Super Bowl

A Recap of Past Super Bowl Victories

Victoria Barnett

By Victoria Barnett

July 30, 2015

Because it’s almost football season and conversations will soon be flooded with Super Bowl predictions, we’ve decided to take a walk down memory lane and recap the previous Super Bowls since Super Bowl XL in 2006.

With the 50th Anniversary of the Super Bowl quickly approaching, it’s interesting to look back on past Super Bowl victories and the accomplishments of some of the best football players in the nation. So with that being said, take a look below and reminisce on some of the most exciting games in history!

Super Bowl XLIX

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Feb. 1, 2015

University of Phoenix Stadium

Glendale, Arizona

MVP: Tom Brady, QB, New England

New England Patriots 28<<<

Seattle Seahawks 24

Tom Brady threw four touchdowns, and Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson’s pass in the end zone with 20 seconds remaining to lead the New England Patriots to a 28-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks. It was a big night for Tom Brady as he landed his 13th career Super Bowl touchdown pass, breaking Joe Montana’s record.

Super Bowl XLVIII

Feb. 2, 2014

Metlife Stadium

East Rutherford, New Jersey

MVP: Malcolm Smith, LB, Seattle

Seattle Seahawks 43<<<

Denver Broncos 8

The Seattle Seahawks won their first Super Bowl title, defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8. One key play included linebacker Malcolm Smith intercepting a Peyton Manning pass and returning it 69 yards for a touchdown. In another eventful play, wide receiver Percy Harvin returned the opening kick in the second half 87 yards for another touchdown. Russell Wilson threw for two touchdown for the Seahawks. Denver’s Peyton Manning was 34-of-49 passing for 280 yards, but most of that came after Seattle had already stomped on the Broncos.

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Super Bowl XLVII

Feb. 3, 2013

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

New Orleans, Louisiana

MVP: Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore

Baltimore Ravens 34<<<

San Francisco 49ers 31

Super Bowl XLVII was one most people will remember forever seeing as though most of the Superdome lights and scoreboards went dark. At 4 hours, 4 minutes, the longest Super Bowl ever ended with a Baltimore Ravens victory over the San Francisco 49ers. The Ravens held on to a big lead for quite some time before the 49ers kicked into high gear following the power outage and quickly began closing the gap. Even with the 49ers momentum, the Ravens clinched the title with a 34-31 win.

Super Bowl XLVI

Feb. 5, 2012

Lucas Oil Stadium

Indianapolis, Indiana

MVP: Eli Manning, QB, New York

New York Giants 21<<<

New England Patriots 17

It was like 2008 all over again as Eli Manning and the Giants one-upped Tom Brady and the Patriots once again. This Super Bowl XLII rematch ended with a last-minute touchdown by the Giants to beat the Patriots 21-17. Manning led the Giants to a nine-play, 88-yard drive that put New York ahead when RB Ahmad Bradshaw scored the winning touchdown.

Super Bowl XLV

Feb. 6, 2011

Cowboys Stadium

North Texas

MVP: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay

Green Bay Packers 31<<<

Pittsburgh Steelers 25

Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a 31-25 victory over the Steelers with three touchdown passes that earned him MVP honors. The Packers led by a large margin at halftime, but the Steelers were able to close the gap with a fourth quarter touchdown and two-point conversion. With the score 28-25, Green Bay answered with a field goal leaving Pittsburgh one last chance to come out on top. However, the Steelers couldn’t make the play, and the Packers won their fourth Super Bowl title.  

Super Bowl XLV

Super Bowl XLIV

Feb. 7, 2010

Sun Life Stadium

Miami Gardens, Florida

MVP: Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans

New Orleans Saints 31<<<

Indianapolis Colts 17

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints rallied to a 31-17 victory over Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. Brees tied a Super Bowl record with 32 completions; he also threw for two touchdowns and no interceptions. The biggest moment in the game occurred when Saints CB Tracy Porter intercepted a Peyton Manning pass and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown that gave the Saints a 31-17 lead with 3 minutes remaining in the game.

Super Bowl XLIII

Feb. 1, 2009

Raymond James Stadium

Tampa, Florida

MVP: Santonio Holmes, WR, Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Steelers 27<<<

Arizona Cardinals 23

Super Bowl XLIII was one for the record books. James Harrison led the Steelers with the longest play in Super Bowl history – a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown. For three quarters, Pittsburgh held a strong lead, and it looked as though victory was an easy grab. Then, out of nowhere, the Cardinals charged back and authored what we thought would be the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history until Santonio Holmes silenced the Cardinals with a touchdown with 35 seconds left. Holmes’ catch was a thing of beauty as he snagged the ball amongst three Cardinals and managed to touch his toes down before going out of bounds.

Super Bowl XLII

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University of Phoenix Stadium

Glendale, Arizona

MVP: Eli Manning, QB, New York

New York Giants 17<<<

New England Patriots 14

Super Bowl XLII ended with a bang as Eli Manning threw a 13-yard, go-ahead touchdown to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds remaining in the game. This 12-play, 83-yard drive, with three third down conversions is what led the Giants to a 17-14 victory over the Patriots. Although the Patriots had one last chance, Tom Brady simply couldn’t complete a pass on fourth down, and the Giants became the first NFC Wild Card team to win a Super Bowl.

Super Bowl XLI

Feb. 4, 2007

Dolphin Stadium

Miami, Florida

MVP: Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis

Indianapolis Colts 29<<<

Chicago Bears 17

The non-stop rain created harsh conditions for Super Bowl XLI as the Indianapolis Colts swept the Chicago Bears with a 29-17 win. Despite Peyton Manning only having one touchdown pass, he made plays happen and consistently moved his team into field-goal range. It was an exciting night for Tony Dungy as he became the first African-American coach to win the Super Bowl. This was also the first rainy Super Bowl and first time an opening kickoff was run back for a touchdown.

Super Bowl XL

Feb. 5, 2006

Ford Field

Detroit, Michigan

MVP: Hines Ward, WR Pittsburgh

Seattle Seahawks 10

Pittsburgh Steelers 21<<<

The Pittsburgh Steelers captured their record-tying fifth Super Bowl title, the first since 1980 and the first for 2015 Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis and Coach Bill Cowher. Seattle was continuously plagued by penalties, drops, poor clock management and a devastating fourth-quarter interception. On the other hand, Pittsburgh had plenty of tricks up their sleeve.  In particular, Antwaan Randle El took a handoff from Parker and threw perfectly to Ward for a 43-yard touchdown, making it the first Super Bowl touchdown pass by a wide receiver. The Steelers finally got “One for the Thumb” as they beat the Seahawks 21-10.

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