Which Team Has the Most Super Bowl Wins?
Super Bowl XXXVI (2002)
The third Super Bowl appearance for the Patriots franchise and their first victory came back in Super Bowl 2002 against the St. Louis Rams, otherwise known as “The Greatest Show on Turf,” who featured the game’s most explosive offense in years. The defending Super Bowl champion Rams were led by league MVP Kurt Warner at quarterback, the prior year’s league MVP in Marshall Faulk in the backfield, and two of the most dynamic and dominant receivers in the game in Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt.
This Patriots team pulled off the major upset by a final score of 20-17 as 14-point underdogs, which was one of the greatest upsets in Super Bowl history. They were led by a dominant defense headed by players like Ty Law, Tedy Bruschi, and Willie McGinest, among many others, and this was Tom Brady’s coming-out party as one of the league’s best quarterbacks who would go on to hoist quite a few more Super Bowl trophies throughout his Patriots career. Kicker Adam Vinatieri booted a 48-yard field goal as time expired for one of the most dramatic kicks in league history.
Super Bowl XXXVIII (2004)
In another excellent Super Bowl involving the Patriots, they defeated the Carolina Panthers back in 2004 for their second title in three seasons on yet another game-winning kick from Vinatieri with only four seconds left. By this time, Tom Brady had emerged as more of a driving force behind New England’s offense, rather than the game manager he was asked to be two years prior. Brady finished the contest with 354 yards passing and three touchdowns and was named the game’s MVP. For what it’s worth, the eventual much-maligned Panthers’ signal-caller Jake Delhomme played well in this game and certainly well enough for Carolina to have won its first-ever title, throwing for 323 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions.
Super Bowl XXXIX (2005)
Keeping the theme of competitive Super Bowls involving the Patriots, the Philadelphia Eagles — led by Donovan McNabb and the mercurial (and hobbled) Terrell Owens — played the Pats very well and finished just short of completing their comeback attempt in the end, with New England winning Super Bowl XXXIX by a score of 24-21. Patriots receiver Deion Branch was named the MVP of the contest after finishing with 133 receiving yards and a Super Bowl record-tying 11 receptions.
Super Bowl XLIX (2015)
For the two prior championships that ended with a last-second field goal, this ending was somehow much more exciting for Patriots fans. In what seemed like an impossibility in the waning seconds of this contest against the dominant Seattle Seahawks, their Legion of Boom secondary, and one of the greatest goal line backs of his era in Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks had the ball on the New England goal line down four points by a score of 28-24, with a go-ahead touchdown imminent.
What followed was an inexplicable pass attempt on second down that was picked off by rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler, and the rest was history. The Patriots had secured yet another Super Bowl victory, its first in a decade, and Tom Brady was named the game’s MVP for the third time, tying an NFL record.
Super Bowl LI (2017)
Super Bowl LI between the Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons was one of much historical significance for a number of reasons. The Falcons blew a commanding 28-3 lead in the 3rd quarter of this game in Houston, and the franchise has never been the same since. This was also the first-ever Super Bowl to require overtime to determine the victor, with the Patriots winning out 34-28 on a pitch to running back James White from the 2-yard line. Tom Brady took home yet another game MVP award for the record-setting 4th time, as he threw for a whopping 466 yards and two touchdowns.
Many would argue that the MVP should have been awarded to James White, who had 139 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns, including the aforementioned game-winner, but Patriots fans haven’t found much to be upset about.
Super Bowl LIII (2019)
Easily the least thrilling of any of the Patriots’ previous Super Bowls during the Brady-Belichick era, as far as scoring is concerned, Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta was a snoozefest through three quarters, as the Pats nor the Los Angeles Rams managed to score a single touchdown until Patriots running back Sony Michel punched in a touchdown from the Rams’ 2-yard line.
New England wideout Julian Edelman took home MVP honors, as he caught 10 passes for 141 yards and helped the Pats control the clock for many crucial possessions during this contest that was dominated by defense.
Super Bowl IX (1975)
The Steelers began their dominant run of Super Bowl success back in 1975 with a 16-6 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Pittsburgh’s famed “Steel Curtain” defensive line unit helped stifle Vikings’ hall of fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton, who finished with just 102 yards passing and three interceptions, and Steelers running back Franco Harris was named the game’s MVP after rushing for 158 yards and a touchdown.
Super Bowl X (1976)
Pittsburgh returned to The Big Game again in 1976 after winning the franchise’s first Super Bowl the year prior, and this contest featured a bit more offense. The Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 21-17 at Miami’s Orange Bowl.
The two most popular teams in the league at the time squared off in an epic contest that featured Steelers wide receive Lynn Swann’s famous 64-yard touchdown reception that helped them rally back from a 10-7 deficit. This catch highlighted his excellent overall effort in the game, in which he caught four passes for a Super Bowl record 161 yards and the aforementioned touchdown, which helped him become the first wideout to win the Super Bowl MVP award.
Super Bowl XIII (1979)
The NFL’s 13th Super Bowl featured a rematch from three years prior, as the Steelers once again faced off against Roger Staubach’s Cowboys, only this time in the highest-scoring contest in the game’s history. Pittsburgh once again came out on top of Dallas in the Orange Bowl by a score of 35-31. Steelers Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw was named MVP after putting up numbers that would be on par with today’s pass-happy NFL, throwing for 318 yards and four touchdowns.
Super Bowl XIV (1980)
The last of the Steelers’ four titles during their 70s-80s dynasty involved a matchup with the Los Angeles Rams that was close throughout the first three quarters, before Pittsburgh pulled away with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull away and emerge victorious by a score of 31-19. The Rams were playing a virtual home game at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl, but were no match for this dominant Steelers team in the end. Terry Bradshaw was once again named the game’s MVP after he threw for three touchdowns and 309 yards, with two interceptions.
