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Super Bowl FAQ

The Super Bowl is the most-watched sporting event in America, with more than 100 million people tuning in to the game.

It’s the championship game between the two halves of the NFL: the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC). 

The Super Bowl has become the most momentous annual event in the United States, bringing the entire nation together for one day. It’s a massive enterprise, and understandably, it generates lots of questions. 

Here are our answers to the most asked and most important Super Bowl FAQs. We’ve divided these questions and answers into categories to make things easier to follow.

Super Bowl FAQ

General Super Bowl Questions and Answers

When was the first Super Bowl played?

The first championship game took place on January 15, 1967, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The competitors were the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers

It was the Packers, under famed coach Vince Lombardi, who took  the title easily with a final game score of 35-10.

What is the history of the Super Bowl?

The Super Bowl began as a championship game between two competing football leagues, the American Football League and the National Football League — the AFL and the NFL, respectively. The AFL wasn’t taken seriously by the NFL until Super Bowl III when the AFL’s New York Jets defeated the NFL’s Baltimore Colts.

The first two games were called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. The matchup was only officially called the Super Bowl for Super Bowl III.

The American Football League became the American Football Conference, and the National Football League became the National Football Conference. Both leagues merged in the early 1970s and became the NFL that we know today.

When is the Super Bowl played?

Since 2004, the Super Bowl has occurred on the first Sunday in February. This game determines the champion of the previous year’s season.

For instance, the winner of Super Bowl LIV, to be played in Miami on February 2, 2020, will determine the champion of the 2019 football season.

How many people watch the Super Bowl?

The first Super Bowl was watched by 51 million viewers on television, but the game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum didn’t even sell out. Now, around 100 million people watch the Super Bowl, according to Nielsen ratings, and tickets to the game itself sell out at a premium.

It’s interesting to note that Super Bowl television viewership has been declining in recent years. Super Bowl LIII registered 98 million views, whereas just two years earlier, Nielsen recorded a viewership of 111 million.

Super Bowl Teams FAQ

Which team has made the most Super Bowl appearances?

The New England Patriots, a team established in 1959 as the Boston Patriots, have participated in football’s greatest game a total of 11 times, as of 2019. They have won six of those games, dominating in both the early 2000s and the late 2010s.

The next closest teams are the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Denver Broncos, and the Dallas Cowboys, all with eight appearances each.

The Steelers were a Super Bowl powerhouse in the 1970s. The Denver Broncos shone in the late 1990s, and the Cowboys were the team to beat in the early 1990s.

NFL Teams With the Most Super Bowl Appearances
New England Patriots11
Pittsburgh Steelers8
Dallas Cowboys8
Denver Broncos8
San Francisco 49ers6
Green Bay Packers5
New York Giants5
Los Angeles / Oakland Raiders 5
Washington Redskins5
Miami Dolphins5

Which team has the most Super Bowl wins?

The New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers are tied for the record of most Super Bowl wins with six wins apiece. The Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers are nipping at their heels with five wins each. 

The New York Giants have won the Super Bowl four times, as have the Green Bay Packers.

NFL Teams With the Most Super Bowl Wins
New England Patriots6
Pittsburgh Steelers6
Dallas Cowboys5
San Francisco 49ers 5
Green Bay Packers4
New York Giants4

Which team has the most Super Bowl losses?

Ironically, the winningest Super Bowl team is also the losingest team. The New England Patriots have five Super Bowl losses, tying them with the Denver Broncos for most games lost at the Super Bowl. 

The Buffalo Bills are not far behind in this dubious honor, with four losses. The Minnesota Vikings have also suffered four Super Bowl losses.

NFL Teams With the Most Super Bowl Losses
New England Patriots5
Denver Broncos5
Minnesota Vikings4
Buffalo Bills 4
Dallas Cowboys3
Miami Dolphins3
St. Louis / Los Angeles Rams3

Which teams have never made it to the Super Bowl?

Despite 50+ Super Bowls, some teams have just never made the cut.

As of Super Bowl 53, these teams include the Houston Texans (a young team, so it’s forgivable), the Detroit Lions (a team established in the 1930s, so there’s no excuse), the Cleveland Browns (despite having a number of past players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame), and the Jacksonville Jaguars (not young, not old, just…not at the Super Bowl).

Who were the first teams to ever play in a Super Bowl?

The first Super Bowl was a game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers.

