Super Bowl

Road to Super Bowl LVI

Super Bowl LVI will be the 56th Super Bowl. The game is scheduled to be played on February 13, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. It will be the eighth Super Bowl hosted by the Greater Los Angeles Area, with the last one being Super Bowl XXVII in 1993, held at the Rose Bowl, and the first in the city of Inglewood. The game will be televised nationally by NBC.

Super Bowl 56

Road to Super Bowl 56

Super Bowl 56 is set to take place at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on Sunday, February 13, 2022. This is a date that has been marked on the calendar since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55.

The Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event of the year, with close to 100 million viewers each year. Even though this game features the two best teams from the National Football League, it is an event that captivates the world for a four-five hour span on a Sunday in February.

The term Super Bowl was chosen to represent the magnitude of the game as this game is reserved for only the best football teams in the world each season. Reaching the Super Bowl is the goal of every team each season, but winning the Super Bowl catapults teams and individuals into legendary status.

In order to get to the Super Bowl each year, teams must navigate through a tough and grueling regular-season schedule that requires 16 games to be played in 17 weeks. In 2021 that regular-season schedule now includes an additional 17th game, making the schedule even more difficult.

The NFL Playoffs are set up differently from other sports as there are no playoff series in the postseason. This is a single-game elimination tournament with the top team from each conference making it to the Super Bowl to square off for the right to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

The first few rounds of the playoffs are played at the home stadium of the top seed for each matchup, but that is not the case in the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl location is set many years in advance, and the NFL tries to secure a location that is either indoors or in a warm climate.

The NFL has continued to move back the date of the Super Bowl each year, and it now takes place in the middle of February. This game was traditionally played in January, but it has been played in February for several years.

There are two weeks between the conference championships and the Super Bowl, and the league traditionally plays the Pro Bowl during that open Sunday. Teams begin to arrive at the Super Bowl location on the Monday before the game, and some festivities take place leading up to kickoff.

The Super Bowl typically kicks off around 6 pm ET and the commercials and advertisements that surround the game are always as popular as the game itself. After the game, a Super Bowl MVP is named based on the performance on that Sunday.

History of Super Bowl

Super Bowl History

The Super Bowl has traditionally been dominated by specific teams in different decades, with the Green Bay Packers winning the first two events. There was initial fear that the AFL would not be able to compete with the NFL in the Super Bowl, but that changed quickly in Super Bowl III.

Not only is the Super Bowl the biggest football game of the year, but this has also turned into one of the biggest entertainment events in history. The Super Bowl Halftime Show has turned into an event of its own, and the league has been able to attract some of the biggest names in the music industry.

Advertisement spots for the Super Bowl are the highest-priced in the television industry, and Americans consume more food on this date than any other day of the year outside of Thanksgiving.

The AFL and NFL agreed to a merger in 1966

Date: 1966

The Super Bowl actually pre-dates the official merger between the American Football League and the National Football League by a few years. The AFL and NFL agreed to a merger in 1966, but that actually didn’t officially take place until 1970.

The first championship game

Date: 1967

The first championship game between these two leagues took place in 1967, and it was played this way until 1970. Each league won a pair of titles in those four matchups, and the official name of the “Super Bowl” was used for the third version of this matchup.

Roman Numerals to signal the number of the game

Date: 1970

Since 1970 the National Football League officially used the Super Bowl to determine it’s league champion, and it was decided that Roman Numerals would be used to signal the number of the game. The winning team of the Super Bowl is awarded the Lombardi Trophy, named after Green Bay Packers legendary coach Vince Lombardi.

Super Bowl played first Sunday in February each year

Date: 2004

In the early stages of the game, the Super Bowl was held in mid-January with a location that was chosen by the league. Beginning in 2004, the game was moved to the first Sunday in February each year, and remained that way all the way through 2021.

Super Bowl XLIX, the most-watched television program in America of all time

Date: 2015

There are six other versions of this game in the top-10. The only other competition in terms of sporting events comes in the form of the UEFA Champions League final.

Super Bowl 56, is set to take place on the second Sunday in February

Date: 2022

It will return to its original spot for Super Bowl 57. Even though the NFL has now started to play games on many different days of the week, the Super Bowl is always played on a Sunday evening.

Super Bowl Cities

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The National Football League has a specific set of criteria that is used when choosing a host city of the Super Bowl. The stadium always plays a role as well, but the NFL is looking to send teams to a warmer climate for the final game of the year.

