A look back at 50 years of the Super Bowl

By The Associated Press

Super Bowl 50

Feb. 7, 2016

At Santa Clara, Calif._71,088

Carolina 0 7 0 3—10

Denver 10 3 3 8—24

Von Miller forced two fumbles to set up Denver’s two touchdowns and the Broncos defense frustrated Cam Newton all game to carry Peyton Manning to his second Super Bowl title.

Manning was 13 of 23 for 141 yards and one interception. The victory was his 200th career win, second Super Bowl championship and he became the first QB to win an NFL title with two teams.

Miller also registered 2 1/2 sacks as the Broncos won the third Super Bowl title in franchise history.

The Broncos’ defense had seven sacks and forced four turnovers. The the Panthers’ defense allowed just 194 yards and permitted one first down out of 14 third-down opportunities.

Midway through the first quarter, Miller sacked Newton and forced him to fumble. Defensive end Malik Jackson fell on the ball in the end zone for a touchdown to give Denver a 10-0 lead.

Late in the fourth quarter, Miller again sacked Newton forcing another fumble. Safety T.J. Ward returned the fumble to the Panthers’ 4-yard line with 4:04 to play. C.J. Anderson scored on a 2-yard run to put the game away with 3:08 remaining.


Super Bowl XLIX

Feb. 1, 2015

At Glendale, Ariz._70,288

New England 0 14 0 14—28

Seattle 0 14 10 0—24

Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes, Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson in the end zone in the final minute and New England rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit for its fourth Super Bowl championship.

The Patriots had to survive one of the most controversial play calls in NFL history.

On the first series of the third quarter, Steven Hauschka’s 27-yard field goal gave the Seahawks a 17-14 lead. Wilson threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin after Brady’s second interception of the game and the Seahawks took a 24-14 lead going into the final quarter.

In the fourth, Brady rallied the Patriots with a 5-yard TD pass Danny Amendola in the back of the end zone and a 3-yarder to Julian Edelman with 2:02 left in the fourth for the go-ahead score.

After Jermaine Kearse made a twisting, turning, tumbling catch for a 33-yard gain to the Patriots 5, Marshawn Lynch ran 4 yards to the 1.

But instead of handing off to “Beast Mode,” Wilson, operating from the shotgun, was instructed to throw a pass against New England’s stacked defense. He was intercepted by Butler on a pass intended for Ricardo Lockette.

The Patriots entered the Super Bowl coming off the “Deflategate” controversy after their rout of the Colts in the AFC championship game.

Brady, the MVP, become the third quarterback, along with Pittsburgh’s Terry Bradshaw and San Francisco’s Joe Montana, to win four titles.

Bill Belichick joined the Steelers’ Chuck Noll as the only coaches to win four Super Bowls.


Super Bowl XLVIII

Feb. 2, 2014

At East Rutherford, N.J._82,529

Seattle 8 14 14 7—43

Denver 0 0 8 0— 8

The Super Bowl finally made the Big Apple.

The Seahawks won their first Super Bowl title in overpowering fashion, punishing Peyton Manning and the Broncos at the New Jersey Meadowlands.

A mere 12 seconds into the game, Seattle led 2-0 with the quickest score in Super Bowl history. On that first play for the Broncos, Manning stepped up toward the line just as center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball. It flew past Manning into the end zone, where Denver’s Knowshon Moreno dived on it for a safety.

Steven Hauschka added two field goals to make it 8-0 after one quarter.

Manning’s third-down pass to Julius Thomas sailed way too high and was intercepted by safety Kam Chancellor, giving the Seahawks the ball at the Denver 37. Marshawn Lynch scored seven plays later to make it 15-0.

Linebacker Malcolm Smith, the game’s MVP, put an end to the Broncos’ longest drive of the day (15 plays in 8:29) with a 69-yard interception return for a TD.

Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff of the second half 87 yards for another Seattle TD. The Seahawks led 36-0 before Denver scored on the last play of the third quarter.

As for playing outdoors in the Northeast in February, the weather couldn’t have been better. Temperatures were in the 50s on the warmest day thus far in 2014.


Super Bowl XLVII

Feb. 3, 2013

At New Orleans_71,024

Baltimore 7 14 7 6—34

San Francisco 3 3 17 8—31

Baltimore survived a power outage at the Superdome to edge San Francisco.

Baltimore’s Joe Flacco, the game’s MVP, threw three first-half touchdown passes to give the Ravens a 21-6 lead at halftime. Flacco’s 13-yard TD pass to Anquan Boldin, a 1-yarder Dennis Pitta and a 56-yarder to Jacoby Jones tied a Super Bowl record.

Jones seemed to put the game away with his record 108-yard touchdown on the second-half kickoff.

Soon after, the lights went out — and when they came back on, the Ravens were almost powerless to slow the 49ers. When action resumed 34 minutes later, Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers scored 17 consecutive points.

Michael Crabtree’s 31-yard touchdown reception on which he broke two tackles made it 28-13. A couple of minutes later, Frank Gore’s 6-yard run followed a 32-yard punt return by Ted Ginn Jr., and the 49ers were within eight.

Ray Rice’s fumble at his 24 set up to David Akers’ 34-yard field goal, but Baltimore rallied with a long drive leading to Justin Tucker’s 19-yard field goal.

Kaepernick’s 15-yard TD run made it 31-29. A 2-point conversion pass failed when the Ravens blitzed.

Tucker added a 38-yard field goal with 4:19 remaining, setting up a frantic finish.

Kaepernick couldn’t get the 49ers into the end zone on the final three plays from inside the Ravens 5, and Ravens punter Sam Koch took a safety for the final score with 4 seconds left. Koch’s free kick was returned by Ginn to midfield as time ran out.


Super Bowl XLVI

Feb. 5, 2012

At Indianapolis_68,658

N.Y. Giants 9 0 6 6—21

New England 0 10 7 0—17

Eli Manning and the Giants one-upped Tom Brady and the Patriots again, coming back with a last-minute score for New York’s fourth Super Bowl title. It was a rematch of the 2008 game, when Manning led New York past New England to ruin the Patriots’ bid for a perfect season.

The Patriots began the second half with an eight-play, 79-yard drive, capped by Aaron Hernandez’s 12-yard touchdown catch for a 17-9 lead.

The Giants’ second field goal in the third quarter trimmed the deficit to 17-15.

New York got the ball on its 12-yard line with 3:46 to play. On the first play of the possession, Manning launched a perfectly placed 38-yard pass to Mario Manningham deep down the left sideline over double coverage.

Manning completed a 16-yard pass to Manningham and a 14-yarder to Hakeem Nicks to put the Giants at the Patriots 18 with 2:00 remaining. Four plays later, Ahmad Bradshaw scored on a 6-yard touchdown run with 57 seconds remaining.

New England couldn’t respond, and Brady’s desperation pass into the Giants’ end zone fell to the ground on the final play.

This was the first Super Bowl with two starting quarterbacks who previously won the game’s MVP award.

Manning became the first QB to open a Super Bowl with nine consecutive completions. Later, Brady put together a run of 16 completions, breaking another Super Bowl mark.


Super Bowl XLV

Feb. 6, 2011

At Arlington, Texas_103,219

Pittsburgh 0 10 7 8—25

Green Bay 14 7 0 10—31

A week of wintry weather — snow, wind, ice — wouldn’t bother the Steelers or Packers, who are used to such things at home in February.

