SUPER BOWL I: Packers 35, Chiefs 10 | Professional football takes a major step into the spotlight when the AFL champion Kansas City Chiefs play the NFL champion Green Bay Packers in the first Super Bowl (then called the World Championship) at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 15, 1967. Led by Super Bowl MVP Bart Starr, who throws two touchdowns to Max McGee (above), and coach Vince Lombardi, the Packers use three second-half touchdowns to roll past the Chiefs.
SUPER BOWL II: Packers 33, Raiders 14 | The Packers win their second straight Super Bowl - after winning their third straight NFL championship - in Hall of Famer Vince Lombardi's last game as head coach. Quarterback Bart Starr wins his second Super Bowl MVP, completing 13 of 24 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown. Green Bay dominates the game, played at the Orange Bowl on Jan. 14, 1968, after securing a 16-7 halftime lead.
SUPER BOWL III: Jets 16, Colts 7 | Super Bowl III remains one of the greatest in the game's history. In a David and Goliath matchup, Joe Namath and the Jets defeat heavily-favored Johnny Unitas and the Baltimore Colts, a win Namath famously guaranteed, at the Orange Bowl on Jan. 12, 1969.
SUPER BOWL IV: Chiefs 23, Vikings 7 | In the first championship game officially called the Super Bowl, the Kansas City Chiefs avenge their loss to the Packers in Super Bowl I by beating the Minnesota Vikings, 23-7, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, on Jan. 11, 1970. Quarterback Len Dawson earns MVP honors in securing Hank Stram's (above) first championship.
SUPER BOWL V: Colts 16, Cowboys 13 | At the Orange Bowl on Jan. 17, 1971, the Baltimore Colts defeat the Dallas Cowboys on a 32-yard field goal by kicker Jim O'Brien in the final five seconds. Much like their first Super Bowl appearance, the Colts have to play backup Earl Morrall most of the game for the injured Johnny Unitas. Cowboys Linebacker Chuck Howley becomes the first non-quarterback (and first player from the losing team) to earn MVP honors.
SUPER BOWL VI: Cowboys 24, Dolphins 3 | The Dallas Cowboys rush for a bruising 252 yards while holding the Miami Dolphins to just 185 yards in the first Super Bowl victory for "America's Team" at Tulane Stadium on Jan. 16, 1972. Roger Staubach earns MVP honors for coach Tom Landry's (above) champs.
SUPER BOWL VII: Dolphins 14, Redskins 7 | Keeping the only perfect NFL season intact, the Miami Dolphins rebound from their first Super Bowl loss to beat the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII on Jan. 14, 1973 at the L.A. Coliseum. The Dolphin defense stands strong in the second half and doesn't allow Washington to score until the Redskins return a botched Miami field goal attempt for a 49-yard TD. Dolphins safety Jake Scott takes home MVP honors with two interceptions and a key pick in the end zone to kill a Washington drive. (Garo Yepremian pictured above)
SUPER BOWL VIII: Dolphins 24, Vikings 7 | The Dolphins win their second Super Bowl in their third straight appearance, beating the Vikings in dominating fashion at Rice Stadium in Houston on Jan. 13, 1974. MVP running back Larry Csonka (above) scores two touchdowns and gains 145 yards for Miami.
SUPER BOWL IX: Steelers 16, Vikings 6 | At Tulane Stadium on Jan. 12, 1975, the Pittsburgh Steelers and their legendary defense known as the "Steel Curtain," win their first Super Bowl on their first try, leaving the Vikings 0-for-3 in the big game. The key stats: Minnesota gains just 119 yards of offense, 17 on the ground, while MVP Franco Harris (above) contributes 158 of Pittsburgh's 333 total yards.
SUPER BOWL X: Steelers 21, Cowboys 17 | The Steelers repeat as Super Bowl champs as they beat Roger Staubach and the Cowboys at the Orange Bowl on Jan. 18, 1976. The game is close for the first three quarters, but by the fourth quarter, momentum begins to turn in Pittsburgh's favor, and Terry Bradshaw and the Steelers put the nail in the coffin on a 64-yard bomb to wide receiver Lynn Swann (above). Swann, the MVP, catches four passes for 161 yards.
