in 1975, when Hall of Fame passer Terry
Bradshaw led the 10-3-1 Steelers to their first Super Bowl appearance.
Pittsburgh opened Super Bowl IX as the mild 3-point favorites, even with the
10-4 Vikings returning to the big game for the second year in a row and third
time in the event’s history.

Super Bowl IX was sold as a clash of elite defenses and it certainly lived up to
the hype, as Pittsburgh’s “Steel Curtain” accrued the only scoring (2 points via
safety) in a first half that was equally dominated by Minnesota’s “Purple People
Eaters”.

The Steelers leaned even harder on their defense in the second half, as they
slowly turned a slight 2-0 half-time lead into a 16-6 victory. Neither offense
managed to get much done in one of the uglier Super Bowls in league history, but
Minnesota’s was done in by Fran Tarkenton’s three interceptions and overall
inefficiency.

Pittsburgh quarterback Terry Bradshaw simply wasn’t needed in this defensive
battle, as the Steelers crushed Minnesota’s offense and rode running back Franco
Harris to a then-record 158 yards on the ground. Harris went on to be named
Super Bowl IX MVP.

  • Date: January 12, 1975
  • Attendance: 80,997
  • Location: Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Super Bowl MVP: Franco Harris, RB, Steelers (158 rushing yards, 1 TD)
Super Bowl X

21

Pittsburgh Steelers
VS
Dallas Cowboys

17

Terry Bradshaw and the Steelers continued what would ultimately only be described
as a dynasty, with the Steelers getting back to the Super Bowl in 1976 and
repeating as world champions over the Cowboys, 21-17. Pittsburgh came in as a
dominant force at 12-2 and after winning the year before, were the easy 7-point
favorites over the 10-4 Cowboys.

Dallas still put up a fight against Pittsburgh’s historic “Steel Curtain”
defense, as they actually held a 10-7 lead into the fourth quarter. The Steelers
then ripped off two touchdowns to take a 21-10 lead before holding on late for a
21-17 win. The Steelers win gave the league it’s third repeat champion (second
for the AFC) and was the league’s first title game between two previous Super
Bowl participants. It also stands as one of the best games in early Super Bowl
history, as Dallas was in position to steal a win until the final moments.

Lynn Swann, who had a key 64-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, racked
up a then-Super Bowl record 161 yards through the air to run away with Super
Bowl MVP honors.

  • Date: January 18, 1976
  • Attendance: 80,187
  • Location: Miami Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida
  • Super Bowl MVP: Lynn Swann, WR, Steelers (4 receptions, 161 receiving yards, 1 TD)
Super Bowl XI

32

Oakland Raiders
VS
Minnesota Vikings

14

Super Bowl XI featured Fran Tarkenton and the Minnesota Vikings, who entered
their third Super Bowl as mild +4 underdogs to John Madden’s Oakland Raiders.
Oakland was the easy favorite following an elite 13-1 run through the regular
season, while Super Bowl XI marked their return to the league’s title game for
the first time since Super Bowl II.

While Minnesota never really made it a game, they impressed by reaching the Super
Bowl for a then-record fourth time. That was about all they could muster,
however, as Minnesota went down 16-0 at the half and never threatened. After a
scoreless first quarter, Oakland’s offense did as they pleased, racking up over
400 total yards in the 32-14 victory.

The story didn’t change from previous years for the Vikings, as a solid defense
held things together early, but turnovers doomed an underperforming offense.
Legendary quarterback Fran Tarkenton threw two interceptions and the Vikings
turned the ball over three times in the crushing defeat.

  • Date: January 9, 1979
  • Attendance: 103,438
  • Location: Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California
  • Super Bowl MVP: Fred Biletnikoff, WR, Raiders (4 receptions, 79 yards)
Super Bowl XII

27

Dallas Cowboys
VS
Denver Broncos

10

Dallas (12-2) returned to the promised land in 1980, as Hall of Fame head coach
Tom Landry helped the ‘Boys topple the Broncos (12-2) en route to their second
world title. Dallas entered their fourth ever Super Bowl as 6-point favorites,
despite going up against an elite “Orange Crush” Broncos defense.

This was a very unique game, as Dallas dominated so much defensively that two of their
defensive stars – Randy White and Harvey Martin – took home Super Bowl MVP honors. It
stands as the only time two players were co-Super Bowl MVP.

Suggesting the Cowboys were elite defensively in this game would be an
understatement, as the Cowboys created a staggering 8 turnovers (second most in
Super Bowl history) and allowed Denver to complete just eight passes for 61
yards through the air.

Super Bowl XII was special vindication for legendary Cowboys quarterback Roger
Staubach, who out-played for Dallas passer, Craig Morton (4 interceptions).
Staubach played enough to be deserving of MVP honors, but given the defense’s
amazing performance, no one was shocked to see White and Martin exit with the
award.

  • Date: January 15, 1978
  • Attendance: 75,583
  • Location: Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Super Bowl MVP: Randy White, DT and Harvey Martin, DE, Cowboy
Super Bowl XIII

35

Pittsburgh Steelers
VS
Dallas Cowboys

31

The AFC got back to their dominant ways in the 1979 Super Bowl, as the Steelers
got back to the big game yet again, securing their conference’s 9th league
championship. They didn’t get there without some controversy, of course, as they
game is historically known as “Black Sunday” due to the Super Bowl spread
shifting from -3.5 to -4.5 to -4. The line ended at -4 in favor of Pittsburgh
and resulted in oddsmakers losing a ton of money via Super Bowl bets.

While this was a bad Super Bowl for Vegas, it was without a doubt an instant
classic and one of the best Super Bowl games for fans in history. The spread
suggested a tight affair, and the Steelers (14-2) and Cowboys (12-4) did not
disappoint. Dallas entered as the defending world champs, while the Steelers had
just been repeat champions a few years prior.

Super Bowl XIII was a shootout from the very beginning, as both teams fired in
touchdowns in the first quarter, with the Steelers holding a close 21-14
advantage at the break. Dallas tightened things up with the only score in the
third quarter (field goal), which set up an intense final stanza. The Steelers
managed to tack on two touchdowns to take a commanding 35-17 lead, but a driven
Cowboys team scored two more times to keep the game interesting until the final
moments.

Both offenses clicked in this one, as Terry Bradshaw and Roger Staubach combined
for seven touchdowns and over 500 yards through the air. Ultimately,
Pittsburgh’s offense took over the game late and helped the Steelers win their
third Super Bowl title.

  • Date: January 21, 1979
  • Attendance: 79,484
  • Location: Miami Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida
  • Super Bowl MVP: Terry Bradshaw, QB, Steelers (318 passing yards, 4 TDs)
Super Bowl XIV

31

Pittsburgh Steelers
VS
Los Angeles Rams

19

Bradshaw and co. completed their dynasty run with one more title in 1980, as the
12-4 Steelers returned to the league’s title game to repeat as champions for the
second time. The win was historic, as it not only push Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl
win total to four, but also gave the NFL it’s first two-time repeat
champion.

The final score made Pittsburgh’s fourth NFL title look relatively easy, but the
Steelers were actually tested early by a 9-7 Los Angeles Rams team. Pittsburgh
would eventually cover their gaudy -10.5 Super Bowl spread, but the Rams were
extremely pesky, as they forced Terry Bradshaw into three interceptions and
actually led at the break, 13-10.

Super Bowl XIV remained close throughout the game’s first three quarters, with
the Rams holding a 19-17 advantage going into the fourth quarter. Bradshaw and
company stepped their game up from there, however, as Franco Harris and John
Stallworth found the endzone to score the final quarter’s only (14) points.

History doesn’t exactly give the Rams much credit, but they helped make Super
Bowl XIV an impressively competitive and thrilling game. Super Bowl XIV made
history, as well, with the Rams becoming the first team with just a 9-7 record
to make it all the way to the final game of the NFL season.

  • Date: January 20, 1980
  • Attendance: 103,985
  • Location: Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California
  • Super Bowl MVP: Terry Bradshaw, QB, Steelers (309 passing yards, 2 TDs)
Super Bowl XV

27

Oakland Raiders
VS
Philadelphia Eagles

10

The Oakland Raiders got back to the Super Bowl in 1981, giving them their third
appearance in the NFL title game. The Raiders also made Super Bowl history in
Super Bowl XV, as quarterback Jim Plunkett became just the second Heisman Trophy
winner to win the big game, while also making Oakland the first Super Bowl
champion to emerge out of the wild card round.

The Super Bowl wasn’t quite as kind to the 3-point favored Eagles, who made it to
the league’s title game for the first time in franchise history, but were buried
by three Ron Jaworski interceptions. Plunkett was sensational on the other side,
throwing three scores in leading the Raiders to an easy 27-10 win.

Super Bowl XV made even more history, as Raiders head coach Tom Flores became the
first minority coach to lead an NFL team to a championship. Oakland’s title run
was emotional and borderline unlikely across the board, as Plunkett began the
season as a backup and the team won 9 of its last 11 games just to get into the
playoffs. While the game itself wasn’t competitive, Super Bowl XV is remembered
as one of the better “feel good” NFL stories in league history.

  • Date: January 25, 1981
  • Attendance: 76,135
  • Location: Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Super Bowl MVP: Jim Plunkett, QB, Raiders (261 passing yards, 3 TDs)
Super Bowl XVI

26

San Francisco 49ers
VS
Cincinnati Bengals

21

A new Super Bowl era was born in Super Bowl XVI, when Joe Montana and the 49ers
let their presence be known in an intense battle with the Cincinnati Bengals.
The tightest Super Bowl betting line at this point in league history had the
Niners (-1) enter as the slimmest of favorites.

San Francisco had been dominant during a 13-3 regular season run, but Vegas saw
Super Bowl XVI as too close to emphatically call, with an equally impressive
12-4 Bengals team on the other side. The oddsmakers weren’t that far off when it
came to the score and the 49ers did end up covering, but this was a game the
49ers had in control from the start.