Super Bowl XL (2006)
This game may not be memorable to many football fans outside of Pittsburgh, short of the objectively poor officiating that had a major impact on the game, but this will always be known as the game that put second-year signal-caller Ben Roethlisberger on the map, as the Steelers won their record-setting fifth Super Bowl title against the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 21-10 at Detroit’s Ford Field. Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward was named the game’s MVP after catching five passes for 123 yards and a touchdown that was one of the most memorable plays in history by virtue of it being thrown by fellow wideout Antwaan Randle El (who played quarterback in college at Indiana).
Super Bowl XLIII (2009)
In one of the most exciting finishes in Super Bowl history, the Steelers came from behind in the game’s waning seconds after surrendering a commanding 20-7 lead in the game’s fourth quarter. If not for one of the best throw-and-catches in Super Bowl history by Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes with seconds remaining,
Larry Fitzgerald’s 64-yard sprint down the field that split the entire Steelers defense on a simple crossing pattern would have gone down in desert lore as one of the best plays ever. Instead, this game had another incredible play by Holmes in store. The Steelers won their sixth Super Bowl by a score of 27-23 in Tampa Bay, which set a record for franchise Super Bowls at six, breaking a five-all tie with Dallas.
Dallas Cowboys (5)
Super Bowl VI (1972)
The first of Dallas’ five Super Bowl titles came back in 1972 against Don Shula’s Miami Dolphins squad, who in the following year would go on to become the first and only NFL team to go undefeated throughout the season en route to a Super Bowl victory.
In this game, the Cowboys were the better team in New Orleans at Tulane Stadium, as they trounced Miami by a score of 24-3, with Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach leading the way and earning the game’s MVP honors.
Super Bowl XII (1978)
The Cowboys won the franchise’s second title in 1978 over the Denver Broncos once again in New Orleans, but this time at the Louisiana Superdome. They defeated the Broncos — who were making their first-ever appearance in the postseason that year and featured an offense led by former Cowboys QB Craig Morton — by a score of 27-10. For the first time ever, two players were named co-MVPs of the Super Bowl, as both Cowboys defensive tackle Randy White and defensive end Harvey Martin received the honors.
Super Bowl XXVII (1993)
Dallas made a return to its first Super Bowl in 15 years back in 1993, and faced the Buffalo Bills and their lethal K-Gun hurry-up offense at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. The Bills, who had reached the Super Bowl in each of the two seasons prior, only to lose to the Cowboys’ division rival Giants and Redskins, respectively, were no match for this Cowboys roster that was perhaps one of the most talented in NFL history. The Cowboys trounced Buffalo in this game by a score of 52-17, and Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman took home MVP honors after throwing for 273 yards and four touchdowns.
Super Bowl XXVIII (1994)
The Cowboys and Bills squared off for the second straight Super Bowl back in 1994, with this one being a much tighter contest for Dallas, as it was a one score game heading into the fourth quarter. The Cowboys pulled away in the end by a score of 30-13 in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, and the NFL’s all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith won the game’s MVP award after rushing for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
Super Bowl XXX (1996)
The last of the Cowboys’ Super Bowl titles during their dynastic run that netted them three Lombardi Trophies in four years was a victory over their former Super Bowl nemesis Pittsburgh Steelers in Tempe, AZ at Sun Devil Stadium, by a score of 27-17. Cowboys cornerback Larry Brown became the first cornerback to ever win the game’s MVP award after recording two huge second half interceptions to help seal the game for Dallas.
Super Bowl XVI (1982)
The first of a whopping five (5) Super Bowl titles for the San Francisco 49ers franchise came all the way back in 1982 against the Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit’s Pontiac Silverdome. Legendary Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana was named the game’s MVP after throwing for 157 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 18 yards and another touchdown on the ground. This was a close contest that springboarded the ‘Niners franchise to new heights throughout the rest of the decade.
Super Bowl XIX (1985)
Back in Super Bowl XIX, the 49ers blew the doors off of the Dan Marino-led Dolphins after trailing by three points at the end of the first quarter, as they went on to outscore the Dolphins by a score of 31-6 the rest of the way and winning the game played at Stanford Stadium 38-16. Joe Montana earned his second Super Bowl MVP honor that year after he enjoyed a much more statistically-dominant game than the last time around, as he threw for 331 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Super Bowl XXIII (1989)
This was the second time the 49ers matched up in the Super Bowl with the Cincinnati Bengals, only this time, the game was a much tighter contest, much to the delight of the viewing audience (outside of the Bay Area). The ‘Niners pulled this one out by a score of 20-16 at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, and this game was dominated by Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, who was at the height of his powers at this time. He was deservedly named the game’s MVP after catching 11 passes for a Super Bowl record 215 yards and a touchdown.
Super Bowl XXIV (1990)
This game was a laugher from the start, as the 49ers defeated the John Elway-led Denver Broncos by a score of 55-10 in what was the most lopsided score in Super Bowl history, as well as the most points scored by one team in the game’s history.
Joe Montana had himself quite the year, as he became the third player to ever win the league’s MVP award and Super Bowl MVP award in the same year, as he threw for 297 yards and a whopping five touchdowns at the Louisiana Superdome.
Super Bowl XXIX (1995)
The 1995 49ers were a wagon that could not be stopped, particularly by the San Diego Chargers team who wasn’t supposed to make it that far. The ‘Niners won in a blowout in Miami by a score of 49-26. Steve Young was named the game’s MVP after throwing for 325 yards and a Super Bowl record six touchdown passes. The first Super Bowl in the post-Montana era for San Francisco was a great one, but it was ultimately the only one the team would reach with Young under center.