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Super Bowl XLVIII

The Seattle Seahawks win their very first Lombardi Trophy by capturing Super Bowl XLVIII in New York City, as the Hawks hammered the AFC Champs Denver Broncos 43-8.

In what was only the second time in 20 years that the top seed from both the AFC (Denver) met the top seed from the NFL (Seattle), the game was also the first of its kind: the only Super Bowl to be played outdoors in a cold-weather city.

In taking the 48th Super Bowl and putting an exclamation mark on the third most lopsided NFL championship game in league history, the Seahawks claimed the franchises' first-ever NFL title in their 38th season. The game also punctuated the old adage that a great defence will beat a great offence, as this was the sixth time a top ranked defence has played a top ranked offence. The defence has won five times.

The game had an onerous start for record-setting quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos. Manning was the mastermind of the 2013 Broncos, throwing an NFL-record 55 touchdowns, breaking the old mark held by Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. However, they ran into a buzz saw of a defence, the first to lead the NFL in least points allowed, most turnovers and fewest yards given up since the vaunted 1985 Chicago Bears.

On the first play of the game, Manning had the ball sail over this head into the end zone for a safety, and the Broncos never seemed to recover. The Seahawks went on to take an 8-0 lead by the end of the first quarter on a pair of field goals, then extended the lead to 22-0 at the half. On the opening kickoff of the second half, with most Broncos fans expecting a typical Peyton Manning comeback to be in the works, all world receiver, Percy Harvin proceeded to return the kickoff for a touchdown. That all but sealed the game, with the score now 29-0.

Shortly after, linebacker Malcom Smith returned an errant Manning throw 69 yards for touchdown and the rout was on, driving the score now to 36-0. With the vaunted Legion of Boom defensive backfield shutting the Broncos down, Manning an company had no hope of coming back in any way.

In scoring the safety to open the game, Seattle set an NFL record with the fastest score to open a Super Bowl. The Seahawks set further records by becoming the first team ever to record a safety and touchdowns from both a kickoff and interception.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson had an excellent game, leading the Hawks with 206 yards passing, 26 yards rushing and a 123.1 QB rating. Linebacker Malcom Smith was the game MVP, with a fumble recovery and the interception return for a touchdown.

The game will be remembered for the Seahawks’ devastating defence, which is now being listed as one of the top four defences of all-time, right up there with the Pittsburgh Steelers of the late 70s, the 85 Chicago Bears, and the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, all of whom won the Super Bowl.

The FOX network broadcast was the most watched television program in U.S. history, with 111.5 million viewers, and the halftime show featuring Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers was the most watched ever with 115.3 million viewers.

Super Bowl XLVII

Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers was one of the more exciting Super Bowls in recent memory. One of the more intriguing stories leading up to the big game was that of two brothers facing each other as head coaches of opposite teams for the first time ever in a Super Bowl. On top of John and Jim Harbaugh squaring off in the Super Bowl, future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis was looking to cap an unbelievable career with another Super Bowl victory. With these storylines surrounding the game, it was only fitting that game came down to the last drive of the game.

Sportsbooks had the San Francisco 49ers as 4.5 point favorites for this game, and the total sat at 47. If you were to bet the moneyline on the Ravens, you would have won on a +145 line.

First Half

The Baltimore Ravens got off to a fast start in the first half, scoring on their first possession and sixth play of their drive when Joe Flacco hit Anquain Bolden for a 13-yard touchdown. A dominant defense kept the high powered San Francisco offense in check for much of the first half, and Baltimore was able to build a 21-6 halftime lead.

When building that 15 point halftime lead, the Baltimore Ravens were having their way with the San Francisco 49ers. Second year quarterback Colin Kaepernick looked confused and tentative at times while the rest of the 49ers offense was making unusual mistakes such as costly penalties and turning the ball over. It was because of these mistakes and timid play that the Ravens were able to look so dominant in the first half of Super Bowl XLVII.

Second Half

While the first half was highly entertaining, the second half had all of the action for football fans. On the opening kickoff, Baltimore return man Jacoby Jones returned the kick 108 yards for a touchdown, giving Baltimore a 28-6 lead. With San Francisco already reeling from a poor first half performance, the kick return looked as if it would be the nail in the coffin for the 49ers early in the second half.

