SUPER BOWL HISTORY: BEST OF EVERY DECADE

The Super Bowl enters its 57th occurrence this Sunday in Arizona. I decided to dive into the previous 56 by grouping them into decades. The decades are broken down by the date of the game, not the season that led to that championship matchup. An example would be if the regular season was 1999, but the Super Bowl was played in 2000, it falls into the 2000’s.

This iconic event has grown from a casual Sunday afternoon in the LA Coliseum to the most anticipated global event. This game is the only setting in the world that mixes Hollywood, Pop Culture, Commercialism and football into the perfect gift. The event delivers every year in some facet and continues to evolve.

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THE 1960’S:

  • BEST TEAM OF THE DECADE: GREEN BAY PACKERS. (2 SUPER BOWL TITLES)
  • BEST SUPER BOWL OF THE DECADE: SUPER BOWL III. JETS 16. COLTS 7
  • TEAM WITH MOST SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE DECADE: GREEN BAY PACKERS (2)
  • MOST ICONIC SUPER BOWL MOMENT OF THE DECADE: JOE NAMETH WALKING OFF THE FIELD IN MIAMI WITH THE NUMBER 1 BEING HELD UP.
  • BEST SUPER BOWL STADIUM OF THE DECADE: THE ORANGE BOWL IN MIAMI
  • WORST SUPER BOWL OF THE DECADE: SUPER BOWL I. PACKERS BLEW OUT THE CHIEFS 35-10
  • BEST HALFTIME PERFORMANCE OF THE DECADE: SUPER BOWL I. UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA AND GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY MARCHING BANDS.

THE 1970’S:

  • BEST TEAM OF THE DECADE: PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3 SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES)
  • BEST SUPER BOWL OF THE DECADE: SUPER BOWL XIII. STEELERS 35. COWBOYS 31
  • TEAM WITH THE MOST SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE DECADE: PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3)
  • MOST ICONIC SUPER BOWL MOMENT OF THE DECADE: THE 1972 MIAMI DOLPHINS COMPLETING THE ONLY UNDEFEATED SEASON ON JANUARY 14, 1973 IN SUPER BOWL VII
  • BEST SUPER BOWL STADIUM OF THE DECADE: ROSE BOWL (SUPER BOWL XI)
  • WORST SUPER BOWL OF THE DECADE: CHIEFS OVER VIKINGS 23-7 IN SUPER BOWL IV
  • BEST HALFTIME PERFORMANCE OF THE DECADE: SUPER BOWL VI. ELLA FITZGERALD, CAROL CHANNING, US AIR FORCE ACADEMY CHOIR AND THE US MARINE CORPS DRILL TEAM.
  • FUN FACT: THE COWBOYS WENT TO 5 SUPER BOWLS AND THE VIKINGS WENT TO 4 SUPER BOWLS IN THE DECADE. THE VIKINGS LOST ALL 4 ATTEMPTS AND THE COWBOYS WENT 2-3. THE REDSKINS WERE THE ONLY OTHER NFC TEAM TO MAKE IT.

THE 1980’S:

  • BEST TEAM OF THE DECADE: SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3 SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES)
  • BEST SUPER BOWL OF THE DECADE: SUPER BOWL XXIII. 49ERS 20 BENGALS 16
  • TEAM WITH THE MOST SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE DECADE: SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3)
  • MOST ICONIC SUPER BOWL MOMENT OF THE DECADE: WILLIAM “THE REFRIGERATOR” PERRY SCORING A TD (INSTEAD OF WALTER PAYTON)
  • BEST SUPER BOWL STADIUM OF THE DECADE: LOUISIANA SUPERDOME (2 TIMES)
  • WORST SUPER BOWL OF THE DECADE: A LOT OF BLOWOUTS, BUT THE BEARS OVER THE PATRIOTS 46-10 IS THE WORST.
  • BEST SUPER BOWL HALFTIME PERFORMANCE OF THE DECADE: SUPER BOWL XXII. CHUBBY CHECKER, THE ROCKETTES, 80 GRAND PIANOS AND MARCHING BANDS FROM USC, SAN DIEGO STATE AND CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE.

THE 1990’S:

  • BEST TEAM OF THE DECADE: DALLAS COWBOYS (3 SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES)
  • BEST SUPER BOWL OF THE DECADE: SUPER BOWL XXV. GIANTS 20. BILLS 19
  • TEAM WITH THE MOST SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE DECADE: DALLAS COWBOYS (3)
  • MOST ICONIC SUPER BOWL MOMENT OF THE DECADE: SCOTT NORWOOD MISSING THE GAME WINNING FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT.
  • BEST SUPER BOWL STADIUM OF THE DECADE: LOUISIANA SUPERDOME (2)
  • WORST SUPER BOWL OF THE DECADE: SUPER BOWL XXIX. 49ERS 49. CHARGERS 26
  • BEST SUPER BOWL HALFTIME PERFORMANCE OF THE DECADE: SUPER BOWL XXVII. MICHAEL JACKSON SET THE STANDARD FOR ALL FUTURE PERFORMANCES WITH HIS SHOW.
  • FUN FACT: THE BRONCOS WERE THE ONLY AFC TEAM TO WIN A SUPER BOWL IN THE DECADE AND ENDED A RUN BY THE NFC THAT RESULTED IN 13 STRAIGHT TITLES.