But this Super Bowl was in Dallas, which was crippled for much of the week preceding the game.

MVP Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes and Nick Collins returned an interception for another score, leading the Packers to their fourth Super Bowl title.

The Steelers trailed 21-3 before halftime. Ben Roethlisberger got them within 28-25 midway through the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass and a nifty 2-point conversion. The Packers answered with a 23-yard field goal by Mason Crosby with 2:07 left, giving Roethlisberger one last chance.

Needing to go 87 yards in 1:59 with one timeout left, Roethlisberger couldn’t make it across midfield.

The NFL also had to deal with not having seats for fans with tickets to the game in the Cowboys’ home stadium.


Super Bowl XLIV

Feb. 7, 2010

At Miami_74,059

New Orleans 0 6 10 15—31

Indianapolis 10 0 7 0—17

Tracy Porter’s 74-yard interception return with 3:12 remaining capped a fourth-quarter comeback and lifted the Saints to their first Super Bowl title.

Trailing 10-6, New Orleans opened the second half by recovering an onside kick, which led to a 16-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to Pierre Thomas and the Saints’ first lead.

Indianapolis came back with a 76-yard scoring drive capped by Joseph Addai’s 4-yard touchdown run. Garrett Hartley’s 47-yard field goal pulled the Saints within 17-16 after three quarters.

In the fourth period, Indy’s Matt Stover missed a 51-yard field goal attempt. Brees completed all seven pass attempts on the ensuing drive, capped by Jeremy Shockey’s 2-yard scoring catch with 5:42 remaining. The Saints got the 2-point conversion to take a 24-17 lead.

The Colts quickly drove to the Saints 31, but on third-and-5, Peyton Manning’s short pass to the left side intended for Reggie Wayne was intercepted by Porter.


Super Bowl XLIII

Feb. 1, 2009

At Tampa, Fla._70,774

Pittsburgh 3 14 3 7—27

Arizona 0 7 0 16—23

Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers ended a game of incredible swings with a final-minute touchdown for a victory over the Cardinals.

MVP Santonio Holmes made a brilliant 6-yard catch deep in the right corner of the end zone with 35 seconds remaining, lifting the Steelers to a record-setting sixth Super Bowl win.

The late scoring overshadowed Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison’s record 100-yard interception return for a touchdown to end the first half.

Pittsburgh’s 79-yard, 16-play drive ended with Jeff Reed’s 21-yard field goal for a 20-7 lead after three quarters. Kurt Warner and the Cardinals then staged a remarkable rally in the fourth quarter to go in front 23-20 with 2:37 remaining.

Warner hit all eight passes for all the yards of an 87-yard drive capped by a leaping 1-yard TD catch by Larry Fitzgerald over Ike Taylor. After an exchange of possessions, the Cardinals got a safety when Pittsburgh’s Justin Hartwig was called for a holding penalty in the end zone.

Two plays later, Warner hit Fitzgerald in stride for a 64-yard touchdown and the lead.

With 2:30 left, Roethlisberger engineered a 78-yard drive. Roethlisberger connected with Holmes on passes of 14, 13 and 40 yards before hitting him in the right corner.


Super Bowl XLII

Feb. 4, 2008

At Glendale, Ariz._71,101

N.Y. Giants 3 0 0 14—17

New England 0 7 0 7—14

Perfect no more.

Eli Manning and the New York Giants shattered New England’s unbeaten season when he threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds left.

The win was the Giants’ 11th straight on the road, and the first time the Patriots lost in more than a year. New England (18-1) was one play from winning, but its defense couldn’t stop a 12-play, 83-yard drive that featured a spectacular leaping catch by David Tyree, who scored New York’s first touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

After an exchange of punts and trailing 10-7, the Patriots took possession on their 20-yard line with 7:54 to play. Tom Brady completed 8 of 11 passes on the drive, which ended with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Randy Moss with 2:42 to play.

With 1:15 left, Manning faced a third-and-5 at the Giants 44. The Patriots brought pressure, and Manning somehow shook loose from the grasps of Jarvis Green and Richard Seymour. Scrambling to his right, he made a desperate toss deep down the middle.

Tyree, the Giants’ fourth receiver, jumped up, and with safety Rodney Harrison on his back, managed to get both hands on the ball. Harrison fought him the whole way, slapping at the ball and momentarily pinning it to Tyree’s helmet. That gave Tyree a chance to get a better grip and as he fell backward, he had the presence to hold the ball aloft to show it was his.

Soon after, the Lombardi Trophy was the Giants’.


Super Bowl XLI

Feb. 4, 2007

At Miami_74,512

Indianapolis 6 10 6 7—29

Chicago 14 0 3 0—17

Peyton Manning of the Colts added a Super Bowl MVP award to his long list of achievements. He was 25 of 38 for 247 yards and a touchdown pass as he rallied the Colts to a 29-17 victory in the South Florida rain. It was the first Super Bowl played in wet weather.

Another first: Tony Dungy became the first African-American coach to win the championship, beating good friend and protege Lovie Smith in a game that featured the first two African-American coaches in the Super Bowl.

Chicago’s Devin Hester opened the game with a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the first time a Super Bowl began with a touchdown. Two possessions later, Manning connected on a 53-yard pass to Reggie Wayne. Hunter Smith mishandled the snap on the extra point, allowing the Bears to hold a 7-6 lead. The Bears took a 14-6 lead later in the quarter on Muhsin Muhammad’s 4-yard touchdown reception.

The Colts scored 10 points in the second quarter, capped by Dominic Rhodes’ 1-yard run, for a 16-14 halftime lead.

Indianapolis kicked field goals on its first two possessions of the third quarter and put the game away on Kelvin Hayden’s 56-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.


Super Bowl XL

Feb. 5, 2006

At Detroit_68,206

Seattle 3 0 7 0—10

Pittsburgh 0 7 7 7—21

In what almost amounted to a home game for the Steelers — and was a homecoming for their star running back, Jerome Bettis, Pittsburgh finally got its “one for the thumb” ring.

A record-setting run, game-turning interception and trick play gave the Steelers their record-tying fifth Super Bowl title in Bettis’s final NFL game. In his hometown of Detroit, before nearly as many Terrible Towels as are waved in Heinz Field.

Pittsburgh’s Willie Parker broke free for a Super Bowl-record 75 yards on the second play of the second half to give the Steelers a 14-3 lead.

They had a chance to close out the Seahawks later in the third quarter, but on third-and-6 from the Seahawks 7-yard line, Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception that Kelly Herndon returned a Super Bowl-record 76 yards. That set up the Seahawks’ only touchdown, a 16-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck to Jerramy Stevens.

Early in the fourth quarter, Seattle drove to the Steelers 19. Hasselbeck’s worst pass of the game was intercepted by Ike Taylor, ending Seattle’s drive.

The clincher for the Steelers was Antwaan Randle El’s 43-yard pass to Hines Ward, the first Super Bowl touchdown throw by a receiver and one of the most decisive trick plays in championship game history. Randle El had been a quarterback in college.

That catch wrapped up the MVP trophy for Ward, who had five catches for 123 yards. It wrapped up Bettis’ only championship; he announced his retirement after the game.


