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History of Super Bowls in South Florida

South Florida prepares to host NFL-record 11th Super Bowl

Oakland's Hewritt Dixon is upended trying to go over the line in the first quarter of Super Bowl II at the Orange Bowl, Jan. 14, 1968, in Miami.
Oakland's Hewritt Dixon is upended trying to go over the line in the first quarter of Super Bowl II at the Orange Bowl, Jan. 14, 1968, in Miami. (AP Photo)

As South Florida prepares to host Super Bowl LIV, here’s a look back at the 10 previous Super Bowls played in the region.


Super Bowl II

Miami Orange Bowl | Miami

Jan. 14, 1968

Green Bay Packers 33, Oakland Raiders 14

Green Bay Packers running back Donny Anderson finds a hole in the Oakland Raiders defense and scores a touchdown during Super Bowl II at the Orange Bowl, Jan. 14, 1968, in Miami.
Green Bay Packers running back Donny Anderson finds a hole in the Oakland Raiders defense and scores a touchdown during Super Bowl II at the Orange Bowl, Jan. 14, 1968, in Miami. (AP Photo)

The first Super Bowl played in South Florida was just the second one ever played.

Led by legendary head coach Vince Lombardi, whose name would later be associated with the trophy awarded to the Super Bowl champion, Green Bay dominated Oakland throughout much of the game on the way to a 33-14 victory. It was the second straight Super Bowl victory for the Packers, who defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in the inaugural game.

Green Bay kicker Don Chandler made four field goals, including three in the first half, and cornerback Herb Adderley had a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown. Quarterback Bart Starr was once again named Super Bowl MVP, completing 13 of 24 pass attempts for 202 yards and a touchdown.

Green Bay's Don Chandler kicks a 43-yard field goal with Bart Starr holding with one minute left in the second quarter of Super Bowl II, Jan. 14, 1968, in Miami. This was the third of Chandler's four field goals of the game.
Green Bay's Don Chandler kicks a 43-yard field goal with Bart Starr holding with one minute left in the second quarter of Super Bowl II, Jan. 14, 1968, in Miami. This was the third of Chandler's four field goals of the game. (AP Photo)

Super Bowl III

Miami Orange Bowl | Miami

Jan. 12, 1969

New York Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7

New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath passes under pressure from Baltimore Colts defensive end Bubba Smith during Super Bowl III at the Orange Bowl, Jan. 12, 1969, in Miami.
New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath passes under pressure from Baltimore Colts defensive end Bubba Smith during Super Bowl III at the Orange Bowl, Jan. 12, 1969, in Miami. (AP Photo)

This remains the only Super Bowl to be played in back-to-back years at the same venue in the same city.

The Colts, led by future Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula, were an 18-point favorite headed into the game, but Jets quarterback Joe Namath delivered on his promise -- guaranteeing a victory three days earlier at the Miami Touchdown Club -- and led New York to a stunning 16-7 upset.

Despite not throwing for or scoring a touchdown, Namath was the game’s MVP, completing 17 of 28 attempts for 206 yards.

Baltimore quarterback Earl Morrall threw three interceptions before being replaced by Johnny Unitas, who led the Colts to their lone touchdown in the final few minutes. But it was too little too late for Baltimore.

Baltimore Colts quarterback Earl Morrall looks for a receiver down field during Super Bowl III at the Orange Bowl, Jan.12,1969, in Miami. Morrall threw three interceptions in the game.
Baltimore Colts quarterback Earl Morrall looks for a receiver down field during Super Bowl III at the Orange Bowl, Jan.12,1969, in Miami. Morrall threw three interceptions in the game. (AP Photo)

Super Bowl V

Miami Orange Bowl | Miami

Jan. 17, 1971

Baltimore Colts 16, Dallas Cowboys 13

Jim O'Brien kicks the game-winning field goal for the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V at the Orange Bowl, Jan. 17, 1971, in Miami. Baltimore quarterback Earl Morrall held the ball.
Jim O'Brien kicks the game-winning field goal for the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V at the Orange Bowl, Jan. 17, 1971, in Miami. Baltimore quarterback Earl Morrall held the ball. (AP Photo)

For the third time in four years, Miami was host to professional football’s biggest stage.

