Super Bowl Winners List: The All Time Champions
The NFL had ruled over the pro football landscape since 1920. Rival leagues had popped up along the way, including the All-America Football Conference in the 1940s, but the NFL simply annexed the three best teams from the league - the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Colts - under their umbrella and continued to grow stronger.
The AFL was different, though. Formed in 1960, the rival loop gained a national television contract and brought pro football to cities like Houston, Oakland, Denver, Buffalo and Kansas City. It was evident early on that the AFL was set on going head to head with the NFL and began to sign some of the top college players to contracts, talent like Heisman Trophy winners Billy Cannon and Mike Garrett and star Alabama quarterback Joe Namath.
The bidding wars for talent - the two leagues combined to spend $7 million to sign their first-round draft picks in 1966 - made owners on both sides of the ball recognize that a long-term bidding war for talent could lead to the demise of both leagues. The AFL had recruited wealthy owners with deep pockets, such as Lamar Hunt in Kansas City and Harry Wismer with the New York Jets. They weren't going to go away, so the NFL wisely decided that if you can't beat them, get them to join.
The merger deal concluded in the spring of 1966 deemed that the AFL would cease to be following the 1969 season and merge into the NFL. With 16 NFL teams and only 10 AFL teams, the proposal saw three established NFL franchises - the Colts, Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers - join the 10 AFL clubs in what would be billed the American Football Conference. The 13 other NFL teams would compete in the National Football Conference.
The winners of the AFC and NFC would clash annually in a championship game to be called the Super Bowl. But both leagues decided to immediately begin the Super Bowl before the two leagues merged, and the first four Super Bowl winners would be determined by pitting the champions of the NFL against the champions of the AFL.
The First Super Bowl Champion
The NFL was born from a meeting in Canton, Ohio car dealership in 1920. Until the 1930s, the league champion was decided by which team finished the schedule with the best winning percentage, but in 1932, it was determined that their should be an annual championship playoff game. But with the birth of the AFL in 1960, there were now two professional football champions being crowned every year in the United States. The 1966 AFL-NFL merger would finally create an opportunity to determine which league got the bragging rights.
On January 15, 1967, the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game, which would eventually be dubbed the Super Bowl, took place at the Los Angeles Coliseum, pitting the NFL champion Green Bay Packers versus the AFL champion Kansas City Chiefs. It was not much of a contest, as the Packers rolled to an easy 35-10 triumph and were crowned the first Super Bowl champions.
The game was televised by both CBS and NBC, and the attendance was 61,496. The halftime show featured the Grambling State and University of Arizona marching bands and the Three Stooges. The Packers were an NFL powerhouse, winning five league titles between 1961-67, returning to Super Bowl 2 to defeat the Oakland Raiders 33-14. Led by Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr and legendary head coach Vince Lombardi, the Packers were the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls, but they wouldn't be Super Bowl champions again until Super Bowl 31.
According to lore, the name Super Bowl was the concoction of Chiefs owner Hunt, who saw his children playing with a bouncy rubber ball called the Super Ball, a toy that was popular in the 1960s.
The Chiefs would be the last AFL team who won the Super Bowl when they beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in Super Bowl 4. The New Jets, who defeated the Colts in Super Bowl 3, were the other AFL team to win a Super Bowl, and oddly enough, neither team has ever appeared in the Super Bowl since joining the NFL.
The Team with the Most Super Bowl Wins
The Pittsburgh Steelers joined the NFL in 1933, but appeared in a solitary playoff game through 1971 and didn't win a postseason game until 1972. But the Steelers were the first team to win four Super Bowls, doing it in a six-year span, and have won a record six Super Bowls, with overall Super Bowl results of 6-2.
The New England Patriots have appeared in a record 11 Super Bowls, with five wins. Other teams whose past Super Bowl winners include five victories are the San Francisco 49ers (5-1) and the Dallas Cowboys (5-3). The Baltimore Ravens are the only NFL team who won the Super Bowl more than once that has never lost the game, going 2-0.
Individually, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has played in the most Super Bowl games with nine. Brady and Charles Haley share the record for the most Super Bowl wins by a player, each with five Super Bowl rings.