Cincinnati actually became the first Super Bowl loser to gain more yards than the
winner, but three early turnovers put Ken Anderson and co. in a 20-0 half-time
hole they would never recover from. Anderson rallied the Bengals late (down just
20-14 early in the fourth quarter), but two 49ers field goals ultimately iced
Super Bowl XVI.

Ken Anderson put up strong numbers and was arguably the Super Bowl MVP in a game
Joe Montana “managed” more than anything, but it would be “Joe Cool” that
emerged as the Super Bowl XVI Most Valuable Player.

  • Date: January 24, 1982
  • Attendance: 81,270
  • Location: Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan
  • Super Bowl MVP: Joe Montana, QB, 49ers (157 passing yards, 1 TD)
Super Bowl XVII

27

Washington Redskins
VS
Miami Dolphins

17

While the 49ers kicked off an era many won’t soon forget the year before, the
Redskins did the same in a 1983 win over the Miami Dolphins. Returning to the
league’s big game for just the second time, Washington staged the second Super
Bowl upset within a three-year window, while nabbing the franchise’s first ever
world title.

Miami came into Super Bowl XVII as the 3-point favorites after going 7-2 in a
season
shortened by an NFL player strike. Washington was even, better, posting
an 8-1 record and coming in with the memory of a 14-7 Super Bowl loss to these
very Dolphins back in Super Bowl VII.

Vegas liked Miami’s Super Bowl odds with the legendary Don Shula still calling
the shots (2-time Super Bowl champion), as the Dolphins head coach was appearing
in his fourth Super Bowl with the team. Shula’s presence was felt initially, as
Miami jumped out to a 17-10 lead at the break and looked to be in complete
control.

Miami’s hold on Super Bowl XVII wouldn’t last, as the Redskins leaned hard on
veteran running back John Riggins, who rushed for a Super Bowl-record 166
rushing yards on a record 38 carries. The Redskins broke another rushing record
as a team, dominating the Miami defense on the ground with a record 276 rushing
yards. Washington’s defense played their part, as well, as they shut the
Dolphins out in the second half to help preserve a 27-17 win. Riggins was
fittingly named Super Bowl MVP, as the Redskins earned their first world title
under legendary head coach, Joe Gibbs.

  • Date: January 30, 1983
  • Attendance: 103,667
  • Location: Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California
  • Super Bowl MVP: John Riggins, RB, Redskins (166 rushing yards, 1 TD)
Super Bowl XVIII

38

Los Angeles Raiders
VS
Washington Redskins

9

The Redskins weren’t quite so lucky in the 1983 Super Bowl, as they fell
remarkably short of a far better Raiders team in a devastating 38-9 blowout
loss. Super Bowl XVIII still marked the third title game appearance for
Washington, while getting back to the Super Bowl for a second straight season
was an accomplishment by itself.

Despite the Redskins being favored by three points, this one was all Los Angeles
from the very beginning. Due to the favored Redskins losing and the Raiders
being dressed in black, this is the second Super Bowl to earn the “Black Sunday”
moniker. The 14-2 Redskins simply didn’t show up, as the 12-4 Raiders forced
turnovers early and rode an impressive 191-yard performance from running back
Marcus Allen.

The Redskins coughed up three turnovers on the day, including a blocked punt for
a score in the first quarter, which ended up setting the tone for Super Bowl
XVIII. The game was already well out of hand by the time its most memorable play
happened – a
74-yard touchdown jaunt by Allen.

  • Date: January 22, 1984
  • Attendance: 72,920
  • Location: Tampa Bay Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida
  • Super Bowl MVP: Marcus Allen, RB, Raiders (191 rushing yards, 2 TDs)
Super Bowl XIX

38

San Francisco 49ers
VS
Miami Dolphins

16

Joe Montana and the 49ers sat out of the Super Bowl discussion for two years
before reappearing in the NFL’s big game, when they took on Dan Marino and the
Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX. The 49ers got a rare advantage going into the big
game, as Super Bowl XIX was hosted by Stanford Stadium, which is just 30 miles
from where the 49ers played their home games.

Marino’s Dolphins entered as +3.5 underdogs, but looked like an imposing matchup
due to an elite offense and an impressive 14-2 run through the regular season.
The 49ers looked even better on paper, however, as they came into Super Bowl XIX
as the first 15-1 team since the league switched to a 16-game schedule.

Super Bowl XIX was especially hyped due to the high level of play under center,
and it initially lived up to the hype, with Miami jumping out to a 10-7 lead in
the first quarter. It was all San Francisco from there, however, as the 49ers
piled on 21 points in the second stanza and held a commanding 28-16 lead at the
break. Miami wouldn’t score again, as the Niners added 10 more points in the
third quarter and held on for the 38-16 win.

As strong as San Francisco’s offense was, their defense was even more impressive
in their second Super Bowl win. The prolific Dan Marino managed just one
touchdown and tossed two interceptions in what would go down as his only
appearance in the Super Bowl during an illustrious Hall of Fame career.

  • Date: January 20, 1985
  • Attendance: 84,059
  • Location: Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California
  • Super Bowl MVP: Joe Montana, QB, 49ers (331 passing yards, 3 TDs)
Super Bowl XX

46

Chicago Bears
VS
New England Patriots

10

Arguably the greatest defense in league history graced Super Bowl XX, when Mike
Ditka’s 15-1 Bears entered Super Bowl XX against the New England Patriots.
Chicago was the obvious favorite, as Vegas spotted the Bears a -10 spread in a
game where both Chicago and New England were appearing in the Super Bowl for the
first time.

The Bears acted like they’d been to the Super Bowl before almost immediately, as
their defense gave up a field goal in the first quarter, but eventually drove
the Patriots into the ground – allowing a remarkable -19 total yards in the
first half. Chicago took a 26-3 lead into the break and ran away with the game
from there, winning 46-10.

Super Bowl XX ended up being the second biggest blowout in Super Bowl history at
the time and topped the game’s previous scoring record (38) by eight points.
Chicago’s defense was utterly dominant, giving up just one converted third down
to the Patriots on the day, while racking up six turnovers. In addition, New
England totaled seven yards rushing in the loss.

Super Bowl XX wasn’t just about domination. It was also the culmination of a
unique team that was full of personalities. Their “Super Bowl Shuffle” video
arguably perfectly illustrates that.

As for the actual Super Bowl, one of the long-lasting moments that NFL fans won’t
soon forget is a short touchdown plunge by defensive tackle, Williams “The
Refrigerator” Perry. His score put the game completely out of hand at 44-3 in
the third quarter.

  • Date: January 26, 1986
  • Attendance: 73,818
  • Location: Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Super Bowl MVP: Richard Dent, DE, Bears (1.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles)
Super Bowl XXI

39

New York Giants
VS
Denver Broncos

20

The NFC continued its new-found dominance in Super Bowl XXI, when legendary head coach
Bill Parcells helped get the New York Giants to their first Super Bowl. New York entered
as large -9.5 favorites, while hot shot quarterback John Elway led the Broncos, who were
making their second ever trip to the big game.

Despite being big underdogs, the Broncos were solid in the AFC, going 11-5 and leaning on
an elite defense and the clutch play of the young Elway. New York was the easy favorite,
of course, as Phil Simms and company rode to an easy 14-2 record during the regular
season and gave up a total of three points during the playoffs.

The Giants were the better team on paper, but the Broncos gave Vegas a scare early, as
John Elway scored on the ground en route to a tight 10-9 Broncos lead at half-time. It
was all G-Men from there, however, as the Giants stifled Elway and Denver’s offense in a
deciding third quarter that put the Giants up, 26-10. New York scored again early in the
fourth quarter to go up 33-10 and never looked back in what ended up being a relatively
easy 39-20 win.

John Elway actually played a solid game and helped the Denver offense move the ball
surprisingly well against a vaunted Giants defense, but a bad third quarter doomed the
Broncos. Phil Simms was borderline flawless on the other side, as well, as he completed
22 of 25 passes for a blistering 150.9 quarterback rating.

  • Date: January 25, 1987
  • Attendance: 101,063
  • Location: Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California
  • Super Bowl MVP: Phil Simms, QB, Giants (268 passing yards, 3 TDs)
Super Bowl XXII

42

Washington Redskins
VS
Denver Broncos

10

John Elway and the Broncos sought revenge in 1987, as they made it back to the Super Bowl
for the second year in a row behind a 10-4-1 record in a one-game strike-shortened
season. The Broncos came into Super Bowl XXII as 3-point favorites, only to get
destroyed by the Redskins, who were appearing in their second Super Bowl under head
coach Joe Gibbs (4th overall).

Denver struck first and had Vegas looking smart at first, as they held a 10-0 lead after
the first quarter. The game ended quickly after that, unfortunately, as the Redskins
produced a Super Bowl record 35 points in the second quarter. The third quarter
explosion came entirely from Washington’s offense, which produced three 50+ yard scoring
plays and got four passing scores out of former backup, Doug Williams.

On top of Washington’s third quarter barrage and a 42-10 blowout win, the Redskins
provided NFL fans with the biggest comeback (down 10 points) in Super Bowl history. Doug
Williams – also the first African American quarterback to win a Super Bowl – ended the
game with 340 yards and four scores en route to a deserving Super Bowl MVP award.

  • Date: January 31, 1988
  • Attendance: 73,302
  • Location: Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California
  • Super Bowl MVP: Doug Williams, QB, Redskins (340 passing yards, 4 TDs)
Super Bowl XXIII

20

San Francisco 49ers
VS
Cincinnati Bengals

16

Joe Montana and his Niners returned to the promised land for the 1989 Super Bowl, where
they took on the Cincinnati Bengals in a rematch of Super Bowl XVI. San Francisco came
into Super Bowl XXIII as the clear 7-point favorite, as they had taken down the Bengals
a few years prior and sported one of the best passers in the game.

