The National Football League (NFL) is the pinnacle of American football. Consisting of 32 teams divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC), the NFL is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the US, and has the highest average attendance of any professional sports league in the world. Its 17 week regular season begins the week after Labor Day (first Monday in September) and wraps up just after Christmas, before moving into the post-season playoffs that culminate in the Super Bowl, played between the champions of the NFC and AFC.
The Super Bowl is the jewel in the NFL’s crown, and consistently ranks amongst the most watched television programs in American history. With such a huge audience comes big marketing dollars and advertisers are willing to pull out all the stops (and celebrity endorsements) to showcase their brands, ensuring the commercials are a huge part of the Super Bowl event.
Unlike many of the world’s big sporting leagues (namely the EPL), the NFL has had a variety of Super Bowl champions over the years. In fact, 19 of the league’s 32 teams have won a Super Bowl, while only the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans haven’t at least appeared on that final Sunday. The most successful team in NFL Super Bowl history are the Pittsburgh Steelers, with 6 championships from 8 visits to Super Bowl Sunday. The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers both have 5 championships, with the Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, and the 2015 champions, the New England Patriots sitting on 4.
|2016||DENVER BRONCOS (AFC)||CAROLINA PANTHERS (NFC)||24-10|
|2015||NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (AFC)||SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (NFC)||28-24|
|2014||SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (NFC)||DENVER BRONCOS (AFC)||43-8|
|2013||BALTIMORE RAVENS (AFC)||SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (NFC)||34-31|
|2012||NEW YORK GIANTS (NFC)||NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (AFC)||21-17|
|2011||GREEN BAY PACKERS (NFC)||PITTSBURGH STEELERS (AFC)||31-25|
|2010||NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (NFC)||INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (AFC)||31-17|
|2009||PITTSBURGH STEELERS (AFC)||ARIZONA CARDINALS (NFC)||27-23|
|2008||NEW YORK GIANTS (NFC)||NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (AFC)||17-14|
|2007||INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (AFC)||CHICAGO BEARS (NFC)||29-17|
|2006||PITTSBURGH STEELERS (AFC)||SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (NFC)||21-10|
|2005||NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (AFC)||PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (NFC)||24-21|