Super Bowl 2014 - February 2nd 2014
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The culmination of a season’s worth of blood, sweat, hopes and dreams for two teams will boil down to this, the Super Bowl 2014. Having battled through the long hard slog of the NFL season and survived the playoffs amongst the best NFL has to offer, the AFC Champions will face off against the NFC champions in the event that drives the whole of America to a standstill.
This year the Super Bowl will take place at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on February 2nd or shall we say, Super Bowl Sunday. The Super Bowl has become synonymous with not only football, but also with the entertainment provided during the infamous half time show, as well as the commercials aired throughout one of the world’s most watched sporting events and as always, Sportsbet leads the way when it comes to Superbowl betting.
Facts about Super Bowl
- A 30 second advert during the Super Bowl costs up to $4,000,000.
- 49ers legend Joe Montana has won the Most Valuable Player Award a record 3 times, although Eli Manning and Tom Brady have both currently won it twice.
- During the Super Bowl, US beer and food sales increase by $68million.
The NFL began in 1920 and held its own up until the 1960’s when the newly formed American Football League began to gather rapid popularity. In 1966 the two leagues announced a merger agreement and the idea of a championship game between the NFL and AFL champions was born.
At the end of the 1966 season, the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 to win the first ever Super Bowl, although it was originally known as the AFL-NFL Championship game until 1969 when it officially became known as the Super Bowl, a name allegedly first coined by Kansas Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt after a child’s toy. Since that first game in 1967, the Super Bowl has become one of the biggest sporting events in the world, it is always a sell out and annually generates billions of dollars in food and beverage sales, merchandise and Superbowl betting.
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Super Bowl Winners
Below are the winners and runners up of the Super Bowl.
|Season||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Venue||City||Attendance|
|2013||Baltimore Ravens||34–31||San Francisco 49ers||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||New Orleans, Louisiana||71,024|
|2012||New York Giants||21–17||New England Patriots||Lucas Oil Stadium||Indianapolis, Indiana||68,658|
|2011||Green Bay Packers||31–25||Pittsburgh Steelers||Cowboys Stadium||Arlington, Texas||103,219|
|2010||New Orleans Saints||31–17||Indianapolis Colts||Sun Life Stadium||Miami, Florida||74,059|
|2009||Pittsburgh Steelers||27–23||Arizona Cardinals||Raymond James Stadium||Tampa, Florida||70,774|
|2008||New York Giants*||17–14||New England Patriots||University of Phoenix Stadium||Glendale, Arizona||71,101|
|2007||Indianapolis Colts||29–17||Chicago Bears||Dolphin Stadium||Miami, Florida||74,512|
|2006||Pittsburgh Steelers||21–10||Seattle Seahawks||Ford Field||Detroit, Michigan||68,206|
|2005||New England Patriots||24–21||Philadelphia Eagles||ALLTEL Stadium||Jacksonville, Florida||78,125|
|2004||New England Patriots||32–29||Carolina Panthers||Reliant Stadium||Houston, Texas||71,525|
|2003||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||48–21||Oakland Raiders||Qualcomm Stadium||San Diego, California||67,603|
|2002||New England Patriots||20–17||St. Louis Rams||Louisiana Superdome||New Orleans, Louisiana||72,922|
|2001||Baltimore Ravens||34–7||New York Giants||Raymond James Stadium||Tampa, Florida||71,921|
|2000||St. Louis Rams||23–16||Tennessee Titans||Georgia Dome||Atlanta, Georgia||72,625|
Super Bowl Historic Matches
During the early years, some critics feared for the future of the Super Bowl believing that the AFL teams would not able to compete with the NFL teams, but 47 years later we have seen heroes, villains, and comebacks of all shapes and sizes, as many players, coaches and teams have all immortalised themselves in Super Bowl history. Who could forget some of these matches the Super Bowl has provided over the years;
Super Bowl XXXVIII New England Patriots 32 – 29 Carolina Panthers
After a dull first three-quarters, this game suddenly sparked into life in the final 15 minutes. With the Patriots leading 14-10 Antowain Smith touched down to spark a scoring bonanza with both teams going on to score a Super Bowl record 37 points in the final quarter. The game was settled by a field goal from Adam Vinatieri’s with just four seconds remaining.
Super Bowl XLII New York Giants 17 – 14 New England Patriots
Widely regarded as one of the greatest upsets in Super Bowl history, the Patriots finished the season 16-0 and were big favourites heading into the game. In what was a tight contest throughout, the Patriots looked to have secured a perfect season when Randy Moss touched down to snatch the lead with less than 3 minutes remaining, but Manning and co. had other ideas as an 83 yard drive ended in Plaxico Burress scoring the winning touchdown, sparking wild celebrations.
Super Bowl XXXIV St. Louis Rams 23 – 16 Tennesse Titans
This game had it all. The Rams were pre-match favourites and found themselves 16-0 up during the third quarter, only for the Titans to erase the largest deficit in Super Bowl history by pulling the game back to 16-16 with just over 2 minutes remaining. In response, The Rams wasted no time as Kurt Warner found Isaac Bruce to restore the Ram’s lead, but that was not the end of the drama. The Titans clawed their way back to the Ram’s 10 yard line and as wide receiver Kevin Dyson made his dash for the end zone for what would have been a game tying touchdown, Rams’ linebacker Mike Jones made the infamous ‘tackle’ to bring him down one yard short, securing the Rams victory and completing Kurt Warner’s incredible rags-to-riches story.
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