While the obvious favorites, the Niners didn’t look unbeatable at 10-6, while the Bengals
were more successful at 12-4 and had a dangerous offense that featured Boomer Esiason,
Ickey Woods and Chris Collinsworth. The 49ers held that offense largely in check, of
course, allowing it to produce just 16 points.

Those 16 points were nearly enough, as Cincinnati made enough plays on both sides of the
ball to take a 16-13 lead deep into the fourth quarter. A huge upset was on the horizon,
but a three-point lead instead created one of the greatest moments in Super Bowl
history. The man known as “Joe Cool” famously pointed out comedic actor John Candy in
the crowd and proceeded to march the 49ers 92 yards in 11 plays,
capping the drive with a game-winning touchdown to wide receiver John Taylor with just 34 seconds to go.

Bengals fans surely disagree, but the intense competition and late-game heroics easilymakes Super Bowl XXIII one of the best games in Super Bowl histor.

  • Date: January 22, 1989
  • Attendance: 75,129
  • Location: Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida
  • Super Bowl MVP: Jerry Rice, WR, 49ers (11 receptions, 215 receiving yards, 1 TD)
Super Bowl XXIV

55

San Francisco 49ers
VS
Denver Broncos

10

The 49ers (14-2) completed the league’s second obvious dynasty (Steelers were the first)
in the 1990 Super Bowl, when Joe Montana and co. repeated as champions in a blowout of
the 11-5 Denver Broncos.

Montana was involved in yet another elite quarterback duel, with John Elway on the other
side and back in the Super Bowl for the third time in his brilliant career. Elway never
stood a chance in Super Bowl XXIV, sadly, as the Broncos didn’t score a touchdown until
the third quarter in a 55-10 drubbing.

San Francisco entered as huge 12-point favorites in Super Bowl XXIV and certainly looked
the part, as they stormed to a 27-3 half-time lead. The 49ers continue to pour on the
points, as they ran to a 41-3 lead before Denver finally found the endzone. The Niners
were thoroughly dominant on both sides of the ball, as the offense produced seven scores
in a Super Bowl-record 55-point barrage. The defense was just as impressive, however,
limiting John Elway to just 108 yards passing and forcing four total turnovers.

In a game that was really never close, the story was the connection between Joe Montana
and Jerry Rice. Rice was unstoppable for the second title game in a row, as he ripped
off 148 yards and three scores on seven receptions. Montana was flat out dealing en
route to five passing touchdowns and another Super Bowl MVP award.

  • Date: January 28, 1990
  • Attendance: 72,919
  • Location: Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Super Bowl MVP: Joe Montana, QB, 49ers (297 passing yards, 5 TDs)
Super Bowl XXV

20

New York Giants
VS
Buffalo Bills

19

Super Bowl XXV still stands as one of the most competitive in Super Bowl history, and is
the only Super Bowl to be decided by just one point. The Buffalo Bills came into Super
Bowl Sunday as 7-point favorites and were in position to win late, but kicker Scott
Norwood went wide right on a 47-yard field goal that would have won the game.

While many choose to make Super Bowl XXV about Norwood’s miss, doing so takes away from
what may be the best NFL title game in Super Bowl history. The 13-3 Bills ran an
impressive offense and met their match in the 13-3 Giants, who thrived on a balanced
offense and stingy defense.

Neither side buckled and there were zero turnovers in a game that was all about
execution. Buffalo struck early with a 12-3 lead, and due to their dominant offense,
were able to stave off the Giants with a 12-10 lead at the break. New York stepper their
game up with a third quarter score, however, giving them a 17-12 lead. The Bills
responded with a touchdown to take back the lead (19-17) on a Thurman Thomas touchdown
run in the fourth quarter, only to have a Giants field goal take the lead back.

Bills running back Thurman Thomas would have undoubtedly been the Super Bowl MVP (that,
or Scott Norwood) had the Bills won, as he controlled the game with 190 total yards from
scrimmage. Norwood’s last-second kick did indeed miss, however, which handed the Giants
their second Super Bowl win under Bill Parcells and sparked a four-year Super Bowl run
for Buffalo.

  • Date: January 27, 1991
  • Attendance: 73,813
  • Location: Tampa Bay Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida
  • Super Bowl MVP: Ottis Anderson, RB, Giants (102 rushing yards, 1 TD)
Super Bowl XXVI

37

Washington Redskins
VS
Buffalo Bills

24

After being left heartbroken in the previous year’s Super Bowl, Jim Kelly and the Buffalo
Bills regrouped and charged into XXVI, giving themselves a chance at immediate
redemption. Despite playing in the Super Bowl and almost winning the year before, the
Bills (13-3) still approached Super Bowl XXVI as 7-point underdogs to the 14-2
Washington Redskins.

The Redskins, led by quarterback Mark Rypien, were the best offense in the league (485
points) during the 1991 regular season and were shooting for their third Super Bowl win
under Joe Gibbs. That proved to be a serious problem for the Bills, who endured one of
the league’s worst defenses.

That discrepancy was extremely evident early on, as the Redskins poured on 24 unanswered
points after neither team managed to score in the first quarter. Washington was up 24-0
before Buffalo finally managed a field goal in the third quarter, while the Redskins
kept adding points and led 31-10 after three quarters. The Redskins would add one more
field goal to go up 37-10, before the Bills generated two late scores.

The score made Super Bowl XXVI a little more palatable, but this was a one-sided affair
that was thoroughly dominated by the Redskins on both ends. Mark Rypien put up solid
numbers and perfectly orchestrated Washington’s balanced offense, but the real story was
Washington’s defense, which picked off Jim Kelly four times.

  • Date: January 26, 1992
  • Attendance: 63,130
  • Location: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesot
  • Super Bowl MVP: Mark Rypien, QB, Redskins (292 passing yards, 2 TDs)
Super Bowl XXVII

52

Dallas Cowboys
VS
Buffalo Bills

17

The Buffalo Bills put two consecutive Super Bowl defeats behind them in 1993, when they
became the first team in NFL history to make it to three straight Super Bowls. Despite
the feat, the 11-5 Bills entered Super Bowl XXVII as clear 6.5-point underdogs to the
more impressive 13-3 Cowboys.

Buffalo fought back Vegas initially, as Thurman Thomas scored the game’s first touchdown
to take a 7-0 lead. Dallas responded with two touchdowns and for a brief moment, Super
Bowl XXVII looked like a good one with Dallas up, 14-10. Buffalo wouldn’t last long,
however, as Troy Aikman proceeded to slay the Bills defense en route to four touchdowns
and nearly 300 yards. Buffalo would never threaten, as Dallas built a comfortable 31-10
lead before the Bills found paydirt, once more.

The Bills were technically still in the game, down 31-17 after the third quarter, but the
Cowboys put any doubt to rest with 21 fourth quarter points. While Aikman torched the
Buffalo pass defense and earned MVP honors, All-Pro running back Emmitt Smith was
arguably the catalyst for the Cowboys’ success, as he rushed for 108 yards and a score
on 22 carries.

  • Date: January 31, 1993
  • Attendance: 98,374
  • Location: Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California
  • Super Bowl MVP: Troy Aikman, QB, Cowboys (273 passing yards, 4 TDs
Super Bowl XXVIII

30

Dallas Cowboys
VS
Buffalo Bills

13

The Buffalo Bills made more history ahead of Super Bowl XXVIII, as they topped their
previous feat of appearing three consecutive Super Bowls with a fourth in the 1994 Super
Bowl. On top of their achievement, Super Bowl XXVIII was extra interesting because it
showcased a rematch of the previous year’s Super Bowl. It also marked the only time in
Super Bowl history where the same two teams met in two straight Super Bowls.

Largely due to getting blown out by Dallas the previous year, the Bills understandably
opened up Super Bowl XXVIII as 10.5-point underdogs in Vegas. Both teams were among the
best in the league again, finishing with 12-4 records. Unlike in their previous two
Super Bowls, Buffalo showed up early, controlling the game en route to a 13-6 halftime
lead.

The hopes of finally winning it all were dashed early in the second half, unfortunately,
as Thurman Thomas was stripped immediately and had a fumble returned for a score. Dallas
tied the game (13-13) on that play and never looked back. The Cowboys turned the game in
their favor with 14 points in that decisive third quarter and rode two Emmitt Smith
scores to a 30-13 win and back-to-back NFL championships.

  • Date: January 30, 1994
  • Attendance: 72,817
  • Location: Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Super Bowl MVP: Emmitt Smith, RB, Cowboys (132 rushing yards, 2 TDs)
Super Bowl XXIX

49

San Francisco 49ers
VS
San Diego Chargers

26

The San Francisco 49ers returned to Super Bowl relevancy in 1995 following a four-year
absence from the big game. The franchise traded away Joe Montana and opted to roll with
the younger Steve Young, who responded with a career year behind a 13-3 49ers record.
The Niners were the class of the NFC during the 1994 regular season and met the 11-5
Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX.

There were some skeptics in regards to the left-handed Young’s ability to fully replace
the departed Montana, but that doubt didn’t cloud Vegas, which backed the Niners with
the biggest spread in Super Bowl history (-18.5).

A high-powered 49ers offense was up to the challenge, as San Francisco struck first with
a 44-yard touchdown from Jerry Rice, and added a Ricky Watters score to go up, 14-0.
Stan Humphries got the Chargers back into the game with running back Natrone Means
plowing in from a yard away, but San Diego would never get that close again. Steve Young
proceeded to silence all of his critics with the game of his life, as he tossed a Super
Bowl record six touchdown passes during a 49-26 demolition.

