The Super Bowl is annually among the world’s biggest sporting events – one that brings fans from around the world to the host city (this year’s destination will be Los Angeles) of the Big Game each February. In this post, TickPick, the only major no-fee ticket site, looks back at the Super Bowl winners from the past five years ahead of Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium.
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Past 5 Super Bowl Winners
2021: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs entered Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attempting to become the first team to win consecutive Super Bowl titles since the New England Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVIII and Super Bowl XXXIX. The game was played at Raymond James Stadium, the home stadium of the Buccaneers, marking the first time in NFL history that a team played a Super Bowl in its home stadium.
Due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, attendance was limited to 25,000 fans, with 7,500 free tickets provided to vaccinated health care workers.
The game was a duel of superstar quarterbacks at the opposite ends of their careers. Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, the youngest player to win Super Bowl MVP, faced off against Tom Brady, possibly the game’s best-ever quarterback, who was attempting to win his seventh Super Bowl in his first season with Tampa Bay, after winning six Super Bowls with the Patriots.
The Buccaneers won the franchise’s second Super Bowl in a rout, thumping the favored Chiefs 31-9 behind a dominant defensive effort that stymied and frustrated Mahomes. Brady, who was appearing in his record 10th Super Bowl, also set a record for most Super Bowl MVP awards (winning his fifth), and became the first player to win Super Bowl MVPs with different teams. At 43, Brady was also the oldest player to win the award and the oldest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl.
Brady tossed three first-half touchdown passes (two to Rob Gronkowski and another to Antonio Brown) as Tampa Bay stormed to a 21-6 halftime lead. The Bucs defense, as well as costly penalties, doomed the Chiefs in the first half. Kansas City was penalized eight times for 95 yards in the first half, a Super Bowl record, and could only muster a pair of Harrison Butker field goals.
After the Chiefs opened the second half with a field goal to narrow their deficit to 21-9, the Bucs effectively put the game away on their next drive, punctuated by a 27-yard touchdown run by Leonard Fournette. Mahomes struggled in the second half, throwing two interceptions: one leading to a Ryan Succop field goal, and the other coming with 1:33 left in the game.
Brady finished the game 21-for-29 for 201 yards and three touchdowns. Mahomes was 26-for-49 for 270 yards and two interceptions.
Kansas City became just the third team, joining the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI and the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, to fail to score a touchdown in a Super Bowl. At 68, Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians became the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl.
2020: Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs broke a 50-year drought, and the longest gap between championship game victories in NFL history, with their Super Bowl LIV win over the San Francisco 49ers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, but it took a second half comeback to do it.
Kansas City trailed the San Francisco 20-10 heading into the fourth quarter, but quarterback Patrick Mahomes and running back Damien Williams helped erase the deficit with a 21-point fourth quarter, as the Chiefs defense held the 49ers scoreless in the quarter, leading to a 31-20 Kansas City victory.
It was the Chiefs’ first Super Bowl win since defeating the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV.
Williams rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, helping pace a Chiefs ground game that was able to control the clock. Many believed Williams deserved the game’s MVP award, but Mahomes threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns, and managed to overcome two interceptions earlier in the game to take home the award, giving him both league MVP and Super Bowl MVP awards in his first two seasons as a starter.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid finally won his first Vince Lombardi Trophy, and this exciting game in Miami will perhaps be remembered as much for San Francisco’s collapse as it was for Kansas City’s comeback, as 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo badly missed wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on a ball deep over the middle for what would have been the go-ahead touchdown with less than two minutes remaining. The Chiefs got the ball back and scored a touchdown to put the game away.
2019: New England Patriots
Super Bowl LIII featured the New England Patriots, who were making their record 11th Super Bowl appearance, and the Los Angeles Rams, who were making their fourth appearance, and first since being upset by the Patriots (as the St. Louis Rams) in Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002. The game was held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, 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 halftime, and the score stood at 3-3 heading into the fourth quarter, as two of the league’s premier offenses 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 entering the game. An incredible throw and catch by Brady to tight end Rob Gronkowski put the ball at the Rams’ 2-yard line, before running back Sony Michel punched it in for the game’s only touchdown.
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman won Super Bowl MVP honors, catching 10 passes for 141 yards, and consistently extending drives to keep the Rams offense off the field. New England 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 laughable 56 points.
2018: Philadelphia Eagles
In Super Bowl LII, the Philadelphia Eagles, led by backup quarterback Nick Foles, did what no other team on this list could: defeat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl (as three-point underdogs, at that). In a thrilling back-and-forth affair at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, the Eagles managed to hold off a furious comeback effort by New England, winning the franchise’s first Super Bowl, 41-33. It was one of the most exciting games in Super Bowl history, one that set several records, including: most combined yards in a game in NFL history (1,151) and the most points scored by a losing team in Super Bowl history.
The game also featured one of the most iconic plays in Super Bowl history: the Philly Special. Facing fourth-and-goal from the Patriots’ 1-yard line with 38 seconds remaning in the first half, running back Corey Clement took a direct snap and pitched it to tight end Trey Burton. Burton then threw a perfect pass to a wide open Foles, who became the first quarterback to catch a touchdown in Super Bowl history, giving the Eagles a 22-12 halftime lead.
Foles was named Super Bowl MVP after throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns, but the Eagles’ dominant rushing attack that night was the unsung hero, with running backs LeGarrette Blount (a former Patriots player) and Jay Ajayi combining for 147 yards rushing and a touchdown on 23 carries. Foles may not ever reach the heights that he reached during Philadelphia’s remarkable run that season, but he will always be remembered as a Super Bowl champion.
Overshadowed amid the loss, Brady threw for 505 yards, breaking his own Super Bowl record, and three touchdowns. This game will go down as one of the most enjoyable Super Bowls ever, obscuring the fact that New England tied the record for Super Bowl losses (along with the Denver Broncos) with five.
2017: New England Patriots
Atlanta Falcons fans, you may want to skip this section.
Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston was one of the most memorable editions of the Big Game, featuring the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, and one of the most infamous collapses in sports history. The Falcons jumped out to a commanding 28-3 by the third quarter, before suffering an epic collapse in which the Tom Brady-led Patriots rallied to score 25 unanswered points to force overtime for the first time in Super Bowl history. New England running back James White scored on a 2-yard run in overtime, giving the Patriots an improbable 34-28 victory, and their fifth Super Bowl win.
Brady was named Super Bowl MVP for the fourth time, and set single-game Super Bowl records for completions (43), attempts (62), and passing yards (466). The 14-2 Patriots came into the game as three-point favorites over the Falcons, 11-5 in the regular season, who were led by quarterback Matt Ryan, that season’s NFL MVP. As a footnote, Lady Gaga put on one of the most memorable halftime performances in its history.