Super Bowl LII – Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles, led by backup quarterback Nick Foles, took down Tom Brady and the defending champion New England Patriots in an instant classic that broke multiple Super Bowl records. This game, played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, featured the most combined yards in Super Bowl history (1,151), the fewest combined punts in Super Bowl history (one), and the most points scored by the losing team in Super Bowl history (33).
Foles, who took over quarterback duties earlier in the season when starter Carson Wentz went down with an injury, was named Super Bowl MVP after throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught a touchdown on a trick play that became the signature moment of the game — and which later earned the nickname “The Philly Special.” The game stayed close all night, but the Patriots didn’t take their first lead until there was less than 10 minutes left in the game. The Eagles responded by scoring the final nine points, clinching a 41-33 victory and their first Super Bowl win in team history.
Super Bowl LI – New England Patriots
The New England Patriots began the year strong, beating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28. Super Bowl LI was held at NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5, 2018. The Patriots got off to a rough start, lagging behind the Falcons by 25 points by the third quarter. In an exciting fourth quarter, the Patriots came out on top in overtime, ending the game 34-28. It was the first Super Bowl to conclude in overtime, and gave the Patriots’ 25-point recovery the record for the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.
Super Bowl 50 – Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos found victory over the Carolina Panthers, beating them 24-10. The championship was determined on Feb. 7, 2016 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The Panthers had come into the game with a 15-1 regular season record, making it to the Super Bowl for the second time in Panthers’ history. The Broncos advanced to the Bowl with a 12-4 regular season record. The Broncos took the lead early and kept it, never trailing throughout the game.
Super Bowl XLIX – New England Patriots
The New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 on Feb. 1, 2015. The Patriots’ win gave them their fourth Super Bowl championship, this time played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Seahawks came off a strong regular season, where they held a 12-4 records, the same record as the Patriots. The teams were tied 14-14 at halftime. The Seahawks then brought themselves up 10 points by the end of the third quarter. Near victory, the Patriots rallied to score a 28-24 lead with just two minutes left in the game.
Super Bowl XLVIII – Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 to conclude the 2013 season with a sweeping victory. The significant win gave the Seahawks a record for the largest margin of victory for an incoming underdog, and also cemented the 35-point lead as a record for the greatest point difference in Super Bowl history, tied only with the Dallas Cowboys’ 1993 win over the Buffalo Bills (52-17). The Seahawks had entered the championship with a 13-3 regular season record, the same as the Broncos.
Super Bowl XLVII – Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 to wrap up the 2012 season on Feb. 3, 2013. The game, which was held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, was nicknamed the Harbaugh Bowl, as the two teams were led by brothers and coaches Jim and John Harbaugh for the 49ers and Ravens, respectively. The 49ers entered the championship game with a regular season record of 11-4-1, while the Ravens had earned a 10-6 record in the regular season.
Super Bowl XLVI – New York Giants
The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 21-17 in this Super Bowl game. The tight game, which was played on Feb. 5, 2012 at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, gave the Giants their fourth Super Bowl, and ended their middling season with an unexpected victory. In fact, the Giants, with a 9-7 regular season record, set a new record for for the team with the lowest regular season record to win a Bowl.
Super Bowl XLV – Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers secured a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, beating them 31-25. They found success at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Feb. 6, 2011, wrapping up their season with a bang. The Packers entered as favorites, having won 12 league championships in their history, the most of any franchise. They were the first NFC 6-seeded team to enter the Bowl. The Steelers had completed the 2010 regular season with a record of 12-4, while the Packers had finished the regular season with a 10-6 record. After an exciting game of back and forth leads, the Packers overtook the Steelers with a 23-yard field goal with just two minutes left in the game.
Super Bowl XLIV – New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in this championship matchup. The teams met at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on Feb. 7, 2010. The Saints brought New Orleans their first Super Bowl appearance and win, having entered the championship 13-3 from the regular season, while the Colts showed up with a 14-2 regular season record. The Saints were behind 10-6 at halftime – after an unexpected onside kick at the beginning of the second half, the Saints gained steam, recovered their losses and triumphed throughout the second and third quarters.
Super Bowl XLIII – Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 in this tight matchup. They wrapped up the 2008 season on Feb. 1, 2009, making them the first franchise to win six Super Bowls in NFL history. After a so-so regular season, in which the Steelers had a record of 9-7, they prevailed with a strong start and a halftime lead of 17-7. During the game, the Steelers pulled off a 100-yard interception for a touchdown, setting a Super Bowl record. The Cardinals made gains in the second half, scoring 16 points and briefly taking the lead, but the Steelers prevailed to become the 2008 champions.
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