Definitive Guide on Super Bowl History

There are few events in sports history as legendary and exciting as the Super Bowl. There’s just something about the big game that gets fans around the world excited. That’s why we’re going to take a look at Super Bowl history. In each section, you will learn about some of the best games and players in the history of the big game.

For example, you’ll learn about the best games ever played, the most critical quarterbacks, and even learn about a few teams that never made the game. We’ll examine passing statistics, scoring, historical circumstances, and much more in this fun and educational article.

List of Super Bowls

Any list of all-time Super Bowls has to include the first two. These championships, in 1967 and 1968, featured Green Bay easily passing Kansas City and Oakland and establishing themselves as Super Bowl legends. This back-to-back pair of championships also made quarterback Bart Starr a living legend in his time.

Another huge Super Bowl that is always a favorite was the 1990 55-10 stomping of Denver by San Francisco. This game featured not only the highest score of any Super Bowl game but the highest point margin ever in the championship game. It’s a particularly memorable game because it showcased Hall of Famer Joe Montana at his very best on the big stage.

The New York Giants were also part of quite a few entertaining Super Bowls. Their 1991 20-19 win over Buffalo was the closest winning margin by any team in NFL history. It also started a four-year run of Super Bowl futility for the Bills, who reached the game four times in a row without winning a single game. And the 17-14 win over New England in Super Bowl XLII was one of the most unlikely championships in the history of the game.

And who can forget the shocking start to Super Bowl XLVIII, when Denver quarterback Peyton Manning gave up the first opening-drive safety in Super Bowl history en route to a 43-9 loss at the end of the red-hot Seahawks? Manning never will, as it was a disappointing end to his record-breaking season.

