Super Bowl – Steeped in history.
The biggest event in the NFL is just a couple months away as the teams are vying for playoff positioning, which is crucial to increase chances to make it to the Super Bowl. This season’s Super Bowl, the 54th since the Green Bay Packers won the inaugural event will take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
The Super Bowl was initially created as part of a merger between the AFL and NFL. After the merger in 1970, the NFL was divided into two conferences and the winners of each conference faced off to decide the league champion in the Super Bowl. Over the history of the game, the two conferences have been evenly matched with National Football Conference having a 27 to 26 edge over the American Football Conference in Super Bowl victories.
Although the Super Bowl consists of teams solely based in the United States, it’s one of the most watched events on television across the world. Typically, the Super Bowl is watched by more than 100 million people in the United States alone and is available in nearly 200 countries across the world. It must be noted that the vast majority of viewers are within North America with nearly 98 percent of the average viewership.
Typically held in a warm weather climate or in a domed stadium, Miami will host the event for the 10th time this season, tying New Orleans for the top spot, followed by Los Angeles with seven and Tampa Bay with four.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are tied with the New England Patriots for most franchise Super Bowl titles with six, and the Patriots have the most appearances in the big game with 11. The San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys each have five Super Bowl victories, with the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants next on the list with four.
Three franchises, the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers and the Arizona Cardinals have appeared in the Super Bowl but have failed to win. The most recent first-time winner was the Philadelphia Eagles, upsetting the New England Patriots by a 41-33 score in Super Bowl LII.
Only four franchises (Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions) have failed to play in the Super Bowl. Of the four, the Texans who lead the AFC South, have a legitimate chance of ending this season and ending the dubious distinction.
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