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The Super Bowl, The USA’s largest single sporting event, is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL) season.
The current champions are the New England Patriots, who defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in 2019.
Beginning with Super Bowl I in 1967, the event has become huge – and not just for the battle to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The international spectacle of the Super Bowl halftime show, and advertising spots worth millions of dollars all take centre-stage.
Revered as an American institution the Super Bowl consistently breaks records as the most watched television event nationwide. Nine of the top ten most watched US television broadcasts of all time are Super Bowls.
Prior to 1970, the trophy was competed for by teams from the American Football League (AFL) and NFL. Following this, the two competitions merged in accordance with an agreement struck at the end of the 1966 season, in doing so becoming one unified football competition under the banner of the NFL.
The Super Bowl is played annually on a Sunday (referred to colloquially as Super Bowl Sunday – or Monday in Australia), and is played on the first Sunday in Feburary.
To date, the Pittsburgh Steelers have won the most Super Bowl titles with six, followed by the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers with five titles. The Green Bay Packers and New York Giants have both won four. In contrast, the Buffalo Bills have played in a record four consecutive Super Bowls, losing all four, while the Minnesota Vikings have also played in four Super Bowls for no championship.
The Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars have never reached the Super Bowl.