List of Super BowlsDateTeamsStadiumScore
Super Bowl IJanuary 15th, 1967Green Bay Packers vs Kansas City ChiefsLos Angeles Memorial ColiseumGreen Bay Packers 35 vs Kansas City Chiefs 10
Super Bowl IIJanuary 14th, 1968Green Bay Packers vs Oakland RaidersOrange BowlGreen Bay Packers 33 vs Oakland Raiders 14
Super Bowl IIIJanuary 12th, 1969New York Jets vs Baltimore ColtsOrange BowlNew York Jets 16 vs Baltimore Colts 7
Super Bowl IVJanuary 11th, 1970Kansas City Chiefs vs Minnesota VikingsTulane StadiumKansas City Chiefs 23 vs Minnesota Vikings 7
Super Bowl VJanuary 17th, 1971Baltimore Colts vs Dallas CowboysOrange BowlBaltimore Colts 16 vs Dallas Cowboys 13
Super Bowl VIJanuary 16th, 1972Dallas Cowboys vs Miami DolphinsTulane StadiumDallas Cowboys 24 vs Miami Dolphins 3
Super Bowl VIIJanuary 14th, 1973Miami Dolphins vs Washington RedskinsLos Angeles Memorial ColiseumMiami Dolphins 14 vs Washington Redskins 7
Super Bowl VIIIJanuary 13th, 1974Miami Dolphins vs Minnesota VikingsRice StadiumMiami Dolphins 24 vs Minnesota Vikings 7
Super Bowl IXJanuary 12th, 1975Pittsburgh Steelers vs Minnesota VikingsTulane StadiumPittsburgh Steelers 16 vs Minnesota Vikings 6
Super Bowl XJanuary 18th, 1976Pittsburgh Steelers vs Dallas CowboysOrange BowlPittsburgh Steelers 21 vs Dallas Cowboys 17
Super Bowl XIJanuary 9th, 1977Oakland Raiders vs Minnesota VikingsRose BowlOakland Raiders 32 vs Minnesota Vikings 14
Super Bowl XIIJanuary 15th, 1978Dallas Cowboys vs Denver BroncosSuperdomeDallas Cowboys 27 vs Denver Broncos 10
Super Bowl XIIIJanuary 21st, 1979Pittsburgh Steelers vs Dallas CowboysOrange BowlPittsburgh Steelers 26 vs Dallas Cowboys 21
Super Bowl XIVJanuary 20th, 1980Pittsburgh Steelers vs Los Angeles RamsRose BowlPittsburgh Steelers 27 vs Los Angeles Rams 17
Super Bowl XVJanuary 25th, 1981Oakland Raiders vs Philadelphia EaglesSuperdomeOakland Raiders 27 vs Philadelphia Eagles 10
Super Bowl XVIJanuary 24th, 1982San Francisco 49ers vs Cincinnati BengalsSilverdomeSan Francisco 49ers 26 vs Cincinnati Bengals 21
Super Bowl XVIIJanuary 30th, 1983Washington Redskins vs Miami DolphinsRose BowlWashington Redskins 27 vs Miami Dolphins 17
Super Bowl XVIIIJanuary 22nd, 1984Los Angeles Raiders vs Washington RedskinsTampa StadiumLos Angeles Raiders 38 vs Washington Redskins 9
Super Bowl XIXJanuary 20th, 1985San Francisco 49ers vs Miami DolphinsStanford StadiumSan Francisco 49ers 38 vs Miami Dolphins 16
Super Bowl XXJanuary 26th, 1986Chicago Bears vs New Engalnd PatriotsSuperdomeChicago Bears 46 vs New Engalnd Patriots 10
Super Bowl XXIJanuary 25th, 1987New York Giants vs Denver BroncosRose BowlNew York Giants 39 vs Denver Broncos 20
Super Bowl XXIIJanuary 31st, 1988Washington Redskins vs Denver BroncosJack Murphy StadiumWashington Redskins 42 vs Denver Broncos 10
Super Bowl XXIIIJanuary 22nd, 1989San Francisco 49ers vs Cincinnati BengalsJoe Robbie StadiumSan Francisco 49ers 20 vs Cincinnati Bengals 16
Super Bowl XXIVJanuary 28th, 1990San Francisco 49ers vs Denver BroncosSuperdomeSan Francisco 49ers 55 vs Denver Broncos 10
Super Bowl XXVJanuary 27th, 1991New York Giants vs Buffalo BillsTampa StadiumNew York Giants 20 vs Buffalo Bills 19
Super Bowl XXVIJanuary 26th, 1992Washington Redskins vs Buffalo BillsMetrodomeWashington Redskins 37 vs Buffalo Bills 24
Super Bowl XXVIIJanuary 31st, 1993Dallas Cowboys vs Buffalo BillsRose BowlDallas Cowboys 52 vs Buffalo Bills 17