San Diego helped to keep the game interesting late, as they put up 16 points in the final
two quarters. The game was long over by the time they tacked on their final points,
however, as the Niners had built an insurmountable 42-10 lead after the first three
stanzas.

  • Date: January 29, 1995
  • Attendance: 74,107
  • Location: Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida
  • Super Bowl MVP: Steve Young, QB, 49ers (325 passing yards, 6 TDs
Super Bowl XXX

27

Dallas Cowboys
VS
Pittsburgh Steelers

17

After a year away from the Super Bowl, the Dallas Cowboys (12-4) returned to the promised
land when they met up with the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5) in Super Bowl XXX. College
football coach Barry Switzer took over for a departed Jimmy Johnson and went up against
long-time Steelers coach, Bill Cowher, reigniting a Super Bowl rivalry. The meeting
marked the third time the two sides clashed in the NFL’s biggest game.

Both sides had history on the horizon, with a shot at tying the San Francisco 49ers for
most Super Bowl wins (5) on the line. Despite all of the intrigue, Vegas didn’t see this
game as a close call, with Dallas sporting a -13.5 spread advantage.

The Cowboys didn’t end up making good on that spread, of course, as they opened up a
convincing 13-0 lead, but allowed the Steelers back into the game. Dallas took a 20-7
lead into the final quarter, but two scoring drives by Steelers quarterback Neil
O’Donnell kept Pittsburgh in the game until the final moments.

It wasn’t until the fourth quarter when the game was decided, as cornerback Larry Brown
nabbed his second interception of the game to prevent the Steelers from taking the lead.
Emmitt Smith plunged in for a short score with just over three minutes to go and Dallas
hung on to win from there, 27-17. Brown would later be announced as the first cornerback
to win Super Bowl MVP and Dallas would become the first team in league history to win
the Super Bowl in three out of four seasons.

  • Date: January 28, 1996
  • Attendance: 76,347
  • Location: Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona
  • Super Bowl MVP: Larry Brown, CB, Cowboys (2 interceptions)
Super Bowl XXXI

35

Green Bay Packers
VS
New England Patriots

21

The first NFL team to ever win a Super Bowl finally made it back to the big game in 1997,
as young gunslinger Brett Favre pushed the Packers to a 13-3 record and their first
Super Bowl appearance in 30 years. Green Bay faced off with the 13-3 Patriots, who like
the Packers rose from the ashes with former champion Bill Parcells at the helm.

Super Bowl XXXI favored Green Bay by a whopping 14 points, which ultimately provided a
push due to the 35-21 Packers win. The game was wide open throughout, however, as the
Patriots rushed out to a 14-10 lead in the first quarter. Green Bay did respond with a
17-point second quarter to take a convincing 27-14 lead at the break, but Drew Bledsoe
led one last scoring drive that put heat on the Packers and got the Pats within six
points.

Desmond Howard stole the show before the third quarter drew to a close, as he returned a
New England kick 99 yards for a score to help the Packers go up, 35-21. Neither team
would score in the final quarter, while New England managed to keep Green Bay’s offense
off the scoreboard for the entire second half. The Super Bowl marked Green Bay’s third
in league history and handed the Patriots their second defeat in as many games.

  • Date: January 26, 1997
  • Attendance: 72,301
  • Location: Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Super Bowl MVP: Desmond Howard, KR, Packers (99-yard kick return TD)
Super Bowl XXXII

31

Denver Broncos
VS
Green Bay Packers

24

Brett Favre brought the Packers back to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row in
1998, as Green Bay again went 13-3 and remained the class of the NFC. The Packers
entered Super Bowl XXXII against an aged John Elway, who helped the 12-4 Broncos back to
the league’s title game for an impressive fourth time.

Green Bay came into the Super Bowl as the easy favorites for the second year in a row,
this time sporting an 11-point spread in Vegas. The Packers struck immediately with a
7-0 lead, but due to turnovers fell into a 17-7 hole. Green Bay was able to respond just
before the half, cutting the Broncos lead to 17-14. Green Bay later managed to tie the
game twice (17-17 and 24-24), but would never lead again.

The Broncos leaned hard on star running back Terrell Davis, who carved up Green Bay’s tiring defense to the tune of 157 rushing yards and three scores. John Elway was largely held in check through the air, but came up big late in the game with his famous
helicopter dive
.

Favre and the Packers drove down the field with time running out and down 31-24, but a fourth down attempt fell incomplete and Denver was crowned a Super Bowl champion for the first time in their franchise’s history.

  • Date: January 25, 1998
  • Attendance: 68,912
  • Location: Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California
  • Super Bowl MVP: Terrell Davis, RB, Broncos (157 rushing yards, 3 TDs)
Super Bowl XXXIII

34

Denver Broncos
VS
Atlanta Falcons

19

John Elway and Terrell Davis teamed up yet again in 1999, when they pushed the Broncos to
a second straight Super Bowl and the franchise’s fifth, overall. Awaiting in Super Bowl
XXXIII were the Atlanta Falcons, who reached the league’s title game for the first time
in franchise history. Falcons head coach Dan Reeves would be taking on his former team,
having coached the Broncos from 1981-1992.

Atlanta looked mighty impressive during a 14-2 run through the NFC, but Vegas backed the
Broncos with a 7.5-point spread. Denver was equally impressive during the 1998 regular
season, as they also went 14-2 and had won the Super Bowl the previous season.

While Denver’s previous Super Bowl win was all about running back Terrell Davis, John
Elway took a much more active role in his second title, as he shredded the Falcons to
the tune of 336 yards and a touchdown through the air. In what would ultimately be his
final NFL game, Elway also found his way to a second score on the ground.

Atlanta was paced by stud rusher Jamal Anderson and veteran quarterback Chris Chandler,
but their potent offense never took flight against a good Broncos defense. Denver
stormed out to a 17-6 halftime lead and really never looked back, as they tacked on two
more scores in the fourth quarter to ice the game at 31-6. Kick returner Tim Dwight
offered a mild cause for pause with a 94-yard kick return for a score in the final
stanza, but a Broncos field goal quieted the mild comeback and the Broncos held on for a
34-19 win.

  • Date: January 31, 1999
  • Attendance: 74,803
  • Location: Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida
  • Super Bowl MVP: John Elway, QB, Broncos (336 passing yards, 2 TDs)
Super Bowl XXXIV

23

St. Louis Rams
VS
Tennessee Titans

16

NFL fans got another instant classic in 2000, as the Rams and Titans worked together to
produce a gem of a Super Bowl at the turn of the millennium. Kurt Warner went from
grocery store worker to NFL quarterback in the blink of an eye, as he directed the
“Greatest Show on Turf” to a 13-3 record. The Rams went into their second ever Super
Bowl preparing for the Titans, who also went 13-3, but made it to the title game out of
the wild card round.

Vegas spotted the Rams a 7-point spread due to their high-powered offense, and due to
such a hotly contested game, that ended up making for a push. St. Louis was able to move
the ball at will in Super Bowl XXXIV, but Kurt Warner and co. struggled their way to a
9-0 lead at the half.

The Titans, powered by running back Eddie George, clawed their way back into the game
with their first score in the third quarter, but still trailed 16-6 going into the
fourth. Tennessee tightened up defensively and held the Rams in check for much of the
fourth quarter, however, which allowed the Titans to notch the score, 16-16 with just
over two minutes to go. Kurt Warner quickly responded with a clutch 73-yard scoring
strike to speedy receiver Isaac Bruce, which provided the final score, 23-16.

While those were the final points, the game was still set up for a classic finish, as
Titans quarterback Steve McNair directed his offense down the field with under two
minutes to go. As the clock ticked away, McNair found wide receiver Kevin Dyson across
the field, but he was
tackled one-yard away from scoring as he reached for the endzone.

Without a doubt one of the most iconic plays in any Super Bowl, the play went on to be
dubbed “The Tackle” and contributed to Super Bowl XXXIV going down as one of the best
Super Bowls ever. Rams linebacker Mike Jones’ clutch tackle prevented two potentially
historic achievements – a team scoring on the last play of a Super Bowl and a Super Bowl
going to overtime.

With the win, the Rams scored their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history, while
63-year old head coach Dick Vermeil became the oldest coach to win the big game.

  • Date: January 30, 2000
  • Attendance: 72,625
  • Location: Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Super Bowl MVP: Kurt Warner, QB, Rams (414 passing yards, 2 TDs)
Super Bowl XXXV

34

Baltimore Ravens
VS
New York Giants

7

A year after the league saw one of the most explosive offenses in history enter the big
game, arguably the stingiest defense in history entered the promised land. The Baltimore
Ravens, fueled by elite linebacker Ray Lewis, went 12-4 and reached their first ever
Super Bowl.

Note

Technically this is yet another Super Bowl appearance for the Baltimore Colts, but
the
Ravens were moved from Cleveland (formerly the Browns) and the Indianapolis Colts
used to be
the Baltimore Colts. It’s all very confusing, but for some reason the Colts continue
to keep
Baltimore’s old history and the Ravens do, as well. Sorry, Cleveland.

The Ravens were joined by the New York Giants, who went 12-4 and were playing in their
fourth Super Bowl after winning their first three. Jim Fassel got New York back to the
league’s title game for the first time since the team won in Super Bowl XXV. The Giants
seemed like a worthy opponent after crushing a good Vikings team in the NFC title game
(41-0), and Vegas responded by only favoring the Ravens with a 3-point spread.

Baltimore made good on that spread, and then some, as the Ravens struck first by scoring
a touchdown in the first quarter and entering the half with a 10-0 advantage.
Baltimore’s elite defense controlled the game and ultimately didn’t allow the Giants
offense to score a single point. A Ron Dixon kick return for a touchdown in the third
quarter represented New York’s only score of the game, which briefly gave the team life
in a 17-7 game. The emphasis was certainly on briefly, however, as the Ravens returned
the ensuing kickoff for their own score (Jermaine Lewis) and went up 24-7. Baltimore
would tack on 10 more points in the fourth quarter, ending with a thoroughly dominant
34-7 Super Bowl win.