This time, Baltimore made amends for its showing in Miami two years earlier, defeating Dallas 16-13. It wasn’t pretty, with both teams combining for a Super Bowl-record 11 turnovers, including five in the fourth quarter. The seven turnovers by the Colts remain the most committed by a Super Bowl champion.

Rookie kicker Jim O’Brien made a 32-yard field goal with five seconds left to seal the victory for Baltimore.

The game was also the first Super Bowl played in the post-merger era. The first four Super Bowls pitted the NFL champion against the AFL (precursor to the AFC) champion. Beginning with the 1970 season, the game showcased the AFC and NFC champions.

Baltimore Colts quarterback sits stunned on the artificial turf at the Orange Bowl after being decked in the second quarter of Super Bowl V against the Dallas Cowboys, Jan. 17, 1971, in Miami. The injured Unitas was forced to leave the game and didn't return.
Baltimore Colts quarterback sits stunned on the artificial turf at the Orange Bowl after being decked in the second quarter of Super Bowl V against the Dallas Cowboys, Jan. 17, 1971, in Miami. The injured Unitas was forced to leave the game and didn't return. (AP Photo)

Super Bowl X

Miami Orange Bowl | Miami

Jan. 18, 1976

Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Dallas Cowboys 17

Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Lynn Swann is lifted into the air by teammate Jack Lambert after Swann caught a touchdown pass from Terry Bradshaw in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl X against the Dallas Cowboys at the Orange Bowl, Jan. 18, 1976, in Miami.
Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Lynn Swann is lifted into the air by teammate Jack Lambert after Swann caught a touchdown pass from Terry Bradshaw in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl X against the Dallas Cowboys at the Orange Bowl, Jan. 18, 1976, in Miami. (AP Photo)

This remains the coldest Super Bowl in South Florida to date, with a game time temperature of 57 degrees.

Trailing 10-7 in the fourth quarter, the Steelers rallied to score 14 unanswered points, including a 64-yard touchdown from quarterback Terry Bradshaw to wide receiver Lynn Swann, giving Pittsburgh a 21-10 lead.

Dallas cut the score with a 34-yard touchdown from quarterback Roger Staubach to receiver Percy Howard late in the game, but Pittsburgh safety Glen Edwards prevented the Cowboys from rallying, intercepting a tipped pass in the end zone as time expired to preserve a 21-17 victory.

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Dwight White, a member of the vaunted "Steel Curtain" defense, chases down Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach in the second quarter of Super Bowl X at the Orange Bowl, Jan. 18, 1976, in Miami.
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Dwight White, a member of the vaunted "Steel Curtain" defense, chases down Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach in the second quarter of Super Bowl X at the Orange Bowl, Jan. 18, 1976, in Miami. (AP Photo)

Super Bowl XIII

Miami Orange Bowl | Miami

Jan. 21, 1979

Pittsburgh Steelers 35, Dallas Cowboys 31

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshawturns around with the football after the snap to hand the ball to an open receiver during Super Bowl XIII against the Dallas Cowboys at the Orange Bowl, Jan. 21,1979, in Miami. The Steelers went on to defeat the Cowboys 35-31.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshawturns around with the football after the snap to hand the ball to an open receiver during Super Bowl XIII against the Dallas Cowboys at the Orange Bowl, Jan. 21,1979, in Miami. The Steelers went on to defeat the Cowboys 35-31. (AP Photo)

This was the final Super Bowl played at the old Orange Bowl and the first Super Bowl played since the NFL expanded to 16 regular-season games.

Dallas was a regular fixture in Miami during the 1970s, appearing in all three South Florida Super Bowls of the decade. It was also the decade in which South Florida hosted the most Super Bowls.

The Orange Bowl was unkind to the Cowboys, who lost all three games in the same stadium.

Dallas only trailed 21-17 at the end of the third quarter, but it must have felt like déjà vu for Cowboys fans when Pittsburgh scored two touchdowns in a span of 19 seconds in the fourth quarter to take a 35-17 lead. Quarterback Roger Staubach threw a pair of late touchdown passes to cut the score to 35-31, but the Cowboys failed to recover an onside kick attempt, allowing the Steelers to run out the clock.