The Chiefs were a young team, only eight years old, but the Packers had been around since 1919 and were the clear favorites to win the game.

This game, in early 1967, capped off the 1966 regular season. The Packers were victorious, with 35 points to the Chiefs’ 10 points. 

Super Bowl Players and Coaches FAQ

Which player has played in the most Super Bowls?

Tom Brady has been to the Super Bowl nine times. 

He is followed by Mike Lodish of the Buffalo Bills and the Denver Broncos, who made six trips to the Super Bowl, as did Don Beebe of the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers, and Stephen Gostkowski of the New England Patriots.

John Elway, Adam Vinatieri, Cornelius Bennett, Glenn Parker, and Gale Gilbert were also no strangers to this most famous game in football, all of them tied for five visits to the championship game. 

NFL Players With the Most Super Bowl Appearances
Tom Brady9
Stephen Gostkowski6
Mike Lodish6
Cornelius Bennett 5
Tedy Bruschi5
Larry Cole5
John Elway5
Marv Fleming5
Charles Haley5
Cliff Harris 5
D. D. Lewis5
Matt Light5
Glenn Parker5
Preston Pearson5
Bill Romanowski5
Adam Vinatieri5
Charlie Waters5
Rayfield Wright5


Which player has the most Super Bowl wins?

Are you getting tired of the name “Tom Brady”? We hope not, because he has six Super Bowl wins with the Patriots out of nine appearances at the big game.

Next in line is Charles Haley, who won five rings with the Cowboys and the 49ers.

NFL Players With the Most Super Bowl Wins
Tom Brady6
Charles Haley5
Ted Hendricks4
Marv Fleming4
Matt Millen4
Bill Romanowski4
Adam Vinatieri4
Joe Montana4
Keena Turner4
Eric Wright4
Mike Wilson4
Ronnie Lott4
Jesse Sapolu4
Terry Bradshaw4
Franco Harris4
Lynn Swann4
John Stallworth4
Mel Blount4
Jack Ham4
Mike Webster4
Donnie Shell4
L.C. Greenwood4
Rocky Bleier4
Gerry Mullins4
Larry Brown4
Mike Wagner4
J.T. Thomas4
Loren Toews4
Jon Kolb4
Sam Davis4
Steve Furness4
Dwight White4
Randy Grossman4
Joe Greene4


Which player has the most Super Bowl losses?

There are three players who have five Super Bowl losses apiece. Oddly, all three players experienced four of their five Super Bowl disappointments while with the Buffalo Bills.

The first is offensive lineman Glenn Parker, who lost four Super Bowl games with the Buffalo Bills and one with the New York Giants. Linebacker Cornelius Bennett also lost four with the Buffalo Bills and then one more with the Atlanta Falcons.

Quarterback Gale Gilbert lost four championship matches while with the Buffalo Bills and one with the San Diego Chargers.

Who was the youngest player to play in the Super Bowl?

Several players have made appearances at the Super Bowl at the tender age of 21. Tony Hill, a wide receiver, won a ring with the Dallas Cowboys.

Running back and Ivy League physics major Derrick Harmon made his appearance with the 49ers and helped them beat the Dolphins.

Bryan Bulaga received his ring at age 21 while helping the Packers crush the Steelers. 

Bob Stein, another 21-year-old, was a linebacker with the Chiefs when he stepped into the Super Bowl arena. It’s notable that he played pro football for the Kansas City Chiefs while simultaneously attending college full-time!

Jamal Lewis of the Ravens was 21 when he played in Super Bowl XXXV.

Who was the oldest player to play in the Super Bowl?

Matt Stover, playing with the Indianapolis Colts as a placekicker, played in the Super Bowl when he was 42 years old. Jeff Feagles is tied for second-oldest, playing in a Super Bowl game with the New York Giants right around his 41st birthday.

Matt Bryant of the Atlanta Falcons also made an appearance in the game when he was 41 years old. 

Which quarterback has won the most Super Bowls?

Tom Brady, playing with the New England Patriots, has won six Super Bowl rings.

 Tom Brady is the most successful Super Bowl quarterback ever, having won the championship six times

Joe Montana won four Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers, tying Terry Bradshaw, who won four Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Troy Aikman, playing with the Dallas Cowboys, has won three.

