A History of the Super Bowl in Atlanta

    By Evan Chronis

    The most important game of the year calls for the biggest, and newest, stage. Super Bowl LIII has been awarded to the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, marking the third time ever that the Super Bowl has taken place in the ATL. While the final game of the NFL season always promises to be must-see, the first two Super Bowls in Atlanta were distinct markers in league history. So if history is prone to repeating itself, this year's big game, pitting the two best teams the NFL has to offer, should be both historic and action-packed! 

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    Let's take a look at the first two Super Bowls to take place in Atlanta!

    Super Bowl XXVIII -- January 30, 1994

    The pioneer Super Bowl in Atlanta featured the first ever rematch of teams in back-to-back years. The defending champion Dallas Cowboys were pitted once again against the Buffalo Bills, who they blew out in Super Bowl XXVII, 52-17. The Cowboys were gunning for their fourth Super Bowl victory in franchise history, while the Bills were entering their fourth consecutive Super Bowl, but still seeking their first championship. 

    The Cowboys and Bills both entered the playoffs with a 12-4 regular season record, and were favorites to make it back to the Super Bowl for a rematch. 

    Two legendary quarterbacks in Dallas' Troy Aikman and Buffalo's Jim Kelly faced off in the duel, with Kelly getting the better of Aikman in the first half and getting the Bills out to a 13-6 lead. 

    The second half was a different story, though, and almost a completely different game. The Cowboys pulled away for the second year straight, scoring 24 straight points en route to a 30-13 victory behind the impressive performance of running back Emmitt Smith. The Super Bowl MVP rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries, while also catching four passes for 26 yards. 

    The game ended the Bills' epic run of four consecutive Super Bowl appearances, and also added to the legacy of the Dallas Cowboys teams of the 1990's. 

    Super Bowl XXXIV -- January 30, 2000

    Football is a game of inches, seriously. Sometimes a game can come down to a single yard separating victory from defeat, glory from infamy. That was the case when the St. Louis Rams met with the Tennessee Titans at Super Bowl XXXIV at the Georgia Dome. The Rams came into the matchup with quite the reputation; they were coined "The Greatest Show On Turf" due to their prolific offense orchestrated by now Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner. 

    The Titans came into the game as the underdogs, entering the playoffs as a wild-card team and making it to their first Super Bowl in franchise history. 

    The first half of the game was largely a defensive stalemate. Tennessee stifled St. Louis' star-filled offense, but the Rams were still able to put 9 points on the scoreboard by halftime, while the Titans failed to score. The Rams out-gained the Titans 294 yards to 89 in the first half. Midway through the third quarter, Warner was finally able to lead his team to the endzone, extending St. Louis' lead to 16-0. 

    With the game seemingly wrapped up, the Titans staged their furious comeback. Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair led three scoring drives (two touchdowns and a field goal) to even up the score at 16 with 2:12 left to play in the fourth quarter.

    That is when the drama kicked into next gear.  

    With the score tied 16-16, Warner connected with Isaac Bruce for a 73-yard touchdown on the first play of the Rams' next drive to make it 23-16. The Titans started their final drive of the game on their own 12-yard line with 1:48 left on the clock. Tennessee stormed down the field, and the Titans found themselves at the Rams' 10 yard-line with six seconds left in the game. Basically, enough time for one more play.

    In one of the most talked about  plays in NFL history, McNair connected with receiver Kevin Dyson short of the endzone. Dyson was immediately wrapped up by his legs, but made a last chance stretch to get the ball across the marker. However, the reach was inches short. The game was over, and the Rams were world champions.

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    About the Bloggers

     Victoria Barnett

    QE-2016_Headshot-Victoria-Barnett.pngVictoria Barnett is originally from High Point, NC. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies and minors in Business and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys watching baseball, baking and hanging out with her golden retriever, Kaaya. She loves to travel to Florida and is a die-hard Miami Hurricanes fan. 


    Darragh Farrelly

    410-Blogger-Darragh-Farrelly-48eb94555a7e887e43b7859670f8fa79Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Darragh made the move to North Carolina a little over three years ago. An avid sports fan, he earned his BA in Journalism from Griffith College Dublin, which led him to various roles covering sports in Ireland. When he's not watching the New England Patriots win, Darragh enjoys going to concerts and following the English Premier League.

    Kristen Doolan

    Kristen Doolan was born and raised a Florida State Seminole. Making her way from Florida to North Carolina, Kristen achieved her B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing at The University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is an avid traveler, college football addict, beach bum and loves spending time with her family and friends. 

    Jazzy Morgan

    Jazzy Morgan is originally from London, England. She grew up in Connecticut and made the move down south in 2011. She attended Winthrop University where she received her B.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences and a minor in Marketing. Jazzy enjoys traveling, working out, reading Vogue & Cosmo, keeping up with fashion trends and watching her favorite soccer team, Manchester United.


    Evan Chronis

    Evan Chronis was born in Omaha, Nebraska but has made his home in south Charlotte for almost two decades. A Tar Heel born and bred, Evan received his B.A in Media and Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is an avid Boston sports fan thanks to his family’s New England roots, and a fanboy of Wes Anderson films.