The NFL championship game of professional American football, played annually by the top teams of the AFC and NFC.

Americans seem to consider this the most significant yearly sports event, and get glued to their TVs whenever Super Sunday rolls around. Consequently, advertisers pay exhorbitant fees to show their commercials to this vast audience. They're usually pretty good, too.

An event during which many new commercials are played. These commercials often try to be humorous but fail. The most successful Super Bowl advertisement was Apple Computer's 1984 ad, which introduced the Macintosh and portrayed IBM as Big Brother (if only they had known more about Microsoft...). Today these commercials usually cost about $2 million a pop.

Oh yeah, apparently there's some kind of game involved too. Don't know what that's all about.

Super Bowl Results – 1967-2022

GameDateWinnerLoserMVPHost city
Super Bowl IJanuary 15, 1967Green Bay Packers (35)Kansas City Chiefs (10)Bart StarrLos Angeles
Super Bowl IIJanuary 14, 1968Green Bay Packers (33)Oakland Raiders (14)Bart StarrMiami
Super Bowl IIIJanuary 12, 1969New York Jets (16)Baltimore Colts (7)Joe NamathMiami
Super Bowl IVJanuary 11, 1970Kansas City Chiefs (23)Minnesota Vikings (7)Len DawsonNew Orleans
Super Bowl VJanuary 17, 1971Baltimore Colts (16)Dallas Cowboys (13)Chuck HowleyMiami
Super Bowl VIJanuary 16, 1972Dallas Cowboys (24)Miami Dolphins (3)Roger StaubachNew Orleans
Super Bowl VIIJanuary 14, 1973Miami Dolphins (14)Washington Redskins (7)Jake ScottLos Angeles
Super Bowl VIIIJanuary 13, 1974Miami Dolphins (24)Minnesota Vikings (7)Larry CsonkaHouston
Super Bowl IXJanuary 12, 1975Pittsburgh Steelers (16)Minnesota Vikings (6)Franco HarrisNew Orleans
Super Bowl XJanuary 18, 1976Pittsburgh Steelers (21)Dallas Cowboys (17)Lynn SwannMiami
Super Bowl XIJanuary 9, 1977Oakland Raiders (32)Minnesota Vikings (14)Fred BiletnikoffPasadena
Super Bowl XIIJanuary 15, 1978Dallas Cowboys (27)Denver Broncos (10)Randy White
Harvey Martin
New Orleans
Super Bowl XIIIJanuary 21, 1979Pittsburgh Steelers (35)Dallas Cowboys (31)Terry BradshawMiami
Super Bowl XIVJanuary 20, 1980Pittsburgh Steelers (31)Los Angeles Rams (19)Terry BradshawPasadena
Super Bowl XVJanuary 25, 1981Oakland Raiders (27)Philadelphia Eagles (10)Jim PlunkettNew Orleans
Super Bowl XVIJanuary 24, 1982San Francisco 49ers (26)Cincinnati Bengals (21)Joe MontanaPontiac
Super Bowl XVIIJanuary 30, 1983Washington Redskins (27)Miami Dolphins (17)John RigginsPasadena
Super Bowl XVIIIJanuary 22, 1984Los Angeles Raiders (38)Washington Redskins (9)Marcus AllenTampa
Super Bowl XIXJanuary 20, 1985San Francisco 49ers (38)Miami Dolphins (16)Joe MontanaStanford
Super Bowl XXJanuary 26, 1986Chicago Bears (46)New England Patriots (10)Richard DentNew Orleans
Super Bowl XXIJanuary 25, 1987New York Giants (39)Denver Broncos (20)Phil SimmsPasadena
Super Bowl XXIIJanuary 31, 1988Washington Redskins (42)Denver Broncos (10)Doug WilliamsSan Diego
Super Bowl XXIIIJanuary 22, 1989San Francisco 49ers (20)Cincinnati Bengals (16)Jerry RiceMiami
Super Bowl XXIVJanuary 28, 1990San Francisco 49ers (55)Denver Broncos (10)Joe MontanaNew Orleans
Super Bowl XXVJanuary 27, 1991New York Giants (20)Buffalo Bills (19)Ottis AndersonTampa
Super Bowl XXVIJanuary 26, 1992Washington Redskins (37)Buffalo Bills (24)Mark RypienMinneapolis
Super Bowl XXVIIJanuary 31, 1993Dallas Cowboys (52)Buffalo Bills (17)Troy AikmanPasadena
Super Bowl XXVIIIJanuary 30, 1994Dallas Cowboys (30)Buffalo Bills (13)Emmitt SmithAtlanta
Super Bowl XXIXJanuary 29, 1995San Francisco 49ers (49)San Diego Chargers (26)Steve YoungMiami
Super Bowl XXXJanuary 28, 1996Dallas Cowboys (27)Pittsburgh Steelers (17)Larry BrownTempe
Super Bowl XXXIJanuary 26, 1997Green Bay Packers (35)New England Patriots (21)Desmond HowardNew Orleans
Super Bowl XXXIIJanuary 25, 1998Denver Broncos (31)Green Bay Packers (24)Terrell DavisSan Diego
Super Bowl XXXIIIJanuary 31, 1999Denver Broncos (34)Atlanta Falcons (19)John ElwayMiami
Super Bowl XXXIVJanuary 30, 2000St. Louis Rams (23)Tennessee Titans (16)Kurt WarnerAtlanta
Super Bowl XXXVJanuary 28, 2001Baltimore Ravens (34)New York Giants (7)Ray LewisTampa
Super Bowl XXXVIFebruary 3, 2002New England Patriots (20)St. Louis Rams (17)Tom BradyNew Orleans
Super Bowl XXXVIIJanuary 26, 2003Tampa Bay Buccaneers (48)Oakland Raiders (21)Dexter JacksonSan Diego
Super Bowl XXXVIIIFebruary 1, 2004New England Patriots (32)Carolina Panthers (29)Tom BradyHouston
Super Bowl XXXIXFebruary 6, 2005New England Patriots (24)Philadelphia Eagles (21)Deion BranchJacksonville
Super Bowl XLFebruary 5, 2006Pittsburgh Steelers (21)Seattle Seahawks (10)Hines WardDetroit
Super Bowl XLIFebruary 4, 2007Indianapolis Colts (29)Chicago Bears (17)Peyton ManningMiami
Super Bowl XLIIFebruary 3, 2008New York Giants (17)New England Patriots (14)Eli ManningGlendale
Super Bowl XLIIIFebruary 1, 2009Pittsburgh Steelers (27)Arizona Cardinals (23)Santonio HolmesTampa
Super Bowl XLIVFebruary 7, 2010New Orleans Saints (31)Indianapolis Colts (17)Drew BreesMiami
Super Bowl XLVFebruary 6, 2011Green Bay Packers (31)Pittsburgh Steelers (25)Aaron RodgersArlington
Super Bowl XLVIFebruary 6, 2012New York Giants (21)New England Patriots (17)Eli ManningIndianapolis
Super Bowl XLVIIFebruary 3, 2013Baltimore Ravens (34)San Francisco 49ers (31)Joe FlaccoNew Orleans
Super Bowl XLVIIIFebruary 2, 2014Seattle Seahawks (43)Denver Broncos (8)Malcolm SmithEast Rutherford
Super Bowl XLIXFebruary 1, 2015New England Patriots (28)Seattle Seahawks (24)Tom BradyGlendale
Super Bowl 50February 7, 2016Denver Broncos (24)Carolina Panthers (10)Von MillerSanta Clara
Super Bowl LIFebruary 5, 2017New England Patriots (34)Atlanta Falcons (28)Tom BradyHouston
Super Bowl LIIFebruary 4, 2018Philadelphia Eagles (41)New England Patriots (33)Nick FolesMinneapolis
Super Bowl LIIIFebruary 3, 2019   Atlanta
Super Bowl LIVFebruary 2, 2020   Miami
Super Bowl LVFebruary 7, 2021   Tampa
Super Bowl LVIFebruary 6, 2022   Los Angeles

