By News Team
Last Updated: 15th September 2020
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.
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.
|I||Jan. 15, 1967||Green Bay 35, Kansas City 10||Green Bay Packers|
|II||Jan. 14, 1968||Green Bay 33, Oakland 14||Green Bay Packers|
|III||Jan. 12, 1969||New York Jets 16, Baltimore 7||New York Jets|
|IV||Jan. 11, 1970||Kansas City 23, Minnesota 7||Kansas City Chiefs|
|V||Jan. 17, 1971||Baltimore 16, Dallas 13||Baltimore Colts|
|VI||Jan. 16, 1972||Dallas 24, Miami 3||Dallas Cowboys|
|VII||Jan. 14, 1973||Miami 14, Washington 7||Miami Dolphins|
|VIII||Jan. 13, 1974||Miami 24, Minnesota 7||Miami Dolphins|
|IX||Jan. 12, 1975||Pittsburgh 16, Minnesota 6||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|X||Jan. 18, 1976||Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|XI||Jan. 9, 1977||Oakland 32, Minnesota 14||Oakland Raiders|
|XII||Jan. 15, 1978||Dallas 27, Denver 10||Dallas Cowboys|
|XIII||Jan. 21, 1979||Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|XIV||Jan. 20, 1980||Pittsburgh 31, Los Angeles Rams 19||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|XV||Jan. 25, 1981||Oakland 27, Philadelphia 10||Oakland Raiders|
|XVI||Jan. 24, 1982||San Francisco 26, Cincinnati 21||San Francisco 49ers|
|XVII||Jan. 30, 1983||Washington 27, Miami 17||Washington Redskins|
|XVIII||Jan. 22, 1984||Los Angeles Raiders 38, Washington 9||Los Angeles Raiders|
|XIX||Jan. 20, 1985||San Francisco 38, Miami 16||San Francisco 49ers|
|XX||Jan. 26, 1986||Chicago 46, New England 10||Chicago Bears|
|XXI||Jan. 25, 1987||New York Giants 39, Denver 20||New York Giants|
|XXII||Jan. 31, 1988||Washington 42, Denver 10||Washington Redskins|
|XXIII||Jan. 22, 1989||San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16||San Francisco 49ers|
|XXIV||Jan. 28, 1990||San Francisco 55, Denver 10||San Francisco 49ers|
|XXV||Jan. 27, 1991||New York Giants 20, Buffalo 19||New York Giants|
|XXVI||Jan. 26, 1992||Washington 37, Buffalo 24||Washington Redskins|
|XXVII||Jan. 31, 1993||Dallas 52, Buffalo 17||Dallas Cowboys|
|XXVIII||Jan. 30, 1994||Dallas 30, Buffalo 13||Dallas Cowboys|
|XXIX||Jan. 29, 1995||San Francisco 49, San Diego 26||San Francisco 49ers|
|XXX||Jan. 28, 1996||Dallas 27, Pittsburgh 17||Dallas Cowboys|
|XXXI||Jan. 26, 1997||Green Bay 35, New England 21||Green Bay Packers|
|XXXII||Jan. 25, 1998||Denver 31, Green Bay 24||Denver Broncos|
|XXXIII||Jan. 31, 1999||Denver 34, Atlanta 19||Denver Broncos|
|XXXIV||Jan. 30, 2000||St. Louis 23, Tennessee 16||St. Louis Rams|
|XXXV||Jan. 28, 2001||Baltimore 34, New York Giants 7||Baltimore Ravens|
|XXXVI||Feb. 3, 2002||New England 20, St. Louis 17||New England Patriots|
|XXXVII||Jan. 26, 2003||Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 21||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|XXXVIII||Feb. 1, 2004||New England 32, Carolina 29||New England Patriots|
|XXXIX||Feb. 6, 2005||New England 24, Philadelphia 21||New England Patriots|
|XL||Feb. 5, 2006||Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 10||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|XLI||Feb. 4, 2007||Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17||Indianapolis Colts|
|XLII||Feb. 3, 2008||New York Giants 17, New England 14||New York Giants|
|XLIII||Feb. 1, 2009||Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|XLIV||Feb. 7, 2010||New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17||New Orleans Saints|
|XLV||Feb. 6, 2011||Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 25||Green Bay Packers|
|XLVI||Feb. 5, 2012||New York Giants 21, New England 17||New York Giants|
|XLVII||Feb. 3, 2013||Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31||Baltimore Ravens|
|XLVIII||Feb. 2, 2014||Seattle 43, Denver 8||Seattle Seahawks|
|XLIX||Feb. 1, 2015||New England 28, Seattle 24||New England Patriots|
|50||Feb. 7, 2016||Denver 24, Carolina 10||Denver Broncos|
|LI||Feb. 5, 2017||New England 34, Atlanta 28||New England Patriots|
|LII||Feb. 4, 2018||Philadelphia 41, New England 33||Philadelphia Eagles|
|LIII||Feb. 3, 2019||New England 13, Los Angeles Rams 3||New England Patriots|
|LIV||Feb. 2, 2020||Kansas City 31, San Francisco 20||Kansas 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.
|New England Patriots||6|
|San Francisco 49ers||5|
|Green Bay Packers||4|
|New York Giants||4|
|Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders||3|
|Washington Redskins/Football Team||3|
|Kansas City Chiefs||2|
|St Louis/Los Angeles Rams||1|
|New York Jets||1|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1|
|New Orleans Saints||1|
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.
|San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers||1|
|Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans||1|
|St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals||1|
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.