Quarterbacks With the Most Super Bowl Wins
Tom Brady6
Terry Bradishaw4
Joe Montana4
Troy Aikman3
John Elway2
Roger Staubach2
Peyton Manning2
Bob Griese2
Ben Roethlisberger2
Bart Starr2
Jim Plunkett2
Eli Manning 2

Who has won Super Bowl MVP the most times?

Not surprisingly, given the above statistics regarding the winningest Super Bowl quarterbacks, it’s Tom Brady of New England who has won the Super Bowl MVP more often than anybody else. He’s been awarded this trophy four times.

Next in line is Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers, with three MVP awards on his shelf. 

NFL Players With the Most Super Bowl MVP Wins
Tom Brady4
Joe Montana3
Bart Starr2
Terry Bradshaw2
Eli Manning2

How is the Super Bowl MVP decided?

It’s not easy to choose the best player on a field of champions. Votes are taken from a group of sports announcers and football writers, as well as fans who can vote electronically.

The fan vote counts for 20%, and the football professionals get an 80% say. 

Who are considered the greatest players in Super Bowl history?

Great Super Bowl players are too numerous to count, but here’s our shortlist.

Joe Montana is called by many as the greatest quarterback of all time, and “a natural.” Arguably, his finest performance was in Super Bowl XXIII, when he coolly, under “the clock’s running out” pressure, forced a 92-yard drive from his own eight-yard line to win Super Bowl XXIII for the San Francisco 49ers.

Joe Montana is always in the conversation when it comes to the Super Bowl's greatest players

Rumor has it that Jerry Rice, most famously of the San Francisco 49ers, had a college nickname. He was called “The World” because he could catch anything, from any direction. No wonder he has scored more Super Bowl points than any other player, including a 44-yard touchdown in the first two minutes of Super Bowl XXIX.

Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots, has won the Super Bowl six times, more than any other quarterback in history. He was voted Super Bowl MVP four times. He is also the Super Bowl touchdown record holder, with 18 successful touchdown passes thrown during Super Bowls.

Terry Bradshaw, quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, took the team to four Super Bowl victories in the 1970s. In 1978, the NFL voted Bradshaw their most valuable player. During Super Bowl X, Bradshaw threw a 64-yard pass for a touchdown, bringing his team to Super Bowl triumph against the Dallas Cowboys.

Doug Williams, of the Washington Redskins, came back from an injury early in the game to throw four winning touchdowns in one quarter alone during Super Bowl XXII. The game announcers said that narrating that historic quarter felt like announcing the funeral of the rival Denver Broncos.

Joe Namath was a longtime New York Jets quarterback who also played briefly with the Los Angeles Rams. He is famous for stating before Super Bowl III that the Jets would win the game and take the championship, a bold boast for an AFC team at the time. He did just that, giving the AFC an unshakeable place in American football.

What was the worst Super Bowl injury to a player?

When Tim Krumrie of the Cincinnati Bengals dove for a tackle during Super Bowl XXIII, he landed awkwardly, breaking his leg in four places and remaining hunched against the grass, face down, in clear agony. But although Tim Krumrie suffered one of the worst injuries ever seen during the championship game, he did go on to play several more seasons with the Bengals.

Leslie Frazier, playing with the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX back in 1986, got his toe caught in the turf, irreparably injuring his knee and tearing his ACL. He never played professional football again. He has remained active in the NFL as a coach, however.

Not technically an injury, running back Terrell Davis had a migraine during Super Bowl XXXII when he was on the field playing with the Broncos against the Packers. Davis lost his sight for a portion of the game because of the severity of his headache. He still managed to help bring the Broncos to victory.

The Packers’ Charles Woodson fractured his collarbone in Super Bowl XLV, and Steve Wallace of the 49ers broke a bone in his lower leg during Super Bowl XXIII.

Do players get a cash prize for being in the Super Bowl?

Each player on the winning team gets a cash prize of more than $100,000, while players on the losing team get half that.

The MVP used to also receive a car, but that tradition has fallen by the wayside. 

Who was the first black quarterback to play in the Super Bowl?

The Washington Redskins’ Doug Williams took the team to victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII. 

Just after the game started, Redskins fans were on tenterhooks as Williams had to come out of the game after a bad twist to his leg. However, he was back just a few plays later to not only catch up to the Broncos’ 10-point lead but to break the hearts of Denver fans by making four touchdowns in one quarter. 

You can read more about it on the following page.

Which coach has won the most Super Bowls?