  • Date: January 28, 2001
  • Attendance: 71,921
  • Location: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida
  • Super Bowl MVP: Ray Lewis, LB, Ravens (5 tackles, 4 pass deflections)
Super Bowl XXXVI

20

New England Patriots
VS
St. Louis Rams

17

The 2002 Super Bowl was met with heavy hearts, as it was the Super Bowl that followed
9/11. It was only fitting that the New England Patriots would march into Super Bowl
XXXVI, and after the team stormed out onto the field as “one”, it felt like the entire
nation got behind them.

That wasn’t the case for Vegas prior to the game, of course, as the explosive Rams were massive -14 favorites and were fully expected to win. St. Louis was as good as ever offensively, and the “Greatest Show on Turf” was back in their third Super Bowl, seeking their second win in the last three years.

Things didn’t go quite as planned for the Rams, as they moved the ball at will but turned
the ball over early and fell behind, 17-3 after three quarters. Kurt Warner and co.
mounted a comeback late, however, tying the game up at 17-17 with just under two minutes
to go. The tie set up late-game heroics for Tom Brady and legendary kicker Adam
Vinatieri, as Brady drove the Patriots into good field position so Vinatieri could nail
the game-winning 48-yard field goal as time expired.

Super Bowl XXXVI had it all, as the Patriots pulled off an amazing win as a severe
underdog, the favored Rams rallied to nearly force overtime, and we got our first Super
Bowl that was won on the final score of the game. In addition, New England gave way to a
modern day dynasty, as the Patriots won their first league title in their third try.
Legendary careers for the likes of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady were created, as
well.

  • Date: February 3, 2002
  • Attendance: 72,992
  • Location: Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Super Bowl MVP: Tom Brady, QB, Patriots (145 passing yards, 1 TD)
Super Bowl XXXVII

48

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
VS
Oakland Raiders

21

History was made in Super Bowl XXXVII, as a constant NFL laughing stock – the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers – got to and won their first Super Bowl in franchise history. Super Bowl
XXXVII was especially interesting, as Jon Gruden had left the Raiders following the 2001
season and ultimately faced (and beat) the team he coached the year before.

Many great offenses and defenses had clashed in the Super Bowl to this point, but Super
Bowl XXXVII made even more history, being the first championship game to produce both
the #1 offense (Raiders) and #1 defense (Buccaneers) in the Super Bowl. Having nearly
made it to the Super Bowl the year before, the explosive Raiders entered as the -4
favorites, only to get decimated by Tampa Bay’s unforgiving defense.

Veteran quarterback Rich Gannon suffered through arguably his worst game as a pro, as he
was constantly harassed by the Buccaneers defense. Gannon was sacked five times and
threw five interceptions in a game that was never really close.

Ironically, the Raiders struck first with a field goal, but quickly saw a 3-0 lead fade
behind 34 unanswered points by the Buccaneers. Gannon’s turnovers contributed heavily to
the massive hole, as the veteran quarterback coughed up three pick-sixes on the day.
Tampa Bay built a staggering 34-3 lead before Oakland put together a mild rally in the
fourth quarter. Technically back in the game with the Buccaneers up 34-21 with just over
six minutes to spare, Gannon threw two straight interceptions that were returned for
scores and the Raiders fell, 48-21.

  • Date: January 26, 2003
  • Attendance: 67,603
  • Location: Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California
  • Super Bowl MVP: Dexter Jackson, S, Buccaneers (2 interceptions)
Super Bowl XXXVIII

32

New England Patriots
VS
Carolina Panthers

29

Tom Brady got the Patriots back to the Super Bowl for the second time in his career
(franchise’s fourth appearance) in what would be another instant classic versus the
Carolina Panthers. After winning it all just two years prior, the 14-2 Pats returned as
7-point favorites in Super Bowl XXXVIII against the 11-5 Panthers.

Carolina advanced to the first NFL title game in franchise history under head coach John
Fox and the Panthers proceeded to give the Patriots all they could handle. Hailed by
many as the “greatest” Super Bowl of all-time, Super Bowl XXXVIII lived up to the hype
with 24 total points scored in the second quarter and a Super Bowl record 37 total
points accrued in the final quarter.

Neither team could get on the scoreboard in an intense first quarter of action, while the
two combined for 24 points in a matter of three minutes prior to halftime. Neither side
mustered a score again in an intense third quarter, with New England nursing a 14-10
lead going into the fourth quarter. The Patriots seemed to gain control at the start of
the fourth, when touchdown gave them a 21-10 lead. Carolina refused to go away, however,
as they scored 12 unanswered points (two touchdowns), but failed to convert two separate
2-point conversions. Those two points ended up being quite key in the closing
seconds.

New England responded with a touchdown of their own with just under three minutes to go,
going up 29-22 after making good on a 2-point conversion of their own. The Panthers then
tied the game with just over a minute to go (29-29), setting up one last drive for Tom
Brady and the Pats.

Brady was cool and collected in the clutch, as he drove New England down the field to
help set up a 41-yard field goal attempt by Adam Vinatieri. Like he did two years
before, Vinatieri nailed the field goal, giving the Patriots their second Super Bowl
title by just three points. The clutch kick also gave the NFL just it’s second ever
Super Bowl to end with a game-deciding score.

  • Date: February 1, 2004
  • Attendance: 71,525
  • Location: Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas
  • Super Bowl MVP: Tom Brady, QB, Patriots (354 passing yards, 3 TDs)
Super Bowl XXXIX

24

New England Patriots
VS
Philadelphia Eagles

21

New England tied the Dallas Cowboys in 2005, as the only teams in league history to reach
the Super Bowl three times in a four-year window. Tom Brady and the Patriots stormed
through the league at 14-2 and entered Super Bowl XXXIX as 7-point favorites to repeat
as world champions.

The Patriots had yet another tough challenge on their hands, of course, as the 13-3
Eagles were led by explosive duo, Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens. This Super Bowl is
famous for T.O. returning from a bad ankle injury to enjoy a huge outing (9 catches, 122
yards), as well as Eagles quarterback McNabb vomiting on the field late in the game.

While McNabb had a rough patch during this game, he was still borderline sensational at
times, as he topped 350 passing yards and three scores through the air. McNabb was also
at fault, however, as he turned the ball over three times in what was one of the most
hotly contested title games in NFL history.

After no scoring by either side in the first quarter, both teams got the ball rolling in
the third quarter and went into the break tied at 7-7. Both teams again added touchdowns
in the third quarter, setting up an intense final stanza at 14-14. New England pulled
away from there to prevent anymore clutch Adam Vinatieri moments, however, as they
tacked on 10 more points to take a 24-14 lead late in the game.

Philadelphia added a final score to keep things interesting (24-12) with just under two
minutes to go. After forcing the Patriots to punt, the Eagles had one last gasp with 46
seconds left, but saw their final drive end in McNabb’s third interception of the
game.

  • Date: February 6, 2005
  • Attendance: 78,125
  • Location: Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Super Bowl MVP: Deion Branch, WR, Patriots (11 receptions, 133 receiving yards)
Super Bowl XL

21

Pittsburgh Steelers
VS
Seattle Seahawks

10

One of the most controversial NFL title games played out in Super Bowl XL, where the
Seattle Seahawks reached their first title game to face the Steelers, who became the
first ever #6 seed to win the big game.

The Steelers, shooting to tie the 49ers and Cowboys with their 5th Super Bowl title,
entered Super Bowl XL as 4-point favorites after going 11-5 during the 2005 NFL regular
season. Seattle, led by Super Bowl-winning head coach Mike Holmgren, paced the NFC with
a 13-3 mark and were regarded as viable threats to snag the title.

Super Bowl XL was competitive throughout, with Seattle striking first with a 3-0 lead and
the Steelers tacking on a second quarter score to lead 7-3 at the break. The game was
light on scoring, but was broken open when Steelers running back popped off a 75-yard
touchdown run. A 14-3 lead in the third quarter of a defensive battle seemed
insurmountable, but Seattle quickly responded with a score of their own and cut
Pittsburgh’s lead to 14-10 going into the final quarter.

The Steelers took back control of the game mid-way through the fourth quarter on a trick
play, as wide receiver Antwaan Randle El tossed a 43-yard scoring strike to eventual
Super Bowl MVP, Hines Ward. The Seahawks were unable to provide a rebuttal over the
game’s final 8+ minutes and lost, 21-10.

While the Steelers emerged with the win in 2006, this game is marred by numerous
questionable calls. There were some erroneous calls on both sides, but many critics felt
the Seahawks specifically got the short end of the officiating stick. Of the many
suggested errors, Seattle is said to have been hurt by two separate pass interference
calls – one which nullified a first quarter touchdown.

Super Bowl XL certainly carries some baggage due to the questionable officiating, but the
Steelers still closed out the game with bigger plays, successfully tying the Niners and
Cowboys for an NFL record 5 Lombardi Trophies.

  • Date: February 5, 2006
  • Attendance: 68,206
  • Location: Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan
  • Super Bowl MVP: Hines Ward, WR, Steelers (5 receptions, 123 receiving yards, 1 TD)
Super Bowl XLI

29

Indianapolis Colts
VS
Chicago Bears

17

Super Bowl XLI got the Colts back into the big game, with future Hall of Fame quarterback
Peyton Manning finally reaching the league’s title game. Manning had forever been known
as a prolific passer, but had continuously come up short during the playoffs. The 2007
post-season changed that, while also marking the return of the Chicago Bears in the
Super Bowl. Chicago hadn’t been back to the Super Bowl since winning it all in 1985.

