The Super Bowl is the year’s biggest event – one that brings in football fans from all around the world to the game’s host city each February. We at TickPick, the world’s only no fee ticket marketplace, reflect back on the last five Super Bowls in preparation of the one that lies ahead in Miami this year.
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Past Super Bowl Winners
2015 – New England Patriots
While most people’s lasting memory is Malcolm Butler’s game-winning goal line interception after Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s baffling decision not to hand the ball off to Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch for what would have likely been a winning touchdown, Super Bowl XLIX at (now) State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ was actually an incredible one for many reasons. The Seahawks came into the contest seeking their second consecutive Super Bowl title, and with a 12-4 record, Russell Wilson, and the Legion of Boom-led defense at full strength, they had every opportunity to do so when the game was down to the wire.
Seattle receive Jermaine Kearse’s incredible catch with the team down 4 and with a minute to go will likely be forgotten by non-Seattle fans, but had the team pulled off the win for their second straight Super Bowl, that would have been the featured play on the championship video. Instead, the Patriots held on to win their then-fourth Lombardi Trophy, with Tom Brady being named MVP for the third time after completing 37 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns.
2016 – Denver Broncos
The Broncos were led by the league’s best defense and had a great regular season, finishing with a record of 12-4 despite some shoddy quarterback play from Peyton Manning (which is admittedly something no football fan who had been watching Manning dominate throughout his career could have ever conceived). They came into this game against the Carolina Panthers — led by league MVP Cam Newton — as 5-point underdogs, but controlled the game from start to finish on the back of their stout defense that recorded seven sacks and forced four turnovers, including a safety. The Carolina defense certainly did its part, recording five sacks and forcing two turnovers of their own.
Denver won the game 24-10 in a relatively slow game played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA that was devoid of many big offensive plays, giving the franchise its third Super Bowl and sent Manning riding off into the sunset, as he retired from the game that next month. Superstar Denver linebacker Von Miller deservedly earned the Super Bowl MVP honors after he recorded six tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and two quarterback hurries.
2017 – New England Patriots
Falcons fans, you may want to skip ahead to the next section.
Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX was one of the most memorable of all time for NFL fans, as it included the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history and perhaps the greatest comeback/collapse ever in any professional sports contest. The Falcons jumped out to a commanding 28-3 lead that extended all the way into the 3rd quarter before suffering an epic collapse, allowing the Tom Brady-led Patriots to do what they do and come back to score 25 unanswered points to tie it up and send the game to overtime, which was the first time in the game’s history that it needed overtime to determine the winner. The Falcons were so close to winning their first-ever Super Bowl, and until they do, this game will go down in the annals as the most infamous collapse ever.
Tom Brady was named Super Bowl MVP in this one for the fourth time, as he broke then-Super Bowl records by completing 43 passes in 62 attempts, with 466 passing yards. The 14-2 Patriots came into the game as 3-point favorites over Atlanta, who had gone 11-5 in the regular season and saw their quarterback Matt Ryan earn the league’s MVP award for his stellar play. As a footnote, Lady Gaga put on one of the most memorable halftime performances in its history, but that will almost always be overshadowed by the incredible comeback that occurred during this game.
2018 – Philadelphia Eagles
In 2018, the Eagles – led by their backup quarterback Nick Foles – did what not one other team on this list could do – defeat Tom Brady and the Patriots in the Super Bowl, and as 3-point underdogs, at that. In what was a thrilling, back-and-forth, & high-scoring affair at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN, the Eagles managed to hold off a valiant comeback effort by New England that we’d all come to expect (see 2017) and win their first Super Bowl in franchise history by a score of 41-33.
Nick Foles was named the game’s MVP after throwing for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns against a solid Patriots defense, but the Eagles’ dominant rushing attack that night was the unsung hero, with running backs LeGarrette Blount (a former Patriot) and Jay Ajayi combining for 147 yards rushing and a touchdown on just 23 carries.
It may end up being forgotten about amid the loss, but Tom Brady threw for a Super Bowl record 505 yards and added 3 touchdowns for good measure. This game will go down as one of the most enjoyable Super Bowls ever, from a scoring perspective.
2019 – New England Patriots
Last year’s Super Bowl LIII, which featured the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams, was held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA and was, quite frankly, a snooze-fest (or a defensive battle, whichever way you’d prefer to look at it). The Patriots took a 3-0 lead into half, and the game entered its 4th quarter with a score of 3-3, as two of the league’s premiere offenses simply couldn’t get anything going all game. Credit each defense with executing a great game plan, and when it came down to it, Tom Brady and the Patriots showed the world why they’ve won five Super Bowls prior to this contest, as they drove down the field in the 4th quarter thanks to an incredible throw and catch by Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski that put them up against the goal line and in position for running back Sony Michel to punch it in shortly thereafter for the game’s only touchdown.
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman won the game’s MVP honors, catching 10 passes for 141 and consistently extending drives to keep the Rams offense off of the field. The Patriots came into the contest as 2.5-point favorites, and did ultimately cover by winning the game 13-3, completely stifling the Rams’ vaunted offensive attack and rewarding the few fans out there who took the under, which was set at a laughably-off 56 points.