SUPER BOWL XI: Raiders 32, Vikings 14 | Minnesota's woes in the Super Bowl continue as it loses its most recent appearance in the big game to the Raiders on Jan. 9, 1977 at the Rose Bowl. Oakland's first NFL championship is characterized by offense. Running back Clarence Davis contributes 137 of Oakland's 429 total yards, while Oakland's other back, Pete Banaszak, rushes for two scores. Wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff (above l. with Ken Stabler) earns the game's MVP award, with four receptions for 79 yards, including three important first downs that set up Oakland touchdowns.
SUPER BOWL XII: Cowboys 27, Broncos 10 | The Cowboys execute a balanced victory over the Broncos in Denver's first Super Bowl appearance on Jan. 15, 1978 at the Superdome in New Orleans. Defensive tackle Randy White (above l.) and defensive end Harvey Martin (above r.) become the first pair of players to win the MVP award, leading Dallas' defense, which forces eight turnovers (four interceptions, four forced fumbles).
SUPER BOWL XIII: Steelers 35, Cowboys 31 | Super Bowl XIII is a dream matchup between two of the league's most successful franchises, with the Steelers looking to go 3-for-3 in the Super Bowl, all in the same decade, and the Cowboys making their fifth Super Bowl appearance. The game is also a rematch of Super Bowl X - a four-point Pittsburgh victory. The game, played at the Orange Bowl on Jan. 21, 1979, is decided by four points again, though this time the offenses steal the show as quarterback and MVP Terry Bradshaw (above) - who throws for 318 yards and four touchdowns - leads the Steelers to victory over Roger Staubach and the 'Boys.
SUPER BOWL XIV: Steelers 31, Rams 19 | The Pittsburgh Steelers repeat as Super Bowl champs for the second time in the team's history as they come back from a three-point halftime deficit to dominate the Rams in their own backyard - the Rose Bowl - on Jan. 20, 1980. The Steelers become the first team to win four Super Bowls, once again thanks to their quarterback. Bradshaw wins his second straight Super Bowl MVP award with a 14 of 21 passing day, including 309 yards and two touchdowns. (above: Jack Lambert intercepts a pass intended for Ron Smith.)
SUPER BOWL XV: Raiders 27, Eagles 10 | Led by MVP quarterback Jim Plunkett (above) at the Superdome on Jan. 25, 1981, the Raiders jump out to a 14-0 lead and never look back, spoiling the Eagles' first Super Bowl appearance and winning their second championship.
SUPER BOWL XVI: 49ers 26, Bengals 21 | This game sees the beginning of a dynasty in San Francisco. A successful execution of Bill Walsh's west coast offense by quarterback Joe Montana (above), as well as a solid defensive effort, gives the Niners their first Super Bowl victory, Jan. 24, 1982 at the Pontiac Silverdome. Ray Wersching kicks four field goals and Montana throws a touchdown and runs in another, capping long drives that keep the ball out of Cincinnati hands.
SUPER BOWL XVII: Redskins 27, Dolphins 17 | MVP John Riggins (c.) rushes for 166 yards and a touchdown as the Redskins win their first Super Bowl - in Riggins' fourth-straight playoff game with more than 100 rushing yards, an NFL record at the time - on Jan. 30, 1983 at the Rose Bowl. Joe Gibbs (r.) hands the game ball ofer to owner Jack Kent Cooke after winning it all in just his second year at the helm.
SUPER BOWL XVIII: Raiders 38, Redskins 9 | Jim Plunkett and the Raiders return to the Super Bowl at Tampa Stadium on Jan. 22, 1984, pounding the defending champion Redskins in the most lopsided Super Bowl since the very first one. Marcus Allen (above) earns MVP honors after rushing for 191 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns.
SUPER BOWL XIX: 49ers 38, Dolphins 16 | The 49ers put on a dominant display against the Dolphins at Stanford Stadium on Jan. 20, 1985, to win their second Super Bowl in four years, as Joe Montana leads the offensive attack en route to his second Super Bowl MVP. He becomes the third player to win the award twice, following in the footsteps of Starr and Bradshaw.
