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Super Bowl Sunday is usually the first Sunday in February or the last Sunday in January.

Although not an official holiday, Super Bowl Sunday has certainly become an American tradition. Fans gather for large parties in celebration of the big game. There is a noticeable lack of traffic on the roads as almost everyone is at home watching the game on TV, and sales of snacks and beverages on this day are second only to New Years Eve.

The first Super Bowl, called the AFL/NFL World Championship Game, was played in January following the 1966 football season. At that time, the game was played between the champions of the National Football League and the American Football League. Around the third championship game, the media started calling it the Super Bowl, a title coined by Lamar Hunt, owner of the Kansas City Chiefs and founder of the AFL.

After Super Bowl IV, the two leagues merged into one under the NFL name, with teams divided into two conferences: the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The Super Bowl is now a match between the two conference champions.

The Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy was named in honor of the former Green Bay Packers Coach / General Manager in 1971, when the game was still known as the AFL-NFL World Championship. Traditionally, the NFL Commissioner presents the Trophy to the owner of the winning team on Super Bowl Sunday at a field ceremony in their honor.

Handcrafted by Tiffany & Co. and valued at $12,500, the Vince Lombardi Trophy depicts a football in kicking position that is made entirely of sterling silver. It stands 22 inches tall, weighs seven pounds and takes 72 man-hours to craft.




Bowl Year Champion Opponent
XLVII 2013 Baltimore Ravens San Francisco 49ers
XLVI 2012 New York Giants New England Patriots
XLV 2011 Green Bay Packers Pittsburgh Steelers
XLIV 2010 New Orleans Saints Indianapolis Colts
XLIII 2009 Pittsburgh Steelers Arizona Cardinals
XLII 2008 New York Giants New England Patriots
XLI 2007 Indianapolis Colts Chicago Bears
XL 2006 Pittsburgh Steelers Seattle Seahawks
XXXIX 2005 New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles
XXXVIII 2004 New England Patriots Carolina Panthers
XXXVII 2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Oakland Raiders
XXXVI 2002 New England Patriots St. Louis Rams
XXXV 2001 Baltimore Ravens New York Giants
XXXIV 2000 St. Louis Rams Tennessee Titans
XXXIII 1999 Denver Broncos Atlanta Falcons
XXXII 1998 Denver Broncos Green Bay Packers
XXXI 1997 Green Bay Packers New England Patriots
XXX 1996 Dallas Cowboys Pittsburgh Steelers
XXIX 1995 San Francisco 49ers San Diego Chargers
XXVIII 1994 Dallas Cowboys Buffalo Bills
XXVII 1993 Dallas Cowboys Buffalo Bills
XXVI 1992 Washington Redskins Buffalo Bills
XXV 1991 New York Giants Buffalo Bills
XXIV 1990 San Francisco 49ers Denver Broncos
XXIII 1989 San Francisco 49ers Cincinnati Bengals
XXII 1988 Washington Redskins Denver Broncos
XXI 1987 New York Giants Denver Broncos
XX 1986 Chicago Bears New England Patriots
XIX 1985 San Francisco 49ers Miami Dolphins
XVIII 1984 LA Raiders Washington Redskins
XVII 1983 Washington Redskins Miami Dolphins
XVI 1982 San Francisco 49ers Cincinnati Bengals
XV 1981 Oakland Raiders Philadelphia Eagles
XIV 1980 Pittsburgh Steelers Los Angeles Rams
XIII 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers Dallas Cowboys
XII 1978 Dallas Cowboys Denver Broncos
XI 1977 Oakland Raiders Minnesota Vikings
X 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers Dallas Cowboys
IX 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings
VIII 1974 Miami Dolphins Minnesota Vikings
VII 1973 Miami Dolphins Washington Redskins
VI 1972 Dallas Cowboys Miami Dolphins
V 1971 Baltimore Colts Dallas Cowboys
IV 1970 Kansas City Chiefs Minnesota Vikings
III 1969 New York Jets Baltimore Colts
II 1968 Green Bay Packers Oakland Raiders
I 1967 Green Bay Packers Kansas City Chiefs






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