With the return of the new NFL campaign last week and some surprising results, it’s clear to see that American football season is upon us.

With plenty of storylines to unfold in the coming months, we take a look back at the sport’s biggest winners – the teams that have won the Superbowl the most – and the history of the biggest match-up in American football.

Superbowl winners

The Superbowl is the NFL’s annual championship game and is the culmination of the season, with the campaign’s two best NFL teams competing for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. There have been 54 Superbowls in total, with Green Bay Packers winning the first in 1967 and Kansas City Chiefs winning the last earlier this year.

NumberDateResultWinning Team
IJan. 15, 1967Green Bay 35, Kansas City 10Green Bay Packers
IIJan. 14, 1968Green Bay 33, Oakland 14Green Bay Packers
IIIJan. 12, 1969New York Jets 16, Baltimore 7New York Jets
IVJan. 11, 1970Kansas City 23, Minnesota 7Kansas City Chiefs
VJan. 17, 1971Baltimore 16, Dallas 13Baltimore Colts
VIJan. 16, 1972Dallas 24, Miami 3Dallas Cowboys
VIIJan. 14, 1973Miami 14, Washington 7Miami Dolphins
VIIIJan. 13, 1974Miami 24, Minnesota 7Miami Dolphins
IXJan. 12, 1975Pittsburgh 16, Minnesota 6Pittsburgh Steelers
XJan. 18, 1976Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17Pittsburgh Steelers
XIJan. 9, 1977Oakland 32, Minnesota 14Oakland Raiders
XIIJan. 15, 1978Dallas 27, Denver 10Dallas Cowboys
XIIIJan. 21, 1979Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31Pittsburgh Steelers
XIVJan. 20, 1980Pittsburgh 31, Los Angeles Rams 19Pittsburgh Steelers
XVJan. 25, 1981Oakland 27, Philadelphia 10Oakland Raiders
XVIJan. 24, 1982San Francisco 26, Cincinnati 21San Francisco 49ers
XVIIJan. 30, 1983Washington 27, Miami 17Washington Redskins
XVIIIJan. 22, 1984Los Angeles Raiders 38, Washington 9Los Angeles Raiders
XIXJan. 20, 1985San Francisco 38, Miami 16San Francisco 49ers
XXJan. 26, 1986Chicago 46, New England 10Chicago Bears
XXIJan. 25, 1987New York Giants 39, Denver 20New York Giants
XXIIJan. 31, 1988Washington 42, Denver 10Washington Redskins
XXIIIJan. 22, 1989San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16San Francisco 49ers
XXIVJan. 28, 1990San Francisco 55, Denver 10San Francisco 49ers
XXVJan. 27, 1991New York Giants 20, Buffalo 19New York Giants
XXVIJan. 26, 1992Washington 37, Buffalo 24Washington Redskins
XXVIIJan. 31, 1993Dallas 52, Buffalo 17Dallas Cowboys
XXVIIIJan. 30, 1994Dallas 30, Buffalo 13Dallas Cowboys
XXIXJan. 29, 1995San Francisco 49, San Diego 26San Francisco 49ers
XXXJan. 28, 1996Dallas 27, Pittsburgh 17Dallas Cowboys
XXXIJan. 26, 1997Green Bay 35, New England 21Green Bay Packers
XXXIIJan. 25, 1998Denver 31, Green Bay 24Denver Broncos
XXXIIIJan. 31, 1999Denver 34, Atlanta 19Denver Broncos
XXXIVJan. 30, 2000St. Louis 23, Tennessee 16St. Louis Rams
XXXVJan. 28, 2001Baltimore 34, New York Giants 7Baltimore Ravens
XXXVIFeb. 3, 2002New England 20, St. Louis 17New England Patriots
XXXVIIJan. 26, 2003Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 21Tampa Bay Buccaneers
XXXVIIIFeb. 1, 2004New England 32, Carolina 29New England Patriots
XXXIXFeb. 6, 2005New England 24, Philadelphia 21New England Patriots
XLFeb. 5, 2006Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 10Pittsburgh Steelers
XLIFeb. 4, 2007Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17Indianapolis Colts
XLIIFeb. 3, 2008New York Giants 17, New England 14New York Giants
XLIIIFeb. 1, 2009Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23Pittsburgh Steelers
XLIVFeb. 7, 2010New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17New Orleans Saints
XLVFeb. 6, 2011Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 25Green Bay Packers
XLVIFeb. 5, 2012New York Giants 21, New England 17New York Giants
XLVIIFeb. 3, 2013Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31Baltimore Ravens
XLVIIIFeb. 2, 2014Seattle 43, Denver 8Seattle Seahawks
XLIXFeb. 1, 2015New England 28, Seattle 24New England Patriots
50Feb. 7, 2016Denver 24, Carolina 10Denver Broncos
LIFeb. 5, 2017New England 34, Atlanta 28New England Patriots
LIIFeb. 4, 2018Philadelphia 41, New England 33Philadelphia Eagles
LIIIFeb. 3, 2019New England 13, Los Angeles Rams 3New England Patriots
LIVFeb. 2, 2020Kansas City 31, San Francisco 20Kansas City Chiefs