THE 2000’S:

  • BEST TEAM OF THE DECADE: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (4 SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES)
  • BEST SUPER BOWL OF THE DECADE: SUPER BOWL XXXVIII. PATRIOTS 32 PANTHERS 29
  • TEAM WITH THE MOST SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE DECADE: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3)
  • MOST ICONIC SUPER BOWL MOMENT OF THE DECADE: THE DAVID TYREE “HELMET CATCH” PLAY
  • BEST SUPER BOWL STADIUM OF THE DECADE: UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX STADIUM
  • WORST SUPER BOWL OF THE DECADE: SUPER BOWL XXXVII. BUCCANEERS 48. RAIDERS 21
  • BEST SUPER BOWL HALFTIME PERFORMANCE OF THE DECADE: SUPER BOWL XXXVII. “WARDROBE MALFUNCTION”. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, JANET JACKSON, JESSICA SIMPSON, P DIDDY, NELLY AND KID ROCK.
  • FUN FACT: SUPER BOWL XXXV SAW 3 TOUCHDOWNS IN 34 SECONDS. DUANE STARKS PICK 6 FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY RON DIXON RETURNING THE ENSUING KICKOFF 97 YARDS FOR A SCORE AND CAPPED OFF BY JERMAINE LEWIS TAKING THE NEXT KICKOFF 84 YARDS FOR A TOUCHDOWN.

THE 2010’S:

  • BEST TEAM OF THE DECADE: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (5 SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES)
  • BEST SUPER BOWL OF THE DECADE: SUPER BOWL LII. EAGLES 41 PATRIOTS 33
  • TEAM WITH THE MOST SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE DECADE: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3)
  • MOST ICONIC SUPER BOWL MOMENT OF THE DECADE: MALCOLM BUTLER’S GOAL LINE INTERCEPTION TO STEAL SUPER BOWL XLIX VICTORY FROM THE JAWS OF DEFEAT.
  • BEST SUPER BOWL STADIUM OF THE DECADE: COWBOYS STADIUM
  • WORST SUPER BOWL OF THE DECADE: SUPER BOWL XLVIII. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 43. DENVER BRONCOS 8
  • BEST SUPER BOWL HALFTIME PERFORMANCE OF THE DECADE: SUPER BOWL XLIX. KATY PERRY, MISSY ELLIOTT AND LENNY KRAVITZ.

THE 2020’S:

  • BEST TEAM OF THE DECADE: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS. (3 SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES)
  • BEST SUPER BOWL OF THE DECADE: SUPER BOWL LVI RAMS 23 BENGALS 20
  • TEAM WITH THE MOST SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE DECADE: THE CHIEFS, BUCCANEERS AND RAMS TIED WITH 1.
  • MOST ICONIC SUPER BOWL MOMENT OF THE DECADE: THE MAHOMES / HILL “ WASP” PLAY THAT ENERGIZED THE CHIEFS COMEBACK IN SUPER BOWL LIV
  • BEST SUPER BOWL STADIUM OF THE DECADE: SoFi STADIUM. SUPER BOWL LVI
  • WORST SUPER BOWL OF THE DECADE: SUPER BOWL LV. BUCCANEERS 31. CHIEFS 9
  • BEST SUPER BOWL HALFTIME PERFORMANCE OF THE DECADE: SUPER BOWL LVI. DR. DRE, SNOOP DOGG, EMINEM, MARY J. BLIGE, 50 CENT, AND KENDRICK LAMAR.
  • FUN FACT: THE LAST 2 SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS WON IT IN THEIR HOME STADIUM. THE LAST TEAM TO WIN THE SUPER BOWL IN A STADIUM THAT ISN’T THEIR HOME FIELD WAS THE CHIEFS WHEN THEY WON SUPER BOWL LIV IN MIAMI.

ALL TIME FRANCHISE SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES:

11 APPEARANCES:

  • NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

8 APPEARANCES:

  • DALLAS COWBOYS
  • DENVER BRONCOS
  • PITTSBURGH STEELERS

7 APPEARANCES:

  • SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

5 APPEARANCES:

  • GREEN BAY PACKERS
  • LA / ST.LOUIS RAMS
  • MIAMI DOLPHINS
  • NEW YORK GIANTS
  • WASHINGTON COMMANDERS

4 APPEARANCES:

  • BUFFALO BILLS
  • INDIANAPOLIS/ BALTIMORE COLTS
  • KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
  • MINNESOTA VIKINGS

3 APPEARANCES:

  • CINCINNATI BENGALS
  • PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
  • SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

2 APPEARANCES:

  • ATLANTA FALCONS
  • BALTIMORE RAVENS
  • CAROLINA PANTHERS
  • CHICAGO BEARS
  • TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

1APPEARANCE:

  • ARIZONA CARDINALS
  • NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
  • NEW YORK JETS
  • SAN DIEGO / LA CHARGERS
  • TENNESSEE TITANS / HOUSTON OILERS

0 APPEARANCES:

  • CLEVELAND BROWNS
  • DETROIT LIONS
  • HOUSTON TEXANS
  • JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

WHICH TEAM WITH 0 SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES WILL BE THE FIRST TO GET THERE? AS WE MENTIONED DURING OUR IRRATIONAL CONFIDENCE PODCAST SUPER PREVIEW EPISODE, CLEVELAND IS THE ONLY FRANCHISE THAT HAS NOT PLAYED IN OR HAD THE GAME PLAYED IN THEIR STADIUM.

HAVE A SUPER SUNDAY!!

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