By David Dwork


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South Florida will once again be the top destination for the biggest game in professional sports.

Super Bowl LIV in 2020, the NFL’s centennial season, will take place at the newly renovated Joe Robbie Stadium (it’s currently sponsorless and called New Miami Stadium, but everyone seems to like Joe Robbie best so we’ll go with that for now).

This game will be the record 11t h Super Bowl to take place in South Florida. The first five were held at the now demolished Orange Bowl in the heart of Miami (see: Marlins Park) and the most recent five were held at Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Dolphins/Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.

There have been some truly iconic Super Bowls played in South Florida, from Joe Namath’s guaranteed win in Super Bowl III to the pair of amazing games between the Steelers and Cowboys played in Super Bowl’s X and XIII, respectively.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and look back at all the big games played in South Florida.

Super Bowl II: Green Bay Packers 33 Oakland Raiders 14

With rumblings about legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi retiring, Green Bay did a great job sending their leader out in style.  The Packers won their second straight Super Bowl going away, dominating the AFL’s Raiders from start to finish.

 

Super Bowl III: New York Jets 16 Baltimore Colts 7

In the iconic game for Hall of Famer Joe Namath, he followed through with his victory guarantee by leading the Jets to one of the biggest upsets in league history. Namath would be named the Super Bowl MVP despite not throwing a single pass in the 4th quarter.

 

Super Bowl V: Baltimore Colts 16 Dallas Cowboys 13

The first Super Bowl played following the AFL-NFL merger, Baltimore was looking to rebound from their upset loss to the Jets two years prior.  While it wasn’t the prettiest of games, often referred to as the “Blunder Bowl” or the “Stupor Bowl” due to all the mistakes and penalties, the Colts came out on top.

 

Super Bowl X: Pittsburgh Steelers 21 Dallas Cowboys 17

One of the more exciting Super Bowls to be played at the time, Pittsburgh became the NFL’s first post-merger back-to-back champion in a game that came down to the final play. Not surprisingly, it was a defensive stand by the Steel Curtain.

 

Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers 35 Dallas Cowboys 31

The first Super Bowl rematch did not disappoint as the Cowboys and Steelers treated fans to another spectacular game. Pittsburgh came out on top thanks to game MVP Terry Bradshaw and became the NFL’s first three-time Super Bowl champion.

 

Super Bowl XXIII: San Francisco 49ers 20 Cincinnati Bengals 16

Another Super Bowl rematch, the Bengals were out for revenge after losing to the 49ers in Super Bowl XVI and looked to have the game in hand before Joe Montana orchestrated one of the most memorable drives in NFL history to put San Francisco ahead with just :34 seconds to go.

 

Super Bowl XXIX: San Francisco 49ers 49 San Diego Chargers 26

After sitting in Joe Montana’s shadow for much of his career, Steve Young finally got the chance to show what he could do on the game’s biggest state.  Young set a Super Bowl record with six touchdown passes and the 49ers demolished the Chargers.

 

Super Bowl XXXIII: Denver Broncos 34 Atlanta Falcons 19

After finally winning a championship the previous year, John Elway ended his NFL career on the highest of notes. Elway would be named Super Bowl MVP and retire as a back-to-back champion.

 

Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis Colts 29 Chicago Bears 17

The Colts exercised one demon by beating the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game but the team still had one more hill to climb.  Despite an opening kickoff touchdown return by the ridiculous Devon Hester, Peyton Manning led Indianapolis to its first ever Super Bowl win.

 

Super Bowl XLIV: New Orleans Saints 31 Indianapolis Colts 17

Two number one seeds met in the Super Bowl for the first time in almost two decades.  The Colts looked like the better team early on, but soon the tides would turn in the Saints favor.  A gutsy onside kick call on the second half kickoff would prove to be the turning point in the Saints first ever Super Bowl victory.

 

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