SUPER BOWL XX: Bears 46, Patriots 10 | The Bears and Patriots each make their Super Bowl debut on Jan. 25, 1986 at the Superdome, but the Bears steal the show, setting the record for largest point differential (36) as well as most points scored (46) in an epic rout. The defense also makes history by sacking Patriots quarterback Steve Grogan seven times, once for a safety. Even 382-pound defensive tackle-slash-fullback William (Refrigerator) Perry gets in on the action, with a one-yard TD run.
SUPER BOWL XXI: Giants 39, Broncos 20 | The New York Football Giants win their first NFL championship since 1956 with a big second half in a great quarterback matchup between Phil Simms (above) and John Elway at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 25, 1987. Simms stands tall, setting Super Bowl records for consecutive completions (10) and completion percentage (88%), finishing 22 of 25 for 268 yards and three touchdowns and taking the MVP trophy.
SUPER BOWL XXII: Redskins 42, Broncos 10 | The Redskins win their second Super Bowl of the decade in a rout of the Broncos at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego on Jan. 31, 1988. The Redskins explode for 35 unanswered points in the second quarter, setting a postseason record. Doug Williams (above) contributes four touchdown passes to Ricky Sanders (two for 80 and 50 yards), Gary Clark (27 yards) and tight end Clint Didier (eight yards).
SUPER BOWL XXIII: 49ers 20, Bengals 16 | The 49ers win their third Super Bowl of the decade, beating the Bengals in a rematch of Super Bowl XVI at Miami's Joe Robbie Stadium on Jan. 22, 1989. The Bengals grab a 16-13 lead in the fourth quarter on a field goal, but eventually lose the game after Joe Montana (above) drives the Niners 92 yards, connecting with receiver John Taylor on the game-winning touchdown with just 34 seconds remaining. Jerry Rice earns MVP honors after catching 11 passes for a Super Bowl-record 215 yards.
SUPER BOWL XXIV: 49ers 55, Broncos 10 | At the Superdome on Jan. 28, 1990, Joe Montana and the 49ers win their fourth Super Bowl and second in a row, dominating Denver to break the Bears' Super Bowl records for points scored and point differential. Joe Montana becomes the first - and still the only - player to win three Super Bowl MVPs. He goes 22 of 29 for 297 yards and throws a Super Bowl-record five touchdowns. (Above: Jerry Rice)
SUPER BOWL XXV: Giants 20, Bills 19 | In a classic Super Bowl on Jan. 27, 1991 at Tampa Stadium, the Giants hold off the high-scoring Bills to win their second championship in five years - on a missed field goal heard 'round the world. The Bills have a chance to win the game on the leg of kicker Scott Norwood, but, on a play that will live in infamy in the city of Buffalo, Norwood misses a 46-yard kick wide right as time expires.
SUPER BOWL XXVI: Redskin 37, Bills 24 | The Bills fail to rebound from the previous year's Super Bowl loss, as the Redskins win their third Super Bowl in 10 years at the Metrodome on Jan. 26, 1992. Quarterback Jim Kelly (above) throws four picks, giving Washington QB Mark Rypien a chance to outshine the Bills' star. Earning MVP honors, Rypien completes 18 of 33 passes for 292 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
SUPER BOWL XXVII: Cowboys 52, Bills 17 | The Bills drop their third consecutive Super Bowl as the AFC Champs get steamrolled by the Cowboys on Jan. 31, 1993, at the Rose Bowl. MVP quarterback Troy Aikman throws four touchdowns for the Cowboys and Emmitt Smith gains 108 rushing yards. Nine turnovers by the Bills are converted into 35 points by the Cowboys. The lasting image from the game is of Dallas tackle Leon Lett (above) recovering a fumble but slows down as he runs toward the end zone and has the ball stripped by Don Beebe.
SUPER BOWL XXVIII: Cowboys 30, Bills 13 | On Jan. 30, 1994, at the Georgia Dome, the rematch of Super Bowl XVII produces similar results as the Cowboys again whip the Bills for their second straight title. While Dallas joins the Steelers and 49ers as the only teams to win four Super Bowls, the Bills become the only team to lose four Super Bowls in a row. Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith finishes the game with 132 yards and two touchdowns in the second half, earning his first Super Bowl MVP.
