Do You Know Which Teams Played in Each Super Bowl?


By: Gavin Thagard

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

You've been waiting since the first preseason kickoff in August for the biggest game of the year, the Super Bowl. You've seen teams rise and fall over the course of the regular season. You've seen heroic performances by MVP-caliber players. You've even seen some teams fall apart in the playoffs. All of that finally culminates in two teams playing for a championship. 

There is no championship game quite like the Super Bowl, either. Players have so much on the line, and the intensity is at an all-time high. After all, only 60 minutes separate a team and its fan base from the dream of a lifetime as well as bragging rights for a year. 

While you're waiting for the Super Bowl to kick off, why not go back and review the winners from some of the past Super Bowls? Can you even remember who won each Super Bowl from the first installment to the team that held the Vince Lombardi Trophy up at the end of the 2017 season? This quiz will let you find out just that.

If you are up for the ultimate football challenge, get started with this NFL Super Bowl quiz and put your knowledge up against a real test!

Featuring the legendary coach Vince Lombardi, who played in Super Bowl I?

Vince Lombardi led the Packers to victories in both of the first two Super Bowls. As a coach, Lombardi was known for his legendary speeches and relationship with his players.


Joe Namath was the MVP of Super Bowl III, but what two teams played in it?

Joe Namath was famous for his easy attitude and flamboyant attire which made him a celebrity off the field. His personality earned him the nickname "Broadway Joe."


In a game decided by three points, who played in Super Bowl V?

The Cowboys lost Super Bowl V to the Colts 16-13. Despite the loss, Cowboys' linebacker Chuck Howley was named the MVP of the game after recording two interceptions.


With an attendance over 90,000, which teams played in Super Bowl VII?

The 1972 Miami Dolphins are the only undefeated team to win a Super Bowl in NFL history. The team finished the year with a 14-0 record, defeating the Redskins 14-7 in Super Bowl VII.


In Super Bowl VIII, a running back was named MVP for the first time. Which teams played in the game?

Don Shula coached the Miami Dolphins from 1970 until 1995. While in Miami, Shula won two Super Bowls and five AFC championships.


Super Bowl IX featured the team with the most Super Bowls to date. Which two teams played one another?

Franco Harris, fullback for the Steelers, was named the MVP of Super Bowl IX. During the game, he rushed for 158 yards, which exceeded​ the yardage the Vikings had in total offense.


Taking place at the Rose Bowl in California, which teams played in Super Bowl XI?

Coached by John Madden, the Raiders won their first Super Bowl on Jan. 9, 1977. The Raiders won the game by overcoming a Vikings' defensive line that was known as the "Purple People Eaters" because of their ability to get after the quarterback.


Featuring the first Super Bowl in a domed stadium, which teams played in Super Bowl XII?

Super Bowl XII was played at the Louisiana Superdome, a stadium that had only opened a few years prior. Aside from being the first championship game played in a dome, it was also the first Super Bowl to take place during prime time.


In a game featuring a 9-7 regular season team, who played in Super Bowl XIV?

Super Bowl XIV set a championship game record for the NFL with a crowd of 103,985. The game was played at the famous Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.


In a lopsided victory of 27-10, who played in Super Bowl XV?

The Raiders took an early 14-0 lead against the Eagles in Super Bowl XV and never looked back. Quarterback for the Raiders, Jim Plunkett, threw three touchdown passes in the game, earning him the MVP.


Both teams in Super Bowl XVI were playing in their first championship game. Who were they?

The 1981-82 49ers were coached by Bill Walsh, who took over the team in 1979. Walsh won his first of two NFL Coach of the Year awards after guiding the 49ers to a 13-3 record.


With a crowd over 100,000, which teams fought it out in Super Bowl XVII?

Super Bowl XVII was played after a shortened NFL season due to a players' strike. Teams only played nine games during the regular season, and the playoffs were extended to include 16 teams.


Nicknamed "Black Sunday," which two teams played in Super Bowl XVIII?

Occurring on Jan. 22, 1984, Super Bowl XVIII was the last Super Bowl won by an AFC team until 1997. In the game, the Raiders dominated the Redskins 38-9.


Joe Montana was named the MVP of Super Bowl XIX. Which team did he play for, and who did they defeat?

Joe Montana played in four Super Bowls during his career. He was named the MVP of four of those games, including Super Bowl XIX against the Dolphins, where he threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns.


Which teams played in the 20th anniversary of the Super Bowl?

The 1985 Bears were led by a tough defense, allowing only 12.4 points per game. The defense was coached by Buddy Ryan, who introduced a 4-6 defensive scheme that offenses struggled to overcome.


Which teams played in Super Bowl XXI, where one team scored 26 unanswered points in the second half?

Super Bowl XXI marked the first time the Giants appeared in a Super Bowl. The team, which went 14-2 in the regular season, was led by a defense known as the "Big Blue Wrecking Crew."


Taking place on Jan. 31, 1988, who played in Super Bowl XXII?

