Everyone seems to love the Super Bowl. In fact, the Super Bowl is one of the most-awaited events in the history of sports. Super Bowl made a huge impact on the Twitter industry and became the no.1 trending topic.
The Super Bowl is an annual Championship game of the NFL which is usually played from mid-January to early February.
As a matter of fact, this sporting event was created as a part of the merger agreement between the NFL and the AFL. The first Super Bowl was played in 1967 after both leagues have completed their 1966 season. However, the NFL restricts the use of ‘Super Bowl’ trademark as it is frequently referred to as the ‘big game’ in the sports industry.
As of now, the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers have the most Super Bowl championship titles with six each.
According to research, the Super Bowl is actually the second-largest day for food consumption after Thanksgiving day in the United States. It is also the most frequent television broadcast every year.
In 2015, Super Bowl XLIX had over 114.4 million viewers and was named as the most-watched American television program in history. According to Nielsen, the highest-rated game was Super Bowl XVI in 1982 with a total of 49.1% of household watching.
Here are some of the iconic moments during Super Bowl:
#1: Max McGee’s Touchdown
The first score on the first-ever Super Bowl came from Packers wide receiver Max McGee who wasn’t even supposed to play! McGee was caught breaking curfew the night before the game with two flight attendants he met in the hotel bar.
#2: The Hammer Takes a Knee
Kansas City Chiefs defensive Fred Williamson, who is also known as The Hammer bragged that he could stop Packers receivers Carroll Dale and Boyd Dowler during an interview. However, he was taken off the field after hitting his head on another player’s knee.
#3: Vince Lombardi’s Victory
Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi acquired the first two Super Bowl victories before transferring to Washington Redskins. However, he died of cancer in 1970. As a matter of fact, Super Bowl trophies are named after him.
#4: Joe Namath’s Guarantee
Despite being named as the NFL’s underdogs, New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath led the team to victory during the 1969 showdown. His team secured one of the greatest upsets in sports history. Namath is the player known walking off the field with one finger pointing to the sky.
#5: 65 Toss Power Trap
Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram actually became famous during Super Bowl IV, it is because he called out the play to a 65 Toss Power Trap. It is when running back Mike Garrett made a fake toss at the end of the second quarter and secured the franchise’s first and only Super Bowl win against Minnesota Vikings in 1970.
#6: Bob Griese Gives up the Yards
Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese caught the ball around the 38-yard line and was sacked on the 9-yard line. Until today, it was recorded as the longest yardage lost from scrimmage in a Super Bowl game.
#7: The Perfect Season
The Miami Dolphins is the only NFL team to have an undefeated season. The Dolphins suffered one close call during the 1972 season. It happened when instead of letting the ball fall after a blocked field goal, kicker Garo Yepremian attempted to throw a forward pass but lost control.
#8: The Swann Dive
Pittsburgh Steelers’ Lynn Swann made an acrobatic catch that turned the table upside down and regained a lead against Dallas Cowboys. It was Swann’s legendary catch which helped him to win the Super Bowl MVP award. He was also the first wide receiver named for this award.
#9: Willie Brown’s Interception
Oakland Raiders’ Willie Brown secured their victory against Minnesota Vikings by intercepting a pass by Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton and returning it for a 75-yard touchdown.
#10: The Failed Rocket Screen
Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs told quarterback Joe Theismann to run a Rocket Screen play to dominate the field against Los Angeles Raiders. However, Raiders’ linebacker Jack Squirek has other plans and intercepted the pass for a touchdown. It might be one of the crucial and breathtaking moments but it was also considered as one of the game’s best highlights.
Have you ever wondered why the Super Bowl is garnering so much attention? Well, this is because of the Super Bowl commercials, recruiting familiar faces, and the use of humour.
Here are some of the fun facts you should know about NFL’s Super Bowl:
- More than eight million pounds of guacamole is consumed on every Super Bowl Sunday
- 14,500 tons of chips are eaten along with eight millions pounds of guacamole
- Out of the 10 most-watched American television programs, nine of them are Super Bowls
- The Super Bowl uses Roman numerals because a football season runs over two calendar years
- There are over 700,000 footballs produced annually for the NFL. 72 of those are used for the Super Bowl
- The average cost of a 30-second commercial during Super Bowl is around $37,500 to $2.2 million. During Super Bowl XLIX, the price doubled up to $4.5 million
- The most-watched sporting event in the U.S history is the Super Bowl XLIX with a match between Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots
- Tom Brady is the player who played the most Super Bowls with a total of nine games
- The first team to win five Super Bowls are the San Francisco 49ers
- The first team to win the first Super Bowl title are the Green Bay Packers
- The four NFL teams who has never played in a Super Bowl are Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, and Houston Texans