A Chronological Look at the Results of Every Super Bowl in History
The Super Bowl is the biggest event in American sports, and since its inauguration in 1967 it has provided fans with some of the most thrilling experiences in all of football. Throughout its 54-year history, the Super Bowl has seen a number of classic matchups, heart-stopping moments, and championships won and lost. Here, we take a look back at the results of every Super Bowl in history, from the first Super Bowl in 1967 to the present-day classic battles for the Lombardi Trophy.
1967 – Super Bowl I: Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The first official Super Bowl was held on January 15th, 1967, with the Green Bay Packers taking on the Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers were led by legendary coach Vince Lombardi, and they made quick work of the Chiefs, winning the game by a score of 35-10. This marked the first of five Super Bowl titles for the team, with the last coming in the 1997-98 season.
1968 – Super Bowl II: Green Bay Packers vs. Oakland Raiders
The following year saw the Packers face off against the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl II. The Raiders, led by Hall of Fame quarterback Daryle Lamonica, put up a much better effort than the Chiefs, but they ultimately came up short, losing 33-14. This would be the first and only Super Bowl win for the Packers, who have failed to make it back to the big game since.
1969 – Super Bowl III: New York Jets vs. Baltimore Colts
In 1969, the American Football League and National Football League merged, and the first ever “inter-league” Super Bowl matchup was born. The New York Jets, led by legendary quarterback Joe Namath, pulled off one of the greatest upsets in sports history, stunning the heavily favored Baltimore Colts 16-7.
1970 – Super Bowl IV: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Minnesota Vikings
In 1970, the Chiefs and Vikings squared off in Super Bowl IV, with the Chiefs pulling off an impressive 23-7 victory to give Kansas City their first Super Bowl title. Hall of Fame player Len Dawson was named the MVP of the game, throwing for 200 yards and a touchdown in the win.
1971 – Super Bowl V: Baltimore Colts vs. Dallas Cowboys
The 1971 Super Bowl between the Colts and Cowboys ended in one of the most controversial finishes in Super Bowl history. The game was knotted at 13-13 late in the fourth quarter, when the Colts lined up for a field goal attempt. The kick was blocked, and the resulting penalty flag gave the Cowboys the victory and their first Super Bowl title.
1972 – Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins
In 1972, the Cowboys and Dolphins squared off in Super Bowl VI, with the Cowboys coming out on top 24-3. Quarterback Roger Staubach was named the MVP of the game, throwing for 119 yards and a touchdown while also leading the team in rushing yards with 39.
1973 – Super Bowl VII: Miami Dolphins vs. Washington Redskins
The Miami Dolphins continued their dominance in Super Bowl VII, dismantling the Redskins 14-7. The Dolphins, led by legendary running back Larry Csonka, became the first (and to date, only) team in NFL history to finish the season with a perfect record, going 17-0 and winning their second consecutive Super Bowl title.
1974 – Super Bowl VIII: Miami Dolphins vs. Minnesota Vikings
The Dolphins and Vikings would meet again in 1974, but this time the Vikings had the upper hand, winning 24-7. The victory marked the first (and to this day only) Super Bowl win for the Minnesota franchise and put an end to the Dolphins’ two-year reign as champions.
1975 – Super Bowl IX: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Minnesota Vikings
The 1975 Super Bowl saw the first ever victory for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who defeated the Vikings 16-6 to claim their first Lombardi Trophy. Running back Franco Harris was the MVP of the game, rushing for a Super Bowl record 158 yards in the win.
1976 – Super Bowl X: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys
In 1976, the Steelers and Cowboys met in the first of three Super Bowl meetings between the two teams. The game was an exciting one, but the Steelers managed to pull out a 21-17 victory, giving Pittsburgh its second consecutive Super Bowl win.
1977 – Super Bowl XI: Oakland Raiders vs. Minnesota Vikings
In 1977, the Oakland Raiders faced off against the Vikings in Super Bowl XI, and the Raiders came out on top with a 32-14 victory. Quarterback Ken Stabler was named the MVP of the game, throwing for 180 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
1978 – Super Bowl XII: Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos
The Cowboys and Broncos faced off in 1978, with the Cowboys taking home the victory 27-10. Quarterback Roger Staubach was named the MVP of the game, throwing for 183 yards and two touchdowns.