This will stay updated as new information on future venue cities are announced. Questions? avalyn is currently the curator of this writeup.

Football has been, for all intents and purposes, a near monopoly by the NFL. It fended off about five different competitors but benefited from the innovations of some of them. Burt Reynolds and the USFL for example came up with the idea of cameras on wires floating above the field to give the kinds of action shots the modern game has. The AFL on the other hand gave us something much much larger.

Keep in mind that the competing leagues rarely got traction. Vince McMahon's XFL which he's attempting to relaunch this year lasted about one season. As did the CFL's attempt to spread its meters-not-yards three downs and you can kick for a rouge cancer southwards.

But the AFL was something different. It was a competitor for eyeballs and the best players with the NFL, and the two leagues had a near-equal rivalry for a while. But in the 1970s it was kind of agreed that the economics of the situation meant there could and should only be one league, and part of that was to have a merger, prior to which would see the champion team of the AFL fight the champion team of the NFL in a sort of super-competition to see which would be the best football team that year. Now that the NFL is a united league with NFC and AFC divisions, it is a matchup between the best AFC team and the best NFC team. So for example, there will never be a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots for the Super Bowl, nor will there ever be one between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons. This precludes a LOT of team rivalry matchups - it is a known fact that certain fan bases hate each other with a violent passion.