New England Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick has guided the team to six Super Bowl wins out of nine Super Bowl appearances. 

No coach has won the Super Bowl more times than Bill Belichick

Belichick’s closest competitor is head coach Chuck Noll of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who took the team to four titles back in the 1970s.

Which coach has lost the Super Bowl the most times?

Don Shula lost four Super Bowls while with the Colts and the Dolphins. Mark Levy also lost four Super Bowls while coaching the Buffalo Bills. 

Bud Grant with the Vikings and Dan Reeves with the Broncos and Falcons have also experienced four Super Bowl defeats apiece.

Super Bowl Venues FAQ

How are the locations for the Super Bowl chosen?

Cities that want to host the Super Bowl can make a bid with the NFL, and the NFL team owners ultimately decide on the winner two to three years ahead of the game. In order to be a serious contender, that city must make a powerful appeal that addresses a number of issues.

The most important factor is the stadium. Is it new? Is it big enough? What is the city doing to improve it? 

Other factors include number of parking spaces, hotel rooms, sufficient police escorts for the team owners, and cell phone strength in host hotels. Free golf and amenities for VIP attendees have become standard modern requirements as well. 

Which city has hosted the most Super Bowls?

The record for most Super Bowls hosted is by Miami, Florida. This city has won bids to host the football championship game 11 times, starting in 1968. The first five Super Bowls played in Miami were held at the Orange Bowl stadium, with the rest held at a stadium that has undergone many name changes and is now known as Hard Rock Stadium.

The moderate weather in Miami during Super Bowl season plays a big part in its appeal to the team owners that make the final decision on the winning city.

New Orleans has held ten Super Bowls, the first three at Tulane Stadium, followed by seven at the city’s massive Mercedes-Benz Superdome, which seats more than 75,000 fans.

Pasadena, California, has hosted five Super Bowls at the Rose Bowl Stadium.

Has a team ever played a Super Bowl in its own stadium?

While a few teams have played Super Bowls in their own cities, none have played the big game in their own home stadiums.

This is sometimes referred to as the “Super Bowl Curse.” Fans know that when a city and stadium are chosen, the home team is unlikely — at least, according to past statistics — to make it to the Super Bowl.

The Los Angeles Rams, whose home stadium at the time was the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, did play Super Bowl XIV at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, just 14 miles away. Although close to home, the Rams did not appear to enjoy any home-field advantage since they lost to the Steelers.

The San Francisco 49ers, whose home field in 1985 was Candlestick Park, played Super Bowl XIX nearby at Stanford Stadium, where they beat the Dolphins and took the title of NFL champions.

FAQs About Super Bowl Games and Scores

What is the most famous play of any Super Bowl?

There are a handful of Super Bowl plays that are remembered as “The Greatest.” One strong contender is a field goal kick by Adam Vinatieri of the New England Patriots just as the clock ran down on Super Bowl XXXVI, when the Patriots faced down the Rams. 

Ken Walter held the ball for Vinatieri’s 48-yard field goal attempt, which, moments later, was a 48-yard field goal success. The Patriots, in the final seconds of the match, gained three crucial points and a fabulous win, making this one of the most famous field goal kicks ever, and one of the most famous plays of any Super Bowl.

Another contender for the Most Famous Super Bowl Play is the “Helmet Catch” executed by wide receiver David Tyree of the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. This catch is not just famous for the quick thinking and athleticism of Tyree but also because it was a fourth-quarter feat that opened the door for the Giants to score.

In this close game between the Giants and the Patriots, Tyree managed to catch and secure a pass from quarterback Eli Manning by leaping high and pinning the football to his helmet. 

Even as Tyree fell to the ground on his back, he managed to keep the ball off the ground, still held tightly to his helmet with both hands. This catch allowed the Giants to gain 32 yards in a drive that would ultimately end in a Giants touchdown and Super Bowl victory.

What was the biggest upset of the Super Bowl?

The first real shocker of the Super Bowl was early — in Super Bowl III. The AFC (or AFL, as it was called back then) wasn’t taken seriously. Only the National Conference was considered legitimate football.

Then Joe Namath, the quarterback of the AFC’s New York Jets, made a guarantee that the Jets were going to win this bowl game against favorites. He was laughed at by the press and by fans of the Baltimore Colts, who were the favorites to win.