The Bears without a doubt had a better defense and an explosive special teams unit, but
due to Manning and a high-powered offense, the Colts entered Super Bowl XLI as logical
7-point favorites. Indy ended up making good on that spread, while Manning would secure
MVP honors in a Super Bowl that featured rainy conditions (the first Super Bowl with
such weather).

It wasn’t all roses initially for the Colts, as Indianapolis started slowly and fell
behind the Bears, 14-6. Devin Hester started Super Bowl XLI off in style, returning the
opening kickoff 92 yards for a score. That return handed the Bears the fastest score to
start any Super Bowl in league history (at the time), while a Rex Grossman score helped
the Bears stay up by 8 after one quarter.

Rex Grossman crumbled like many expected he would from there, unfortunately, as the Bears
got outscored 23-3 the rest of the way. The game was still tight throughout, as Grossman
had the Bears marching and within striking distance, down 22-17 in the final quarter.
Grossman couldn’t come through in the clutch, however, as he tossed his second
interception of the game, which was returned 56 yards for a touchdown to give the Colts
the lead for good, 29-17.

  • Date: February 4, 2007
  • Attendance: 74,512
  • Location: Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida
  • Super Bowl MVP: Peyton Manning, QB, Colts (247 passing yards, 1 TD)
Super Bowl XLII

17

New York Giants
VS
New England Patriots

14

The Patriots made a fierce run at history during the 2008 Super Bowl, as they marched
into Super Bowl XLII as big 12-point favorites after going 16-0 during the NFL regular
season. The Patriots would be appearing in their fourth Super Bowl in the Bill
Belichick/Tom Brady era and sixth in franchise history.

As formidable as the Patriots looked, the New York Giants (10-6) boasted one of the
league’s best defenses and knew they could hang with the Patriots after narrowly losing
to them in the regular season finale, 38-35. Super Bowl XLII wouldn’t produce nearly as
many points as that regular season contest, but it didn’t leave fans short on thrilling,
iconic moments.

New York’s elite pass rush, fueled by Michael Strahan, racked up five sacks and held New
England’s offense in check for most of the contest. New York struck first in the first
quarter (3-0), with the Patriots answering in the second quarter to take a 7-3 lead into
the break. Neither team managed a score in the third quarter, while the Giants scored
their first touchdown of the game with just over 11 minutes to go in the game, taking a
10-7 lead.

Brady and the Patriots responded shortly after with a long scoring drive that ended with
a Randy Moss touchdown catch. That score put the Patriots up 14-10 with just under three
minutes to go and appeared to be the deciding score.

Eli Manning stepped up his game in the final moments, however, creating one of the
greatest Super Bowl moments in history when he evaded a sack and heaved a desperation
toss, which wide receiver David Tyree famously caught by pinning the ball to his helmet
as he fell to the ground.

Moments later, Manning tossed a beautiful fade pass to Plaxico Burress to take a 17-14
lead. New England attempted to get into field goal position with just 34 ticks on the
clock, but didn’t accrue a single yard as they turned the ball over on downs.

The Giants wins went down as arguably the biggest upset in Super Bowl history, while it
gave New York their third Super Bowl title and dropped the Patriots to 3-3 in the big
game. Super Bowl XLII was also historic when it came to seeding, as New York became the
first #6 seed out of the NFC to win the big game.

  • Date: February 3, 2008
  • Attendance: 71,101
  • Location: University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
  • Super Bowl MVP: Eli Manning, QB, Giants (255 passing yards, 2 TDs)
Super Bowl XLIII

27

Pittsburgh Steelers
VS
Arizona Cardinals

23

NFL fans witnessed some interesting Super Bowl history in 2009, as Kurt Warner
quarterbacked his second different team to the NFL title game and also got the Arizona
Cardinals to their first Super Bowl in franchise history. More history was made on the
other side, as well, as the Steelers won their NFL record 6th Super Bowl.

Arizona was a surprise entrant into the Super Bowl at just 9-7, but a potent offense made
them a viable contender. Vegas noted Warner’s experience and Arizona’s offensive upside
and only sported Pittsburgh with a 7-point advantage in the Super Bowl betting spread.
The Steelers failed to cover that spread, however, in what is without a doubt one of the
better Super Bowl games in league history.

Both teams came to play in Super Bowl XLIII, as the Steelers jumped out to a 10-0 lead,
only to be answered with a Cardinals touchdown and a long drive just before halftime.
However, with Arizona down 10-7 and threatening to take the lead before the break,
Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison made an iconic play by intercepting Kurt Warner in
the end-zone and returning the ball 100 yards to put the Steelers up, 17-7 at the
half.

The game appeared to be in Pittsburgh’s control from there, as the Cardinals went
scoreless in the third quarter and were staring up at a 20-7 hole going into the fourth
quarter. Arizona refused to give up, however, as Kurt Warner connected with Larry
Fitzgerald on two scores in the final eight minutes. Those scores, combined with an
Arizona safety, gave the Cardinals a shocking 23-20 lead with just under three minutes
to pare.

Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers were not about to be outdone, of course, as they
marched 78 yards on eight plays to snag the deciding score. Big Ben proved to be clutch
in every way on that final drive, which ended with a beautifully placed touchdown to
wide receiver, Santonio Holmes. Super Bowl XLIII did end in mild controversy, as Kurt
Warner drove the Cardinals to the Steelers 44-yard line and with 15 seconds left, lost a
fumble. Some fans speculated that the “fumble” was actually an incomplete pass and
Arizona should have been able to keep the ball.

Regardless of any potential controversy, the Steelers ended the game in heroic fashion,
claiming their 6th Lombardi Trophy.

  • Date: February 1, 2009
  • Attendance: 70,774
  • Location: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida
  • Super Bowl MVP: Santonio Holmes, WR, Steelers (9 receptions, 131 receiving yards, 1 TD)
Super Bowl XLIV

31

New Orleans Saints
VS
Indianapolis Colts

17

Another historic moment went down in Super Bowl XLIV, as the 13-3 New Orleans Saints
reached the promised land for the first time in franchise history. On the other side was
future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, who helped his 14-2 Colts get back to
the Super Bowl for the second time (4th in franchise history).

Having won a Super Bowl just three seasons ago, the experienced and explosive Colts
unsurprisingly entered Super Bowl XLIV as 5-point favorites. Indianapolis initially made
good on their Vegas backing, as they jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and
held on for a 10-6 lead at the break.

The Saints took the game over with a surprise onside kick to start the second half,
however, and immediately took a 13-10 lead. The game stayed competitive throughout the
first three quarters, with the Colts taking a 17-13 lead on a short Joseph Addai
touchdown run. New Orleans scored the rest of the points, however, as they added a field
goal to pull within one point (17-16) to close out the third quarter, while a Jeremy
Shockey touchdown catch put them ahead for good (24-17) with just over five minutes to
go.

The Colts weren’t quite out of it yet, as Peyton Manning marched Indianapolis down the
field on the next drive, getting all the way to the Saints’ 26-yard line with just over
three minutes to go. Manning committed a fatal error, however, as Tracy Porter stepped
in front of a pass and returned it 74 yards for the game’s final points and a 31-17
win.

  • Date: February 7, 2010
  • Attendance: 74,059
  • Location: Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida
  • Super Bowl MVP: Drew Brees, QB, Saints (288 passing yards, 2 TDs)
Super Bowl XLV

31

Green Bay Packers
VS
Pittsburgh Steelers

25

The Green Bay Packers got back to the Super Bowl in 2011, reaching the NFL’s championship
game for the first time since 1998. Thirteen years later it was Aaron Rodgers leading
the green and gold, as the 10-6 Packers advanced to Super Bowl XLV as a #6 seed wild
card team.

Waiting in Super Bowl XLV were the Steelers, who went 12-4 during the 2010 regular season
and made their way to a record 8th Super Bowl. The Packers entered as mild 3-point
favorites, as they aimed for their fourth Lombardi Trophy and the Steelers attempted to
extend their record six Super Bowl wins to seven.

It was all Green Bay to get Super Bowl XLV started, as Aaron Rodgers connected with Jordy
Nelson early and Nick Collins returned a Ben Roethlisberger interception to the house
for a 14-0 lead. The Packers added another score to go up 21-3 before the Steelers
scored their first touchdown of the game, cutting Green Bay’s lead to 21-10 at the
break.

Big Ben and the Steelers got back into the game in the third quarter, when Rashard
Mendenhall scored the only points of the third quarter and sent a tight 21-17 game into
the final stanza. Green Bay was unflappable, however, as they responded with a quick
score early in the fourth quarter, going up, 28-17. Pittsburgh scored again on a Mike
Wallace touchdown, tightening things up at 28-25, while a Mason Crosby field goal with
just two minutes to go put the Steelers down six.

Ben Roethlisberger had one last chance to pull out the win, but the Packers defense held
firm and forced the Steelers to turn the ball over on downs. Green Bay ran out the clock
to hold on for the 31-25 win in a game in which they never trailed.

  • Date: February 6, 2011
  • Attendance: 103,219
  • Location: Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas
  • Super Bowl MVP: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers (304 passing yards, 3 TDs)
Super Bowl XLVI

21

New York Giants
VS
New England Patriots

17

Fans got a Super Bowl rematch in Super Bowl XLVI, as the Giants and Patriots both made it
back to the big game to repeat the same matchup fans saw just four years earlier. New
England wasn’t going for a perfect 19-0 this time around, but Tom Brady still got the
Patriots through a stellar 13-3 season. New England entered Super Bowl XLVI as the ever
so mild 2.5-point favorites over the 9-7 Giants.

New York went on a wild run to get to the Super Bowl and they followed it up by
dominating the game early on. The Giants scored 9 points in the first quarter and held
the Patriots scoreless for the first 17 minutes of the game. New England did bounce back
with 10 points in the second quarter, however, as they marched into halftime with a 10-9
lead.