Super Bowl XXVIIIJanuary 30th, 1994Dallas Cowboys vs Buffalo BillsGeorgia DomeDallas Cowboys 30 vs Buffalo Bills 13
Super Bowl XXIXJanuary 29th, 1995San Francisco 49ers vs San Diego ChargersJoe Robbie StadiumSan Francisco 49ers 49 vs San Diego Chargers 26
Super Bowl XXXJanuary 28th, 1996Dallas Cowboys vs Pittsbugh SteelersSun Devil StadiumDallas Cowboys 27 vs Pittsbugh Steelers 17
Super Bowl XXXIJanuary 26nd, 1997Green Bay Packers vs New England PatriotsSuperdomeGreen Bay Packers 35 vs New England Patriots 21
Super Bowl XXXIIJanuary 25th, 1998Denver Broncos vs Green Bay PackersQualcomm StadiumDenver Broncos 31 vs Green Bay Packers 24
Super Bowl XXXIIIJanuary 31st, 1999Denver Broncos vs Atlanta FalconsPro Player StadiumDenver Broncos 34 vs Atlanta Falcons 19
Super Bowl XXXIVJanuary 30th, 2000St. Louis Rams vs Tennessee TitansGeorgia DomeSt. Louis Rams 23 vs Tennessee Titans 16
Super Bowl XXXVJanuary 28th, 2001Baltimore Ravens vs New York GiantsRaymond James StadiumBaltimore Ravens 34 vs New York Giants 7
Super Bowl XXXVIFebruary 3rd, 2002New England Patriots vs St. Louis RamsSuperdomeNew England Patriots 20 vs St. Louis Rams 17
Super Bowl XXXVIIJanuary 26th, 2003Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Oakland RaidersQualcomm StadiumTampa Bay Buccaneers 48 vs Oakland Raiders 21
Super Bowl XXXVIIIFebruary 1st, 2004New England Patriots vs Carolina PanthersReliant StadiumNew England Patriots 32 vs Carolina Panthers 29
Super Bowl XXXIXFebruary 6th, 2005New England Patriots vs Philadelphia EaglesAlltel StadiumNew England Patriots 24 vs Philadelphia Eagles 21
Super Bowl XLFebruary 5th, 2006Pittsburgh Steelers vs Seattle SeahawksFord FieldPittsburgh Steelers 21 vs Seattle Seahawks 10
Super Bowl XLIFebruary 4th, 2007Indianapolis Colts vs Chicago BearsDolphin StadiumIndianapolis Colts 29 vs Chicago Bears 17
Super Bowl XLIIFebruary 3rd, 2008New York Giants vs New England PatriotsUniversity of Phoenix StadiumNew York Giants 17 vs New England Patriots 14
Super Bowl XLIIIFebruary 1st, 2009Pittsburgh Steelers vs Arizona CardinalsRaymond James StadiumPittsburgh Steelers 27 vs Arizona Cardinals 23
Super Bowl XLIVFebruary 7th, 2010New Orleans Saints vs Indianapolis ColtsSun Life StadiumNew Orleans Saints 31 vs Indianapolis Colts 17
Super Bowl XLVFebruary 6th, 2011Green Bay Packers vs Pittsburgh SteelersCowboys StadiumGreen Bay Packers 31 vs Pittsburgh Steelers 25
Super Bowl XLVIFebruary 5th, 2012New York Giants vs New England PatriotsLucas Oil StadiumNew York Giants 21 vs New England Patriots 17
Super Bowl XLVIIFebruary 3rd, 2013Baltimore Ravens vs San Francisco 49ersMercedes-Benz SuperdomeBaltimore Ravens 34 vs San Francisco 49ers 31
Super Bowl XLVIIIFebruary 2nd, 2014Seattle Seahawks vs Denver BroncosMetLife StadiumSeattle Seahawks 43 vs Denver Broncos 8
Super Bowl XLIXFebruary 1st, 2015New England Patriots vs Seattle SeahawksUniversity of Phoenix StadiumNew England Patriots 28 vs Seattle Seahawks 24
Super Bowl 50February 7th, 2016Denver Broncos vs Carolina PanthersLevi's StadiumDenver Broncos 24 vs Carolina Panthers 10
Super Bowl LIFebruary 5th, 2017New England Patriots vs Atlanta FalconsNRG StadiumNew England Patriots 34 vs Atlanta Falcons 28
Super Bowl LllFebruary 4th, 2018Philadelphia Eagles vs New England PatriotsU.S. Bank StadiumPhiladelphia Eagles 41 vs New England Patriots 33