SUPER BOWL XXIX: 49ers 49, Chargers 26 | The 49ers become the only team to win five Super Bowls by beating San Diego in the Chargers' first and only Super Bowl appearance, Jan. 29, 1995, at Joe Robbie. MVP Steve Young (above, r.) is the star of the show, throwing for a record six touchdowns. He completes 24 of 36 pass attempts for 325 yards. Young also scrambles five times for 49 yards, making him the game's leading rusher.
SUPER BOWL XXX: Cowboys 27, Steelers 17 | In a matchup between two of the NFL's most-storied franchises, the Cowboys defense is able to hold off the Steelers' offense at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ari., on Jan. 28, 1996, to become the second team to win five Super Bowls. Emmitt Smith clinches the win for Dallas with a four-yard TD with under four minutes to play.
SUPER BOWL XXXI: Packers 35, Patriots 21 | The NFC won its 13th Super Bowl in a row as the Packers beat the Patriots on Jan. 26, 1997, at the Superdome in Green Bay's first trip to football's showcase game since 1968. Return ace Desmond Howard (above) wins the MVP award, earning recognition for his game-clinching 99-yard kickoff return for a TD. Howard totals 244 return yards and is the first special teams player to win the MVP.
SUPER BOWL XXXII: Broncos 31, Packers 24 | Losers of their previous four trips to the NFL's biggest game, running back Terrell Davis and quarterback John Elway are finally able to bring the Lombardi Trophy to Denver by defeating the defending champion Packers at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium on Jan. 25, 1998. Denver's key to victory is MVP Davis. "TD" rushes for 157 yards on 30 carries and scores a Super Bowl-record three rushing touchdowns despite missing much of the second quarter with a migraine.
SUPER BOWL XXXIII: Broncos 34, Falcons 19 | The Broncos return to the Super Bowl as defending champs as they face former coach Dan Reeves and the Falcons at Pro Player Stadium in Miami on Jan. 31, 1999. Denver wins in a landslide in John Elway's final game. Elway wins his first Super Bowl MVP in his fifth appearance. He completes 18 passes in 29 attempts for 336 yards, and an 80-yard TD strike to Rod Smith.
SUPER BOWL XXXIV: Rams 23, Titans 16 | In a game that comes down to the final play, the "Greatest Show on Turf" Rams defeat the Titans at the Georgia Dome on Jan. 30, 2000. The lasting image from this thriller is Tennessee's Kevin Dyson (above) falling about a yard short of a potential game-tying TD on the game's final play.
SUPER BOWL XXXV: Ravens 34, Giants 7 | The Ravens' punishing defense dominates the Giants and gives the franchise their first NFL championship on Jan. 28, 2001, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The Giants gain just 152 yards of offense, turn the ball over five times and give up four sacks. The Baltimore 'D' doesn't allow an offensive touchdown, with linebacker Ray Lewis (above), the heart and soul of Baltimore's stifling defense, taking home MVP honors.
SUPER BOWL XXXVI: Patriots 20, Rams 17 | Played Feb. 3, 2002, at the Louisiana Superdome, this game sees the emergence of the Patriots as the NFL's next great dynasty, despite the fact most experts don't give New England much of a shot against Warner and the Rams. TomBrady leads the Pats on a perfect two-minute drill, setting up Adam Vinatieri's game-winning 48-yard field goal (above). It marks the first time a Super Bowl is won on the final play of the game.
SUPER VOWL XXXVII: Buccaneers 48, Raiders 21 | In a battle between the league's best offense vs. the best defense, the Buccaneers defense dominates the Raiders to earn the franchise's first Super Bowl win at Qualcomm Stadium on Jan. 26, 2003. Tampa Bay's defense intercepts Rich Gannon five times, and cornerback Dexter Jackson (above) earns MVP honors for his two early interceptions.
SUPER BOWL XXXVIII: Patriots 32, Panthers 29 | Tom Brady (above) earns his second Super Bowl MVP award as the Patriots win their second Super Bowl in three years after beating the Panthers in another thriller decided by a field goal on Feb. 1, 2004 at Houston's Reliant Stadium. In a wild fourth quarter in which the two teams combine for a Super Bowl record 37 points, the Patriots get the last laugh, winning the game on Adam Vinatieri's field goal with four seconds left.