There are times that the league will host the Super Bowl in a city that is typically cold in February, but an indoor location is then chosen. Hosting a Super Bowl is a huge economic boost to the region, but the NFL typically continues to choose cities and locations that it is familiar with.

The city of Miami has hosted the most Super Bowls of all time with the latest one being played there in 2020. Miami has hosted this event 11 different times dating all the way back to 1968.

New Orleans is another city that has routinely been chosen as a host city for the Super Bowl, and it has already been selected to host a future game as well. The Superdome in New Orleans is a popular place to host the Super Bowl, and this has been a chosen location 10 times with the 11th coming soon.

The city of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas are set to host its 8th Super Bowl in February 2020. There have been different stadiums or venues used in the Los Angeles metro area, but it has been chosen due to the warm weather during the months of January and February.

Tampa Bay has now hosted the Super Bowl four times after the most recent Super Bowl was played there. All of these games have taken place since 1984, and it is firmly in the rotation moving forward.

Super Bowl 55 was the only time in NFL history that a team was able to play in a Super Bowl in its home stadium.

Houston, Phoenix, and San Diego have all gotten to host the Super Bowl three different times, and the first two cities on the list have been recent hosts. San Diego last hosted the Super Bowl all the way back in 2004, and there is no longer an NFL team in that city.

Atlanta, the Detroit Metro area, Minneapolis are the only three other cities that have been awarded a Super Bowl on multiple occasions. Minneapolis hosted the event in 2018, and Atlanta was chosen in 2019.

There have been six different cities that have hosted the Super Bowl at least one time, and they are: Dallas, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New York, San Francisco, and Santa Clara.

Greatest Super Bowl Moments

With the Super Bowl being the biggest sporting event played every year, this is a game that doesn’t ever lack for big moments. Plays and performances tend to matter more when they occur in the Super Bowl, and here are some of the top Super Bowl moments in NFL history.

Super Bowl XLIX

One of the most memorable moments in Super Bowl history happened in SB XLIX when Malcolm Butler of the New England Patriots intercepted a pass thrown by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson at the goal line. This play happened with just 20 seconds left and gave the Patriots a 28-24 victory.

Opening Kickoff Touchdown

The first and only opening kickoff to be returned for a touchdown happened in 2006 when Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears accomplished the feat against the Indianapolis Colts. Hester is known as the greatest kick returner in NFL history and his moment in Miami is one of the biggest in the history of the game.

One of the best catches in NFL history

David Tyree of the New York Giants made one of the best catches in NFL history in Super Bowl XLII to help deliver one of the biggest upset wins. Tyree pinned a 32-yard pass on the back of a defender’s helmet to help set up the game-winning touchdown pass by quarterback Eli Manning against the undefeated New England Patriots.

On the game’s final play

The St. Louis Rams held a 20-13 lead 34 with 10 seconds to play, but the Tennessee Titans were just 10 yards away from the end zone. On the game’s final play, Rams linebacker Mike Jones tackled Titans wide receiver Kevin Dyson at the one-yard line to preserve the victory in a thrilling game.

Atlanta Falcons held a 28-3 lead over the New England Patriots

In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons held a 28-3 lead over the New England Patriots with time ticking away in the third quarter. Atlanta had dominated the game up to this point and was still up by 16 points with a little over eight minutes remaining.

Brady and the Patriots

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots threw a pair of touchdown passes late in the game, and the Patriots were also successful on consecutive two-point attempts. With the game tied at 28 in overtime, Brady and the Patriots scored a touchdown to cap of the most remarkable and improbable comeback in Super Bowl history.

Super Bowl XLVII

Super Bowl XLVII featured the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, and this marked the first time in NFL history that a set of brothers were the head coaches in the game. Baltimore ultimately held on to defeat San Francisco, but the final result was not what was the most memorable.

The lights went out inside of the Superdome

Just before kickoff in the second half, the lights went out inside of the Superdome, leading to a delay of nearly 40 minutes before play would resume.

Super Bowl Shuffle

The 1985 Chicago Bears are widely regarded as one of the best teams in Super Bowl history, and they staked that claim themselves during the regular season. Chicago recorded the “Super Bowl Shuffle” predicting their victory in the game and went on to beat the New England Patriots by a score of 46-10. After that game, both head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan was carried off of the field by the players.

In Super Bowl XLIII

In Super Bowl XLIII, the St. Louis Rams were on the goal line when Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison intercepted a pass thrown by Kurt Warner and returned it nearly 100 yards for a score. Pittsburgh went on to win that game by four points, and this proved to be one of the most important plays in Super Bowl history.