Super Bowl XXXIX

Feb. 6, 2005

At Jacksonville, Fla._78,125

New England 0 7 7 10—24

Philadelphia 0 7 7 7—21

The New England Patriots won their third Super Bowl in four years, matching the Cowboys’ feat from the 1990s. It was their ninth straight postseason victory, equaling Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers. It was coach Bill Belichick’s 10th playoff victory in 11 games, one better than Lombardi.

Deion Branch, from nearby Albany, Georgia, fretted that he couldn’t get enough tickets for everyone who wanted to make the drive from his hometown to Jacksonville.

Those who didn’t attend missed quite a show: Branch had 11 receptions for 133 yards to win MVP honors and the Patriots’ defense forced four turnovers to become the eighth team to win consecutive Super Bowls.

The Patriots took a 21-14 lead early in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard run by Corey Dillon. New England forced a three-and-out and Branch’s 19-yard reception set up Adam Vinatieri’s 22-yard field goal with 8:40 to play.

The Eagles pulled within three on Donovan McNabb’s 30-yard pass to Greg Lewis with 1:48 to play.

Philadelphia’s final drive started on its 4 with 46 seconds left. Rodney Harrison ended the Eagles’ hopes three plays later with his second interception of the game.


Super Bowl XXXVIII

Feb. 1, 2004

At Houston_71,525

Carolina 0 10 0 19—29

New England 0 14 0 18—32

The Patriots won their second Super Bowl in three seasons after Adam Vinatieri kicked another field goal in the final seconds to lift his team to victory in game often remembered for the controversial halftime show.

New England and Carolina went a record 26:55 without any points before Tom Brady hit Deion Branch for a 7-0 lead. The teams then combined for 24 points in the final 3:05 of the half. After a scoreless third quarter, they scored a total of 37 points over the final quarter.

Jake Delhomme and Muhsin Muhammad connected for the longest pass in Super Bowl history, an 85-yard touchdown that gave the Panthers a brief 22-21 lead with 6:53 left.

Mike Vrabel, a linebacker who often played on offense near the goal line, caught a touchdown pass to put New England back ahead 29-22. Delhomme’s 12-yard pass to Ricky Proehl capped an 80-yard drive to tie the game with 1:08 remaining.

John Kasay’s ensuing kickoff went out of bounds, giving the Patriots the ball on their 40-yard line. Brady, who earned his second MVP award, moved New England to the Carolina 23 in five plays, leaving the outcome up to one of the game’s best clutch kickers.

At halftime, Janet Jackson had a “wardrobe malfunction” during her performance, revealing her breast to the national TV audience as well as the fans in attendance.


Super Bowl XXXVII

Jan. 26, 2003

At San Diego_67,603

Oakland 3 0 6 12—21

Tampa Bay 3 17 14 14—48

Tampa Bay’s defense dominated the Raiders in the first Super Bowl matchup of the NFL’s best offense against the best defense.

MVP Dexter Jackson had two interceptions. Also with two was Dwight Smith, who returned both of his picks for touchdowns, including a 50-yarder to finish off the scoring with 2 seconds left. Derrick Brooks also returned an interception for a touchdown against league MVP Rich Gannon.

Simeon Rice had two of the Bucs’ five sacks as Tampa romped to a 20-3 halftime lead, then scored two quick third-quarter touchdowns.

The Raiders had a touchdown on a blocked punt and a 48-yard TD pass from Gannon to Jerry Rice. But Gannon threw five interceptions.

Tampa Bay’s offense did its part, too, led by Michael Pittman, who ran for 124 yards on 29 carries.

Oakland had been rocked the morning of the game by the absence of starting center Barrett Robbins, who was in a San Diego hospital after disappearing from the team’s hotel the night before. He had gone on a drinking and drug binge in Tijuana, Mexico.


Super Bowl XXXVI

Feb. 3, 2002

At New Orleans_72,922

St. Louis 3 0 0 14—17

New England 0 14 3 3—20

A Super Bowl remembered as much for its halftime show as for the game.

In the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the NFL moved the Super Bowl back a week, having it bump up against Mardi Gras in New Orleans. A tribute by U2 to the victims of the attacks, whose names were scrolled along the Superdome roof, is still talked about.

So is the game.

Adam Vinatieri’s 48-yard field goal as time expired gave Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots their first Super Bowl title over the two-touchdown favorite Rams.

Using a brutally rugged pass defense, the Patriots forced three turnovers to build a 17-3 lead. In the middle of the second quarter, Ty Law returned an interception of Kurt Warner 47 yards for a touchdown and a 7-3 lead.

With 1:33 left in the first half, New England’s Antwan Harris forced Ricky Proehl to fumble and Terrell Buckley returned the ball to the St. Louis 40. Four plays later, Brady hit David Patten with an 8-yard pass for a 14-3 halftime lead.

New England added another field goal late in the third quarter after Otis Smith’s 30-yard interception return to the St. Louis 33.

Then the Rams, known as the Greatest Show on Turf, woke up.

Kurt Warner’s 2-yard TD run with 9:31 left pulled St. Louis within 17-10. The Rams got the ball back at their 45 and needed only 21 seconds to tie it on a 26-yard pass from Warner to Proehl with 1:30 left.

Overtime ahead? Nope.

New England started the ensuing drive on its 17. Brady, in just his second pro season, led a 53-yard, nine-play drive to set up Vinatieri’s field goal.


Super Bowl XXXV

Jan. 28, 2001

At Tampa, Fla._71,921

Baltimore 7 3 14 10—34

N.Y. Giants 0 0 7 0— 7

The Ravens, led by Ray Lewis and one of the great defenses in NFL history, intercepted Kerry Collins four times and held New York to 152 yards. Baltimore’s defense was so dominant that New York’s offense never got inside the Ravens 29.

Ron Dixon’s 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown kept the Ravens from the first shutout in a Super Bowl.

Trent Dilfer’s 38-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Stokley and Matt Stover’s 47-yard field goal game the Ravens a 10-0 halftime lead.

Duane Starks returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown, the first of three TDs on three plays late in the third quarter — none on offense. The other two were back-to-back kickoff returns by Dixon and Jermaine Lewis of Baltimore, the first time that’s happened in a Super Bowl.

Jamal Lewis, who had 29 carries for 102 yards, added a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter and Stover finished the scoring with a 38-yard field goal.

The Ravens became the third wild-card team to win the Super Bowl. The victory gave 75-year-old Art Modell his first Super Bowl victory in 40 years as an owner.


Super Bowl XXXIV

Jan. 30, 2000

At Atlanta_72,625

St. Louis 3 6 7 7—23

Tennessee 0 0 6 10—16

Atlanta wasn’t the most hospitable site for the big game — an ice storm crippled the city for much of Super Bowl week. Early on, the Rams did their media interviews in a comfortably warm hotel ballroom, while the Titans were stuck wearing winter garb in a tent.

Kurt Warner’s 73-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Bruce with 1:54 left gave the Rams, as well as longtime coach Dick Vermeil, their first Super Bowl victory.

The Rams drove inside the Titans 20 on each of their first six possessions, but only managed three field goals and a touchdown for a 16-0 lead.

Tennessee stormed back and tied the score with two touchdowns by Eddie George and a 43-yard field goal by Al Del Greco with 2:12 left.

On the game’s final play with 6 seconds left, Steve McNair’s pass was caught by Kevin Dyson at the Rams 5. He scrambled for the end zone only to be stopped just 1 yard short by Mike Jones as Dyson’s outstretched arm held the ball near the goal line.

