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The Super Bowl is the grand daddy of all American sporting events. Every year millions of Americans spend days planning backyard barbecues and parties with friends to watch the big game. In 2010, 106 million viewers tuned in to watch the New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV, making it the highest viewed tv show in history. With so many viewers, it’s no wonder that the cost of a 30 second ad spot during the Super Bowl is now over $2.5 million. Clearly, this is no ordinary football game.

There are more bets placed on the Super Bowl than any other single sporting event in the world. Worldwide betting is suspected to be in the billions every year.

For more information about betting on the Super Bowl, please visit our Super Bowl Betting page. That page has information about the best online sportsbooks and tips for making profitable Super Bowl bets.

History of the Super Bowl

The first Super Bowl was played between two leagues, not two teams within one league. At the time, the American Football League AFL and National Football League (NFL) were separate entities competing for the same fans. The two leagues began a merger in 1966, resulting in a game where the best team from each league would compete against each other – called the Super Bowl. The merger was completed in 1970, and each league then became a conference within one, larger league – the NFL. The NFL is now split into two conferences known as the NFC and AFC. The winner from each conference meets in the Super Bowl for the NFL championship.

The first ever Super Bowl was played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 15th, 1967 between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers won that game, with a final score of 35-10. The Packers won again in 1968, beating the Oakland Raiders 33-14 in Miami, Florida.

Past Super Bowl Winners

1967: Green Bay Packers (QB Bart Starr) beat the Kansas City Chiefs (QB Len Dawson) 35-10. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Los Angeles, California.

1968: Green Bay Packers (QB Bart Starr) beat the Oakland Raiders (Daryle Lamonica) 33-14. Orange Bowl. Miami, Florida.

1969: New York Jets (QB Joe Namath) beat the Baltimore Colts (QB Earl Morrall) 16-7. Orange Bowl. Miami, Florida.

1970: Kansas City Chiefs (QB Len Dawson) beat the Minnesota Vikings (QB Joe Kapp) 23-7. Tulane Stadium. New Orleans, Louisiana.

1971: Baltimore Colts (QB Johnny Unitas) beat the Dallas Cowboys (QB Craig Morton) 16-13. Orange Bowl. Miami, Florida.

1972: Dallas Cowboys (QB Roger Staubach)  beat the Miami Dolphins (QB Bob Griese) 24-3. Tulane Stadium. New Orleans, Louisiana.

1973: Miami Dolphins (QB Bob Griese) beat the Washington Redskins (QB Bill Kilmer) 14-7. Los Angeles Coliseum. Los Angeles, California.

1974: Miami Dolphins (QB Bob Griese) beat the Minnesota Vikings (QB Fran Tarkenton) 24-7. Rice Stadium. Houston, Texas.

1975: Pittsburgh Steelers (QB Terry Bradshaw) beat the Minnesota Vikings (QB Fran Tarkenton) 16-6. Tulane Stadium. New Orleans, Louisiana.

1976: Pittsburgh Steelers (QB Terry Bradshaw) beat the Dallas Cowboys (QB Roger Staubach) 21-17. Orange Bowl. Miami, Florida.

1977: Oakland Raiders (QB Ken Stabler) beat the Minnesota Vikings (QB Fran Tarkenton) 32-14. Rose Bowl. Pasadena, California.

1978: Dallas Cowboys (QB Roger Staubach) beat the Denver Broncos (QB Craig Morton) 27-10. Louisiana Superdome. New Orleans, Louisiana.

1979: Pittsburgh Steelers (QB Terry Bradshaw) beat the Dallas Cowboys (QB Roger Staubach) 35-31. Orange Bowl. Miami, Florida.

1980: Pittsburgh Steelers (QB Terry Bradshaw) beat the Los Angeles Rams (QB Vince Ferragamo) 31-19. Rose Bowl. Pasadena, California.

1981: Oakland Raiders (QB Jim Plunkett) beat the Philadelphia Eagles (QB Ron Jaworski) 27-10. Louisiana Superdome. New Orleans, Louisiana.

1982: San Francisco 49ers (QB Joe Montana) beat the Cincinnati Bengals (QB Ken Anderson) 26-21. Pontiac Silverdome. Pontiac, Michigan.

1983: Washington Redskins (QB Joe Theismann) beat the Miami Dolphins (QB David Woodley) 27-17. Rose Bowl. Pasadena, California.