Most Superbowl wins

The New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers lead the way as the most successful franchises in Superbowl history, while the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers don’t sit far behind.

The Patriots won six Superbowls under the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick partnership and were often NFL favourites, though that partnership ended this offseason with Brady’s departure to Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Pittsburgh Steelers, meanwhile, have a long tradition as a winning franchise, claiming six titles over a 34-year period.

TeamWins
New England Patriots6
Pittsburgh Steelers6
Dallas Cowboys5
San Francisco 49ers5
Green Bay Packers4
New York Giants4
Denver Broncos3
Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders3
Washington Redskins/Football Team3
Miami Dolphins2
Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts2
Baltimore Ravens2
Kansas City Chiefs2
St Louis/Los Angeles Rams1
Seattle Seahawks1
Philadelphia Eagles1
Chicago Bears1
New York Jets1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1
New Orleans Saints1

Teams without a Superbowl

Some 12 teams have never won the Superbowl, despite some coming very close, while four haven’t even made the big game throughout their history as a franchise.

The Buffalo Bills made four straight Superbowl appearances in the early 1990s with Jim Kelly at the helm, agonisingly falling short on every occasion. Minnesota Vikings fans, meanwhile, haven’t seen their team in the title match-up since the 1970s, with success long overdue.

TeamSuperbowl appearances
Buffalo Bills4
Minnesota Vikings4
Cincinnati Bengals2
Atlanta Falcons2
Carolina Panthers2
San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers1
Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans1
St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals1
Cleveland Browns0
Detroit Lions0
Jacksonville Jaguars0
Houston Texans0

Highest scoring Superbowls

While some Superbowls are cagey affairs, others have seen an eruption of points. We detail the five highest-scoring Superbowls of all time below.

1: San Francisco 49ers 49-26 San Diego Chargers (1995) – 75 points

A thrilling match-up between two teams from the same state, San Diego just couldn’t hang around with the explosive San Francisco offence. Despite outscoring them in the final quarter, the damage was done, and the Vince Lombardi trophy was headed to the Bay Area.

2: Philadelphia Eagles 41-33 New England Patriots (2018) – 74 points

The most recent addition to this list, the 2018 Superbowl saw fireworks from start to finish. Nick Foles entered himself into NFL folklore, starting the season on the bench before being named Superbowl MVP, while the game was decided on a rare defensive play after the Eagles recovered a fumble late in the match.

3: Dallas Cowboys 52-17 Buffalo Bills (1993) – 69 points

One of Buffalo’s many near misses in the 1990s, Dallas just dismantled the Bills in one of the most lopsided Superbowls in history.

3: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-21 Oakland Raiders (2003) – 69 points

Jon Gruden’s Tampa Bay team had a hard-nosed defence and were the underdog in this game. Nobody told his squad about the narrative, though, as the Bucs put 48 on the Raiders, at one point being up 34-3.

5: Pittsburgh Steelers 35-31 Dallas Cowboys (1979) – 66 points

A close game throughout, Pittsburgh won their third ring in five years against a Dallas team who they beat in the same fixture just three years earlier. With both teams finding the endzone with regularity, Terry Bradshaw and the Steelers pulled through to clinch a narrow win in this thriller.

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