Warner finished off a storybook year in which he went from obscure back to league and Super Bowl MVP.


Super Bowl XXXIII

Jan. 31, 1999

At Miami_74,803

Denver 7 10 0 17—34

Atlanta 3 3 0 13—19

After going 0-3 in Super Bowls in his first 14 seasons, John Elway won for the second straight year. Elway completed 18 of 29 passes for 336 yards and won his first MVP trophy in five starts, a record for a quarterback.

Denver became the first AFC team to win two straight since Pittsburgh in 1979 and 1980.

League MVP Terrell Davis, a 2,000-yard rusher during the season, carried 25 times for 102 yards for his seventh consecutive 100-yard game in the postseason, breaking an NFL record set by John Riggins. Darrien Gordon intercepted two passes that set up two scores. Howard Griffith had two 1-yard TD runs and Rod Smith caught five passes for 152 yards and an 80-yard touchdown.

The game turned on one of the Falcons’ mistakes with five minutes left in the second quarter. Atlanta moved to the Denver 8, but couldn’t convert on third-and-goal. Then Morten Andersen, one of only two kickers with more than 400 field goals, missed a 26-yard attempt. On the next play, Smith raced by Ronnie Bradford and Eugene Robinson and caught the ball in stride for an 80-yard score that made it 17-3.

Atlanta’s “Dirty Birds” were done.


Super Bowl XXXII

Jan. 25, 1998

At San Diego_68,912

Green Bay 7 7 3 7—24

Denver 7 10 7 7—31

Finally, a Broncos breakthrough.

Terrell Davis rushed for 157 yards and a record three touchdowns to lead the Broncos to their first NFL title and break the NFC’s streak of 13 consecutive Super Bowl victories.

Defending champion Green Bay took the opening kickoff and scored on Brett Favre’s 22-yard pass to Antonio Freeman. Denver responded with a 10-play, 58-yard drive capped by Davis’ 1-yard run.

Two plays later, Tyrone Braxton intercepted Favre on the Green Bay 45 and John Elway scored on a 1-yard run. Steve Atwater forced Favre to fumble three plays later, which resulted in a 51-yard field goal by Jason Elam and 17-7 lead. Green Bay ended the first half with a 17-play, 95-yard drive to close the gap to three.

Ryan Longwell’s 27-yard field goal tied the game early in the third period. After exchanging punts, Davis scored his second touchdown, capping a 13-play, 92-yard drive.

The Packers tied the game early in the fourth quarter on Favre’s 13-yard pass to Freeman. Then the Broncos got great field position following Craig Hentrich’s 39-yard punt to the Packers 49. Darius Holland’s 15-yard facemask penalty after Davis’ 2-yard run moved the ball to the Packers 32. Davis scored several plays later with 1:45 remaining — Green Bay coach Mike Holmgren had his defense intentionally allow Davis to score from the 1 to preserve time for the Packers’ offense.

The strategy didn’t work.

The Packers reached the Broncos 35 with 1:04 left. But when on fourth-and-6, John Mobley batted down Favre’s pass with 32 seconds left, Denver had its long-awaited title.


Super Bowl XXXI

Jan. 26, 1997

At New Orleans_72,301

New England 14 0 7 0—21

Green Bay 10 17 8 0—35

The NFL title returns to Titletown.

Brett Favre threw two touchdown passes and ran for one score as the Packers won their first Super Bowl in 29 years. The big play was Desmond Howard’s 99-yard kickoff return in the third quarter. Howard, the Most Valuable Player, set a Super Bowl record with 244 return yards.

On the second play from scrimmage, Favre hit Andre Rison with a 54-yard touchdown pass. Following Doug Evans’ interception, the Packers went ahead 10-0 just 6:18 into the game. The Patriots rallied with Drew Bledsoe’s touchdown passes to Keith Byars and Ben Coates to give them their only lead of the game at 14-10.

Green Bay scored 56 seconds into the second quarter when Favre hit Antonio Freeman with a Super Bowl record 81-yard touchdown pass. Favre later scored on a 2-yard run to give the Packers a 27-14 halftime lead.

New England closed the gap on Curtis Martin’s 18-yard run late in the third quarter. Howard took the ensuing kickoff all the way to stop the Patriots’ momentum. The Packers’ defense took over in the fourth quarter, intercepting Bledsoe twice, and preventing the Patriots from crossing midfield in four possessions.


Super Bowl XXX

Jan. 28, 1996

At Tempe, Ariz._76,347

Dallas 10 3 7 7—27

Pittsburgh 0 7 0 10—17

The Cowboys became the first team to win three Super Bowls in four seasons with a big lift from cornerback Larry Brown, who was the game’s MVP.

With Dallas leading 13-7 midway through the third quarter, Brown grabbed an errant pass by Neil O’Donnell and returned it 44 yards. That set up a 1-yard TD run by Emmitt Smith.

After Pittsburgh closed within 20-17 with the help of an onside kick, Brown came through again. With four minutes left and Pittsburgh threatening to score, Brown grabbed another pass and returned it 33 yards to set up a 4-yard TD run by Smith.

Brown parlayed his performance into a big free agent contract with Oakland, but was never as successful as in Super Bowl 30.

The Cowboys scored on their first three possessions, including two field goals by Chris Boniol, for a 13-0 lead in the first half. O’Donnell threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Yancey Thigpen with 13 seconds left in the half.

It was Pittsburgh’s first loss in a Super Bowl.


Super Bowl XXIX

Jan. 29, 1995

At Miami_74,107

San Diego 7 3 8 8—26

San Francisco 14 14 14 7—49

Steve Young threw a record six touchdown passes, and the 49ers became the first team to win five Super Bowls. Young, the game’s MVP, completed 24 of 36 passes for 325 yards, in escaping from the shadow of San Francisco great Joe Montana, who led the team to four championships in as many tries.

The 49ers scored their first touchdown 1:24 into the game, on a 44-yard pass from Young to Jerry Rice, who somehow was covered (or uncovered, really) by only a linebacker on the play. Ricky Watters followed with a 51-yard touchdown reception to give San Francisco a 14-0 lead with 10:05 still to play in the first quarter.

Rice and Watters each tied the Super Bowl record with three touchdowns. Rice also established career records for receptions, yards and touchdowns in a Super Bowl. The 75 points scored in the game also set a record.


Super Bowl XXVIII

Jan. 30, 1994

At Atlanta_72,817

Dallas 6 0 14 10—30

Buffalo 3 10 0 0—13

In the only rematch in back-to-back years, Emmitt Smith rushed for 132 yards and two second-half touchdowns to lead the Cowboys to their second straight NFL title — and give the Bills a record four consecutive Super Bowl losses.

Buffalo has not been back to the Super Bowl since.

The Bills built a 13-6 halftime lead on Thurman Thomas’ 4-yard run and two field goals by Steve Christie, including a record 54-yarder.

One minute into the second half, Thomas was stripped by Dallas defensive tackle Leon Lett. Safety James Washington recovered the fumble and ran 46 yards for the tying touchdown.

The Cowboys forced the Bills to punt on the next possession and started on their 36-yard line. Smith carried seven times for 61 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown run, in an eight-play scoring drive.

Washington set up the Cowboys’ final touchdown in the fourth quarter when he intercepted Jim Kelly’s pass and returned it 12 yards to the Bills 34. On the 10th play of the drive, Smith scored on fourth-and-goal from the 1 to put the Cowboys in front 27-13.