1979 – Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys
The Steelers and Cowboys faced off again in 1979, and again it was the Steelers who emerged victorious, winning 35-31 for their third Super Bowl title. Wide receiver Lynn Swann was named the MVP of the game, catching four passes for 79 yards and a touchdown in the win.
1980 – Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Rams
The Steelers faced off against the Los Angeles Rams in 1980, with the Steelers claiming their fourth Super Bowl title in a 31-19 victory. Quarterback Terry Bradshaw was named the MVP of the game, throwing for 309 yards and two touchdowns.
1981 – Super Bowl XV: Oakland Raiders vs. Philadelphia Eagles
In 1981, the Raiders and Eagles faced off at Super Bowl XV, with the Raiders winning their second title by a score of 27-10. Running back Marcus Allen was named the MVP of the game, rushing for 191 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
1982 – Super Bowl XVI: San Francisco 49ers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals faced off in 1982, with the 49ers coming out on top 26-21 in what was a thrilling Super Bowl matchup. Quarterback Joe Montana was named the MVP of the game, throwing for 157 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
1983 – Super Bowl XVII: Washington Redskins vs. Miami Dolphins
In 1983, the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins squared off in Super Bowl XVII, ending with the Redskins claiming their first Super Bowl title in a 27-17 victory. Running back John Riggins was named the MVP of the game, rushing for 166 yards and a touchdown in the win.
1984 – Super Bowl XVIII: Los Angeles Raiders vs. Washington Redskins
The Raiders and Redskins met again in 1984, with the Raiders taking home their third Super Bowl title in a decisive 38-9 victory. MVP Marcus Allen put on an impressive performance, rushing for 191 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
1985 – Super Bowl XIX: San Francisco 49ers vs. Miami Dolphins
The San Francisco 49ers took on the Miami Dolphins in 1985, and the 49ers emerged victorious 38-16. Quarterback Joe Montana was again named the MVP of the game, throwing for 331 yards and three touchdowns.
1986 – Super Bowl XX: Chicago Bears vs. New England Patriots
The Chicago Bears squared off against the New England Patriots in 1986, and the Bears emerged victorious with a 46-10 win. Defensive lineman Richard Dent was named the MVP of the game, recording one solo tackle, one sack and a forced fumble.
1987 – Super Bowl XXI: New York Giants vs. Denver Broncos
The New York Giants and Denver Broncos faced off in Super Bowl XXI, with the Giants coming out on top 39-20. MVP Phil Simms threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns in the win, helping to give the Giants their first Super Bowl championship.
1988 – Super Bowl XXII: Washington Redskins vs. Denver Broncos
The Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos met again in 1988, with the Redskins defeating the Broncos by a score of 42-10. MVP Doug Williams threw for a Super Bowl record 340 yards, helping to give the Redskins their second Super Bowl title.
1989 – Super Bowl XXIII: San Francisco 49ers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The San Francisco 49ers took on the Cincinnati Bengals in 1989, and the 49ers emerged victorious with a 20-16 win. MVP Joe Montana threw for 357 yards and two touchdowns in the win, and wide receiver John Taylor caught the game-winning touchdown in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.
1990 – Super Bowl XXIV: San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos
The 49ers and Broncos met again in 1990, with the 49ers dominating the Broncos 55-10. MVP Steve Young threw for a Super Bowl record six touchdowns in the win, helping to give the 49ers their fourth Super Bowl title.
1991 – Super Bowl XXV: New York Giants vs. Buffalo Bills
In 1991, the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills faced off in what would become known as one of the greatest Super Bowls of all time. The Giants emerged victorious, 20-19, thanks to kicker Matt Bahr’s last-second field goal, as well as defensive back James Williams’s crucial interception in the final minute of the fourth quarter.
1992 – Super Bowl XXVI: Washington Redskins vs. Buffalo Bills
The Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills squared off in