It looked for a brief moment as if the Patriots would exorcise their demons and take down
the Giants in their second Super Bowl meeting, as Tom Brady connected with Aaron
Hernandez to take a 17-9 lead in the third quarter. The Patriots wouldn’t score again,
however, as New England kicked two field goals to pull within one point and then ran the
ball in for a 21-17 lead with just under a minute remaining.

New England had one last gasp on their final drive, as Tom Brady hurled a Hail Mary throw
down the field, which narrowly missed tight end Rob Gronkowski’s outstretched arms. The
loss dropped the Patriots to 3-4 in the big game, while the Giants earned their fourth
Lombardi Trophy in franchise history.

  • Date: February 5, 2012
  • Attendance: 68,658
  • Location: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indian
  • Super Bowl MVP: Eli Manning, QB, Giants (296 passing yards, 1 TD)
Super Bowl XLVII

34

Baltimore Ravens
VS
San Francisco 49ers

31

The Ravens and 49ers battled it out in one of the stranger Super Bowls in league
history, as two elite defenses allowed a combined 64 points. In addition, Super
Bowl XLVII featured the first game where two brothers – Jim and John Harbaugh –
coached against each other.

The 10-6 Ravens entered as the underdogs to the 11-4-1 49ers, who were awarded a
4-point spread by Vegas. Baltimore was able to flip the script on those Super
Bowl odds, however, as they ran out to a 28-6 lead and held on for the 34-31
win.

Super Bowl XLVII wasn’t quite that cut and dry, of course. Following the 28-6
lead by the Ravens, the Superdome experienced a temporary blackout that caused a
delay. Once the game resumed, the 49ers appeared revitalized and ripped off 17
unanswered points to climb back into the game.

The 49ers continued their comeback in the fourth quarter, when dual threat
quarterback Colin Kaepernick ran in a 15-yard touchdown to get the Niners within
two points (31-29). The score stayed that way due to a failed 2-point
conversion, while the Ravens added a field goal with just over four minutes to
go to give Baltimore a 34-29 lead.

Kaepernick responded with another drive, getting the Niners to Baltimore’s
five-yard line before failing to convert on a final fourth down play. The Ravens
proceeded to run out the clock until choosing to take a safety in the back of
their endzone. Ted Ginn’s last hasp during a safety free kick went 31 yards, but
didn’t end in a score. With the Baltimore win, the Ravens earned their second
Super Bowl in the Ray Lewis era and also handed the 49ers their first Super Bowl
loss in franchise history.

  • Date: February 3, 2013
  • Attendance: 71,024
  • Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Super Bowl MVP: Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens (287 passing yards, 3 TDs)
Super Bowl XLVIII

43

Seattle Seahawks
VS
Denver Broncos

8

One of the more hyped Super Bowls in league history went down in 2014, when the
league’s top offense (Denver) faced off with the league’s top defense (Seattle).
The Broncos entered Super Bowl XLVIII as mild 2-point favorites, and many were
expecting a potential shootout between Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson.

That wasn’t to be, as Denver gave up a safety on the first play of the game
(fastest score to start a Super Bowl) and fell into a 22-0 hole at halftime.
Denver’s offense couldn’t get anything going for much of the first three
quarters, as Seattle built an insurmountable 35-0 lead before the Broncos
finally scored.

Denver’s third quarter touchdown proved to be their only score of the game, as
Seattle added one more touchdown in the final quarter to complete the
demolition, 43-8. Seattle made history in this one, as the Seahawks nabbed their
franchise’s first ever Lombardi Trophy in just their second try, while the
Seahawks also provided Super Bowl history with its widest margin of victory by
an underdog.

  • Date: February 2, 2014
  • Attendance: 82,529
  • Location: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey
  • Super Bowl MVP: Malcolm Smith, LB, Seahawks (9 tackles, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery,1 TD)
Super Bowl XLIX

28

New England Patriots
VS
Seattle Seahawks

24

Seattle aimed for a repeat in the 2015 Super Bowl, as the Seahawks went 12-4 and
got back to the league’s title game for the second year in a row. Despite
winning decidingly the year before and again boasting one of the best defenses
in the league, the Seahawks were not favored. Instead, Super Bowl XLIX was a
true “pick’em” game, with the 12-4 Patriots also not being favored.

Super Bowl XLIX lived up to its “toss up” label, as Tom Brady shredded a good
Seattle secondary for over 300 yards and four scores. As good as Brady was, a
win was in doubt for the Patriots for their third Super Bowl in a row. After
both sides battled to a tight 14-14 tie at halftime, the game appeared to be
moving in favor of Seattle, who scored 10 straight points in the third quarter
to take a 24-14 lead into the final quarter.

Brady and company responded with their backs against the wall, as the Patriots
mounted two 60+ yard scoring drives within the final eight minutes to take back
the lead. As back and forth as the game was, Super Bowl XLIX will forever be
remembered for its final play.

Seattle responded to New England’s heroic comeback with a rally of their own, as they marched all the way to the Patriots’ 1-yard line and threatened to steal the win. The Seahawks, who owed much of their success to a mashing Marshawn Lynch (102 yards on the ground) then
inexplicably threw a slant pass. New England cornerback Malcolm Butler anticipated the play, as he jumped in front of the pass to intercept it. The Patriots were able to run out the clock from there, giving the Patriots a fourth Super Bowl win in their franchise’s history.

  • Date: February 1, 2015
  • Attendance: 70,288
  • Location: University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
  • Super Bowl MVP: Tom Brady, QB, Patriots (328 passing yards, 4 TDs)
Super Bowl 50

24

Denver Broncos
VS
Carolina Panthers

10

NFL fans were handed another upset special in the 2016 Super Bowl, which became
the first Super Bowl to intentionally drop the roman numerals and taken on the
Super Bowl 50 moniker. Super Bowl L featured a meeting between the top offense
in the league (Carolina), as well as the best defense in the league
(Denver).

Despite history suggesting defenses tend to win championships, Vegas sided with
the 15-1 Panthers and league MVP Cam Newton. Carolina held a -5.5 advantage
going into Super Bowl L, as most experts didn’t think a regressing Peyton
Manning could lift the 12-4 Broncos to a title.

The experts were dead wrong, as the Broncos controlled this game throughout.
Denver scored the game’s first 10 points as the Broncos defense harassed Newton
and the Panthers from the very start. Carolina did keep things interesting
initially, as they scored in the second quarter to cut Denver’s lead to just
13-7 at the break.

The Broncos didn’t play a pretty game on offense, but they played conservatively
and allowed their defense to control the game. Denver tacked on a field goal in
the third quarter to extend their lead to 16-7, while the Panthers again fought
to stay in the game by adding a field goal to cut Denver’s lead to 16-10 early
in the fourth quarter.

That is as close as the Panthers would ever get, as Cam Newton lost a fumble with
just over three minutes to go and Denver punched in a short touchdown run to
score the game’s final points.

  • Date: February 7, 2016
  • Attendance: 71,088
  • Location: Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California
  • Super Bowl MVP: Von Miller, LB, Broncos (2.5 sacks)
Super Bowl LI

34

New England Patriots
VS
Atlanta Falcons

28

The final score of Super Bowl 51 can be deceiving at first
glance, as Tom Brady and company’s historic fifth Super Bowl
title didn’t come in a tight contest. Instead, Brady and the
Pats struggled mightily through the first three quarters against
Dan Quinn’s fast Falcons defense, and found themselves in an
unforgivable 28-3 hole late in the game.

Getting to that point was half the battle, of course, as
these two offensive juggernauts took a 59.5 projected Total into
Super Bowl LI, yet through the first quarter were completely
scoreless on both sides.

Atlanta Falcons star running back Devonta Freeman started the
scoring off with an easy touchdown run in the second quarter,
while a second Falcons score followed a costly fumble by
Patriots running back, LeGarrette Blount. Blount’s huge mistake
led to a decreased role in New England’s offense from that point
on, which later would prove to be an arguable turning point for
the Pats.

Before New England could redeem themselves, of course, the
onslaught by the Falcons continued, with Brady again driving the
Pats deep into Atlanta’s side of the field before Brady tossed a
costly interception that Robert Alford returned for a score.

Suddenly down 21-0 and facing an uphill battle, New England
sucked it up and tacked on a field goal before the break. The
14-0 hole was already going to pit the Patriots against history,
as to that point the largest comeback in Super Bowl history had
been just 10 points.

New England received the football after the break but
couldn’t muster a score, giving way to yet another Falcons
touchdown and a 28-3 lead that had many thinking we were
watching a blowout.

As bleak as it looked, Brady and co. dug in and got their
first touchdown of the game before the end of a third quarter,
while a missed Stephen Gostkowski extra point defined New
England’s night to that point, leaving the game at 28-9 entering
the final period.

Few figured New England could even make it a game again – let
alone mount a furious comeback – but the Pats kept trucking on,
halting the Falcons on their next possession due to an effective
third down pass rush. New England methodically drove down the
field and adding a second field goal, making Super Bowl 51 a
two-score game.

New England’s top-ranked scoring defense stepped up yet again
on Atlanta’s next drive, as Dont’a Hightower strip-sacked league
MVP Matt Ryan, giving the Pats amazing field position. Brady led
New England on their second touchdown drive and converted a
two-point conversion to get the Pats back within one score.

Just like that, with over five minutes to go, a blowout
turned into a battle of wits.

Atlanta responded with a nice drive – as well as an
amazing
reception by stud wide receiver Julio Jones
– that looked to
put the Falcons in field goal position. Atlanta was set up to
ice the game, but a holding penalty and crucial sack pushed the
Falcons out of Matt Bryant’s kicking range and forced the
Falcons to punt.