Super Bowl XXVII

Jan. 31, 1993

At Pasadena, Calif._98,374

Buffalo 7 3 7 0—17

Dallas 14 14 3 21—52

Troy Aikman threw four touchdown passes, Emmitt Smith rushed for 108 yards, and the Cowboys converted nine turnovers into 35 points.

Dallas won its third Super Bowl in a record six appearances and Buffalo lost its third straight, also a record.

Buffalo scored first on a 2-yard run by Thurman Thomas. Dallas came back when James Washington intercepted Jim Kelly’s pass and returned it to the Bills 47. Aikman hit Jay Novacek with a 23-yard touchdown pass. On the next play from scrimmage, Kelly was sacked by Charles Haley and fumbled at the 2. Jimmie Jones recovered the fumble and scored.

Dallas put the game out of reach by scoring three times in a 2:33 span of the fourth quarter. The Cowboys recovered five fumbles and had four interceptions.

But Dallas didn’t score on one of the most infamous plays in Super Bowl history. Defensive tackle Leon Lett picked up a fumble at the Dallas 35 and sprinted toward the end zone. Lett slowed a bit to prematurely celebrate his TD, but a streaking Bills receiver Don Beebe caught up and swatted the ball through the end zone for a touchback.

Aikman, who completed 22 of 30 passes for 273 yards, was the Most Valuable Player.


Super Bowl XXVI

Jan. 26, 1992

At Minneapolis_63,130

Washington 0 17 14 6—37

Buffalo 0 0 10 14—24

Most Valuable Player Mark Rypien passed for 292 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Redskins to their third Super Bowl title.

Sixteen seconds into the second half, Kurt Gouveia intercepted Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelly’s pass and returned it 23 yards to the Bills 2-yard line. One play later, Gerald Riggs scored his second touchdown of the game to make it 24-0.

Kelly was 28 for 58 for 275 yards and two touchdowns and four interceptions. The 58 attempts were a Super Bowl record. AFC rushing leader Thurman Thomas was held to 13 yards on 10 carries and 27 yards on four receptions.

Even more embarrassing, he didn’t start the game for the Bills because he couldn’t locate his helmet on the sideline.

Redskins receivers Gary Clark had seven catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. Art Monk added seven catches for 113 yards.

Joe Gibbs became the third head coach to win three Super Bowls, joining Chuck Noll and Bill Walsh.


Super Bowl XXV

Jan. 27, 1991

At Tampa, Fla._73,813

Buffalo 3 9 0 7—19

N.Y. Giants 3 7 7 3—20

With the Gulf War underway, patriotism was at a peak in the United States. Whitney Houston’s pregame rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” brought fans in Tampa and folks watching on TV to an emotional peak.

So did the game.

The New York Giants survived the closest Super Bowl ever when Scott Norwood’s 47-yard field goal attempt went wide right with 8 seconds left in the game.

The Giants won their second Super Bowl in five years with a ball-control offense — they had possession for 40:33, a Super Bowl record. Fourteen of New York’s 73 plays came on its initial drive of the third quarter that covered 75 yards and a Super Bowl record 9:39 before running back Ottis Anderson scored on 1-yard run. Anderson’s touchdown gave the Giants a 17-12 lead.

Thurman Thomas opened the fourth quarter with a 31-yard touchdown burst to put Buffalo ahead 19-17. Matt Bahr put the Giants ahead with a 21-yard field.

Giants quarterback Jeff Hostetler, playing for the injured Phil Simms, completed 20 of 32 passes for 222 yards and one touchdown. Anderson rushed 21 times for 102 yards and a touchdown to capture the Most Valuable Player award.


Super Bowl XXIV

Jan. 28, 1990

At New Orleans_72,919

San Francisco 13 14 14 14—55

Denver 3 0 7 3—10

Denver never had a chance.

The San Francisco 49ers routed the Broncos 55-10 in the most lopsided Super Bowl. It was big easy in the Big Easy for Joe Montana and company.

The 49ers became the first repeat NFL champion in a decade and tied the Pittsburgh Steelers as a pinnacle of Super Bowl perfection with four wins in four tries. The Broncos, on the other hand, lost their fourth Super Bowl and John Elway fell to 0-3.

Joe Montana threw for a record five touchdowns, three to Jerry Rice, and also set a record with 13 straight pass completions. Montana completed 22 of 29 passes for 297 yards and Rice caught seven passes for 148 yards.

By halftime, it was 27-3 and after three quarters, it was 41-10.

Montana also set five Super Bowl career records, including his third Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award, and San Francisco’s point total was the most ever.


Super Bowl XXIII

Jan. 22, 1989

At Miami_75,129

Cincinnati 0 3 10 3—16

San Francisco 3 0 3 14—20

After a week of riots within Miami, San Francisco captured its third Super Bowl of the 1980s and became the first NFC team to win three times.

The 49ers outgained the Bengals 454 to 229, but found themselves trailing late in the game. Jim Breech’s 40-yard field goal, with 3:20 remaining gave Cincinnati a 16-13 lead.

San Francisco started the winning drive at its 8-yard line, with quarterback Joe Montana (“Joe Cool”) famously scanning the crowd at the beginning of the march and telling his teammates, “Look, there’s John Candy.”

Then Montana took apart Cincinnati’s defense. On the 11th play of the series, Montana hit John Taylor with a 10-yard pass over middle for the winning touchdown with 34 seconds remaining.

At halftime, the score was 3-3, the first time in Super Bowl history the game was tied at intermission. Both teams exchanged field goals and Stanford Jennings’ 93-yard kickoff return gave the Bengals a 13-6 lead with 4 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

The 49ers came back with an 85-yard drive in four plays, concluding with Montana’s 14-yard pass to Jerry Rice. Rice was voted the most valuable player after catching 11 passes for a record 215 yards. Montana completed 23 of 36 passes for a record 357 yards.


Super Bowl XXII

Jan. 31, 1988

At San Diego_73,302

Washington 0 35 0 7—42

Denver 10 0 0 0—10

The Washington Redskins, with the greatest quarter in NFL playoff history, scored 35 points in the second period to overcome a 10-0 deficit and win their second Super Bowl championship.

John Elway threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Nattiel on the Broncos’ first play from scrimmage and Rich Karlis kicked a 24-yard field goal on the next possession to take a 10-0 lead.

The Redskins scored five touchdowns on consecutive possessions in the second quarter, four on passes by MVP Doug Williams, who set a record with 340 yards passing in the game. Washington scored the five touchdowns in 18 plays with a total time of possession of only 5:47.

Williams became the first African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl.

Tim Smith, a rookie backup who gained 126 yards for the entire season, was given the start by Redskins coach Joe Gibbs. Smith rushed for a record 204 yards. Ricky Sanders caught nine passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns, breaking one record and tying another.

Just as in the 1982 season, the Redskins won the title in a season shortened by a players’ strike.


Super Bowl XXI

Jan. 25, 1987

At Pasadena, Calif._101,063

Denver 10 0 0 10—20

N.Y. Giants 7 2 17 13—39

Phil Simms led the New York Giants to a 30-point second half to beat the Denver Broncos, winning their first Super Bowl and first NFL championship in 30 years.

Simms completed 22 of 25 for 268 yards, including three touchdown passes, and was unanimously voted the Most Valuable Player. He also set a Super Bowl record with 10 straight completions during New York’s second-half tear. His 88 percent completion rate was an NFL playoff record.