Super Bowl Winners

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There have been 21 different NFL franchises that have won a Super Bowl championship throughout the history of the league. Winning a Super Bowl is one of the toughest titles to win in professional sports, but there have been 14 different franchises with multiple titles.

There have been 21 different NFL franchises that have won a Super Bowl championship throughout the history of the league. Winning a Super Bowl is one of the toughest titles to win in professional sports, but there have been 14 different franchises with multiple titles.

The New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers have each won six Super Bowl championships, and that holds the record for the most of all-time. New England just recently matched that mark, while the Steelers did most of their work during the 1970s.

The Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers were two of the best teams in the league during the late 1980s and 1990s, and those teams always seemed to be competing for a title. Both Dallas and San Francisco have won five Super Bowl championships, but the last time one of these teams won was all the way back in 1995.

With four Super Bowl titles, the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants are next on the list for Super Bowl victories. The Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins (Football Team), and the Raiders franchise have all won three Super Bowl championships.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers joined the list of teams with two Super Bowl victories with a win in Super Bowl 55. They joined a group that includes the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Indianapolis Colts.

The Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, and Seattle Seahawks all have won a Super Bowl championship in franchise history.

When looking at the winners from the different leagues or conferences, the NFL/NFC has taken a slight lead with 28 titles while the AFL/AFC has won 27 Super Bowls.

Even though winning a Super Bowl is an extremely impressive feat, there have been seven different NFL franchises that have won back-to-back championships. The Pittsburgh Steelers actually accomplished this two times.

The Green Bay Packers won the first and second Super Bowls, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the most recent Super Bowl championship in February 2021.

Greatest Super Bowl Athletes

Winning a Super Bowl title is the goal of any professional football player, and this is also the game where the legends of the game have built up their resumes. This game routinely features future Hall of Fame athletes, but not everyone always delivers a memorable performance at the Super Bowl.

There have been a number of NFL players that have stood above the rest in terms of their Super Bowl performances, and here are some of the greatest Super Bowl athletes of all time.

Tom Brady is without a doubt the greatest Super Bowl athletes in NFL history, and he has 10 career appearances in this game. Brady has won seven Super Bowl titles in his illustrious career, and he was named the Super Bowl MVP in five of that win. The seven Super Bowl wins are more than any NFL franchise.

Joe Montana was long considered the greatest player in Super Bowl history, but that was until Tom Brady came through and broke several of those records that were set. Montana went a perfect 4-0 in the Super Bowl in his career and was named the MVP in three of those wins.

While quarterbacks tend to get most of the credit when it comes to winning a Super Bowl, there was one wide receiver that always seemed to come up big on the brightest stage. Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers has an NFL record 33 receptions for 589 yards in the Super Bowl, and that has him on the list of greatest Super Bowl athletes.

Charles Haley might not get a ton of credit for leading his team to Super Bowl wins, but he was a part of five championship teams during his career. The defensive star won a pair of Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers and then added another three with the Dallas Cowboys.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has a perfect 2-0 record in the Super Bowl, and those wins were some of the most memorable of all-time. Manning got the better of Tom Brady in those wins, and delivered two of the biggest throws in Super Bowl history.

Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis was named the Super Bowl MVP of Super Bowl 32 after leading his team to the first title in franchise history. In that game, Davis rushed for 157 total yards and scored three touchdowns, and did so while playing through a migraine.

Greatest Super Bowl Coaches

The greatest coaches in NFL history have all earned that title thanks to their work in the playoffs and especially the Super Bowl. It doesn’t really matter where these coaches fall on this list, as all of them can be considered a part of the greatest Super Bowl coaches of all time.

Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots is the one major exception to this rule as there is little debate that he is the greatest Super Bowl coach of all time. All of his work has been done with the New England Patriots, and it all has been done in the 21st century.

Belichick has led the Patriots to nine Super Bowl appearances, and he has gone 6-3 in those games. His teams have won games as both the underdog and the favorite, and he always seems to have his team ready to play on Super Bowl Sunday.

Joe Gibbs of the Washington Redskins is another great Super Bowl coach, and he was able to find success with three different starting quarterbacks. Most of the coaches on this list were able to achieve success with the same QB under center, but that wasn’t the case with Gibbs and his team.

Gibbs led the Redskins to four Super Bowls during his coaching career and posted a 3-1 record in those games. His third and final title came back in 1991.

Perhaps the greatest coach in NFL history was Vince Lombardi, and the Super Bowl trophy is named after him. Lombardi went a perfect 2-0 in Super Bowl appearances, but much of his coaching career took place before the title game was called the Super Bowl.