1984: Los Angeles Raiders (QB Jim Plunkett) beat the Washington Redskins (QB Joe Theismann) 38-9. Tampa Stadium. Tampa, Florida.

1985: San Francisco 49ers (QB Joe Montana) beat the Miami Dolphins (Dan Marino) 38-16. Stanford Stadium. Stanford, California.

1986: Chicago Bears (QB Jim McMahon) beat the New England Patriots (QB Tony Eason) 46-10. Louisiana Superdome. New Orleans, Louisiana.

1987: New York Giants (QB Phil Simms) beat the Denver Broncos (QB John Elway) 39-20. Rose Bowl. Pasadena, California.

1988: Washington Redskins (QB Doug Williams) beat the Denver Broncos (QB John Elway) 42-10. Jack Murphy Stadium. Sand Diego, California.

1989: San Francisco 49ers (QB Joe Montana) beat the Cincinnati Bengals (QB Boomer Esiason) 20-16. Joe Robbie Stadium. Miami, Florida.

1990: San Francisco 49ers (QB Joe Montana) beat the Denver Broncos (QB John Elway) 55-10. Louisiana Superdome. New Orleans, Louisiana.

1991: New York Giants (QB Jeff Hostetler) beat the Buffalo Bills (QB Jim Kelly) 20-19. Tampa Stadium. Tampa, Florida.

1992: Washington Redskins (QB Mark Rypien) beat the Buffalo Bills (QB Jim Kelly) 37-24. Metrodome. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1993: Dallas Cowboys (QB Troy Aikman) beat the Buffalo Bills (QB Jim Kelly) 52-17. Rose Bowl. Pasadena, California.

1994: Dallas Cowboys (QB Troy Aikman) beat the Buffalo Bills (QB Jim Kelly) 30-17. Georgia Dome. Atlanta, Georgia.

1995: San Francisco 49ers (QB Steve Young) beat the San Diego Chargers (QB Stan Humphries) 49-26. Joe Robbie Stadium. Miami, Florida.

1996: Dallas Cowboys (QB Troy Aikman) beat the Pittsburgh Steelers (QB Neil O’Donnell) 27-17. Sun Devil Stadium. Tempe, Arizona.

1997: Green Bay Packers (QB Brett Favre) beat the New England Patriots (QB Drew Bledsoe) 35-21. Louisiana Superdome. New Orleans, Louisiana.

1998: Denver Broncos (QB John Elway) beat the Green Bay Packers (QB Brett Favre) 31-24. Qualcomm Stadium. San Diego, California.

1999: Denver Broncos (QB John Elway) beat the Atlanta Falcons (QB Chris Chandler) 34-19. Pro Player Stadium. Miami, Florida.

2000: St. Louis Rams (QB Kurt Warner) beat the Tennessee Titans (QB Steve McNair) 23-16. Georgia Dome. Atlanta, Georgia.

2001: Baltimore Ravens (QB Trent Dilfer) beat the New York Giants (QB Kerry Collins) 34-7. Raymond James Stadium. Tampa, Florida.

2002: New England Patriots (QB Tom Brady) beat the St. Louis Rams (QB Kurt Warner) 20-17. Louisiana Superdome. New Orleans, Louisiana,

2003: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (QB Brad Johnson) beat the Oakland Raiders (QB Rich Gannon) 48-21. Qualcomm Stadium. San Diego, California.

2004: New England Patriots (QB Tom Brady) beat the Carolina Panthers (QB Jake Delhomme) 35-29. Reliant Stadium. Houston, Texas.

2005: New England Patriots (QB Tom Brady) beat the Philadelphia Eagles (QB Donovan McNabb) 24-21. ALLTEL Stadium. Jacksonville, Florida.

2006: Pittsburgh Steelers (QB Ben Roethlisberger) beat the Seattle Seahawks (QB Matt Hasselbeck) 21-10. Ford Field. Detroit, Michigan.

2007: Indianapolis Colts (QB Peyton Manning) beat the Chicago Bears (QB Rex Grossman) 29-17. Dolphin Stadium. Miami, Florida.

2008: New York Giants (QB Eli Manning) beat the New England Patriots (QB Tom Brady) 17-14. University of Phoenix Stadium. Glendale, Arizona.

2009: Pittsburgh Steelers (QB Ben Roethlisberger) beat the Arizona Cardinals (QB Kurt Warner) 27-23. Raymond James Stadium. Tampa, Florida.