However, a bizarre turn of events happened shortly after that kick return touchdown as the Superdome lost power and the game was halted for 34 minutes. During this odd delay, the San Francisco 49ers were able to collect their thoughts and regroup on the sideline. Once power was restored, the 49ers played like a different team and quickly made things interesting with 17 unanswered third quarter points.

An exciting third quarter brought the 49ers to within five points of the Ravens heading into the fourth quarter. As the two teams exchanged scores in the fourth, the San Francisco 49ers had the ball in the red zone with a chance to take the lead with time winding down. However, in his last NFL game, Ray Lewis was able to help his defensive unit make a goal line stand when quarterback Colin Kaepernick was unable to connect with wide receiver Michael Crabtree in the end zone on fourth down. This play was actually quite controversial as it appeared Crabtree was interfered with on the play, which would have given San Francisco a new set of downs from the two yard line, but the referees did not throw a flag on the play and the Baltimore Ravens took over on downs with 1:46 to play.

As far as Super Bowl games go, Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will go down as a classic for a variety of reasons. Two brothers facing each other as head coaches, Ray Lewis’ last NFL game, the power outage and a valiant come back by the San Francisco 49ers only to be stopped on fourth down at the end of the fourth quarter are the main reasons why NFL fans will look back fondly on this Super Bowl.

Super Bowl XLVII Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 3, 2013

Back in 1967, when the Green Bay Packers battled the Kansas Chiefs in Super Bowl I in Los Angeles, no one could ever have expected that TV networks would be able to charge $4-million for a 30-second commercial. But that is now the case, as CBS will be charging just that when the 47th edition, Super Bowl XLVII, will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 3, 2013.

This will be the 10th time that "The Big Easy" has hosted the Super Bowl, by far the most by an individual city. The greater Miami area has also hosted 10 Super Bowls. This will also be the first Super Bowl to be held in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It will also be the first Super Bowl held in the Superdome since selling the naming rights to Mercedes-Benz and undergoing a major renovation in 2011. And because of this date, once again the famous party in New Orleans, Mardi Gras, will have its date moved ahead one week to accommodate the world's biggest one day bash.

After having the halftime show focus on the older fan by having groups such as the Rolling Stones and the Who perform, CBS plans on trotting out a Mega-star Beyoncé to be the headline act at halftime, which will be very popular with the younger fan.

Super Bowl XLVI MVP Manning Lead Giants to 21-17 Win Over Patriots

In a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, in which New York won, 17–14, to spoil New England's perfect 2007 season, the NFC Champion New York Giants defeated the AFC champs from New England 21-17 to claim Super Bowl XLVI, handing the Patriots their second loss to the Giants in five years.

Eli Manning completed 30 of 40 passes for 296 yards, one touchdown, and didn't throw a single pick, and of course was named Super Bowl MVP.

In addition to winning their fourth Super Bowl in team history, the Giants set a new record for the lowest regular season record (9–7, win percentage of 56.3%) by a Super Bowl champion. The Patriots entered the game with an AFC-best 13–3 regular season record, and were also seeking their fourth Super Bowl win.

In a game full of mistakes for three quarters of play, the final 15 minutes were sheer brilliance as the two Titans of football battled to a crescendo. But as in 2007, it was the New York Giants who once again proved to have the killer instinct with a wonderful come-from-behind victory.

The Giants' tail back Ahmad Bradshaw finished off an 88-yard drive by scoring on a 6-yard run with just 57 seconds left. New York then had to rely on their defence to hold off New England's super quarterback Tom Brady in the final seconds.

The final drive began after a critical Wes Welker drop. Down 17-15 with just under four minutes remaining, Manning started the game winning drive with the ball at his own 12-yard-line.

Turning to his left and rolling out, he found Mario Manningham, New York's third receiver, streaking down the sideline, throwing him a jump ball. Manningham outdueled two Patriot defenders and pulled down the ball near mid-field. With the quick strike play, the Giants were now able to grind out the clock, pounding the ball into the teeth of the Patriot defence, pushing it down inside the 10-yard line, leading to Bradshaw's major.

So Brady and Patriots took over on their own 20-yard line with just 57 seconds left, needing a touchdown to win. First Tight End Aaron Hernandez dropped the ball, then Brady was sacked by Justin Tuck, and after a 16-yard completion, all that was left was a Hail Mary that wasn't answered.