John Elway, in his first of five Super Bowls, helped Denver to a 10-9 halftime lead. New York started the second half with three plays for 9 yards, and the Giants’ punting team ran onto the field at its 46. Suddenly, the Giants shifted out of punt formation, and Jeff Rutledge, the second-string quarterback, came up behind center to take the snap and sneak for 1 yard and a first down. Six plays later, Simms hit tight end Mark Bavaro for 13 yards, the Giants led 16-10 and the rout was on.


Super Bowl XX

Jan. 26, 1986

At New Orleans_73,818

Chicago 13 10 21 2—46

New England 3 0 0 7—10

The Monsters of the Midway in all their overpowering glory.

And with some brashness: several players made a music video, the “Super Bowl Shuffle,” before heading to New Orleans.

The Chicago Bears won their first NFL championship since 1963 by setting a Super Bowl record for points scored in defeating the Patriots 46-10. The NFC champions, who won by the largest margin in Super Bowl history, broke the mark for points in a game set by San Francisco and the Los Angeles Raiders in the previous two Super Bowls.

New England capitalized on a Chicago fumble to score the quickest points in Super Bowl history on Tony Franklin’s field goal 74 seconds after kickoff. That just made the Bears mad, and they scored 44 straight points.

The Bears’ defense, which allowed only 10 points in postseason play, held New England to 7 yards rushing and 116 yards passing.

Jim McMahon, who passed for 256 yards, became the first quarterback to rush for two touchdowns. Richard Dent, who contributed 1 1/2 sacks, was voted the Most Valuable Player.

Chicago all-time great running back Walter Payton didn’t score, but defensive tackle William “Refrigerator” Perry had a 1-yard TD run.


Super Bowl XIX

Jan. 20, 1985

At Palo Alto, Calif._84,059

Miami 10 6 0 0—16

San Francisco 7 21 10 0—38

Billed as a matchup of the NFL’s top two quarterbacks, Joe Montana (and his defense) easily got the better of Dan Marino.

Montana completed 24 of 35 passes and threw for a Super Bowl record 331 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed five times for 59 yards and a touchdown. Running back Roger Craig caught two of Montana’s touchdown passes and ran for another to set a Super Bowl record.

The San Francisco defense sacked the record-setting Marino four times in the game and held the Dolphins to 25 yards rushing.

Montana joined Green Bay’s Bart Starr and Pittsburgh’s Terry Bradshaw as the only two-time Super Bowl most valuable players. Montana was the MVP in the 1982 Super Bowl against Cincinnati.

Marino would never make the Super Bowl again in his Hall of Fame career.


Super Bowl XVIII

Jan. 22, 1984

At Tampa, Fla._72,920

Washington 0 3 6 0— 9

Los Angeles 7 14 14 3—38

Marcus Allen rushed for a Super Bowl-record 191 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns as the Raiders trounced the Redskins, 38-9.

The Raiders took a 7-0 lead 4:52 into the game when Derrick Jensen blocked Jeff Hayes’ punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown.

Jim Plunkett hooked up with Cliff Branch for a 12-yard TD pass and a 14-0 lead. Washington cut the margin to 14-3 on a 24-yard field goal by Mark Moseley, but with 7 seconds left in the half, Washington coach Joe Gibbs called for a screen pass. Raiders linebacker Jack Squirek saw it coming and intercepted Joe Theismann’s throw, jogging 5 yards into the end zone to give Los Angeles a commanding 21-3 halftime advantage.

Allen, voted the game’s most valuable player, scored on runs of 5 and 74 yards, the latter a Super Bowl record and a brilliant effort, putting the Raiders ahead 35-9.


Super Bowl XVII

Jan. 30, 1983

At Pasadena, Calif._103,667

Miami 7 10 0 0—17

Washington 0 10 3 14—27

Fullback John Riggins churned out a Super Bowl-record 166 yards on 38 carries to spark the Redskins to a come-from-behind 27-17 win over the Dolphins.

For Riggins, voted the game’s most valuable player, it was his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing game during the playoffs, also a record.

Riggins gave the Redskins their first lead with 10:01 remaining when he ran 43 yards off left tackle for a touchdown on fourth-and-1.

The Dolphins had built a 17-10 halftime lead on a 76-yard touchdown pass from David Woodley to wide receiver Jim Cefalo in the first quarter; a 20-yard field goal by Uwe von Schamann; and a Super Bowl-record 98-yard kickoff return by Fulton Walker just before halftime.

Mark Moseley cut the Miami lead to 17-13 with a 20-yard field goal in the third quarter.

After Riggins’ run put the Redskins on top, Theismann capped the scoring with a 6-yard pass to wide receiver Charlie Brown with 1:55 left.

The Redskins and Dolphins survived a strike-shortened season to reach the Super Bowl.


Super Bowl XVI

Jan. 24, 1982

At Pontiac, Mich._81,270

San Francisco 7 13 6 0—26

Cincinnati 0 0 7 14—21

The first Super Bowl held in a cold-weather city — but in the Pontiac Silverdome — was preceded by the 49ers’ bus getting caught in traffic and several players needing to walk into the stadium.

Didn’t bother them much: Ray Wersching kicked a Super Bowl record-tying four field goals to help lift the 49ers to their first NFL championship with a 26-21 win over the Bengals.

The 49ers built a game-record 20-0 halftime lead on the strength of two long touchdown marches led by Joe Montana, and two Wersching field goals.

The Bengals came back in the second half, narrowing the margin to 20-14 on quarterback Ken Anderson’s 5-yard run and 4-yard scoring toss to Dan Ross. But Wersching connected on early third-quarter field goals of 40 and 23 yards to increase the 49ers’ lead to 26-14, making meaningless Anderson’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Ross (who set a Super Bowl record with 11 receptions for 104 yards) in the final seconds.

Montana completed 14 of 22 passes for 157 yards; Anderson established game records for completions (25) and completion percentage (73.5 percent on 25 of 34).


Super Bowl XV

Jan. 25, 1981

At New Orleans_76,135

Oakland 14 0 10 3—27

Philadelphia 0 3 0 7—10

Jim Plunkett’s two first-quarter touchdown passes, including a Super Bowl-record 80-yard strike to running back Kenny King, led the Raiders.

Philadelphia, which had defeated Oakland 10-7 several weeks earlier, never got on track until late in the third quarter. Linebacker Rod Martin set up Oakland’s first touchdown with his first of three interceptions, a Super Bowl record for one player.

Before the first quarter ended the Raiders upped their lead to 14-0 when Plunkett hit King near midfield to record the longest play in Super Bowl history. In all, Plunkett completed 13 of 21 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns. The game capped a storybook season for Plunkett, the game’s MVP.

The journeyman quarterback took over the reins of the Raiders’ offense and won nine of the last 11 regular-season games. In the playoffs, the Raiders beat Houston, San Diego and Cleveland en route to becoming the first wild-card team to win the Super Bowl.


Super Bowl XIV

Jan. 20, 1980

At Pasadena, Calif._103,985

Los Angeles 7 6 6 0—19

Pittsburgh 3 7 7 14—31

The Steel Curtain dynasty concluded as Terry Bradshaw completed 14 of 21 passes for 309 yards and set two passing records as the Steelers became the first team to win four Super Bowls.

