State of Florida to Host 17th Super Bowl
When the AFC and NFC Champions meet for Super Bowl LV in Tampa, it will mark the 17th time the State of Florida has hosted final game of the NFL season since 1968. It is the most of any state in the U.S. and also the second time in the game’s history Florida will serve as host in back to back years. The 2009 Game was held in Tampa and the 2010 Game was played in Miami. Tampa hosts Super Bowl LV on February 7, 2021 after Miami played host to the game in 2020. This year’s game will be the fifth Super Bowl in Tampa, while Miami hosted 11 and Jacksonville, one in 2005.
The Kansas City Chiefs return to Florida for their second straight Super Bowl appearance. The Chiefs scored a 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers on February 2, 2020 at Hard Rock Stadium, in Miami Gardens. Kansas City scored 21 fourth quarter points to overcome a 10-point deficit to win first Super Bowl since 1970.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers only other Super Bowl appearance, and win, came in San Diego, California, in 2002, a 48-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders.
Florida Football Connections to Super Bowl LV
Between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 13 players and one coach have ties to football in the State of Florida. Seven members of the Chiefs played high school or college football in Florida and six members of the Bucs were high school or college players in Florida. The Bucs coaching staff features Byron Leftwich, who was a quarterback Jacksonville Jaguars and Bucs.
Florida Football Connections for the Kansas City Chiefs
Tommy Townsend, P, Orlando (Boone HS) Florida Gators
Byron Pringle, WR, Tampa, (Robinson HS)
Sammy Watkins, WR, Fort Myers (South Fort Myers HS)
Rashad Fenton, CB, Miami (Carol City Senior HS)
Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State Seminoles
Austin Reiter, C, South Florida Bulls
Demarcus Robinson, WR, Florida Gators
Florida Football Connections for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
John Franklin III, WR, Plantation (South Plantation HS) Florida State Seminoles , Florida Atlantic Owls
Jason Pierre Paul, DE, Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach HS), South Florida Bulls
Antonio Brown, WR, Miami (Norland HS)
Jeremiah Ledbetter, Orlando (Olympia HS)
Lavonte David, LB, Miami (Northwestern Senior HS)
Jamel Dean, CB, Cocoa (Cocoa HS)
Byron Leftwich, Offensive Coordinator, QB with Jacksonville (2003-06), Tampa Bay (2009)
Florida’s 17 Super Bowl sites since 1968
LV (February 7, 2021) – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
LIV (February 2, 2020) – Hard Rock Stadium Miami – Kansas City 31, San Francisco 48ers 10
Chiefs score 21 4th-quarter points to overcome 10-point deficit for first Super Bowl win since 1970.
XLIV (February 7, 2010) – SunLife Stadium, Miami – New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17
Saints scored two 4th quarter TDs to come from behind and win first Super Bowl in team history.
XLIII (February 1, 2009) – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa – Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23
Santonio Holmes TD catch with :35 remaining gives the Steelers their record sixth Super Bowl win.
XLI (February 4, 2007) – Dolphins Stadium, Miami – Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17
Colts QB Peyton Manning threw for 247 yards and a TD in Colts first Super Bowl since 1970.
XXXIX (February 6, 2005) – ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville – New England 24, Philadelphia 21
Patriots’ defense force four turnovers and become eighth team to post consecutive Super Bowl titles.
XXXV (January 28, 2001) – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa — Baltimore 34, N.Y. Giants 7
Ravens’ defense allows 152 yards, forces 5 turnovers, records 4 sacks for first Super Bowl victory.
XXXIII (January 31, 1999) – Pro Player Stadium, Miami — Denver 34, Atlanta 19
John Elway wins game MVP in final game of his career.
XXIX (January 29, 1995) – Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami — San Francisco 49, San Diego 26
Steve Young passed for record six touchdowns, and 49ers become first team to win five Super Bowls.
XXV (January 27, 1991) – Tampa Stadium, Tampa — N.Y. Giants 20, Buffalo 19
Scott Norwood misses 47-yard field goal for win with seconds remaining
XXIII (January 22, 1989) – Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami — San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16
Joe Montana completes 92-yard drive with TD pass to John Taylor with :34 remaining.
XVIII (January 22, 1984) – Tampa Stadium, Tampa — L.A. Raiders 38, Washington 9
Raiders dominated the Redskins and achieved the most lopsided victory in Super Bowl history.
XIII (January 21, 1979) – Orange Bowl, Miami — Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31
Terry Bradshaw passed for four Tds and the Steelers became the first team to win three Super Bowls.
X (January 18, 1976) – Orange Bowl, Miami — Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17
MVP Lynn Swann set a Super Bowl record with 161 yards on his four receptions.
V (January 17, 1971) – Orange Bowl, Miami — Baltimore 16, Dallas 13
Rookie Jim O’Brien kicks 32-yard field goal in the final five seconds for Colts win.
III (January 12, 1969) – Orange Bowl, Miami — N.Y. Jets 16, Baltimore 7
Joe Namath guarantees victory over Baltimore, AFL defeats NFL for first time in Super Bowl.
II (January 14, 1968) – Orange Bowl, Miami — Green Bay 33, Oakland 14
Last game for Vince Lombardi with Packers after winning 5 NFL championships, and 2 Super Bowls.