SUPER BOWL XXXIX: Patriots 24, Eagles 21 | The Patriots become just the second team to win three Super Bowls in four seasons, matching the Cowboys of the early 1990s. On Feb. 6, 2005, at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, the Pats beat Donovan McNabb and the Eagles in what is another back-and-forth Super Bowl win. The wide receivers play a big part in this game. Philadelphia's outspoken star Terrell Owens carries the load despite an injured leg, catching nine passes for 122 yards. But MVP Deion Branch (above) steals the show with a record-tying 11 receptions for 133 yards.
SUPER BOWL XL: Steelers 21, Seahawks 10 | There are many storylines involving Super Bowl XL at Ford Field in Detroit, played on Feb. 5, 2006, not many of which involve the NFC-champion Seahawks. The Steelers win their fifth Super Bowl, are led by a young Ben Roethlisberger in only his second full season, and veterans like coach Bill Cowher and running back Jerome Bettis - in his final game - finally win the big game. A large part of the Steelers win is attributed to mistakes made by the Seahawks and the officials, who make some questionable calls, especially on Ben Roethlisberger's second quarter touchdown run - which holds up after an official review - and a holding call on Peter Warrick's 32-yard punt return that starts the second quarter. Wide receiver Hines Ward (above) is named the MVP as the veteran catches five passes for 132 yards and a 43-yard touchdown.
SUPER BOWL XLI: Colts 29, Bears 17 | The Colts and Peyton Manning finally win a Super Bowl after contending for an NFL title since the start of the decade. They beat the Bears on Feb. 4, 2007, at Dolphin Stadium, in the first rainy Super Bowl with their playmaking defense and positive turnover differential. Both teams play sloppy football after Bears rookie return man Devin Hester returns the opening kickoff for a 92-yard touchdown. But Manning earns MVP honors by completing 25 of 38 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown.
SUPER BOWL XLII: Giants 17, Patriots 14 | The undefeated Patriots roll into Arizona's University of Phoenix Stadium on Feb. 3, 2008, looking to win their fourth Super Bowl against the upstart Giants - but thanks to Eli Manning and David Tyree (above), it's not meant to be. The Giants complete one of the greatest drives in NFL history, as Manning, Tyree and Plaxico Burress emerge as heroes. Eluding defenders, Manning is able to complete a miraculous throw to Tyree, who hauls in the pass by catching the ball on his helmet. In the final minute, Manning throws the game-winning touchdown to Burress, earning the younger Manning brother an MVP-award of his own.
SUPER BOWL XLIII: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23 | One year after Tyree's miracle catch in the Arizona desert, MVP Santonio Holmes continues the game of bet-you-can't-top-this with a reaching, tippy-toes-on-the-grass touchdown grab that lifts the Steelers to a heart-pounding victory over the Cardinals on Feb. 1, 2009, at Raymond James Stadium. It's a 6-yard scoring play, with 35 seconds remaining in a wild fourth quarter - the same amount of time left as Manning to Burress. The final moments include two lead changes, a rare safety and a plenty of chutzpah from Holmes, who practically demands the ball in the huddle at the start of the game-winning drive.
SUPER BOWL XLIV: Saints 31, Colts 17 | There is hope for downtrodden sports franchises everywhere. There is hope for broken cities. Behold, the Saints. Who Dat Nation can burn those old paper bags, because the Saints - once known as the 'Aints - are the Super Bowl champions. Drew Brees (above), who believes it was his "calling" to sign with the Saints after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans in 2005, fought back tears Sunday night after their 31-17 upset over the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.
SUPER BOWL XLV: Packers 31, Steelers 25 | After 14 long years, the silver trophy named for the legendary Green Bay Packers coach makes its way back up Lombardi Avenue to the most decorated offices in the NFL after the Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25, in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium. They had to hold off a furious rally, too, as the Steelers nearly pulled off the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. The Packers' underrated defense sealed their fourth Super Bowl title and 13th NFL championship overall by stopping Ben Roethlisberger's attempt at a historic final drive when his fourth-down pass fell incomplete with 49 seconds to play.