In winning, the Giants became the first 9-7 team to win a Super Bowl. Meanwhile, the Patriots failed in trying to win a fourth Super Bowl in a 10-year span, which would have tied coach Bill Belichick with Pittsburgh icon Chuck Noll, and tying Brady with his boyhood hero, Joe Montana.

The Giants staked themselves to a 9–0 lead in the first quarter, then watched as New England scored 17 unanswered points to take a 17–9 halftime lead. But the Giants' vaunted defense clamped down and prevented the Patriots from scoring again. The Giants' kicker Lawrence Tynes's two consecutive field goals cut the lead to 17–15, late in third period. paving the way for the huge fourth quarter climax.

Eli Manning, who completed 30 of 40 passes for 296 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions, was named Super Bowl MVP for the second time in his career. He became the third quarterback in a row to win the award after Aaron Rodgers in Super Bowl XLV and Drew Brees in Super Bowl XLIV.

Held February 5, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the game marked the first time that the Super Bowl was played in the state of Indiana. The broadcast of the game on NBC broke the record for the most-watched program in American television history, previously set during the previous year's Super Bowl. Super Bowl XLVI was watched by an estimated average audience of 111.3 million US viewers. An estimated total audience of 166.8 million, according to Nielsen, meaning that over half of the American population watched at least some of the initial broadcast.


Super Bowl XLV

Super Bowl XLV, the 45th annual edition of the Super Bowl and the 41st annual NFL championship game, will be held on Feb. 6, 2011.

The game, which pairs the champions of the AFC and the NFC, will be held at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Some may be surprised to learn that this will be the first Super Bowl held in the Dallas–Fort Worth area. It’s the third time a Super Bowl has been held in Texas (Houston was the host city to Super Bowls VIII and XXXVIII).

FOX Sports will televise the game in the United States and Canada, with Joe Buck as the play-by-play announcer and Troy Aikman, himself a three-time Super Bowl winner as a Dallas Cowboys quarterback, as the color analyst.

As of September 2010, FOX had sold 90 per cent of all available advertising spots for Super Bowl XLV.

Super Bowl XLV

The Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers slayed the ghost of Brett Favre and won their first Super Bowl under head coach Mike McCarthy when they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 to win Super Bowl XLV.

Super Bowl XLV, the 45th Super Bowl and 41st National Football League championship game, took place February 6, 2011 in Jerry's House, Cowboys Stadium located in Arlington, Texas.

Rodgers capped an incredible playoff run with a victory over Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers. Rodgers did it with pin point accuracy, picking the Steelers apart in a close and high-scoring affair.

Rodgers threw for three touchdowns and 304 yards to keep the vaunted Steelers defense on their heels all game. Rodgers spread the ball around to his talented receiving corps for the win. Jordy Nelson racked up the most yards for the Packers receivers and scored one touchdown but Greg Jennings scored two touchdowns with just four catches in the game.

The Steelers Ben Roethlisberger threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns but he also gave up two critical interceptions in the loss. "Big Ben" never looked comfortable in the pocket during this game and the Packers kept him off his game for all 60 minutes.

The Packers never surrendered the lead to Pittsburgh after jumping out to a 14-point lead but the Steelers did give the Packers a scare when they got the deficit down to three points with just under eight minutes to play. Noticeably absent during the game was Pittsburgh's heralded defense. Troy Polamalu and James Harrison played a lackluster game for the Steelers and in the end their poor performances contributed to the losing effort.



Super Bowl XLIV

Super Bowl XLIV will be the 44th annual edition of the National Football League championship game.

The game will be played on Feb. 7, 2010 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, home of the NFL Miami Dolphins. Before Super Bowl XLIV — during the 2009-10 NFL regular season as well as the playoffs in January — the stadium is called "Land Shark Stadium" under a unique name rights deal the Dolphins agreed to with Landshark Lager, a beer made by Anheuser-Busch, in early 2009.

This will be the 10th Super Bowl game to be played in South Florida. "Super Sunday" has been held at Dolphin Stadium five times, and at the Orange Bowl five times.

The game will be televised in the United States on CBS, which will celebrate coverage of its 50th NFL season (1956–93; 1998–present). It will also re-broadcast Super Bowl XLI from 2007, the most recent Super Bowl held in South Florida, in which the Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears 29-17.

Legendary rockers The Who will be the half-time act.