On February 4, much of America will settle into easy chairs and sofas and turn its attention to the Super Bowl, America’s unofficial holiday. The favored New England Patriots will face the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Americans have been munching on chips, imbibing beer, and downing Buffalo wings and pizza for more than 50 years to watch the two professional teams battle for the Super Bowl, whose self-importance is stamped with Roman numerals.
The game routinely draws more than 100 million viewers to celebrate this singular American event. Many will tune in to watch the commercials, while others look forward to the halftime show. But most viewers are hoping to see a game that they will talk about for years and engage in debates over what is the greatest Super Bowl ever.
We don’t know yet where Super Bowl LII will rank among the greatest of Super Bowls, but the previous 51 have produced some of the greatest moments in American sports.
It hasn’t always been the case. Many of the games have been one-sided, and a few were decided early. In 2014, the Seattle Seahawks took the quickest lead in Super Bowl history by scoring a safety 12 seconds into the game against the Denver Broncos. It was a harbinger of disaster for the Denver Broncos, who lost Super Bowl XLVIII, 43-8. It took the San Francisco 49ers all of three plays into Super Bowl XXIX in 1995 to score against San Diego Chargers, when Steve Young connected on a 44-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Rice.
With Super Bowl LII set to kickoff Sunday, 24/7 Wall St. has weighed in on the debate by ranking all 51 Super Bowls. To create this rank, we considered factors like margin of victory, fourth quarter points, the time of the game-deciding score, the number of lead changes, and favored comeback and overtime games.