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Dwight White takes downs Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, who watches one of his passes during Super Bowl XIII at the Orange Bowl, Jan. 21, 1979, in Miami.
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Dwight White takes downs Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, who watches one of his passes during Super Bowl XIII at the Orange Bowl, Jan. 21, 1979, in Miami. (AP Photo)

Super Bowl XXIII

Joe Robbie Stadium | Miami

Jan. 22, 1989

San Francisco 49ers 20, Cincinnati Bengals 16

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana prepares to throw the football as Cincinnati Bengals Jim Skow closes in during the first quarter of Super Bowl XXIII at Joe Robbie Stadium, Jan. 22, 1989.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana prepares to throw the football as Cincinnati Bengals Jim Skow closes in during the first quarter of Super Bowl XXIII at Joe Robbie Stadium, Jan. 22, 1989. (AP Photo)

After a 10-year hiatus, the Super Bowl returned to South Florida, this time at a new stadium.

Hours before kickoff, the NFL announced that Bengals running back Stanley Wilson was barred from playing in the Super Bowl. Wilson, who missed the 1985 and 1987 seasons after admitted problems with cocaine, had been found disoriented on the eve of the game and disappeared as team officials tried to move him to a hotel away from the other players.

Tied 3-3 at halftime and trailing 16-13 late in the fourth quarter, the 49ers got the football with 3:10 left on the clock and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Joe Montana to wide receiver John Taylor with just 34 seconds remaining, lifting San Francisco to a 20-16 victory.

San Francisco receiver Jerry Rice was named Super Bowl MVP, hauling in 11 catches for a Super Bowl-record 215 yards and one touchdown.

It was the final Super Bowl played on the second-to-last Sunday in January.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice is surrounded by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Lewis Billups and safety Ray Horton as he pulls in a long pass during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXIII at Joe Robbie Stadium, Jan. 22, 1989. Rice was named MVP after the 49ers won 20-16.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice is surrounded by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Lewis Billups and safety Ray Horton as he pulls in a long pass during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXIII at Joe Robbie Stadium, Jan. 22, 1989. Rice was named MVP after the 49ers won 20-16. (AP Photo)

Super Bowl XXIX

Joe Robbie Stadium | Miami

Jan. 29, 1995

San Francisco 49ers 49, San Diego Chargers 26

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice is chased by San Diego Chargers safeties Darren Carrington (29) and Stanley Richard (24) on his way to a touchdown in Super Bowl XXIX at Joe Robbie Stadium, Jan. 29, 1995.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice is chased by San Diego Chargers safeties Darren Carrington (29) and Stanley Richard (24) on his way to a touchdown in Super Bowl XXIX at Joe Robbie Stadium, Jan. 29, 1995. (AP Photo)

The 49ers must have enjoyed playing in South Florida, beating the Chargers 49-26 to become the first team to win five Super Bowls (and second at Joe Robbie Stadium).

Now with quarterback Steve Young at the helm of the offense, San Francisco raced out to a 28-10 lead at halftime and led 42-10 late in the third quarter before San Diego scored again on a 98-yard kickoff return by Andre Coleman.

Young threw for a Super Bowl-record six touchdowns on his way to being named Super Bowl MVP.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young runs over San Diego Chargers cornerbacke Darrien Gordon for the first down in the first quarter of Super Bowl XXIX at Joe Robbie Stadium, Jan. 29, 1995.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young runs over San Diego Chargers cornerbacke Darrien Gordon for the first down in the first quarter of Super Bowl XXIX at Joe Robbie Stadium, Jan. 29, 1995. (AP Photo)

Super Bowl XXXIII

Pro Player Stadium | Miami

Jan. 31, 1999

Denver Broncos 34, Atlanta Falcons 19

Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway falls across the goal line to score a fourth-quarter touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl XXXIII at Pro Player Stadium, Jan. 31, 1999.
Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway falls across the goal line to score a fourth-quarter touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl XXXIII at Pro Player Stadium, Jan. 31, 1999. (AP Photo)

This Super Bowl is perhaps best-remembered as the final game of Broncos quarterback John Elway’s 16-year NFL career.

