The top ten Super Bowls of all-time


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10. Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos    Super Bowl XII

January 15th 1978
Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Dallas 27 – Denver 10
MVP: Harvey Martin, Defensive end, Dallas Cowboys & Randy White, Defensive tackle, Dallas Cowboys

In this matchup the heavily favored Dallas Cowboys triumphed over AFC champions Denver Broncos. It was the first Super Bowl to be played inside a dome and a defensive battle as the vaunted Cowboys defense only let up eight completions for 61 yards. Also, a Super Bowl first, two MVPs were named in the Cowboys’ Harvey Martin and Randy White.

Most importantly, I was born on this day. And yes, my dad was not in the delivery room but elsewhere watching the game.

9. Chicago Bears  vs. New England Patriots    Super Bowl XX

January 26th 1986
Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Chicago 46 – New England 10
MVP: Richard Dent, DE, Chicago Bears

This game was the first Super Bowl won by the “Monsters of the Midway”. The Bears scored a record 46 points. This stellar offense was led by QB Jim McMahon and RB Walter Payton. The defense featuring DE Richard Dent and William “The Refrigerator” Perry held the Patriots to 7 rushing yards, a record-low, and notched a record-high 7 sacks. Dent recorded 1.5 quarterback sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and a blocked pass. 

But this Bears team’s legacy lies in their recording of the best song ever by a professional sports outfit. Yes, the “Super Bowl Shuffle”. The video to the song stands the test of time featuring the team dancing and lip synching…er..rapping in a cheesy 80s video.

8. Kansas City Chiefs  vs. Green Bay Packers    Super Bowl I

January 15th 1967
Memorial Stadium,  Los Angeles, CA
Green Bay 35 – Kansas City 10
MVP: Bart Starr, Quarterback, Green Bay Packers

This game was the first ever NFL championship game, or Super Bowl. The NFL and AFL joined to form one league with two conferences whose winners played each other in the National Football championship game. Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers easily defeated the upstart Kansas City Chiefs coached by Lamar Hunt. Quarterback Bart Starr completed 16 of 23 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns in his Super Bowl MVP campaign.

The legacy of these legendary coaches lives on. Each year the winner of the AFC receives the Lamar Hunt Trophy and the Vince Lombardi trophy is handed to the Super Bowl winner.

7. San Francisco 49ers vs. Cincinnati Bengals   Super Bowl XVI

January 24, 1982
Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, MI
San Francisco 26 – Cincinnati 21
MVP: Joe Montana, QB, San Francisco 49ers

This Super Bowl marked Mr. Montana’s first Super Bowl win and MVP. He completed 14 of 22 passes for 157 yards and one touchdown. Montana also rushed for another TD. The 49ers controlled the game in the first half leading by a Super Bowl-record 20-0. Kicker Ray Wersching kicked four field goals tying a Super Bowl record to help the 49ers hold on to a 26-21 lead. 

The Bengals outgained the 49ers by 90 yards and notched more touchdowns but still lost the game becoming the first team in Super Bowl history to do so. This game is memorable also for being the first in a cold weather city.

6. Miami Dolphins vs. Washington Redskins   Super Bowl VII

January 14th, 1973
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
Miami 14 – Washington 7
MVP: Jake Scott, Safety, Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins D controlled the game only allowing the Redskins to cross the midfield once in the first half and four times overall. It’s the lowest scoring Super Bowl to date. Super Bowl MVP Jake Scott had two interceptions for 63 return yards and became only the second defensive player in Super Bowl history to be awarded the Super Bowl MVP. Miami quarterback Bob Griese threw for two touchdowns to ensure the Dolphins of a perfect 17-0 season. This mark remains intact to this day. 

5. New England Patriots vs. St. Louis Rams   Super Bowl XXXVI

February 3rd, 2002
Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA
New England 20 – St. Louis 17
MVP: Tom Brady, Quarterback, New England Patriots

New England made their first Super Bowl appearance since 1997 and were heavy underdogs against “The Greatest Show on Turf” St. Louis Rams who reached the Super Bowl twice in three years and were favored by 14 points. In spite of the 427 yards of total offense garnered by quarterback Kurt Warner and the Rams the game came down to a 48-yard Adam Vinatieri field goal. This marked the first time in Super Bowl history that a game was won on a final play.