Despite three interceptions by the Rams, Bradshaw brought the Steelers from behind twice in the second half. Trailing 13-10 at halftime, Pittsburgh went ahead 17-13 when Bradshaw connected with Lynn Swann for a 47-yard touchdown early in the third quarter.

On the Rams’ next possession, Vince Ferragamo responded with a 50-yard pass to Billy Waddy that moved Los Angeles to the Steelers 24. On the following play, Lawrence McCutcheon connected with Ron Smith on a halfback option pass that gave the Rams a 19-17 lead.

On Pittsburgh’s initial possession of the fourth quarter, Bradshaw lofted a gorgeous 73-yard scoring pass to John Stallworth to put the Steelers in front to stay, 24-19. A 45-yard pass from Bradshaw to Stallworth was the key play in Pittsburgh’s final scoring drive, which was culminated by Franco Harris’ second 1-yard TD of the game.

Bradshaw, the game’s MVP for the second straight year, set Super Bowl records for most touchdown passes (nine) and most passing yards (932).

The Steelers would not win another Super Bowl for a quarter-century.


Super Bowl XIII

Jan. 21, 1979

At Miami_79,484

Pittsburgh 7 14 0 14—35

Dallas 7 7 3 14—31

In one of the most exciting Super Bowls, Terry Bradshaw threw four touchdown passes to lead the Steelers to their third win. Bradshaw, voted the game’s most valuable player, completed 17 of 30 passes for 318 yards, breaking Bart Starr’s record of 250 yards passing by halftime.

Two Bradshaw-to-John Stallworth and one Bradshaw-to-Rocky Bleier throws in the first half gave Pittsburgh a 21-14 lead at halftime.

Franco Harris ran 22 yards for a score after Rafael Septein had cut Pittsburgh’s lead to 21-17 with a field goal. Pittsburgh then seemingly put the game out of reach with less than seven minutes to play when Bradshaw hit Lynn Swann for an 18-yard TD strike to make the score 35-17.

But Roger Staubach threw his second scoring pass of the game with 2:23 left, a 7-yarder to Billy Joe DuPree. The Cowboys then recovered an onside kick and scored again on Staubach’s third TD pass with 22 seconds remaining.

Dallas’ bid for another onside kick recovery and a miracle comeback failed as Rocky Bleier fell on the ensuing kickoff with 17 seconds left.


Super Bowl XII

Jan. 15, 1978

At New Orleans_75,583

Dallas 10 3 7 7—27

Denver 0 0 10 0—10

The first indoor Super Bowl — played in the New Orleans Superdome — was all about defense. Dallas’ Doomsday Defense faced Denver and the Orange Crush.

The Cowboys evened their Super Bowl record at 2-2 by taking advantage of eight Broncos turnovers. Dallas converted two interceptions into 10 points, and Efren Herrera added a 35-yard field goal for a 13-0 halftime advantage.

After Denver’s Jim Turner kicked a 47-yard field goal, Dallas wide receiver Butch Johnson made a sensational diving catch in the end zone on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Roger Staubach to put the Cowboys ahead 20-3.

Denver again cut the lead to 10, this time on a 1-yard run by Rob Lytle. But with 7:04 to play fullback Robert Newhouse tossed a 29-yard option pass to Golden Richards for the final score of the game.

Staubach completed 17 of 25 passes for 183 yards with no interceptions. For the first time, there were co-MVPs of the Super Bowl: The award was shared by defensive linemen Randy White and Harvey Martin of Dallas.


Super Bowl XI

Jan. 9, 1977

At Pasadena, Calif._103,438

Oakland 0 16 3 13—32

Minnesota 0 0 7 7—14

The Raiders won their first NFL championship and the Vikings dropped their fourth Super Bowl in as many tries.

After a scoreless first quarter, Oakland scored 16 second-quarter points behind the running of Clarence Davis, who finished with 137 yards on 16 carries, and the pinpoint passing of Ken Stabler.

Trailing 19-0 in the third quarter, the Vikings got on the board with an 8-yard Fran Tarkenton pass to Sammy White. But on the ensuing drive Stabler hit Fred Biletnikoff for 48 yards to set up a 2-yard plunge by Pete Banaszak.

Defensive back Willie Brown iced the game in the fourth quarter with a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown.

In each of its four Super Bowl losses, Minnesota failed to score in the first half. The Vikes were outscored in the four games 95-34 and managed a total of 227 yards rushing (55.4 yards per outing) on 90 carries for a 2.5-yard average.


Super Bowl X

Jan. 18, 1976

At Miami_80,187

Dallas 7 3 0 7—17

Pittsburgh 7 0 0 14—21

The Steelers won the Super Bowl for the second consecutive year on Terry Bradshaw’s 64-yard touchdown pass to Lynn Swann and an aggressive defense that snuffed out a late rally by the Cowboys.

Leading 15-10 in the fourth quarter, Bradshaw withstood a ferocious Cowboys rush to unleash his scoring strike to Swann. Swann, known for his spectacular catches, made four receptions for 161 yards, and was voted the game’s MVP.

Dallas came back on a Roger Staubach-to-Percy Howard 34-yard TD pass to close within four points. Then with 1:22 to go, Pittsburgh gave up the ball on downs. Staubach picked up a couple of first downs, but his desperation pass on the last play of the game was picked off by Glen Edwards in the end zone.


Super Bowl IX

Jan. 12, 1975

At New Orleans_80,997

Pittsburgh 0 2 7 7—16

Minnesota 0 0 0 6— 6

Pittsburgh’s Steel Curtain totally shut down Minnesota’s offense to hand the Vikings their third Super Bowl defeat.

In beating Oakland for the AFC title, Pittsburgh held the Raiders to 29 yards rushing. The Vikings didn’t reach that total. On 21 rushing plays, Minnesota managed a net of 17 yards.

Yet, Minnesota trailed only 2-0 at the half, the result of a safety when Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton botched a pitchout deep in his territory. Tarkenton fell on the ball in the end zone and was pounced upon by Steelers defensive end Dwight White.

The Steelers got another break at the start of the second half when Vikings running back Bill Brown fumbled the kickoff and Pittsburgh’s Marv Kellum recovered on the Vikings 30. Four plays later, Franco Harris scored from 12 yards and Pittsburgh led 9-0.

Minnesota narrowed the margin to three points at 4:27 of the fourth quarter when Matt Blair blocked Bobby Walden’s punt and Terry Brown recovered in the end zone. But the Steelers came right back on a 66-yard march culminating in a 4-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw to Larry Brown.

Harris, the game’s MVP, set a Super Bowl rushing record with 158 yards on 34 carries and led the Steelers’ offense that outgained Minnesota 333-119.


Super Bowl VIII

Jan. 13, 1974

At Houston_71,882

Minnesota 0 0 0 7— 7

Miami 14 3 7 0—24

The 12-2 Dolphins weren’t unbeaten this time, but Miami made it two Super Bowl wins in a row and became the first team with three straight Super Bowl appearances.

Miami marched 62 and 56 yards for scores in the first 15 minutes. Larry Csonka, the game’s most valuable player, scored on a 5-yard run and Jim Kiick blasted over from 1 yard.

Trailing 17-0 near the end of the half, Minnesota faced a fourth-and-1 from the Miami 6. Electing to go for the first down, Minnesota came up short when running back Oscar Reed fumbled.