Super Bowl Winners List
Super Bowl Champions
- Super Bowl 1: Green Bay Packers 35 Kansas City Chiefs 10
- Super Bowl 2: Green Bay Packers 33 Oakland Raiders 14
- Super Bowl 3: New York Jets 16 Baltimore Colts 7
- Super Bowl 4: Kansas City Chiefs 23 Minnesota Vikings 7
- Super Bowl 5: Baltimore Colts 16 Dallas Cowboys 13
- Super Bowl 6: Dallas Cowboys 24 Miami Dolphins 3
- Super Bowl 7: Miami Dolphins 14 Washington Redskins 7
- Super Bowl 8: Miami Dolphins 24 Minnesota Vikings 7
- Super Bowl 9: Pittsburgh Steelers 16 Minnesota Vikings 6
- Super Bowl 10: Pittsburgh Steelers 21 Dallas Cowboys 17
- Super Bowl 11: Oakland Raiders 32 Minnesota Vikings 14
- Super Bowl 12: Dallas Cowboys 27 Denver Broncos 10
- Super Bowl 13: Pittsburgh Steelers 35 Dallas Cowboys 31
- Super Bowl 14: Pittsburgh Steelers 31 Los Angeles Rams 19
- Super Bowl 15: Oakland Raiders 27 Philadelphia Eagles 10
- Super Bowl 16: San Francisco 49ers 26 Cincinnati Bengals 21
- Super Bowl 17: Washington Redskins 27 Miami Dolphins 17
- Super Bowl 18: Los Angeles Raiders 38 Washington Redskins 9
- Super Bowl 19: San Francisco 49ers 38 Miami Dolphins 16
- Super Bowl 20: Chicago Bears 46 New England Patriots 10
- Super Bowl 21: New York Giants 39, Denver Broncos 20
- Super Bowl 22: Washington Redskins 42 Denver Broncos 10
- Super Bowl 23: San Francisco 49ers 20 Cincinnati Bengals 16
- Super Bowl 24: San Francisco 49ers 55 Denver Broncos 10
- Super Bowl 25: New York Giants 20 Buffalo Bills 19
- Super Bowl 26: Washington Redskins 37 Buffalo Bills 24
- Super Bowl 27: Dallas Cowboys 52 Buffalo Bills 17
- Super Bowl 28: Dallas Cowboys 30 Buffalo Bills 13
- Super Bowl 29: San Francisco 49ers 49 San Diego Chargers 26
- Super Bowl 30: Dallas Cowboys 27 Pittsburgh Steelers 17
- Super Bowl 31: Green Bay Packers 35 New England Patriots 21
- Super Bowl 32: Denver Broncos 31 Green Bay Packers 24
- Super Bowl 33: Denver Broncos 34 Atlanta Falcons 19
- Super Bowl 34: St. Louis Rams 23 Tennessee Titans 16
- Super Bowl 35: Baltimore Ravens 34 New York Giants 7
- Super Bowl 36: New England Patriots 20 St. Louis Rams 17
- Super Bowl 37: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48 Oakland Raiders 21
- Super Bowl 38: New England Patriots 32 Carolina Panthers 29
- Super Bowl 39: New England Patriots 24 Philadelphia Eagles 21
- Super Bowl 40: Pittsburgh Steelers 21 Seattle Seahawks 10
- Super Bowl 41: Indianapolis Colts 29 Chicago Bears 17
- Super Bowl 42: New York Giants 17 New England Patriots 14
- Super Bowl 43: Pittsburgh Steelers 27 Arizona Cardinals 23
- Super Bowl 44: New Orleans Saints 31 Indianapolis Colts 17
- Super Bowl 45: Green Bay Packers 31 Pittsburgh Steelers 25
- Super Bowl 46: New York Giants 21 New England Patriots 17
- Super Bowl 47: Baltimore Ravnes 34 San Francisco 49ers 31
- Super Bowl 48: Seattle Seahawks 43 Denver Broncos 8
- Super Bowl 49: New England Patriots 28 Seattle Seahawks 24
- Super Bowl 50: Denver Broncos 24 Carolina Panthers 10
- Super Bowl 51: New England Patriots 34 Atlanta Falcons 28
- Super Bowl 52: Philadelphia Eagles 41 New England Patriots 33
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