Last 10 Super Bowls

The last 10 Super Bowls have been some of the most competitive and high-scoring history. For example, the Steelers 27-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII was highlighted by a ton of great plays, back-and-forth scoring opportunities, and much more.

Another particularly great win was the Green Bay Packers 31-25 championship over the Steelers in Super Bowl XLVI. This game showcased the incredible skills of Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, who has one of the highest overall quarterback ratings of all time. He won a shootout in that game just a few years after the Steelers had powered their way to a Super Bowl win.

There was also Super Bowl 50, which was a bit of redemption for Peyton Manning for the infamous loss to the Seahawks two years earlier. While Manning was not playing his A-game, he did just enough to move the ball for Denver. The real hero that game was Von Miller, who’s defensive skills as a linebacker lead to two touchdowns and one of the few non-quarterback MVP awards in Super Bowl history.

It’s hard to imagine where the Super Bowl will go in the next few years after insanely competitive and entertaining back-to-back games with the Patriots in Super Bowl LI and LII. In the first, they overcame a 25-point deficit to win in the first overtime Super Bowl in history. They then went on to lose in a record-breaking shootout with the Philadelphia Eagles. That win gave Nick Foles and his crew the first Super Bowl championship in team history.

Super Bowl Champions

The first Super Bowl champions, the Green Bay Packers, remain one of the most impressive of all the winners. Not necessarily because of their statistical dominance but because of their historical importance. By winning the first two Super Bowls, the Packers were able to create legitimacy to the event that made Green Bay the huge football town it is to this day.

Another favorite is the 2014 Super Bowl win by the Seattle Seahawks. Before this game, they had reached the game multiple times without a ring. And while the Denver Broncos were favored, due to Peyton Manning’s record-breaking single season, they stomped to a 43-8 win on the back of their defense and the brilliant play of running back Marshawn Lynch and quarterback Russell Wilson, a rookie at the time.

List of Super BowlsDateChampion
Super Bowl IJanuary 15th, 1967Green Bay Packers
Super Bowl IIJanuary 14th, 1968Green Bay Packers
Super Bowl IIIJanuary 12th, 1969New York Jets
Super Bowl IVJanuary 11th, 1970Kansas City Chiefs
Super Bowl VJanuary 17th, 1971Baltimore Colts
Super Bowl VIJanuary 16th, 1972Dallas Cowboys
Super Bowl VIIJanuary 14th, 1973Miami Dolphins
Super Bowl VIIIJanuary 13th, 1974Miami Dolphins
Super Bowl IXJanuary 12th, 1975Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl XJanuary 18th, 1976Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl XIJanuary 9th, 1977Oakland Raiders
Super Bowl XIIJanuary 15th, 1978Dallas Cowboys
Super Bowl XIIIJanuary 21st, 1979Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl XIVJanuary 20th, 1980Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl XVJanuary 25th, 1981Oakland Raiders
Super Bowl XVIJanuary 24th, 1982San Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl XVIIJanuary 30th, 1983Washington Redskins
Super Bowl XVIIIJanuary 22nd, 1984Los Angeles Raiders
Super Bowl XIXJanuary 20th, 1985San Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl XXJanuary 26th, 1986Chicago Bears
Super Bowl XXIJanuary 25th, 1987New York Giants
Super Bowl XXIIJanuary 31st, 1988Washington Redskins
Super Bowl XXIIIJanuary 22nd, 1989San Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl XXIVJanuary 28th, 1990San Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl XXVJanuary 27th, 1991New York Giants
Super Bowl XXVIJanuary 26th, 1992Washington Redskins
Super Bowl XXVIIJanuary 31st, 1993Dallas Cowboys
Super Bowl XXVIIIJanuary 30th, 1994Dallas Cowboys
Super Bowl XXIXJanuary 29th, 1995San Francisco 49ers
Super Bowl XXXJanuary 28th, 1996Dallas Cowboys
Super Bowl XXXIJanuary 26nd, 1997Green Bay Packers
Super Bowl XXXIIJanuary 25th, 1998Denver Broncos
Super Bowl XXXIIIJanuary 31st, 1999Denver Broncos
Super Bowl XXXIVJanuary 30th, 2000St. Louis Rams
Super Bowl XXXVJanuary 28th, 2001Baltimore Ravens
Super Bowl XXXVIFebruary 3rd, 2002New England Patriots
Super Bowl XXXVIIJanuary 26th, 2003Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Super Bowl XXXVIIIFebruary 1st, 2004New England Patriots
Super Bowl XXXIXFebruary 6th, 2005New England Patriots
Super Bowl XLFebruary 5th, 2006Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl XLIFebruary 4th, 2007Indianapolis Colts
Super Bowl XLIIFebruary 3rd, 2008New York Giants
Super Bowl XLIIIFebruary 1st, 2009Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl XLIVFebruary 7th, 2010New Orleans Saints
Super Bowl XLVFebruary 6th, 2011Green Bay Packers
Super Bowl XLVIFebruary 5th, 2012New York Giants
Super Bowl XLVIIFebruary 3rd, 2013Baltimore Ravens
Super Bowl XLVIIIFebruary 2nd, 2014Seattle Seahawks
Super Bowl XLIXFebruary 1st, 2015New England Patriots
Super Bowl 50February 7th, 2016Denver Broncos
Super Bowl LIFebruary 5th, 2017New England Patriots
Super Bowl LllFebruary 4th, 2018Philadelphia Eagles

