Super Bowl | History, Appearances, Results, & Facts

The Super Bowl is a hugely popular sporting event held every year to select the champion of the National Football League (NFL). Millions of fans congregate around televisions on a Sunday in January or February to witness this battle. With broadcast in more than 170 countries, the Super Bowl is one of the most-watched athletic events globally, with great halftime shows and new advertisements adding to the appeal.

The Super Bowl’s History

Although the NFL was founded in 1920, the Super Bowl was not held until more than 40 years later.

The American Football League was founded in 1960 by business people who wanted to buy football clubs but were turned down by the NFL (AFL).

The NFL and AFL were rivals for many years, battling for fans, players, and support. The owners then reached an agreement in 1966 to unite the leagues by 1970.

The inaugural Super Bowl was held on January 15, 1967, and featured the AFL champion (Kansas City Chiefs) and the NFL champion (Green Bay Packers). The “AFL-NFL World Championship Game” was the initial name of the game. Lamar Hunt, the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, later proposed using the name Super Bowl.

The NFL was split into two conferences after the merger: the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC) (NFC). Each league’s champions compete in the Super Bowl.

The Super Bowl’s First Game

On January 15, 1967, in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the NFL champion Green Bay Packers defeated the AFL champion Kansas City Chiefs with 35-10 in Super Bowl I. The game drew 61,000 spectators and was broadcasted live on CBS and NBC. Despite ticket prices averaging $12, the game did not sell out—it was the game’s only non-sellout in its history.

The Packers won Super Bowl II against the Oakland Raiders by 33-14 the following year. Many doubted that the AFL champion could beat the finest in the NFL.

List of Super Bowl winners with Dates

Date Winner Score Location
1/15/1967 Green Bay Packers 35-10 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
1/14/1968 Green Bay Packers 33-14 Miami Orange Bowl
1/12/1969 New York Jets 16-7 Miami Orange Bowl
1/11/1970 Kansas City Chiefs 23-7 Tulane Stadium (New Orleans, LA)
1/17/1971 Baltimore Colts 16-13 Miami Orange Bowl
1/16/1972 Dallas Cowboys 24-3 Tulane Stadium (New Orleans, LA)
1/14/1973 Miami Dolphins 14-7 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
1/13/1974 Miami Dolphins 24-7 Rice Stadium (Houston, TX)
1/12/1975 Pittsburgh Steelers 16-6 Tulane Stadium (New Orleans, LA)
1/18/1976 Pittsburgh Steelers 21-17 Miami Orange Bowl
1/9/1977 Oakland Raiders 32-14 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
1/15/1978 Dallas Cowboys 27-10 Louisiana Superdome
1/21/1979 Pittsburgh Steelers 35-31 Miami Orange Bowl
1/20/1980 Pittsburgh Steelers 31-19 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
1/25/1981 Oakland Raiders 27-10 Louisiana Superdome
1/24/1982 San Francisco 49ers 26-21 Pontiac Silverdome (Pontiac, MI)
1/30/1983 Washington Redskins 21-17 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
1/22/1984 Los Angeles Raiders 38-9 Tampa Stadium
1/20/1985 San Francisco 49ers 38-16 Stanford Stadium
1/26/1986 Chicago Bears 46-10 Louisiana Stadium
1/25/1987 New York Giants 39-20 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
1/31/1988 Washington Redskins 42-10 San Diego-Jack Murphy Stadium
1/22/1989 San Francisco 49ers 20-16 Joe Robbie Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL)
1/28/1990 Sans Francisco 49ers 55-10 Louisiana Superdome
1/27/1991 New York Giants 20-19 Tampa Stadium
1/26/1992 Washington Redskins 37-24 Metrodome (Minneapolis, MN)
1/31/1993 Dallas Cowboys 52-17 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
1/30/1994 Dallas Cowboys 30-13 Georgia Dome
1/29/1995 San Francisco 49ers 49-26 Joe Robbie Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL)
1/28/1996 Dallas Cowboys 27-17 Sun Devils Stadium (Tempe, AZ)
1/26/1997 Green Bay Packers 35-21 Louisiana Superdome
1/25/1998 Denver Broncos 31-24 Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, CA)
1/31/1999 Denver Broncos 34-19 Pro Player Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL)
1/30/2000 St. Louis Rams 23-16 Georgia Dome
1/28/2001 Baltimore Ravens 34-7 Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL)
2/3/2002 New England Patriots 20-17 Louisiana Superdome
1/26/2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-21 Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, CA)
2/1/2004 New England Patriots 32-29 Reliant Stadium (Houston, TX)
2/6/2005 New England Patriots 24-21 Alltel Stadium (Jacksonville, FL)
2/5/2006 Pittsburgh Steelers 21-10 Ford Field (Detroit, MI)
2/4/2007 Indianapolis Colts 29-17 Dolphin Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL)
2/3/2008 New York Giants 17-14 University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, AZ)
2/1/2009 Pittsburgh Steelers 27-23 Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL)
2/7/2010 New Orleans Saints 31-17 Sun Life Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL)
2/6/2011 Green Bay Packers 31-25 Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, TX)
2/5/2012 New York Giants 21-17 Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN)
2/3/2013 Baltimore Ravens 34-31 Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans, LA)
2/2/2014 Seattle Seahawks 43-8 MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ)
2/1/2015 New England Patriots 28-24 University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, AZ)
2/7/2016 Denver Broncos 24-10 Levi’s Stadium (San Francisco, CA)
2/5/2017 New England Patriots 34-28 NRG Stadium (Houston, TX)
2/4/2018 Philadelphia Eagles 41-33 U.S. Bank Stadium (Minneapolis, MN)
2/3/2019 New England Patriots 13–3  Mercedes-Benz Stadium

(Atlanta Georgia)

2/7/2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31–9 Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida)

Teams With no Appearance in the Super Bowl

Only four teams have not appeared in the Super Bowl games so far, and they are:

  • Detroit Lions
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Houston Texans

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