Tom Brady made all the right throws and a
crazy
circus catch by Julian Edelman
granted New England just the
right amount of magic as they drove 91 yards for a score. A
Brady pass to Danny Amendola on the two-point conversion tied
the game up at 28-all, effectively giving NFL fans their first
ever overtime thriller in Super Bowl history.

New England won the coin toss and wasted no time working
their way down the field, while running back James White punched
in his third score of the day to give the Pats the win in
without a doubt the most chaotic Super Bowl of all-time.

History was made across the board in Super Bowl LI, with 30
total records being broken, including single-game passing yards
(Brady – 466), single-game receptions (White – 14) and biggest
comeback (25 points).

On top of being the largest Super Bowl comeback and first
Super Bowl overtime game, New England’s unthinkable rally also
went down as the first comeback in any NFL playoff game from 19+
points down after three quarters. It was a regrettable day for
Falcons fans, but New England tacked on even more history, as
Tom Brady and Bill Belichick nabbed their fifth Lombardi
Trophies each, the most ever for a head coach and quarterback.

  • Date: February 5, 2017
  • Attendance: 70,807
  • Location: NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
  • Super Bowl MVP: Tom Brady, QB, Patriots (466 passing yards, 2 TDs)
Super Bowl LII

41

Philadelphia Eagles
VS
New England Patriots

33

The 13-3 New England Patriots claimed their fifth Lombardi
Trophy in dramatic fashion in Super Bowl 51 and not long into
Super Bowl 52, it was apparent they’d need a similar performance
to net their sixth.

Tom Brady and company were certainly up to the task, as they battled
back relentlessly despite falling in an early 15-3 hole against the
underdog Philadelphia Eagles (13-3).

Nick Foles led the Eagles (+4.5) to a hot start, as they put a field goal on
the board to score the first points of Super Bowl 52. New England quickly
responded with a score of their own, tying things up after a 67-yard drive, 3-3.

Philly took over from there, as Foles fired a 34-yard touchdown pass to
Alshon Jeffery for the game’s first touchdown. The Eagles would tack on another
field goal for a 15-3 lead, a margin that would end up being the largest of the
game.

The Patriots had little trouble moving the ball against the vaunted Eagles
defense, as they responded with two straight scoring drives. The first drive
ended in a 45-yard boot from Stephen Gostkowski, with the second culminating in
a 26-yard touchdown jaunt by James White.

Gostkowski’s missed extra point kept the Pats from cutting the deficit to
just two points, while the Eagles created a 10-point gap right before the break.
That came via an unlikely source, with Nick Foles hauling in a touchdown catch
from tight end Trey Burton on a radical trick play on fourth and goal.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson’s gutsy call to close the half not only gave
the Eagles a strong lead going into halftime, but was a perfect example of how
Philly approached the entire game.

New England received the kickoff after the break and wasted no time getting
back into the game, as Tom Brady marched the Patriots 75 yards for a score.
Brady connected with stud tight end Rob Gronkowski on a short touchdown, being
sure to get his top target involved after a sluggish start in the first half.

Philly again responded, keeping New England at bay with a touchdown drive of
their own. Nick Foles was majestic in the process, this time firing an
impossible throw to backup running back, Corey Clement.

The score gave the Eagles a 29-19 advantage, with just over seven minutes to
go in the third quarter. New England came back with another touchdown, as Tom
Brady refused to quit and connected on a 26-yard dart to wide receiver Chris
Hogan.

The Eagles drove again on their next possession at the start of the fourth
quarter, when the game suddenly started to turn back into New England’s favor.
Despite another deep drive, the Eagles stalled and were forced to settle for a
42-yard kick from Jake Elliott.

The Patriots saw a 32-26 deficit as an opportune time to strike and they did
just that. Brady again carved up Philly’s defense on a 75-yard drive, which
ended with Rob Gronkowski’s second touchdown reception of the night.

The Pats added the extra point for a 33-32 advantage, giving them their first
lead in the game after trailing throughout the first three quarters.

The momentum had been backing the Eagles all game, and for a moment it looked
as though the veteran Patriots had braved the storm and pulled out a win in the
clutch.

Philadelphia wasn’t quite done just yet, as Nick Foles orchestrated yet
another outstanding drive, marching 75 yards for another score. This time Foles
found tight end Zach Ertz on a slant, as the veteran tight end dove into the
endzone.

This crucial moment in the game was met with some scrutiny, as the NFL’s
shaky catch rule was put on blast. The officials ultimately decided against
overturning the call on the field and the Eagles went into the final moments
with a 38-33 lead.

Tom Brady was set up for another intense Super Bowl moment, where he’d be
able to put the Patriots on his back and secure another title. New England’s
hopes were sadly dashed almost immediately, as Brandon Graham found a way to
force a strip-sack.

The turnover proved to be New England’s first of the game and couldn’t have
arrived at a more costly time, with just over two minutes to spare.

New England did manage to hold the Eagles to a field goal, however, which
allowed Tom Brady one last chance with no timeouts and under a minute to go.
Brady fought against Philly’s earnest defense to get the Patriots to mid-field,
before a desperation heave into the endzone fell helplessly to the field.

In the end, the underdog Eagles were aggressive and opportunistic en route to
the franchise’s first ever Super Bowl win. The mighty Pats played an amazing
game that produced the most offensive yardage in any Super Bowl ever, while
Brady was so dominant that he broke his own Super Bowl passing yardage record
with 505 yards through the air.

It would be Nick Foles who would gain the notoriety, however, as the Eagles
backup played near-perfect ball on his way to being named the Super Bowl MVP.

A year after the Patriots completed one of the most improbable comebacks
ever, Super Bowl 52 arguably handed fans one of the best title games in history.

  • Date: February 4, 2018
  • Attendance: 67,612
  • Location: U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Super Bowl MVP: Nick Foles, QB, Eagles (373 passing yards, 4 total touchdowns)
Super Bowl LIII

13

New England Patriots
VS
Los Angeles Rams

3

Following a shocking defeat in Super Bowl LII, the New England Patriots
managed to bounce back to capture their record sixth Super Bowl title with a
13-3 triumph over the Los Angeles Rams in the 53rd edition of the big game.

Super Bowl LIII was quite the defensive struggle, which was a surprise
considering the game featured two of the league’s most high-octane offenses. The
Rams and Patriots ranked second and fourth, respectively, in the league in
scoring offense during the regular season.

The game started off with a bang, as Tom Brady was intercepted on the opening
drive of the game by Rams linebacker Cory Littleton on the opening drive. The
Rams couldn’t get anything going offensively on the ensuing possession, though,
and the teams wound up trading punts on the next few drives.

New England would eventually draw first blood with a Stephen Gostkowski
42-yard field goal with about 10 minutes to play in the first half. That would
be all the scoring in the first half, though, as neither offense was able to
figure out how to attack either opposing defense through the game’s first 30
minutes.

The second half began with 4 straight punts before the Rams finally equalized
with a 53-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein to cap a 10-play drive. The Rams
started to find a little momentum offensively, but it would be the Patriots who
would have the last laugh.

Following yet another punt – the Rams’ ninth of the game – the Patriots put
together a nice 5-play drive highlighted by a 29-yard pass from Brady to Rob
Gronkowski that got New England down to the Rams’ 2-yard line. Rookie rusher
Sony Michel ran it in from there to score what would be the game’s only
touchdown.

The Rams marched right down the field on the next possession before Jared
Goff hurled up a prayer that wound up getting picked off by the Patriots’
Stephon Gilmore. New England would tack on another field goal from there to
effectively put the game out of reach.

The Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl title ties them with the Pittsburgh Steelers
for the most in NFL history. Bill Belichick added to his own record by winning
his sixth Super Bowl, which puts him 2 ahead of Pittsburgh’s Chuck Noll on the
all-time list for head coaches. Brady’s 6 titles are the most for any player, as
well.

  • Date: February 3, 2019
  • Attendance: 70,081
  • Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Super Bowl MVP: Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots (10 receptions, 141 yards)
Super Bowl LIV

31

Kansas City Chiefs
VS
San Francisco 49ers

20

Super Bowl LIV was the first-ever postseason meeting between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, who finished the regular season with a record of 13-3 and the No. 1 seed in the NFC, were in search of the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl title. The Chiefs, who went 12-4 and finished with the second-best record in the AFC, were making their first Super Bowl appearance in 50 years.

Most expected a high-scoring affair with the over/under having been set at 54 points. The Chiefs attracted most of the betting interest from the general public and entered Super Bowl LIV as 1-point favorites. The game was closely-contested in the first half, and the teams entered halftime in a 10-10 deadlock.

The vaunted 49ers defense held its ground for most of the second half, as reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes struggled to find a rhythm. The Niners forced Mahomes to throw a pair of interceptions as San Francisco built a 10-point lead halfway through the fourth quarter. The 49ers’ offense was hardly lighting it up, but opportunistic throws from Jimmy Garoppolo and a steady ground attack kept the Chiefs’ defense at bay.

Mahomes breathed life into his team when their title hopes seemed to be fading. With the Chiefs facing a third-and-15 from their own 35, Mahomes found Tyreek Hill wide open 44 yards down the field in what will wind up being the most memorable play from the game. That got Kansas City near the San Francisco red zone, and the play effectively swung the momentum entirely in the Chiefs’ favor.

Mahomes would go on to lead 3 straight touchdown drives, capped by a 38-yard score by Damien Williams that gave Kansas City an insurmountable 31-20 lead with just over a minute to play. Mahomes, who was eventually named Super Bowl MVP, became the youngest player in NFL history (24) with both a league MVP and a Super Bowl MVP trophy to his name.

  • Date: February 2, 2020
  • Attendance: 62,417
  • Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
  • Super Bowl MVP: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs (26-42, 286 Yards, 2 Passing TDs, 1 Rushing TD)