Super Bowl Quarterbacks

If we want to go by appearances, Tom Brady has beaten his opponents easily. Brady has been in eight Super Bowls and has a 5-3 record in the big game. His closest competitor is John Elway with five, though Elway only won two of these games.

More impressively, Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana appeared in the Super Bowl four times and won each of these games. Roger Staubach did appear in four as well but only won two. And Jim Kelly’s 0-4 record during four-straight Super Bowl appearances is likely never to be repeated. When it comes right down to it, Brady is still the best, as he has not won the most but has the best single-game appearance in the 2018 loss to the Eagles.

DateList of Super BowlsGame OutcomeWinning QuarterbackLosing Quarterback
January 15th, 1967Super Bowl IGreen Bay Packers 35 Kansas City Chiefs 10Bart StarrLen Dawson
January 14th, 1968Super Bowl IIGreen Bay Packers 33 vs Oakland Raiders 14Bart StarrDaryle Lamonica
January 12th, 1969Super Bowl IIINew York Jets 16 vs Baltimore Colts 7Joe NamathEarl Morrall
January 11th, 1970Super Bowl IVKansas City Chiefs 23 vs Minnesota Vikings 7Len DawsonJoe Kapp
January 17th, 1971Super Bowl VBaltimore Colts 16 vs Dallas Cowboys 13Johnny UnitasCraig Morton
January 16th, 1972Super Bowl VIDallas Cowboys 24 vs Miami Dolphins3Roger StaubachBob Greise
January 14th, 1973Super Bowl VIIMiami Dolphins 14 vs Washington Redskins 7Bob GreiseBilly Kilmer
January 13th, 1974Super Bowl VIIIMiami Dolphins 24 vs Minnesota Vikings 7Bob GrieseFran Tarkenton
January 12th, 1975Super Bowl IXPittsburgh Steelers 16 vs Minnesota Vikings 6Terry BradshawFran Tarkenton
January 18th, 1976Super Bowl XPittsburgh Steelers 21 vs Dallas Cowboys 17Terry BradshawRoger Staubach
January 9th, 1977Super Bowl XIOakland Raiders 32 vs Minnesota Vikings 14Ken StablerFran Tarkenton
January 15th, 1978Super Bowl XIIDallas Cowboys 27 vs Denver Broncos 10Roger StaubachCraig Morton
January 21st, 1979Super Bowl XIIIPittsburgh Steelers 26 vs Dallas Cowboys 21Terry BradshawRoger Staubach
January 20th, 1980Super Bowl XIVPittsburgh Steelers 27 vs Los Angeles Rams 17Terry BradshawVince Ferragamo
January 25th, 1981Super Bowl XVOakland Raiders 27 vs Philadelphia Eagles 10Jim PlunkettRon Jaworski
January 24th, 1982Super Bowl XVISan Francisco 49ers 26 vs Cincinnati Bengals 21Joe MontanaKen Anderson
January 30th, 1983Super Bowl XVIIWashington Redskins 27 vs Miami Dolphins 17Joe Theismann David Woodley
January 22nd, 1984Super Bowl XVIIILos Angeles Raiders 38 vs Washington Redskins 9Jim PlunkettJoe Theismann
January 20th, 1985Super Bowl XIXSan Francisco 49ers 38 vs Miami Dolphins 16Joe MontanaDan Marino
January 26th, 1986Super Bowl XXChicago Bears 46 vs New Engalnd Patriots 10Jim McMahonTony Eason
January 25th, 1987Super Bowl XXINew York Giants 39 vs Denver Broncos 20Phil SimmsJohn Elway
January 31st, 1988Super Bowl XXIIWashington Redskins 42 vs Denver Broncos 10Doug WilliamsJohn Elway
January 22nd, 1989Super Bowl XXIIISan Francisco 49ers 20 vs Cincinnati Bengals 16Joe MontanaBoomer Esiason
January 28th, 1990Super Bowl XXIVSan Francisco 49ers 55 vs Denver Broncos 10Joe MontanaJohn Elway
January 27th, 1991Super Bowl XXVNew York Giants 20 vs Buffalo Bills 19Jeff HostetlerJim Kelly
January 26th, 1992Super Bowl XXVIWashington Redskins 37 vs Buffalo Bills 24Mark RypienJim Kelly
January 31st, 1993Super Bowl XXVIIDallas Cowboys 52 vs Buffalo Bills 17Troy AikmanJim Kelly
January 30th, 1994Super Bowl XXVIIIDallas Cowboys 30 vs Buffalo Bills 13Troy AikmanJim Kelly
January 29th, 1995Super Bowl XXIXSan Francisco 49ers 49 vs San Diego Chargers 26Steve Young Stan Humphries
January 28th, 1996Super Bowl XXXDallas Cowboys 27 vs Pittsbugh Steelers 17Troy AikmanNeil O'Donnell
January 26nd, 1997Super Bowl XXXIGreen Bay Packers 35 vs New England Patriots 21Brett FarveDrew Bledsoe
January 25th, 1998Super Bowl XXXIIDenver Broncos 31 vs Green Bay Packers 24John ElwayBrett Favre
January 31st, 1999Super Bowl XXXIIIDenver Broncos 34 vs Atlanta Falcons 19John ElwayChris Chandler
January 30th, 2000Super Bowl XXXIVSt. Louis Rams 23 vs Tennessee Titans 16Kurt WarnerSteve McNair
January 28th, 2001Super Bowl XXXVBaltimore Ravens 34 vs New York Giants 7Trent DilferKerry Collins
February 3rd, 2002Super Bowl XXXVINew England Patriots 20 vs St. Louis Rams 17Tom BradyKurt Warner
January 26th, 2003Super Bowl XXXVIITampa Bay Buccaneers 48 vs Oakland Raiders 21Brad JohnsonRich Gannon
February 1st, 2004Super Bowl XXXVIIINew England Patriots 32 vs Carolina Panthers 29Tom BradyJake Delhomme
February 6th, 2005Super Bowl XXXIXNew England Patriots 24 vs Philadelphia Eagles 21Tom BradyDonovan McNabb
February 5th, 2006Super Bowl XLPittsburgh Steelers 21 vs Seattle Seahawks 10Ben RoethlisbergerMatt Hasselbeck
February 4th, 2007Super Bowl XLIIndianapolis Colts 29 vs Chicago Bears 17Peyton ManningRex Grossman
February 3rd, 2008Super Bowl XLIINew York Giants 17 vs New England Patriots 14Eli ManningTom Brady
February 1st, 2009Super Bowl XLIIIPittsburgh Steelers 27 vs Arizona Cardinals 23Ben RoethlisbergerKurt Warner
February 7th, 2010Super Bowl XLIVNew Orleans Saints 31 vs Indianapolis Colts 17Drew BreesPeyton Manning
February 6th, 2011Super Bowl XLVGreen Bay Packers 31 vs Pittsburgh Steelers 25Aaron RodgersBen Roethlisberger
February 5th, 2012Super Bowl XLVINew York Giants 21 vs New England Patriots 17Eli ManningTom Brady
February 3rd, 2013Super Bowl XLVIIBaltimore Ravens 34 vs San Francisco 49ers 31Joe FlaccoColin Kaepernick
February 2nd, 2014Super Bowl XLVIIISeattle Seahawks 43 vs Denver Broncos 8Russell WilsonPeyton Manning
February 1st, 2015Super Bowl XLIXNew England Patriots 28 vs Seattle Seahawks 24Tom BradyRussell Wilson
February 7th, 2016Super Bowl 50Denver Broncos 24 vs Carolina Panthers 10Peyton ManningCam Newton
February 5th, 2017Super Bowl LINew England Patriots 34 vs Atlanta Falcons 28Tom BradyMatt Ryan
February 4th, 2018Super Bowl LllPhiladelphia Eagles 41 vs New England Patriots 33Nick FolesTom Brady

Super Bowl MVPs

One of the most unlikely, but awesome, MVP winners in Super Bowl history was linebacker Von Miller in 2015. This incredible defensive player helped the Broncos overcome the smothering offense of the Carolina Panthers under Cam Newton. His six tackles, 2.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles threw the Panthers completely out of the game. In fact, his first forced fumble led to the Broncos first touchdown of the game.

Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles was another unlikely Super Bowl MVP winner in 2018. Foles had been something of a journeyman before the Eagles were forced to put the third-stringer in during the playoffs. Foles then won a Super Bowl quarterback shootout with GOAT Tom Brady 41-33, throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns and even became the first quarterback to throw and catch a touchdown in a Super Bowl.

