Super Bowl LII is fast approaching, pitting the NFC’s Philadelphia Eagles against defending champions the New England Patriots for what is expected to be an interesting matchup in Minneapolis, Minn.
While this will only be the Eagles’ third Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is looking to win his sixth ring after a tough victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship. Justin Timberlake will be headlining the halftime show, and although he has promised there won’t be any encores of the notorious wardrobe malfunction that ended his Super Bowl performance with Janet Jackson in 2004, there will hopefully be a few GIF-worthy moments to relive when it’s all over.
Over the past 51 years, the Super Bowl has cemented itself as a cultural event in the United States, showcasing the best of the best in music, advertising, and, of course, football — but it wasn’t always that way.
When the first Super Bowl took place in 1967, it was the championship game between the United States’ two football leagues, the NFL and its seven-year-old competitor, the AFL. Sixty million people tuned in to watch as the Green Bay Packers found victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Since then, the NFL and AFL have merged into one league and the Super Bowl has emerged as the pinnacle of broadcast television, drawing more than 111 million viewers during each match up in the last three years. People who rarely watch football usually find themselves at some gathering in honor of the big game, and sports fans make crazy bets against each other even if they’re not regular supporters of the competing teams.
There have been 51 Super Bowls since that first NFL-AFL World Championship in 1967, so picking only five moments of greatness on the field to feature is nothing short of difficult… but we did it! Ahead of Super Bowl LII, here are the Top 5 most iconic Super Bowl moments of all time.
5.) Super Bowl VII – 1973
The Miami Dolphins’ securing a PERFECT season with a win over the Minnesota Vikings. Dolphins 24 – Viking 7
After losing to the Dallas Cowboys in 1972’s Super Bowl VI, Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula made it the team’s goal not only to play in the next Super Bowl, but to win it.
The 1972 Dolphins went on to win every single game that season, a feat that was secured with Super Bowl VII against the Washington Redskins. Even though the final score was 14-7, the Dolphins dominated the Redskins, with the only Washington points scored during a 49-yard fumble the Redskins returned for a touchdown. The 1972 Dolphins are the only team in NFL history to be undefeated and untied in both the regular season and the post-season.
1973 Super Bowl VII Ring