The very first Super Bowl was a matchup between the champion of the National Football League (NFL) which had been around since 1920, and the champion of the relatively new American Football League (AFL).
The game wasn’t called the Super Bowl – that name would come two years later – but was referred to as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game.
The first game, like many to follow, was a mismatch.
Green Bay 35 Kansas City 10
When: 1967 (Super Bowl I)
Why: The very first meeting between the establishment and the upstarts was a knockout victory for the NFL.
What: Two-touchdown favourites Green Bay, coached by the legendary Vince Lombardi, struggled in the first half and led just 14-10 at the break. But the Packers exploded for 21 second half points and held the Chiefs scoreless for the win (and the cover).
Who: The MVP was Bart Starr, Green Bay quarterback, who was 16/23 for 253 yards and two touchdowns.
Los Angeles Raiders 38 Washington 9
When: 1984 (Super Bowl XVIII)
Why: 38 points is still the most points ever scored by an AFC team in a Super Bowl.
What: The Redskins were the defending Super Bowl champs and were favoured in this one. But the Raiders dominated, building a 21-0 halftime lead and limiting Washington to one touchdown and one field goal.
Who: The MVP was Raiders’ running back Marcus Allen, who had 20 carries for 191 yards and two touchdowns, including one of the greatest ever on the big stage.
Chicago 46 New England 10
When: 1986 (Super Bowl XX)
Why: One of the craziest and most dominant teams in league history finished off a memorable season (18-1 all up) with a comprehensive win.
What: This was the famous Bears team, coached by Mike Ditka and led by quarterback Jim McMahon, Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton, William ‘The Refrigerator’ Perry and one of the best defenses in NFL history. Chicago led 23-3 at the half and 44-3 after three quarters. The Bears racked up 23 first downs to 12 and outgained New England 408 yards to 123.
Who: So dominant was the Bears D, that defensive end Richard Dent was named MVP.
San Francisco 55 Denver 10
When: 1990 (Super Bowl XXIV)
Why: Still the most lopsided result in Super Bowl history.
What: The Broncos have been on the losing end of some bad Super Bowl results, including this one. The 49ers led 27-3 at half and completely dominated on the field and the stat sheet. 28 first downs to 12, 317 passing yards to 103 and 461 total yards to 167.
Who: San Francisco QB Joe Montana won his fourth Super Bowl and his third MVP award.
Seattle 43 Denver 8
When: 2013 (Super Bowl XLVIII)
Why: Still the biggest margin of victory by an underdog in NFL history.
What: The NFL’s best offense (Denver) met the NFL’s best defense (Seattle), but the Seahawks raced to a 36-0 lead before Denver got on the board. The Seattle defense scored a safety on the first play from scrimmage, the quickest score in the history of the big game.
Who: Seahawks’ linebacker Malcolm Smith was the MVP.