DateList of Super BowlsTeamsMVP
January 15th, 1967Super Bowl IGreen Bay Packers vs Kansas City ChiefsBart Starr, QB, Green Bay
January 14th, 1968Super Bowl IIGreen Bay Packers vs Oakland RaidersBart Starr, QB, Green Bay
January 12th, 1969Super Bowl IIINew York Jets vs Baltimore ColtsJoe Namath, QB, New York
January 11th, 1970Super Bowl IVKansas City Chiefs vs Minnesota VikingsLen Dawson, QB, Kansas City
January 17th, 1971Super Bowl VBaltimore Colts vs Dallas CowboysChuck Howley, LB, Dallas
January 16th, 1972Super Bowl VIDallas Cowboys vs Miami DolphinsRoger Staubach, QB, Dallas
January 14th, 1973Super Bowl VIIMiami Dolphins vs Washington RedskinsJake Scott, S, Miami
January 13th, 1974Super Bowl VIIIMiami Dolphins vs Minnesota VikingsLarry Csonka, FB, Miami
January 12th, 1975Super Bowl IXPittsburgh Steelers vs Minnesota VikingsFranco Harris, RB, Pittsburgh
January 18th, 1976Super Bowl XPittsburgh Steelers vs Dallas CowboysLynn Swann, WR, Pittsburgh
January 9th, 1977Super Bowl XIOakland Raiders vs Minnesota VikingsFred Biletnikoff, WR, Oakland
January 15th, 1978Super Bowl XIIDallas Cowboys vs Denver BroncosHarvey Martin & Randy White DL, Dallas
January 21st, 1979Super Bowl XIIIPittsburgh Steelers vs Dallas CowboysTerry Bradshaw, QB, Pittsburgh
January 20th, 1980Super Bowl XIVPittsburgh Steelers vs Los Angeles RamsTerry Bradshaw, QB, Pittsburgh
January 25th, 1981Super Bowl XVOakland Raiders vs Philadelphia EaglesJim Plunkett, QB, Oakland
January 24th, 1982Super Bowl XVISan Francisco 49ers vs Cincinnati BengalsJoe Montana, QB, San Francisco
January 30th, 1983Super Bowl XVIIWashington Redskins vs Miami DolphinsJohn Riggins, RB, Washington
January 22nd, 1984Super Bowl XVIIILos Angeles Raiders vs Washington RedskinsMarcus Allen, RB, Los Angeles
January 20th, 1985Super Bowl XIXSan Francisco 49ers vs Miami DolphinsJoe Montana, QB, San Francisco
January 26th, 1986Super Bowl XXChicago Bears vs New Engalnd PatriotsRichard Dent, DE, Chicago
January 25th, 1987Super Bowl XXINew York Giants vs Denver BroncosPhil Simms, QB, New York
January 31st, 1988Super Bowl XXIIWashington Redskins vs Denver BroncosDoug Williams, QB, Washington
January 22nd, 1989Super Bowl XXIIISan Francisco 49ers vs Cincinnati BengalsJerry Rice, WR, San Francisco
January 28th, 1990Super Bowl XXIVSan Francisco 49ers vs Denver BroncosJoe Montana, QB, San Francisco
January 27th, 1991Super Bowl XXVNew York Giants vs Buffalo BillsOttis Anderson, RB, New York
January 26th, 1992Super Bowl XXVIWashington Redskins vs Buffalo BillsMark Rypien, QB, Washington
January 31st, 1993Super Bowl XXVIIDallas Cowboys vs Buffalo BillsTroy Aikman, QB, Dallas
January 30th, 1994Super Bowl XXVIIIDallas Cowboys vs Buffalo BillsEmmitt Smith, RB, Dallas
January 29th, 1995Super Bowl XXIXSan Francisco 49ers vs San Diego ChargersSteve Young, QB, San Francisco
January 28th, 1996Super Bowl XXXDallas Cowboys vs Pittsbugh SteelersLarry Brown, CB, Dallas
January 26nd, 1997Super Bowl XXXIGreen Bay Packers vs New England PatriotsDesmond Howard, KR, Green Bay
January 25th, 1998Super Bowl XXXIIDenver Broncos vs Green Bay PackersTerrell Davis, RB, Denver
January 31st, 1999Super Bowl XXXIIIDenver Broncos vs Atlanta FalconsJohn Elway, QB, Denver
January 30th, 2000Super Bowl XXXIVSt. Louis Rams vs Tennessee TitansKurt Warner, QB, St. Louis
January 28th, 2001Super Bowl XXXVBaltimore Ravens vs New York GiantsRay Lewis, LB, Baltimore
February 3rd, 2002Super Bowl XXXVINew England Patriots vs St. Louis RamsTom Brady, QB, New England
January 26th, 2003Super Bowl XXXVIITampa Bay Buccaneers vs Oakland RaidersDexter Jackson, CB, Tampa Bay
February 1st, 2004Super Bowl XXXVIIINew England Patriots vs Carolina PanthersTom Brady, QB, New England
February 6th, 2005Super Bowl XXXIXNew England Patriots vs Philadelphia EaglesDeion Branch, WR, New England
February 5th, 2006Super Bowl XLPittsburgh Steelers vs Seattle SeahawksHines Ward, WR, Pittsburgh
February 4th, 2007Super Bowl XLIIndianapolis Colts vs Chicago BearsPeyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis
February 3rd, 2008Super Bowl XLIINew York Giants vs New England PatriotsEli Manning, QB, New York
February 1st, 2009Super Bowl XLIIIPittsburgh Steelers vs Arizona CardinalsSantonio Holmes, WR, Pittsburgh
February 7th, 2010Super Bowl XLIVNew Orleans Saints vs Indianapolis ColtsDrew Brees, QB, New Orleans
February 6th, 2011Super Bowl XLVGreen Bay Packers vs Pittsburgh SteelersAaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
February 5th, 2012Super Bowl XLVINew York Giants vs New England PatriotsEli Manning, QB, New York
February 3rd, 2013Super Bowl XLVIIBaltimore Ravens vs San Francisco 49ersJoe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens
February 2nd, 2014Super Bowl XLVIIISeattle Seahawks vs Denver BroncosMalcolm Smith, LB, Seattle Seahawks
February 1st, 2015Super Bowl XLIXNew England Patriots vs Seattle SeahawksTom Brady, QB, New England
February 7th, 2016Super Bowl 50Denver Broncos vs Carolina PanthersVon Miller, LB, Denver
February 5th, 2017Super Bowl LINew England Patriots vs Atlanta FalconsTom Brady, QB, New England
February 4th, 2018Super Bowl LllPhiladelphia Eagles vs New England PatriotsNick Foles, QB, Philadelphia