It's part of the rhythm of the football year that towards the end there is much angst and prognostication as to how and when teams can stay in or be blanked from the playoffs leading up to the Super Bowl. There are a lot of "if the Eagles and Saints both lose, and the Buccaneers and Falcons win, that means the Panthers are still in it, whereas if the Eagles and Buccaneers win..." scenarios played out by analysts and hung on to by fans hopeful that their team can somehow limp to the big prize.

It is usually announced, as well, when a team is mathematically eliminated from contention.

The winners of the conference divisions (NFC North, NFC South, etc.) are in, as are a couple of "wild card" teams seeded by a formula that takes in number of wins in the season but gives special weight to wins versus teams in their own conference. For example, the Buccaneers and Panthers might have an equal number of wins, but if the Panthers won against the Saints and Falcons and the Buccs won against the Patriots and Steelers, the Panthers would be seeded higher.

The divisional playoffs are usually violent affairs, but when the dust settles, there's one champion per division. The divisional championship games are almost as hotly contested as the actual Super Bowl itself.

The teams are given a couple of weeks off, and during the interim the football is kept alive in terms of interest by having the Pro Bowl (well, in theory anyway) - a game that invites the best players in the league (that because of the teams they're on they're not in the Superbowl) to a rivalry friendly by division in Hawai'i as a consolation prize. Truth be told it's a game of no consequence, it isn't played particularly hard (though it's an honor to be invited) and few people watch it. They also give out the awards for rookies of the year and so forth.

But then, on the first Sunday in February, at what is usually a neutral stadium (the stadium is picked over a year in advance, but no team has ever won a Super Bowl in its own stadium) the Big Game, as it is known by companies who haven't paid the exorbitant licensing fees to use that trademarked name kicks off.

To say it's an enormous event is an understatement.

There are Super Bowl events at bars. People hold Super Bowl parties. The advertising around the Super Bowl is insane. There are gallons of beer and soft drinks, acres of chicken wings, bushels of chips on display in bulk in stores urging people to stock up for the big day. Football themed cupcakes, balloons, you name it. People tend to have their own personal Super Bowl recipes, be it serving a mountain of food buffet style or cookout. The sheer number of calories consumed per American during the game is immense, even by American standards.

Church attendance in both cities in the Superbowl go way up, as people seek supernatural aid for their teams. Churches are happy to "cash in" by having things like food donation boxes, labelled for both teams, and you "cast your vote" for who you'd like to win by donating in the box marked with the team logo you want.

Of course, sales of big screen high definition televisions skyrocket (and returns of same the following week are not uncommon).

Electrical grids need to be on-point because of electrical demand, and given people's tendencies to use the toilet during commercial breaks, there's known drops in water pressure as entire cities practically flush in unison.

Regardless of whether your team made it to the final game or not, you're most certainly watching it. It's one of the few times a year where a casual bandwagon support of another team is allowed, but going out and doing a full team-swap transition is considered a huge no-no. Armchair coaching and quarterbacking will take place during the pre-game as men gather (and to be fair, many women) and discuss who's injured, what likely tactics will be, keys to the game for both teams and their strengths and weaknesses and so forth.

In fact, in some ways the game can be more fun. If your team isn't in it, it's not as much a nailbiter to see your team down or praying that your team holds the lead. You can actually enjoy the league's two best teams (well, in theory anyway) leave it all on the field and enjoy the game for what it is. Of course there's no sweeter joy than seeing your team win a Superbowl, especially if they're a franchise that has never won it (at the time of this writing that would be the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Tennesee Titans and Minnesota Vikings). This year the Eagles might win their first championship, so Eagles fans are flying high in Philadelphia.

But it's not as though it's just for sports fans. Because advertising rates are insanely high given the sheer viewing audience size, companies typically pull out the stops to produce either funny, insightful, moving or otherwise epic campaigns and/or spots for the event, which are often as enjoyed as the game and are as often commented on and judged as the sports played between them. Perennial advertisers Budweiser, Coca Cola and so forth are heavily represented but you also get quirky advertising by newcomers and hopefuls trying to make an impact.

Then of course, there's the half time show. It's usually a full-on abbreviated concert by a notable performer, these have included acts like The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry and The Black Eyed Peas, complete with lasers, fireworks, and an A-game brought by the performer in question.

About 110 million people watch the game. That's one of the largest viewing audiences on earth.

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