In the 1970s, the National Football League belonged to the Pittsburgh Steelers as they won four titles in that decade. Pittsburgh never suffered a Super Bowl loss during that run, and it was Chuck Noll that was guiding that team through that decade of dominance.

Bill Walsh of the San Francisco 49ers was another coach that had a perfect record in the Super Bowl, going 3-0 in these three trips. Walsh actually retired just one year before the 49ers won another title, and that could have tied him with Noll for a perfect 4-0 record.

Don Shula of the Miami Dolphins guided the team to six Super Bowl appearances when he was at the helm, but his team was on the losing end of things too often. Shula and the Dolphins went just 2-4 in those six appearances, but he is still regarded as one of the top Super Bowl coaches in NFL history.

Finally, Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants might just have a pair of Super Bowl titles on his resume, but they were two of the biggest wins in history. Coughlin was able to lead his team past the New England Patriots twice to pull off stunning upsets and keep Belichick from taking his record to 8-1.

Super Bowl Records

We have already discussed some of the top Super Bowl winners and athletes, and you are going to see plenty of those same names when looking at the all-time records in the Super Bowl. Super Bowl records are broken down into all-time and individual games, and you can also look at both player and team statistics.

NFL.com keeps track of all of the Super Bowl records, but there are plenty that stand out and will be mentioned and discussed in this section. Perhaps the two most important records in relation to the Super Bowl belong to quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady has now won seven Super Bowl titles, which is the most in NFL history. In those seven championships, Brady has also been named the Super Bowl MVP five times, which is also a record for the Super Bowl.

Scoring touchdowns is one of the most important factors in winning a Super Bowl, and no one did that better than wide receiver Jerry Rice. Rice has 48 career points scored in the Super Bowl, and that is the most in the history of the NFL.

The 49ers wide receiver also scored three touchdowns in one game two different times in his career, which is tied for the most of all time. Four other players have matched that feat, including James White of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51.

The longest play in Super Bowl history belongs to Jacoby Jones of the Baltimore Ravens. Jones returned a kickoff 108 yards against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII to set the record.

Tom Brady has the most career passing attempts in the Super Bowl (421) as well as the most completions (277). His 62 passing attempts in Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons shattered the record for the Super Bowl.

When looking at the rushing yards records when it comes to the Super Bowl, you will see several NFL Hall of Famers on the list. Franco Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushed for 354 yards on 101 attempts during his career, and both of those marks are Super Bowl records.

Terrell Davis of the Denver Broncos holds the record with three rushing touchdowns in one single game, while Emmitt Smith has five career rushing touchdowns to set the record. Timmy Smith of the Washington Redskins rushed for 204 yards in Super Bowl 22 to set the single-game mark.

The San Francisco 49ers hold the record for most points in a Super Bowl with 55, and that number was set against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV. The Los Angeles (SB LIII) and the Miami Dolphins (SB VI) each scored just three points for the fewest points in the big game.

The San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers combined to score 10 touchdowns in Super Bowl XXIX, and that still holds the record to this day. Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles had 1,151 net offensive yards, and that was the most in Super Bowl history.

Future Super Bowls

As mentioned earlier in this article, the National Football League chooses the Super Bowl location a few years in advance, and that is done through a bidding process. Teams and stadiums are able to submit a bit to the NFL for the rights to host the event, and then the Commissioner’s office makes a decision from there.

The Los Angeles area will be the host for Super Bowl 56 to be played on February 13, and this is a part of the country that has hosted many of these games. The greater Los Angeles area will have its eighth Super Bowl after the one is played later this year, but this will be the first one to be played at SoFi Stadium.

Super Bowl 57 is scheduled to take place one week earlier in what is the traditional spot for this game. Playing the Super Bowl on the first Sunday in February is usually what takes place, and the 2023 version will take place on February 5.

State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, has been chosen as the host for Super Bowl 57, and this is the home of the Arizona Cardinals. This will be the third Super Bowl that is played at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, and the first since Super Bowl 49.

The NFL is still waiting to announce the site of Super Bowl 58, but that announcement should come at some point during the 2021 season. New Orleans was originally chosen as the site for this event, but that date conflicted with the annual Mardi Gras celebration.

Instead of hosting Super Bowl 58, the city of New Orleans will be hosting Super Bowl 59 to be played on February 9, 2025. This will be the 8th time that the city of New Orleans has hosted the Super Bowl to be played at the Superdome.

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