Denver defeated Atlanta 34-19 to win back-to-back Super Bowls. The Falcons scored first on a 32-yard field goal by veteran kicker Morten Andersen in the first quarter, but it would be the last time Atlanta led all game. The Broncos went ahead 17-6 at halftime and led 31-6 midway through the fourth quarter before Atlanta got on the scoreboard twice more in the closing minutes.

Elway became, at the time, the oldest player to win Super Bowl MVP when the 38-year-old completed 18 of 29 pass attempts for 336 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a 3-yard score in the fourth quarter.

NFL owners originally voted to play the Super Bowl at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, but it was rescinded amid uncertainty regarding $26 million in promised renovations to the stadium.

Denver Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith catches a pass for a touchdown as Atlanta Falcons safety Eugene Robinson moves in during the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXIII at Pro Player Stadium, Jan. 31, 1999.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith catches a pass for a touchdown as Atlanta Falcons safety Eugene Robinson moves in during the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXIII at Pro Player Stadium, Jan. 31, 1999. (AP Photo)

Super Bowl XLI

Dolphin Stadium | Miami Gardens

Feb. 4, 2007

Indianapolis Colts 29, Chicago Bears 17

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning directs his team in the huddle in the third quarter of Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears at Dolphin Stadium, Feb. 4, 2007, in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning directs his team in the huddle in the third quarter of Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears at Dolphin Stadium, Feb. 4, 2007, in Miami Gardens, Florida. (AP Photo)

This was the first South Florida Super Bowl to be played in February.

It was also a super soaker. In the first Super Bowl played throughout a steady rain, the Colts overcame a 14-6 deficit in the first quarter and outscored the Bears 23-3 the rest of the way en route to a 29-17 victory.

The win gave Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning his first Super Bowl championship. Manning was Super Bowl MVP, completing 25 of 38 pass attempts for 247 yards and a touchdown.

Although it was the fourth Super Bowl played at the stadium, the game was the first since having a Miami Gardens postal address affixed to it. The three previous games at the stadium were referred to as being played in “Miami” (which was actually unincorporated Miami-Dade County). Despite a push from the mayor of Miami Gardens, which was incorporated in 2003, to proclaim the Super Bowl as being played in the city, promotional material released by the NFL simply referred to it as “South Florida.”

Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney recovers a fumble by Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson during the first quarter of Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium, Feb. 4, 2007, in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney recovers a fumble by Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson during the first quarter of Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium, Feb. 4, 2007, in Miami Gardens, Florida. (AP Photo)

Super Bowl XLIV

Sun Life Stadium | Miami Gardens

Feb. 7, 2010

New Orleans Saints 31, Indianapolis Colts 17

New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter returns an interception 74 yards for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half of Super Bowl XLIV at Sun Life Stadium, Feb. 7, 2010, in Miami Gardens, Florida.
New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter returns an interception 74 yards for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half of Super Bowl XLIV at Sun Life Stadium, Feb. 7, 2010, in Miami Gardens, Florida. (AP Photo)

Peyton Manning and the Colts were back in South Florida, but the result was different.

New Orleans captured its first Lombardi Trophy, rallying to beat Indianapolis 31-17. The Saints trailed 10-6 at halftime and 17-13 midway through the third quarter before scoring 18 unanswered points, including cornerback Tracy Porter's 74-yard interception return for a touchdown, to clinch the win.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who four years earlier elected to sign with New Orleans after being passed over by Miami, was the Super Bowl MVP, completing 32 of 39 pass attempts for 288 yards and two touchdowns.

NFL owners initially awarded the Super Bowl to a proposed new stadium in New York City, but when state officials declined to approve the $400 million price tag, league owners voted to reopen the bidding, ultimately selecting South Florida for a record-tying 10th time (along with New Orleans).

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees looks to hand off during the first half of Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts at Sun Life Stadium, Feb. 7, 2010, in Miami Gardens, Florida.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees looks to hand off during the first half of Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts at Sun Life Stadium, Feb. 7, 2010, in Miami Gardens, Florida. (AP Photo)