History Of The NFL Championship: A List of Super Bowl Champions

According to a recent article on put out by Advertising Age (see the article here), the most recent Harris Poll on the favorite American sports, Professional Football was a far and away winner as the most popular. Therefore, it is easy to see why the games premier event, which determines the NFL Champion each year, is so massively popular. Famously called 'The Super Bowl,' since 1967, the game pits the top two teams in the league against each other, and since the game's inception there have been 47 teams crowned Superbowl winners, spread out across a wide array of different franchises.

Let's take a look at some more details about the format of the NFL Playoffs and the Super Bowl itself, as well as a full look at the list of Super Bowl Champions since 1967.

Each year it is tradition for the Super Bowl champions to meet with the U.S President.  Here, President Obama congratulates the New York Giants.
Each year it is tradition for the Super Bowl champions to meet with the U.S President. Here, President Obama congratulates the New York Giants.

The NFL Playoff Format

There are a number of more detailed rules and situations that exist within the Playoff format, but let's take a look at the basic structure now and how it has changed:

Since the American Football League and the National Football League merged and became the AFC and NFC, the Super Bowl game has placed the winner of the AFC against the winner of the NFC. There are currently 4 divisions of 4 teams within each conference and in order to get to a playoff system, the current format is as follows:

  • 6 teams from each conference qualify. This is the four division winners and two 'Wildcards' who are the two teams with the best records that didn't win their division.
  • The 3 and 4 seed division winners play a game against a Wildcard team, leaving 4 teams, who then play against each other, organized by highest seed against lowest seed, in the Divisional round.
  • Then, with two teams left in each league, they play for the AFC and NFC Championships, with the winners playing to determine the Super Bowl Champion.

In the past, there was only 4 qualifying teams in each conference, with the double Wildcard being a relatively recent addition. There was also originally only 3 divisions, meaning there was just one Wildcard at that time.

A Full List Of Super Bowl Winners

Year
Numeral
Superbowl Winner
Runner-Up
Score
Location
1967
I
Green Bay
Kansas City
35-10
Los Angeles
1968
II
Green Bay
Oakland
33-14
Miami
1969
III
NY Jets
Baltimore
16-7
Miami
1970
IV
Kansas City
Minnesota
23-7
N Orleans
1971
V
Baltimore
Dallas
16-13
Miami
1972
VI
Dallas
Miami
24-3
N Orleans
1973
VII
Miami
Washington
14-7
Los Angeles
1974
VIII
Miami
Minnesota
24-7
Houston
1975
IX
Pittsburgh
Minnesota
16-6
New Orleans
1976
X
Pittsburgh
Dallas
21-17
Miami
1977
XI
Oakland
Minnesota
32-14
Pasadena
1978
XII
Dallas
Denver
27-10
N Orleans
1979
XIII
Pittsburgh
Dallas
35-31
Miami
1980
XIV
Pittsburgh
LA Rams
31-19
Pasadena
1981
XV
Oakland
Philadelphia
27-10
N Orleans
1982
XVI
San Francisco
Cincinnati
26-21
Pontiac
1983
XVII
Washington
Miami
27-17
Pasadena
1984
XVIII
LA Raiders
Washington
38-9
Tampa
1985
XIX
San Francisco
Miami
38-16
Stanford
1986
XX
Chicago
New England
46-10
N Orleans
1987
XXI
NY Giants
Denver
39-20
Pasadena
1988
XXII
Washington
Denver
42-10
San Diego
1989
XXIII
San Francisco
Cincinnati
20-16
Miami
1990
XXIV
San Francisco
Denver
55-10
N Orleans
1991
XXV
NY Giants
Buffalo
20-19
Tampa
1992
XXVI
Washington
Buffalo
37-24
Minneapolis
1993
XXVII
Dallas
Buffalo
52-17
Pasadena
1994
XXVIII
Dallas
Buffalo
30-13
Atlanta
1995
XXIX
San Francisco
San Diego
49-26
Miami
1996
XXX
Dallas
Pittsburgh
27-17
Tempe
1997
XXXI
Green Bay
New England
35-21
N Orleans
1998
XXXII
Denver
Green Bay
31-24
San Diego
1999
XXXIII
Denver
Atlanta
34-19
Miami
2000
XXXIV
St Louis
Tennessee
23-16
Atlanta
2001
XXXV
Baltimore
NY Giants
34-7
Tampa
2002
XXXVI
New England
St Louis
20-17
N Orleans
2003
XXXVII
Tampa Bay
Oakland
48-21
San Diego
2004
XXXVIII
New England
Carolina
32-29
Houston
2005
XXXIX
New England
Philadelphia
24-21
Jacksonville
2006
XL
Pittsburgh
Seattle
21-10
Detroit
2007
XLI
Indianapolis Colts
Chicago Bears
29-17
Miami
2008
XLII
New York Giants
New England Patriots
17-14
Arizona
2009
XLIII
Pittsburgh Steelers
Arizona Cardinals
27-23
Tampa
2010
XLIV
New Orleans Saints
Indianapolis Colts
31-17
Miami
2011
XLV
Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers
31-25
Texas
2012
XLVI
New York Giants
New England Patriots
21-17
Indianapolis
2013
XLVII
Baltimore Ravens
San Francisco 49ers
34-31
New Orleans

Super Bowl Fact: Non Super Bowl Winners

There are currently 14 NFL Teams that have never been Super Bowl Champions, although a number of these teams such as the Jacksonville Jaguars or the Houston Texans are relatively new franchises.

Franchises With The Most Super Bowl Wins

Since the game began in 1967, there have been 18 different teams that could call themselves Super Bowl winners. Some many times, others only once. Here is the breakdown by team from most Super Bowl Championships to least not counting those who have not won):

  • 6 Wins - Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 5 Wins - Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers
  • 4 Wins - Green Bay Packers, New York Giants
  • 3 Wins - New England Patriots, Washington Redskins, Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders
  • 2 Wins - Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens
  • 1 Win - Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints

In 2013, Joe Flacco led the Ravens to an improbable Super Bowl Championship
In 2013, Joe Flacco led the Ravens to an improbable Super Bowl Championship

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Other Interesting Super Bowl Facts

  • Only 4 teams in NFL History have never appeared in a single Super Bowl Championship. These teams are: Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans and the Detroit Lions
  • The record for the most Super Bowl appearances without a victory is 4, and is held by the Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills.
  • The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers have faced each other in the Super Bowl 3 times, which is currently the most of any two teams.
  • The record for the highest Superbowl attendance is held by Super Bowl XIV, in 1980, with 103,985 people. The game was held at the Rose Bowl.
  • A Super Bowl Champion has never been decided by a game that went to overtime.

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