2010: New Orleans Saints (QB Drew Brees) beat the Indianapolis Colts (QB Peyton Manning) 31-17. Sun Life Stadium. Miami, Florida.

Interesting & Fun Super Bowl Facts

  • In the 44 year history of the Super Bowl, the winning teams have outscored the losers 1326 to 676.
  • The average score of a Super Bowl has been 30 to 15, more than 2 touchdowns difference.
  • 15 losing Super Bowl teams scored 10 or fewer points. 7 of the first 9 Super Bowl losers scored 10 or fewer points, and the other two only scored 14 and 13 points respectively.
  • Super Bowl games are generally played in warm weather cities. Since the game is played in early February, snowy & cold weather cities are not attractive places to hold the most important game of the year.
  • From 1982 through 1997, the 1984 Los Angeles Raiders were the only team in the AFC to win a Super Bowl. However, since 1998 when the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl XXXII, the AFC has won 10 of the 13 Super Bowls that have been played. A lot of this can be accredited to superior quarterbacks playing in the AFC. John Elway, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning are/were on 8 of those 10 Super Bowl winning teams.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers have won the most Super Bowls (6), all with just two quarterbacks. Terry Bradshaw won 4 Super Bowls (’75, ’76, ’79, ’80) and Ben Roethlisberger has won two (2006, 2009). With a combined Super Bowl record of 6-0, neither of these quarterbacks has ever lost a Super Bowl.
  • From 1991 through 1994 the Buffalo Bills and quarterback Jim Kelly set a record for going to four consecutive Super Bowls. Unfortunately they also set a record for four straight Super Bowls losses. They lost to the New York Giants in 1991, the Washington Redskins in 1992, and the Dallas Cowboys in 1993 & 1994. Troy Aikman of the Dallas Cowboys was the winning quarterback in each of those games.
  • The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers have each won 5 Super Bowls. The Cowboys won in 1972, ’78, ’93, ’94 and ’96. The 49ers won in 1982, ’85, ’89, ’90, and ’95. Neither team has appeared in the Super Bowl since, let alone won.
  • From 1970 to 1977 the Minnesota Vikings made four Super Bowl appearances. They lost all four and have never been back. In their four appearances the Vikings scored a combined 34 points, a paltry average of 8.5 points per game.
  • John Elway of the Denver Broncos lost his first three Super Bowl appearances in 1987, ’88, ’90). Several years later Elway got his revenge when he helped the Broncos win back-to-back Super Bowls in 1998 & 1999. John Elway is the only quarterback in NFL history with 5 Super bowl appearances.
  • Lyle Alzado, the intimidating defensive lineman for the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and 1994 Super Bowl winning Los Angeles Raiders is considered to be the first major sports star to admit to using performance enhancing drugs (PED’s). During his battle with cancer he blamed the use of anabolic steroids for his disease and became a major voice against the use of PED’s. Alzado passed away on May 14th, 1992, at just 43 years of age.
  • Peyton and Eli Manning are the first brothers to win Super Bowl games as quarterbacks. Peyton won in 2007 and younger brother Eli won the following year in 2008. Their father Archie Manning was also an NFL quarterback, playing 13 seasons with the New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, and Minnesota Vikings. Despite two Pro Bowl appearances, Archie’s career stats are 35-101-3, the worst winning percentage of any quarterback in NFL history with 100 or more starts.
  • The New England Patriots never won a Super Bowl until quarterback Tom Brady led them to 3 Super Bowl wins in a span of four years. The Patriots won in 2002, 2004, and 2005.
  • Since 2001, Anheuser-Busch has been the biggest spender for Super Bowl advertising.
  • Super Bowl Sunday is #2 in alcohol and food consumption. New Years Eve gets the top honors annually for the most alcohol consumed, and Thanksgiving is #1 for food consumption. But, the Super Bowl is right behind them, at #2 in both categories.

Super Bowl Commercials

Over the years, the day of the Super Bowl has become known as Super Bowl Sunday. Advertisers create ad campaigns specifically for this pseudo holiday, and the ads themselves have now become big part of the Super Bowl tradition. Companies such as Budweiser, Coca Cola, Frito-Lay, Apple, McDonalds, Tabasco and others have ponied up millions over the years to expose their products to the world.

The most clever and comical commercials receive a huge viewership from their viral effects as well, getting millions of hits on video sites like YouTube and LiveLeak. Websites hold polls to see which commercial was the best, providing even more exposure to advertisers.