List Of Super Bowl Champions
The Super Bowl is an annual American football game that determines the champion of the National Football League (NFL). The contest is held in an American city that is chosen three to four years beforehand, usually in warm-weather or domed sites. Since 1971, the winner of the American Football Conference (AFC) Championship Game has faced the winner of the National Football Conference (NFC) Championship Game in the culmination of the NFL playoffs. Before the 1970 merger between the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL), the two leagues met in four such contests. The first two were known as the "AFL-NFL World Championship Game." Super Bowl III in 1969 was the first such game that carried the "Super Bowl" moniker, the names "Super Bowl I" and "Super Bowl II" were retroactively applied to the first two games. The NFC/NFL leads in Super Bowl wins with 25, while the AFC/AFL has won 21. Eighteen different franchises, including teams that relocated to another city, have won the Super Bowl.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have won the most Super Bowls with six championships (record 6–2), while both the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers have five wins each (Cowboys 5–3; 49ers a perfect 5–0). Dallas and Pittsburgh have the most Super Bowl appearances with eight, while the Buffalo Bills have the most consecutive appearances with four losses in a row from 1991 to 1994. The New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings have also lost a record four Super Bowls. Buffalo and Minnesota are both 0–4, Denver is 2–4 and New England is 3–4. The record for consecutive wins is two and is shared by seven franchises: the 1967-68 Green Bay Packers, the 1973-74 Miami Dolphins, the 1975-76 and 1979-80 Pittsburgh Steelers (the only team to accomplish this feat twice), the 1989-90 San Francisco 49ers, the 1993-94 Dallas Cowboys, the 1998-99 Denver Broncos, and the 2004-05 New England Patriots. Four current NFL teams have never appeared in a Super Bowl, including franchise relocations and renaming: the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Houston Texans, though both the Browns and Lions had won NFL Championship games prior to the creation of the Super Bowl.
There have only been six times that the same franchises have met in multiple Super Bowls. The first rematch was Super Bowl XIII, which featured a rematch of Super Bowl X, with the Pittsburgh Steelers beating the Dallas Cowboys in both contests. The two franchises would meet for a third time in Super Bowl XXX, with the Cowboys coming up victorious. The Washington Redskins avenged their loss in Super Bowl VII by defeating the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in both Super Bowl XVI and XXIII. The only back-to-back rematch came in Super Bowl XXVII and XXVIII, with the Dallas Cowboys defeating the Buffalo Bills in both contests. Most recently, Super Bowl XLVI featured the New York Giants defeating the New England Patriots, the same result as when the two teams met in Super Bowl XLII.
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