Csonka gained 145 yards on 33 carries and Bob Griese threw only seven passes in the game, a Super Bowl low, completing six for 73 yards.


Super Bowl VII

Jan. 14, 1973

At Los Angeles_90,182

Miami 7 7 0 0—14

Washington 0 0 0 7— 7

Miami went 14-0 in the regular season, but struggled in its two playoff wins over Cleveland (20-14) and Pittsburgh (21-17). Washington was 11-3 during the regular season and posted impressive playoff wins over Green Bay (16-3) and Dallas (26-3).

So the Dolphins were a slight underdog in seeking the first perfect season in NFL history. They played virtually flawless football in the first half, and late in the first quarter Bob Griese directed Miami on a 63-yard drive capped by a 28-yard pass to Howard Twilley. Then, just before the half, Jim Kiick went over from the 1-yard line to give Miami a 14-0 lead.

Washington was apparently going to be shut out when, with about two minutes remaining in the game, Miami’s Garo Yepremian attempted a 42-yard field goal. It was blocked. Yepremian then picked up the ball and attempted to pass, only to have the ball slip out of his hands right to Mike Bass of the Redskins. Bass ran 49 yards for the score.

But the Dolphins held on. Miami safety Jake Scott picked off two passes in the game and was voted MVP.


Super Bowl VI

Jan. 16, 1972

At New Orleans_81,023

Dallas 3 7 7 7—24

Miami 0 3 0 0— 3

After a near-miss in Super Bowl 5, the Cowboys thoroughly dominated the Dolphins. Led by the enigmatic Duane Thomas, the Cowboys used a punishing ground attack in setting a Super Bowl record of 252 yards rushing.

Leading only 10-3 at the half, the Cowboys went 71 yards to start the third quarter and scored on a 3-yard run by Thomas, who finished the game with 95 yards on 19 carries.

Chuck Howley’s interception of Bob Griese’s pass set up Dallas’ final score, a 7-yard pass from Roger Staubach to Mike Ditka.

Dallas controlled the ball most of the game, running off 69 offensive plays to the Miami 44.

Miami became the first team to not score a touchdown in a Super Bowl. Staubach, voted the game’s most valuable player in part because the NFL feared Thomas would not appear to accept the award, completed 12 of 19 passes for 119 yards and two TDs.


Super Bowl V

Jan. 17, 1971

At Miami_79,204

Baltimore 0 6 0 10—16

Dallas 3 10 0 0—13

The first Super Bowl under the merger ended in high drama, but only after both teams struggled through 60 minutes of turnovers. The Colts fumbled five times (losing three) and threw three interceptions. The Cowboys lost one fumble and also threw three interceptions.

With Dallas leading 6-0 in the second quarter, Johnny Unitas threw a pass off the fingertips of receiver Eddie Hinton and defensive back Mel Renfro and into the waiting arms of tight end John Mackey, who sped for a 75-yard score.

Dallas regained the lead before the half on a 7-yard pass from Craig Morton to Duane Thomas. The lead stood until the fourth quarter, when Rich Volk picked off Morton’s pass, setting up the tying touchdown scored by Tom Nowatzke.

Then, with 1:09 to play, linebacker Mike Curtis picked off another Morton pass on the Cowboys 28. Three plays later, rookie kicker Jim O’Brien, who had an extra point blocked earlier, booted a 32-yard field goal to give the Colts the win.

Dallas linebacker Chuck Howley, who picked off two passes, became the first defensive player and the first player from a losing team to be named MVP.


Super Bowl IV

Jan. 11, 1970

At New Orleans_80,562

Minnesota 0 0 7 0— 7

Kansas City 3 13 7 0—23

The AFL squared the Super Bowl series with the NFL at two games apiece before the full merger took place. The Chiefs built a 16-0 halftime lead behind Len Dawson’s superb quarterbacking and Jan Stenerud’s three field goals.

The Vikings, who gained 222 yards rushing in the NFL championship Game against Cleveland, managed just 67 yards on the ground against Kansas City.

Despite committing five turnovers, Minnesota got back in the game on Dave Osborn’s short TD plunge in the third quarter to make it 16-7. But the Chiefs answered as Dawson hit Otis Taylor for 46 yards for the final score of the game.

Dawson, the fourth consecutive quarterback to be voted the game’s most valuable player, completed 12 of 17 passes for 142 yards. He had been the subject of rumors about a gambling connection in the buildup to the game, but was completely exonerated.


Super Bowl III

Jan. 12, 1969

At Miami_75,377

New York Jets 0 7 6 3—16

Baltimore 0 0 0 7— 7

The first title game dubbed Super Bowl the idea came from Kansas City owner Lamar Hunt featured the biggest upset in pro football history.

Despite the fact that the Colts were coming into the game as anything from 17 to 18 1/2 point favorites, Jets quarterback Joe Namath “guaranteed” victory on the Thursday before the game. That enraged the Colts, but Namath went out and led the AFL to its first Super Bowl victory over a Baltimore team that had lost only once in 16 games all season.

Namath, chosen the game’s most valuable player, completed 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards. The Jets intercepted Colts quarterback Earl Morrall three times in the first half, each deep in New York territory. Jim Turner kicked three field goals.

The Jets finished the game with 337 total yards, including 121 on 30 carries by fullback Matt Snell, who scored their touchdown.

An iconic image of the game: Namath jogging off the Orange Bowl field with his index finger extended in a No. 1 salute.


Super Bowl II

Jan. 14, 1968

At Miami_75,546

Green Bay 3 13 10 7—33

Oakland 0 7 0 7—14

After winning a record third consecutive NFL championship, Green Bay captured its second straight Super Bowl in a game that drew the first $3 million gate in football history. Bart Starr was again chosen the game’s most valuable player as he completed 13 of 24 passes for 202 yards.

The Packers were coming off the Ice Bowl victory over Dallas to win the NFL title.

Starr’s 62-yard pass to a wide-open Boyd Dowler gave the Packers a 13-0 second-quarter lead. Don Chandler kicked four field goals and Herb Adderley capped the Green Bay scoring with a 60-yard interception return. The Raiders’ two touchdowns came on a pair of 23-yard passes from Daryle Lamonica to Bill Miller.

The game marked the last for Vince Lombardi as Packers coach, ending nine years at Green Bay in which he won six Western Conference crowns, five NFL championships and two Super Bowls. —


Super Bowl I

Jan. 15, 1967

At Los Angeles_61,946

Kansas City 0 10 0 0—10

Green Bay 7 7 14 7—35

Behind the passing of Bart Starr, the receiving of Max McGee and a key interception by safety Willie Wood, Green Bay broke open a tight game with three second-half touchdowns.

With Green Bay leading 14-10 early in the third quarter, Wood’s 40-yard interception return to the Chiefs 5-yard line set up Elijah Pitts’ touchdown run that gave Green Bay an 11-point lead.

McGee had broken curfew the night before not expecting to play in the game. Instead, he came in when Boyd Dowler was injured early in the game and caught seven passes from Starr for 138 yards and two touchdowns. McGee had caught only three passes during the 1966 season.

Pitts ran for two scores and Jim Taylor, who led all rushers with 53 yards, scored the Packers’ other touchdown.

Starr completed 16 of 23 passes for 250 yards and was chosen the most valuable player. The Packers collected $15,000 per man and the Chiefs $7,500 the largest single-game shares in the history of team sports.

The game, called the AFL-NFL Championship, was not sold out at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

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