Sunday Night Football is enjoyable throughout the season, but the one Sunday that everybody around the world is glued to their television screens comes on Super Bowl Sunday. There aren’t many bigger games in the world of sport than the Super Bowl LV (2020), with the Championship Game being watched around the world every season. It is second only to the Champions League final in terms of annual global audience, and this year’s event promises to be as exciting as ever.
Super Bowl History
The Super Bowl was born after the merger between the AFL and the NFL, with the winners from each conference competing for the Vince Lombardi Trophy in the Super Bowl, which was originally called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. However, the very first origins of the Championship game can be traced back to 1902, when the best sides from east and west met in the Rose Bowl Game.
The initial steps were made for the winners of the two opposing leagues to compete against each other in 1961. AFL commissioner, Joe Foss, invited the winners of the NFL to compete in a playoff game to determine the outright champions. However, it would take a couple more years before this would come to fruition.
Lamar Hunt, who was the Kansas City Chiefs owner in the mid-60s, reportedly discovered the name for the event. He reportedly called the Championship Game the ‘Super Bowl’ after his children had been playing with a toy that shares the same name. In 1966, the term ‘Super Bowl’ was used for the first time in a newspaper headline in Kansas City, which led to the game officially being called the Super Bowl by the time that the third championship game came around.
There were fears that the merger was going to be a failure after the Green Bay Packers won the first two instalments of the Super Bowl. However, AFL sides began to show that they could compete with the NFL teams after those first two seasons, as the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs would win the next two Super Bowls. The merger started at the beginning of the 1970 season, with AFL sides making up the American Football Conference, and NFL sides making up the National Football Conference.
Best Super Bowl Games
Like any sporting event, there have been some very special Super Bowls throughout history, with these games captivating the entire world. These are three games that stand out from the crowd in the history of Super Bowls.
New England Patriots 34-28 Atlanta Falcons (Super Bowl LI)
Nothing beats a stirring comeback when the pressure is one, as it separates the best teams from the great teams. The New England had it all to do at half-time in 2017, as they trailed to the Atlanta Falcons 28-3. Fans were already writing off the Patriots at the break and were lamenting that Tom Brady’s best days were behind him. However, with their backs against the wall, the Patriots came out firing and levelled the scores in regular time to force the first-ever overtime in Super Bowl history. Brady was the star of the show, but it was James White that scored the all-important touchdown.
New England Patriots 28-24 Seattle Seahawks (Super Bowl XLIX)
The New England Patriots have dominated the Super Bowl since the Millennium and granted not all of the matches have been classics. But, this final in 2015 was drama from the very first minute until the last as the Seattle Seahawks pushed the Patriots to the brink. It pitted the ‘Legion of Boom’ and the reigning Super Bowl champions against the dynasty that was the Patriots and Tom Brady. There were stories all over the pitch. However, it was the same old story for the Patriots, another Super Bowl appearance, and another winning ring. Malcolm Butler scored the match-winning touchdown.
Baltimore Ravens 34-31 San Francisco 49ers (Super Bowl XLVII)
The Super Bowl is all about the stories that could be told, and the narrative in this 2013 classic was simple. Two brothers were coaching opposing teams, which meant that only one would end up winning the Super Bowl ring. The drama was felt throughout the match, and a lengthy power cut built the suspense up to unfathomable levels. The 49ers were chasing the game throughout much of the contest, and just as they thought that the Super Bowl was within grasp, Michael Crabtree wasn’t found on a fourth down. Ed Reed, Ray Lewis got their fitting send-off as Super Bowl champions as the Ravens were able to hold on.
Super Bowl Champions
- 6- Boston/New England Patriots (2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016, 2018)
- 6- Pittsburgh Steelers (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2005, 2008)
- 5- Dallas Cowboys (1971, 1977, 1992, 1993, 1995)
- 5- San Francisco 49ers (1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1994)
- 4- Green Bay Packers (1966, 1967, 1996, 2010)
- 4- New York Giants (1986, 1990, 2007, 2011)
- 3- Denver Broncos (1997, 1998, 2015)
- 3- Washington Redskins/ Football Team (1982, 1987, 1991)
- 3- Oakland/ Los Angeles/ Las Vegas Raiders (1976, 1980, 1983)
- 2- Miami Dolphins (1972, 1973)
- 2- Baltimore/ Indianapolis Colts- (1970, 2006)
- 2- Kansas City Chiefs (1969, 2019)
- 2- Baltimore Ravens (2000, 2012)
- 1- St Louis/ Los Angeles Rams (1999)
- 1- Seattle Seahawks (2013)
- 1- Philadelphia Eagles (2017)
- 1- Chicago Bears (1985)
- 1- New York Jets (1968)
- 1- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002)
- 1- New Orleans Saints (2009)
Super Bowl Sunday Viewership
The viewership of the Super Bowl is one of the most certain things for US broadcasters every year. However, this wasn’t always the case. Back in 1967, the Super Bowl attracted an average of 26.7 million. The first Super Bowl was broadcast on CBS and NBS, and the average cost of a 30-second advertisement during the broadcast was $42,500. However, things have changed slightly since then.
Super Bowl XLIV was the first to break the 100 million average viewer barrier, and since then, only one Super Bowl has averaged below that total. That Super Bowl was Super Bowl LIII, which took place just two years ago. The Super Bowl win by the New England Patriots over the Los Angeles Rams that year was among the worst games that fans have watched in the illustrious game.
However, the Super Bowl in 2020 responded to that disappointment and gained over 100 million average viewers, and a grand total of just under 150 million viewers for FOX. Super Bowl LIV also broke records for the average price of 30 seconds of advertising, as it was reported that it cost over $5.6 million. The previous highest amount was set at Super Bowl LI, which was also broadcast on FOX. Super Bowl LIV was also the most viewed Super Bowl ever in Canada, with 9.5 million people tuning in to CTV or TSN to watch the game.
Super Bowl LIV Review
Super Bowl LIV became an instant classic, as the Kansas City Chiefs fought back from 20-10 behind to win the game in the final quarter. The game swinging moments came after magic from Patrick Mahomes, as he managed to throw to Travis Kelce and then Damien Williams to complete two touchdown drives. The AFC champions were then able to defend a 49ers drive before Williams added another touchdown to claim what was an unlikely victory at the start of the fourth quarter.
Mahomes was named as the Most Valuable Player in the Super Bowl, as he completed 26 of his 42 attempted passes. Meanwhile, the victory meant that the Chiefs 50-year wait for a Super Bowl crown was finally ended.
Super Bowl 2021 Prediction
Super Bowl LV will take place on February 7th 2021 and will be held at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The game will be broadcast on CBS, and there are a number of teams that could already have their sights set on Super Bowl glory. The team to beat remain the reigning champions, as they will be looking to join esteemed companies that have won consecutive championships. Kansas has tied Mahomes to a new 10-year deal, and haven’t lost any of the championship-winning teams from last season. But, it will be no easy feat to win back-to-back championships, with the most recent side to achieve being the Patriots in 2005.
The Baltimore Ravens are also among the chasing pack, and their chances will likely hinge on keeping star players such as Lamar Jackson and Marquise Brown injury-free. Some experts also fancy Green Bay Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers will have a certain Tom Brady within their ranks this season, but whether they are able to make up so much ground looks unlikely. However, it would be a brilliant story if Brady could lead the Buccaneers to Super Bowl glory in Tampa’s home stadium.
Super Bowl FAQ
Super Bowl LV will be taking place on Sunday, February 7th 2021.
The Super Bowl in 2021 will be live on CBS in the United States.
Super Bowl LV will be taking place at Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s home field at the Raymond James Stadium.