Bringing the Super Bowl XLV Trophy Home !

We’ve been dubbing the term “Super Bowl Champions” for 44 years now, and we’re on the threshold of Super Bowl 45 where the Green Bay Packers will face the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington Texas.
In contemplation of what I believe will be an excellent game between these two AFC and NFC champion football teams, it is noteworthy to elaborate on the role these two great teams have played in Super Bowl history.

Super Bowl XLV

How the Super Bowl Began
The genesis of the Super Bowl as we know it today is the result of a merger agreement between the National Football League (NFL) and its then-rival league, the American Football League (AFL). It was ultimately agreed that the AFL and NFL champion teams would play in a final, “World Championship Game” until the implementation of the merger in 1970. After the merger took place, each league was re-designated as the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC) under the auspices of the NFL, and the Super Bowl was then played between the two AFC and NFC conference champions. (Source: Wikipedia)

Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy
Since 1970 the Super Bowl trophy has been called the Vince Lombardi Trophy in memory of legendary Green Bay Packers head coach.  The renaming of the trophy came after Lombardi’s sudden death from cancer to commemorate his victories in the first two Super Bowls.  Details about the trophy can be seen here .

Green Bay Packers Super Bowl History

In my opinion the Green Bay Packers hold the most significant history of the Super Bowl than any other NFL football team.  Not only did the Green Bay Packers both play in and win Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II, but the Super Bowl Championship trophy has been named the Vince Lombardi Trophy, in memory of the legendary Green Bay Packers head coach.

The Green Bay Packers have played in five Super Bowl games:

  • In Super Bowl I the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10.  The game was played on January 15, 1967 and there were 61,946 fans in attendance.
  • In Super Bowl II the Green Bay Packers defeated the Oakland Raiders, 33-15.  The game was played on January 14, 1968 and there were 75,546 fans in attendance.
  • In Super Bowl XXXI the Green Bay Packers defeated the New England Patriots, 35-21.  The game was played on January 26, 1997 and there were 72,301 fans in attendance.
  • In Super Bowl XXXII the Green Bay Packers were defeated by the Denver Broncos, 31-24.  The game was played on January 25, 1998 and there were 68,912 fans in attendance.

Overall the Green Bay Packers hold the following championship titles:

11 NFL Championships:
1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, and 1967.

2 AFL-NFL Super Bowl Championships:
1966, 1967

1 Super Bowl Championship:
1996

8 Conference championships:
NFL Western: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967
NFC: 1996, 1997, 2010

13 Division championships:
NFL West: 1936, 1938, 1939, 1944
NFL Central: 1967
NFC Central: 1972, 1995, 1996, 1997
NFC North: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007

26 Playoff appearances:
NFL: 1936, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1944, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1972, 1982, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010

Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl History

As the oldest franchise team in the AFC, the Pittsburgh Steelers were founded as the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 8, 1933, by Art Rooney.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have won more Super Bowl titles and AFC Championship games than any other team in the NFL.  They have both played  and hosted more conference championship games than any other AFC or NFC team in the NFL.
With this history of Super Bowl wins, the Pittsburgh Steelers stand a good chance of chalking-up another victory in Super Bowl XLV.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have played in seven Super Bowl games:

  • In Super Bowl IX the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Minnesota Vikings, 32-14.  The game was played on January 12, 1975 and there were 80,997 fans in attendance.
  • In Super Bowl X the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 21-17.  The game was played on January 18, 1976 and there were 80,187 fans in attendance.
  • In Super Bowl XIII the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 35-31.  The game was played on January 21, 1979 and there were 79,484 fans in attendance.
  • In Super Bowl XIV the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 31-19.  The game was played on January 20, 1980 and there were 103,985 fans in attendance.
  • In Super Bowl XXX the Pittsburgh Steelers were defeated by the Dallas Cowboys, 27-17.  The game was played on January 28, 1996 and there were 76,347 fans in attendance.
  • In Super Bowl XL the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 21-10.  The game was played on February 05, 2006 and there were 68,206 fans in attendance.
  • In Super Bowl XLIII the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 27-23.  The game was played on February 01, 2009 and there were 70,774 fans in attendance.

Overall the Pittsburgh Steelers hold the following championship titles:

6 Super Bowl Championships:
1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2005, 2008

8 Conference championships:
AFC: 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1995, 2005, 2008, 2010

20 Division championships:
AFC Central: 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001
AFC North: 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010

26 Playoff appearances:
1947, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010

Despite all these Super Bowl wins and achievements, “We” the dedicated Green Bay Packer fans feel that it is time that the Packers bring the Super Bowl Trophy home!

It’s long overdue…

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