The Redskins have taken a hit in recent years because of the team's mascot name, which has been criticized by some Native American groups. However, owner Daniel Snyder refuses to change the name, citing tradition as his reasoning.


Super Bowl XXIII was Bill Walsh's final game as an NFL coach. Who did he coach, and who did they play?

Wide receiver Jerry Rice was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXIII. Rice finished his career in the NFL as the all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards.


In a game decided by a single point, who played in Super Bowl XXV?

Super Bowl XXV was decided on a missed last-second field goal by Scott Norwood. The kick famously became known as the "Wide Right" kick.


Featuring a team which lost its fourth straight Super Bowl, which two teams played in Super Bowl XXVIII?

The Bills are the only team in NFL history to lose four straight Super Bowls. The four losses were difficult for a team which revolutionized how offensive football is played.


Super Bowl XXIX featured a team playing in the franchise's first Super Bowl. Who was it, and who did they play?

Quarterback Steve Young was trying to overcome the shadow of Joe Montana, who won four Super Bowls with the 49ers. He would finally do it on Jan. 29, 1995, after crushing the Chargers 49-26 and earning the Super Bowl MVP.


Both teams in Super Bowl XXX were looking for their fifth Super Bowl victory. Who were they?

The Cowboys acquired Deion Sanders prior to the 1995-96 season. Deion Sanders was viewed as the balance of power since he played for the 49ers the season before, when they won the Super Bowl.


Taking place in the Louisiana Superdome, who played in Super Bowl XXXI?

On Jan. 26, 1997, the Packers won their first Super Bowl since 1967 when they were coached by Vince Lombardi. Desmond Howard was named the MVP of the game, racking up 244 return yards between both punt returns and kickoff returns.


Near the end of his career, John Elway won his first title in 1998 at Super Bowl XXXII. Who did he play for, and who did his team defeat?

John Elway spent his entire 16-year career with the Denver Broncos. He went to three Super Bowls during the '80s but lost all three. However, he got his revenge in 1997 and 1998, winning back-to-back Super Bowls before retiring as a champion.


Featuring an offense known as "The Greatest Show on Turf," which teams played in Super Bowl XXXIV?

The Tennessee Titans came up one yard short of winning Super Bowl XXXIV. The Rams' win came after receiver Kevin Dyson was tackled on the one-yard line by Mike Jones of the Rams.


In a game with two kickoffs returned for touchdowns, which teams played in Super Bowl XXXV?

The Ravens dominated the Giants 34-7 with the Giants' lone touchdown coming on a kickoff return in the third quarter. On the very next kickoff, the Ravens returned the ball for a touchdown of their own.


Super Bowl XXXVI was Tom Brady's first Super Bowl. Who did he play for, and who did they defeat?

Tom Brady is a record-holding, five-time Super Bowl Champion. Of those five Super Bowls, Brady was named the MVP four times.


With a storyline primarily featuring head coach Jon Gruden, which teams played in Super Bowl XXXVII?

Jon Gruden moved to the Buccaneers from the Raiders prior to the 2002 season. In his first season with the Buccaneers, Gruden led them to a Super Bowl where he defeated his former team 48-21.


Played at Dolphins Stadium, which teams duked it out in Super Bowl XLI?

Super Bowl XLI gave Peyton Manning the first Super Bowl of his career. Manning's first championship came after years of being criticized for only being a regular season quarterback who couldn't win in the playoffs.


In a game featuring Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger, who played in Super Bowl XLV?

Super Bowl XLV came down to the final drive of the game. Down by six points, the Steelers got the ball back with over two minutes left on the clock, but they turned the ball over on downs after only gaining a few yards on the drive.


Super Bowl XLVII pitted two head coaches who were brothers against one another. Which teams played in the game?

Super Bowl XLVII was the final game for Ray Lewis, one of the greatest linebackers to ever take the field. Lewis' career lasted 17 years, all with the Baltimore Ravens.


Featuring a defense known as "The Legion of Boom," which teams played in Super Bowl XLVIII?

"The Legion of Boom" was led by players like Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas. As of 2018, Earl Thomas is the only member of the legion left on the Seahawks' roster.


Super Bowl 50 abandoned Roman numerals for the first time. Which teams played in the uniquely named game?

After 18 seasons in the NFL, Peyton Manning retired after winning Super Bowl 50. Manning finished his career as a five-time NFL MVP and two-time Super Bowl champion.


Super Bowl LI was the only championship game to go into overtime. Who played in it?

After being down 28-3 in the third quarter, the Patriots made one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history to force Super Bowl LI into overtime. In overtime, the Patriots scored a touchdown on the first drive, winning the game.


In a game decided on the final drive, who played in Super Bowl LII?

After Eagles' starting quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL in the regular season, Nick Foles took over to lead the Eagles through the playoffs. Led by a tough defense and smart playcalling, the Eagles defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl LII, and Foles was named the Super Bowl MVP.


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