Super Bowl Wins by Team

The Patriots have an interesting Super Bowl history since 1997 because they usually win and lose in tight games. Their 35-21 loss to Green Bay in 1997 was their biggest Super Bowl point spread beyond an earlier loss to the Bears that will be mentioned later. Otherwise, they have won by three points (2002, 2004, 2005) lost by three (2008), and won by four (2015). Their six-point win over the Falcons and the eight-point loss to the Eagles in 2017 and 2018 were their largest margins since 1997.

All that said, the 1986 Super Bowl win by the Chicago Bears may be the biggest in the history of the game. They not only went 15-1 in the regular season but outscored their opponents 45-0 in their first two playoff games, the first team to record back-to-back shutouts in the playoffs.

They then smothered the New England Patriots (in their first Super Bowl appearance) by 46-10, a then-record Super Bowl win of 36 points. They ended the season having outscored their opponents 456-198, which is one of the best spreads in the game’s history. Since then, the Bears have never touched this kind of success.

TeamSuper Bowl Wins
Pittsburgh Steelers6
San Francisco 49ers5
Dallas Cowboys 5
New England Patriots 5
Green Bay Packers4
New York Giants 4
Oakland Raiders3
Washington Redskins3
Denver Broncos 3
Baltimore Ravens2
Indianapolis Colts2
Miami Dolphins2
New Orleans Saints1
New York Jets1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1
Chicago Bears1
Kansas City Chiefs1
Philadelphia Eagles1
Los Angeles Rams1
Seattle Seahawks1

Super Bowl Records by Team

The New England Patriots are, by far, the team with the most Super Bowl appearances. They have appeared 10 times and had five wins, just one shy of Pittsburgh’s record. The Pats do have the unfortunate distinction of having the most Super Bowl losses ever with five.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been to the big game and won six times, including back-to-back wins in 1974 and 1974 and 1978 and 1979. Their winning percentage of 0.750 is the best in Super Bowl history for a team with more than five appearances.

The Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos have also appeared eight times each, with the former team winning five and the latter winning three. The Cowboys won back-to-back in 1992 and 1993 while the Broncos won back-to-back in 1997 and 1998.

TeamSuper Bowl Record
Arizona Cardinals0-1
Atlanta Falcons 0-2
Baltimore Ravens2-0
Buffalo Bills0-4
Carolina Panthers0-2
Chicago Bears1-1
Cincinnati Bengals0-2
Cleveland Browns0-0
Dallas Cowboys5-3
Denver Broncos3-5
Detroit Lions0-0
Green Bay Packers4-1
Houston Texans 0-0
Indianapolis Colts2-2
Jacksonville Jaguars0-0
Kansas City Chiefs1-1
Miami Dolphins2-3
Minnesota Vikings0-4
New England Patriots5-5
New Orleans Saints1-0
New York Giants4-1
New York Jets 1-0
Oakland Raiders3-2
Philadelphia Eagles1-2
Pittsburgh Steelers6-2
Los Angeles Rams1-2
Los Angeles Chargers0-1
San Francisco 49ers5-1
Seattle Seahawks1-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1-0
Tennessee Titans 0-1
Washington Redskins3-2

Teams that have never won a Super Bowl

No list of Super Bowl “losers” can leave out the unfortunate 1991-1994 run of the Buffalo Bills. Under Jim Kelly, the Bills had their most impressive run in team history. And they also set a record for most consecutive Super Bowl appearances with an impressive four. Unfortunately, there weren’t able to walk away with a single win.

The most depressing of these losses was the 1991 20-19 against the New York Giants. The Giants took complete control of the game and held possession for 40 minutes and 33 seconds while the Bills (who scored an insane 95 points in their previous two playoff games) had the ball for less than 20 minutes.