When the Jets, true to Namath’s guarantee, won the Super Bowl 16-7 and walked away world champions, the AFC had to be taken seriously, and it merged with the national conference a year later to create the modern NFL.

Another major Super Bowl upset occurred at Super Bowl XXXVII when first-timers to the Super Bowl, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, showed up to play against Super Bowl veterans, the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders were heavily favored to win.

The Raiders and the Buccs were tied at the end of the first quarter. The Buccs then scored 17 points to Oakland’s zero points in the second quarter. 

Another 28 points were scored by Tampa Bay, while the Raiders made a few more points, but not enough. The total game score was 48 to 21. 

Oakland wasn’t just beaten; it was humiliated in this memorable game. 

Points-wise, the biggest upset of the Super Bowl occurred during Super Bowl XXIV. The San Francisco 49ers were the favorites to win the game against the Denver Broncos.

The 49ers did win, so some people may not consider this technically an “upset.” However, the 49ers were 12-point favorites. They ended up beating the Broncos by 45 points, the largest Super Bowl point differential in history.

We’ve put together a page on other big Super Bowl upsets, too.

What was the closest Super Bowl score?

Super Bowl XXV, between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Giants, ended with a one-point victory for the Giants. 

The game was close until the third quarter, when the Giants pulled ahead by what should have been a decent 5-point margin. But the fourth quarter saw the Bills scoring seven points to the Giants’ three, bringing the final score to a too-close-for-comfort 20 Giants, 19 Bills. 

Another close game occurred in Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. This is the only Super Bowl that has had to extend into overtime.

When the fourth quarter ended, both teams were at 28 points. The Patriots scored six points in overtime to the Falcons’ zero.

So, although this ultimately was a six-point game, at the end of the fourth quarter, it was the closest Super Bowl in history with a tie.

There have been several three-point Super Bowls, including Super Bowls V, XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLII, and XLVII.

What was the lowest Super Bowl score?

The lowest combined score for a Super Bowl game was 16 total points scored in Super Bowl LIII, with the Patriots scoring 13 points to the Rams’ three points.

No points were scored in the first quarter, and only three points were scored in each of the next two quarters. It’s no coincidence that Super Bowl LIII is considered one of the least exciting Super Bowls ever.

The lowest score by a team playing in the Super Bowl is three points, which has happened twice. In Super Bowl VI, the Miami Dolphins only scored three points to the Cowboys’ 24. And in Super Bowl LIII, as noted above, the Rams only made three points.

There has never been a shutout in the Super Bowl…yet.

What was the highest Super Bowl score?

During Super Bowl XXIX, a massive 75 points combined was scored. The Chargers faced off against the San Francisco 49ers, and every quarter was a back-and-forth points grab.

In the first quarter, 21 points were scored, followed by 17 in the second quarter. Twenty-two points were scored in the third quarter alone, followed by 15 in the fourth quarter. The final score was San Francisco 49 to San Diego 26.

At a close second, 74 points were scored in Super Bowl LII when the Eagles beat out the Patriots 41-33.

The highest score by one team in the Super Bowl occurred during game XXIV when the San Francisco 49ers made 55 points against the Denver Broncos, who only managed a ten-point final score.

What was the best Super Bowl game ever?

This answer will be very subjective, especially if your favorite team was the winner or the loser of any particular match. However, Super Bowl XXIII, which saw San Francisco 49er Joe Montana winning the game against the Bengals in the last minutes with a 92-yard drive to touchdown is considered by many to be one of the finest Super Bowl games ever played.

Considered another great milestone matchup was Super Bowl XIII, which had the Dallas Cowboys facing down the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both teams were powerhouses at the time, even though the Steelers were slightly favored to win.

This Super Bowl was a four-point game going into the fourth quarter, which means the victory was up for grabs. Then, both teams scored 14 points during the fourth quarter, keeping fans screaming and stomping nonstop during the 28-point, action-packed final 15 minutes of play. The final score was Steelers 35, Cowboys 31.

What are the most interesting Super Bowl records?

Super Bowl X was the first game to feature two veteran teams. The Pittsburgh Steelers had made it to the Super Bowl the year before, and the Cowboys had made it to Super Bowl V five years earlier.

The Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams are the only teams to fail to score a touchdown during a Super Bowl.

The Buffalo Bills are the only team to play four back-to-back Super Bowls. The Bills are also the only team to lose four back-to-back Super Bowls.

