The First 50 Super Bowls

How Football’s Championships Were Won


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About the Author(s)

The Super Bowl redefined American sports. Over the past half century, the NFL’s championship game has grown from humble beginnings to the biggest sporting event of the calendar year—an event that creates legendary stories, from Len Dawson’s conversation with the president to Jim O’Brien’s game-winning kick and Randy White’s post-game duet with Willie Nelson. Covering 50 Super Bowls, from 1966 through 2016, this book gives an insider’s view of each game, with recollections from the people who participated, many told for the first time.

Bibliographic Details

Ed Benkin
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 296
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7057-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3072-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  vi
Foreword by Mike Curtis  1
Preface  3
The First 50 Super Bowls
I—Plenty of Seats Available  5
II—The Last 30 for the Old Man  10
III—The Game That Changed the Game  14
IV—The AFL Gets Even  20
V—O’Brien Kicks the Cowboys  23
VI—This Year’s Champions  28
VII—Perfection  32
VIII—Miami Mastery  37
IX—Birth of a Steel Dynasty  41
X—Swann Soars for the Steelers  46
XI—The Raiders Reign Supreme  53
XII—Devastation by Doomsday  57
XIII—Battle of the Best  63
XIV—Stallworth Saves the Steelers  70
XV—Raiders Play the Wild Card  75
XVI—The 49ers Come Out of the Cold  81
XVII—Stinging the Killer Bees  86
XVIII—The Rout of the Redskins  92
XIX—Joe Cool Beats Dan the Man  98
XX—The Bears Shuffle to Greatness  103
XXI—A Giant Performance  110
XXII—Ambushed  115
XXIII—A Drive for the Ages  121
XXIV—Phenomenal 49ers  126
XXV—A ­Star-Spangled Super Bowl  131
XXVI—Capital Punishment  137
XXVII—The New Kids on the Block  142
XXVIII—Jimmy’s Last Roundup  148
XXIX—Nobody’s Backup  154
XXX—A Soap Opera with a Happy Ending  159
XXXI—The Lombardi Comes Home  165
XXXII—The Broncos Break Through  170
XXXIII—Going Out on Top  176
XXXIV—The Rams by a Yard  183
XXXV—Purple Reign  188
XXXVI—The Patriot Way  192
XXXVII—Gruden Gets the Last Laugh  198
XXXVIII—Last Team with the Ball Wins  204
XXXIX—Three Out of Four  210
XL—Finally One for the Thumb  217
XLI—Colts Wash Away Bears  222
XLII—A Giant Upset  228
XLIII—One for the Other Thumb  233
XLIV—The Saints and the City  238
XLV—Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood  244
XLVI—New York, New York  248
XLVII—Lights Out Performance  253
XLVIII—The Seahawks Freeze the Broncos  259
XLIX—The Butler Did It  264
50—Defense Wins Championships  270
Bibliography  277
Index  279

Book Reviews & Awards

“This is one case in which you can actually judge a book by its cover. Sports broadcaster Ed Benkin delivers exactly as promised in The First 50 Super Bowls. The author conducted more than 100 interviews with former players and coaches to present readers with an insider perspective on these fifty football games…recommended”—Choice