Very few sporting events are as significant as the NFL Super Bowl. It's the ultimate representation of the hard work put in by players in one of America's favorite sports. After all, players constantly preach how individual accolades are great, but there is only one thing they really want, a championship ring on their finger. How well do you know the previous champions of the league, particularly the champions from the last 35 years? Why not see if you can find out with this quiz?
When you think about the last 35 years in the NFL, it's hard to remember which teams dominated each decade, and it's even harder to remember which teams won the Super Bowl, the biggest football game of the year. From the era when the San Fransisco 49ers reigned supreme to the dominance of the New England Patriots, NFL teams constantly rise and fall, and the Super Bowl is the ultimate indicator of who made it to the top.
Are you ready to test your knowledge on the previous Super Bowl champions from the last 35 years? If you're prepared to take the challenge, get started with this quiz and see how much you really know about these Super Bowl winners!
Drafted with the second pick in the 2016 NFL draft, Carson Wentz led the Eagles to a playoff spot in 2017 before tearing his ACL in Week 14. He was replaced by Nick Foles, who led the team to a Super Bowl victory.
In Super Bowl LI, the Patriots came back after being down 28-3 in the third quarter to force overtime. The Patriots scored on the first drive of overtime to win the game, completing the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.
For most of his career, Peyton Manning was viewed as a regular season quarterback who couldn't win in the playoffs. However, to quiet his doubters, Manning won a championship ring, his second, to finish his career.
Super Bowl XLIX ended after Russell Wilson threw an interception on the one-yard line with 26 seconds left on the clock. The play call was criticized by the media and analysts because the Seahawks had one of the best running backs in the game.
Super Bowl XLVII pitted Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers against John Harbaugh and the Ravens. The game became known as the "Harbaugh Bowl."
Quarterback Eli Manning defeated the Tom Brady-led Patriots in the Super Bowl for the second time in his career. Manning was named the MVP of the game after throwing for 296 yards and a touchdown.
The Packers were the first team to win a championship at Super Bowl I. The team was coached by Vince Lombardi, who the Super Bowl trophy is named after.
The Saints' franchise was so bad at one point that fans wore bags over their heads so they couldn't be seen. That all changed when quarterback Drew Brees came to town, delivering the team its first Super Bowl.
Super Bowl XLIII was the sixth Super Bowl victory for the Steelers' franchise. That puts the team at number one in the NFL in terms of championships.
The 2007 Patriots were looking to be the first team in NFL history to go 19-0. However, the Giants stomped those hopes out by winning Super Bowl XLII 17-14.
Super Bowl XLI opened with a 92-yard kickoff return by Devin Hester. It was the fastest scored touchdown in Super Bowl history.
The final touchdown of Super Bowl XL came from a wide receiver pass to another wide receiver. It was the first time in Super Bowl history that a wide receiver threw a touchdown pass.
Before becoming a head coach, Bill Belichick won two Super Bowls as a defensive coordinator with the New York Giants. In total, Belichick has seven Super Bowl rings.
Super Bowl XXXVIII pitted the Patriots against the Panthers. During the game, neither team scored in the first or third quarter, yet they managed to put up a combined 61 points.
Prior to the 2002 season, Jon Gruden was traded from the Raiders to the Buccaneers. Gruden would meet his former team in the Super Bowl, defeating them 48-21.
Super Bowl XXXVI marked Tom Brady's first Super Bowl victory. He would continue his winning ways, making it to eight Super Bowls by 2017 and winning five of them.
The Ravens came into Super Bowl XXXV with one of the greatest defenses in NFL history, and it did not disappoint. The Ravens held the Giants to 152 yards of offense, recording five turnovers and four sacks.
The 1999 Rams' offense was known as "The Greatest Show on Turf." It was led by players like Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk and Isaac Bruce.
Super Bowl XXXIII was John Elway's final game in the NFL. Elway was named the MVP of the game after throwing for 336 yards and a touchdown.
Prior to Super Bowl XXXII, John Elway was 0-3 in the big game. He was finally able to win near the end of his career after players like Terrell Davis were added to the roster.
Desmond Howard, a return specialist, was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXXI. Howard had a combined 244 kickoff and punt return yards during the game.
Barry Switzer coached the Dallas Cowboys to a victory at Super Bowl XXX. It was only his second year with the team. However, Switzer left the team two years later after going 6-10 in the regular season.
Steve Young had the nearly impossible job of taking over a 49ers team that won four Super Bowls behind the arm of Joe Montana. Young was finally able to overcome the hump by winning a Super Bowl of his own when the 49ers defeated the Chargers at Super Bowl XXIX.
Super Bowl XXVIII was head coach Jimmy Johnson's final year with the Dallas Cowboys. He decided to leave the team due to disagreements with owner Jerry Jones.
The Cowboys crushed the Bills 52-17 at Super Bowl XXVII. Troy Aikman was named the MVP of the game after throwing four touchdowns to three different receivers.
The Redskins have received major criticism for the team's name over the years, which some Native American groups view as racist. However, ownership refuses to change the name because of the tradition tied to the team.
Super Bowl XXV was decided by a missed last-second field goal from the Buffalo Bills. The play became immortalized as the "Wide Right" kick.
Throughout his 16-year career, Joe Montana was named to eight Pro Bowls. He was also selected as the NFL MVP twice, in 1989 and 1990.
Wide receiver Jerry Rice was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXIII. During the game, Rice caught 11 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown. His 215 yards is a Super Bowl record.
Backup quarterback Doug Williams led the Redskins through the playoffs and into Super Bowl XXII. When he took the field at Super Bowl XXII, Williams became the first African American quarterback to start a championship game in the NFL.
Bill Parcells was the head coach of the New York Giants during the 1986 season. Parcells was named the AP Coach of the Year in 1986 after leading the team to a 14-2 regular season record.
The 1985 Chicago Bears went 15-1 in the regular season, losing only to the Miami Dolphins. The Bears' defense only allowed 198 points throughout the entire regular season.
Super Bowl XLVIII started with a safety after the football was snapped over the head of quarterback Peyton Manning and into the end zone. Things would not get much better for the Broncos, as they lost the game 43-8.
Ronald Reagan was elected to his second term as president of the United States prior to the 1984-85 Super Bowl. Reagan famously tossed the coin to start the game from the White House using a satellite.
The Redskins came into Super Bowl XVIII leading the league in fewest rushing yards allowed. However, during the Super Bowl, the Redskins' defense gave up 191 yards on the ground to Marcus Allen.