There are 21 years of age difference between the oldest and youngest players to compete in the Super Bowl. Matt Stover of the Colts played in Super Bowl XLIV at age 42, and a number of 21-year-old players have made appearances at this championship game.

The most touchdowns in one quarter were thrown by Doug Williams of the Washington Redskins at Super Bowl XXII when he threw four touchdowns in the second quarter. Williams was also the first black quarterback to play in the Super Bowl.

What was the most disappointing Super Bowl?

Super Bowl LIII between the Patriots and the Rams is considered the most disappointing Super Bowl game for a number of reasons. The low total combined point score and the failure of the Rams to score even one touchdown made for what many consider to be a lackluster, even boring, football game.

However, fans of the New Orleans Saints consider it disappointing for a different reason. Their team would have been at Super Bowl LIII playing the Patriots but for one very controversial referee decision.

The referee at the Saints-Rams game to determine who would progress to the championship game failed to call pass interference on the Rams. The NFL did finally admit it was a bad call, but too late, because it was the Rams who moved ahead to play in Super Bowl LIII.

How much do Super Bowl tickets cost?

A seat at modern a Super Bowl can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $40,000, depending on a variety of factors, including location in the stadium and access to VIP areas.

In the early days of the Super Bowl when games were held at college stadiums and the halftime entertainment consisted of marching bands, the cost of a seat was around $10.

By Super Bowl X, the cost of a seat was twice that, hovering right around $20. Ah, the good old days. You can read more about historic Super Bowl ticket prices here.

Do Super Bowl tickets usually sell out?

The second-ever Super Bowl sold out back in the late 1960s.

Since then, Super Bowls do typically sell out, but tickets can still be available close to game day.

Super Bowl Betting FAQ

How much money is bet on the Super Bowl?

According to CNBC, an estimated $4 billion was bet on Super Bowl LI.

Yes, we said, “billion.”

How can I bet on the Super Bowl?

There are a number of ways to place a bet on the Super Bowl. You can go to Las Vegas and put down money at one of the casino sportsbooks. But you can also bet online, and we’ve put together a list of the best Super Bowl betting sites to use.

In addition to Nevada, states with sportsbooks include New Mexico, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Mississippi, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. However, they are not always easy to get to; for instance, New Mexico only has one sportsbook, and that’s on Santa Ana Pueblo land between Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

Options for betting on the Super Bowl in other countries vary. For example, in the United Kingdom there are bookmaking shops in virtually every town and city. It’s usually easiest to bet on the Super Bowl online, though, wherever you live.

Questions on Super Bowl Ads and Entertainment

How much does it cost to have a commercial during the Super Bowl?

According to Wikipedia, a 30-second commercial spot during Super Bowl LIII cost $5.25 million.

This is just to secure the spot on the network and does not include the costs of creating and producing the commercial.

What was the best Super Bowl commercial?

The Best Super Bowl commercial ever was a sleeper hit, seen by more people as a replay on YouTube than saw it stream during the game itself.

Will Farrell created a memorable advertisement for Old Milwaukee beer. The spot aired during Super Bowl XLVI to a very small number of households in…wait for it…Nebraska!

Will is walking through a field. And walking. And walking. He finally makes it close to the camera where, as he begins his Old Milwaukee pitch, time runs out and his message is cut.

It’s low budget and ridiculous and you just can’t forget it (mostly because you can’t stop watching it).

Take that, overpriced advertising agencies!

What was the worst Super Bowl commercial?

Amazon pulled out all the stops when it advertised its Alexa product during Super Bowl LIII. Forest Whitaker, Harrison Ford, and other celebs were called in to support this spot, which attempted to bring in high humor to show us which appliances didn’t make the cut and thus don’t deserve to be implanted with Alexa’s intelligence.

Amazon then shows us how Alexa would be an epic fail in a dog collar, in an electric toothbrush, and in a hot tub. The result of this $5.25 million spot showed that Alexa’s capabilities are not universal and are, in fact, downright silly in many cases. It works against the product.

See more Super Bowl commercial fails on the following page.

What was the most expensive Super Bowl commercial?

Chrysler bought four 30-second back-to-back spots in Super Bowl XLV to run a $12 million plus ad called “Imported from Detroit,” featuring rapper Eminem.

Compare that to 1971, when Coca-Cola created a Super Bowl commercial for a wildly expensive $108,000. The ad featured people of many nations singing a folksy song on an Italian hilltop.