That said, they were able to keep the game tight and could have won the game in the waning seconds, but kicker Scott Norwood’s 47-yard kick went wide. The Bills went on to lose succeeding Super Bowls 37-24, 52-17, and 30-13.

TeamSuper Bowl Wins
Cincinnati Bengals0
Buffalo Bills0
Cleveland Browns0
Arizona Cardinals0
Los Angeles Chargers0
Atlanta Falcons0
Jacksonville Jaguars0
Detroit Lions0
Carolina Panthers0
Houston Texans0
Tennessee Titans0
Minnesota Vikings0

Super Bowl Passing Leaders

Phil Simms 150.9 passer rating in the XXI Super Bowl is still the most impressive in the game. However, Tom Brady (again) has many of the highest records in the event, including game pass attempts (62), career pass attempts (357), game passes completed (43), career passes completed (235), game passing yards (505), and career passing yards (2576). However, Steve Young hit six touchdowns in one game for San Francisco in Super Bowl XXIX, a record that not even Brady has beaten yet.

PlayerTeamYards
Tom BradyNew England Patriots2576
Kurt WarnerSt. Louis Rams1156
Joe MontantaSan Francisco 49ers1142
John ElwayDenver Broncos1128
Peyton ManningIndianapolis Colts & Denver Broncos1001
Terry BradshawPittsburgh Steelers932
Jim KellyBuffalo Bills829
Roger StaubachDallas Cowboys734
Troy AikmanDallas Cowboys689
Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh Steelers642

Super Bowl Rushing Leaders

The best single-game appearance by a rusher in Super Bowl history was Franco Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who picked up 354. A four-time Super Bowl champion, Harris was also the first African-American and Italian-American to be picked as a Super Bowl MVP. The longest rush in history was by Willie Parker, a startling 75-yard run that came out of nowhere and helped cement his name in the record books. And Terrell Davis’ three rushing touchdowns in Super Bowl XXXII is still on the books in one of the best single-game performances in history.

PlayerTeamYards
Franco HarrisPittsburgh Steelers354
Larry CsonkaMiami Dolphins297
Emmitt SmithDallas Cowboys289
Terrell DavisDenver Broncos259
John RigginsNew York Jets & Washington Redskins230
Thurman ThomasBuffalo Bills204
Timmy SmithWashington Redskins204
Roger CraigSan Francisco 49ers198
Marcus AllenLos Angeles Raiders & Kansas City Chiefs191
Atowain SmithBuffalo Bills175

Super Bowl Receiving Leaders

James White’s 14 game receptions in the Patriots come-from-behind win in Super Bowl LI is still the highest Super Bowl completion amount and is one of the single-best performances in the game’s history. However, the real Super Bowl MVP in reception is Jerry Rice with a shocking 33 receptions across four games for a total of eight career touchdowns. And his game yards from scrimmage (220) and career yards from scrimmage (604) are still boggling.

PlayerTeamYards
Jerry RiceSan Francisco 49ers589
Lynn SwannPittsburgh Steelers364
Andre ReedBuffalo Bills323
Deion BranchNew England Patriots & Seattle Seahawks321
Danny AmendolaNew England Patriots278
John StallworthPittsburgh Steelers268
Michael IrvinDallas Cowboys256
Wes WelkerNew England Patriots & Denver Broncos247
Hines WardPittsburgh Steelers244
Ricky SandersWashington Redskins234

Best Super Bowls of All-Time

Any list of the best Super Bowls in history is going to contain a lot of close calls and incredible comebacks. And there is no bigger comeback than the New England Patriot’s 2016 Superbowl LI win against the Atlanta Falcons. I had to limit myself to just won Patriots’ moment here as there are too many to count.

The Falcons consistently smothered the Patriots as quarterback Matt Ryan went on a passing clinic, connecting on 17 of 23 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns. The Patriots were down 28-3 in the third quarter but rallied to tie it up in regulation and win 34-28 in overtime. Brady ended with 43 completions on 62 attempts for two touchdowns and an MVP ring for his troubles.

And Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000 was another one for the record books. St. Louis and Tennessee went back and forth the entire game as St. Louis led 23-16. The Titans’ Stephen McNair was (22-for-36, 214 yards) threw a bomb to receiver Kevin Dyson with no time left on the clock. Dyson stretched and ended up just one yard shy of the tying touchdown. St. Louis’ win capped off a Cinderella story for former arena football quarterback Kurt Warner (24-for-45, 414 yards, two touchdowns).

Super BowlDateResult
Super Bowl LlFebruary 5th, 2017New England Patriots 34 vs Atlanta Falcons 28
Super Bowl XXVJanuary 27th, 1991New York Giants 20 vs Buffalo Bills 19
Super Bowl XLIXFebruary 1st, 2015New England Patriots 28 vs Seattle Seahawks 24
Super Bowl XIIIJanuary 21st, 1979Pittsburgh Steelers 35 vs Dallas Cowboys 31
Super Bowl XLIIFebruary 3rd, 2008New York Giants 17 vs New England Patriots 14
  
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