What was the best Super Bowl halftime show?

Well, of course this answer will vary from person to person. There have been musicals, magicians, Elvis impersonators, and Michael Jackson. What to choose?

Tweens will swear that nothing could ever top Katy Perry’s entrance into the halftime show astride a giant robotic tiger.

Michael Jackson fans will point to the fact that MJ, the first ever superstar act hired by the Super Bowl halftime committee, stood silent and stock still for the first two minutes while the crowd went wild, screaming themselves hoarse in anticipation.

But our answer to this question is, unequivocally, Prince.

Prince was the headliner at Super Bowl XLI in 2007. Despite the fact that he had to perform in a heavy downpour, his show was called by one entertainment publication “The halftime show by which all others will be judged.”

He pranced, he sang, he played riffs on his electric guitar. He did not cut a single corner. He wasn’t trying to fulfill some halftime requirement and get back indoors. He was playing for YOU, and was loving it. More than love. Ecstasy.

You felt that you were in the studio with him on a day of experiment and fun and flow, rather than in a blinding rain in a football stadium.

The weather had never behaved like this at any Super Bowl in history. But for Prince, it turned on the taps for Purple Rain. And it worked. It’s an unforgettable performance, one of his finest, a mindboggling feat given the conditions (and the very real danger of electrocution from his guitar).

What was the worst Super Bowl halftime show?

The halftime shows of the early Super Bowls consisted of college marching bands and the occasional Broadway singer. From the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, the choral group Up with People performed at five Super Bowls. So, let’s just leave these early attempts at halftime entertainment firmly in the past.

Arguably, the worst modern halftime show occurred during Super Bowl XXXI. This is a show that gave everyone the blues in the form of attempted reunion of the Blues Brothers, with Jim Belushi in the place of his tragically deceased and very iconic John Belushi.

Now, Jim is a fun guy and an entertaining actor, but he’s no John Belushi, who was an arresting, dynamic Saturday Night Live legend. By all accounts, this show was an embarrassment.

The worst part about this halftime show is that James Brown was there, as was ZZ Top. If the show had consisted solely of those two acts, it could have made it to the list of the best halftime shows. Hindsight is 20/20.

Honorable mention goes to the Super Bowl XXV halftime show produced by Disney that was bumped in favor of Gulf War coverage. Pretty much the last thing anyone wants to see in the middle of a football game.

What was the most expensive Super Bowl halftime show?

The numbers for any particular show aren’t typically available.

However, by some estimates, Lady Gaga’s halftime show cost around $10 million to create.

How much money do the superstar halftime performers make?

The Super Bowl halftime show may costs millions to produce, but, surprisingly, the celebrity performers at the Super Bowl halftime show don’t get paid.

Instead, they perform for the commercial exposure, to boost album sales, or just for the thrill of being part of the Super Bowl. 

Why do people who aren’t football fans watch the Super Bowl?

Like Thanksgiving, the Super Bowl is a chance for friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues to get together, eat “treat style” food (i.e., no nutritional value), drink beer, and scream at the television.

No one will judge you if you’re rowdy. In fact, you are supposed to be a bit unhinged on this greatest day in football. Essentially, it’s the one chance a year adults can act like naughty, spoiled kids (but with alcohol). And people love it.

Do people in other countries watch the Super Bowl?

The International Business Times reports that the Super Bowl has been broadcast in 25 languages throughout 180 countries.

Super Bowl Fun Facts

How many footballs are used in a Super Bowl?

According to Sports Illustrated, each team will have 54 balls to use during the game.

This is just a fraction of the nearly 25,000 Wilson footballs used in an NFL season across all teams.

How many chicken wings are consumed during the Super Bowl?

According to USA Today, 1.38 billion (yes, billion!) chicken wings were expected to be eaten during Super Bowl LIII.

And the number of chicken wings eaten on Super Bowl Sunday has only gone up in recent years. It’s likely to continue to do so for future Super Bowls.

What kind of coin is flipped for the Super Bowl coin toss?

It’s not a dime, it’s not a quarter, and it’s not even a silver dollar. This may be the most important coin of the year, and it’s a special one, made just for the game by Highland Mint.

After the game, fans can buy replicas of the coin.


The Super Bowl is a game of superlatives: the best, the worst, the most outrageous. Somehow, this All-American sport captures fans’ imagination in a way that no other pastime has been able to.

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