Super Bowl Preview Archive
2013 SUPER BOWL XLVII PREVIEW:
We’re all set for the 47th edition of the Super Bowl now that the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens have both punched their cards for the trip to New Orleans. Some expected this from the 49ers but not many from the Ravens, who were looked at a possible one-and-done team in the playoffs. Joe Flacco has proven all the doubters wrong this postseason and could cement himself as one of the game’s best if he can pull off a victory in the Super Bowl over a vaunted defense.
The running game is solid for both teams, as two possible future hall of famers are in the backfield for both squads. Frank Gore has been the model of consistency for San Francisco since he was drafted out of Miami in 2005. Another regular Gore season in 2013 will put him at 10,000 career yards and the stout half-back is already over 50 career touchdowns. His counterpart, Ray Rice, wasn’t as highly touted coming out of Rutgers but has lit the NFL on fire since his debut in 2008. Over 8,000 all-purpose yards and 39 touchdowns in just 77 career games, Rice is the most feared 5’8 runner in the game.
Most of the hype in San Francisco has been centered around the young QB, Colin Kaepernick. The Nevada product took over midseason for Alex Smith and hasn’t looked back. Kaepernick has been hitting on all cylinders, including a record-breaking game against the Packers in the divisional round in which he had 181 yards rushing to go along with 263 through the air. The consistency of Flacco has been outshined by Kapernick’s play, but it’s hard to beat tossing eight touchdowns and no interceptions in the playoffs like Flacco has done. Quarterback play is all-important in today’s NFL and with the championship on the line, these two QBs have instilled confidence in their head coaches that they can win the game with the ball in their hands.
Of course, Super Bowl XLVII will mark the first time two brothers will face off as head coaches on the NFL’s biggest stage. Both made controversial decisions mid-season, with Jim benching Alex Smith in favor of Kaepernick and John changing offensive coordinators after week 14. The Harbaugh brothers will likely be the story heading into the game, and you can bet they’ll be trying to figure out what the other is cooking up for Sunday.
Super Bowl XVLII is a match up not many predicted going into the season but that’s the beauty of playoff football. The Ravens weren’t predicted to do much last time they made a deep run, and they came out of that game Super Bowl champions. It’s up to Patrick Willis and Co. to do what the Giants couldn’t 12 years ago if they want to be a part of football history.
2012 SUPER BOWL XLVI PREVIEW:
The New England Patriots will face the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. The Pats downed the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game and the Giants slipped past the San Francisco 49ers to win the NFC. This Super Bowl will be a rematch of the 2008 game which was won by the Giants 17-14. NY Giants quarterback, Eli Manning, will be playing to win his 2nd Super Bowl ring, while Pats Tom Brady plays for his 4th ring. The 2012 Super Bowl is being played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on Sunday, February 5th, 2012. Super Bowl XLVI (46) is the first time the big game has been played in Indianapolis. Madonna will be performing the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVI.
2011 SUPER BOWL XLV RECAP:
The NFC Champion Green Bay Packers prevail in a 31-25 game against the AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
2011 SUPER BOWL XLV PREVIEW:
The Green Bay Packers will be playing the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2010-11 Super Bowl, which will be played in the Dallas Cowboys' Arlington, Texas-based Cowboys Stadium. The Steelers won their eighth AFC Championship by beating the NY Jets 24-19, and the Packers beat the Chicago Bears 21-14 to win their third NFC crown.
Green Bay had been a popular pick to go to this year’s Super Bowl coming in to the season, receiving adulation from both the media and odds-makers. Much of that had to do with last season’s emergence of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has overcome the stigma of being “Brett Favre’s backup” to full-blown NFL star. Although he had a late-season blip due to a concussion, his final regular season stats – 3,922 yards and 28 touchdowns – survive as a testament how much he means to a team whose starting running back and tight end were lost for the season due to injury by week four. But with their top-notch receiving corps led by Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, and a tough, underappreciated defense led by Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson, helped create an atmosphere where Rodgers could shine. Now, he’s arrived on the big stage, only to find waiting for him one of the toughest and most storied franchises in NFL history.
To say that the Pittsburgh Steelers have been here already is an understatement. Their eight AFC crowns are the most in conference history, and this is their third Super Bowl appearance… in the past five years (they won both times, and six overall). Coach Mike Tomlin has created one of the most feared teams you can face – a stop-ranked defense with an offense that will not quit. When it was announced that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would miss the first four games of the season, many believed they would stumble out of the game. Well, they went 3-1 behind the quarterback play of Charile Batch. That’s because their spread-it-around offense suited the team’s strengths and the defense did its job. Behind All-Pros Troy Polamalu and Jerome Harrison, the D ranked first against the run and 12th against the pass. Could this work against them against the Aaron Rodgers-led air attack? Last season the teams met and played in a 37-36 barn burning win by the Steelers. The winning play was a last-second catch from Roethlisberger to rising star Mike Wallace. So we guess we’ll just have to find out on February 6th, 2011.
(Due to alternating year-rules, the home team will be the NFC’s Green Bay Packers.)
2010 SUPER BOWL XLIV RECAP:
The New Orleans Saints won the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami. The victory was historic in that it was the first time ever that the Saints have won the Super Bowl. New Orleans earned their Super Bowl championship by defeating the Indianapolis Colts 31-17. Saints quarterback Drew Brees was named the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV.
2010 - SUPER BOWL XLIV PREVIEW:
The 2010 Super Bowl will be played on Sunday, February 7th at New Miami Stadium in Miami, Florida. This year’s Super Bowl is the 44th Superbowl, so it is officially called Super Bowl XLIV. New Miami Stadium was formerly known as Land Shark Stadium, Dolphins Stadium and Joe Robbie Stadium. This will be the fifth time the game has been played in that stadium, the most recent being in 2007 when the Colts beat the Chicago Bears 29-17 in the rain. The 2010 Super Bowl will be the tenth time the game has been played in South Florida (near Miami), the other five games were held at the Orange Bowl.
Super bowl XLIV tickets should be a hot commodity as the game will pair up the New Orleans Saints versus the Indianapolis Colts. That means that the quarterbacks in the 2010 Superbowl are going to be one of the big story lines for the game, because we'll get a guaranteed future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning up against possible future NFL Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees. This is the first time in history the Saints have made it to the Big Game, so Super Bowl XLIV's place in the history books is already assured for New Orleans fans. The Colts will be looking to add a 3rd NFL Championship to the record books.
2009 - SUPER BOWL XLIII PREVIEW:
Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, Florida is going to be an experience of a lifetime. The 5-time Super Bowl champs Pittsburgh Steelers will be facing the new kids on the block - the Arizona Cardinals. Whether or not you are a Cards fan or a Steelers fan, the atmosphere at a Super Bowl game is unlike any other. You can be sure that this year's Super Bowl will sell out, so make sure to secure your tickets with TicketCity today. Also, make sure to check out our Super Bowl event guide for critical information regarding parking, directions, tailgates and attractions.
The 2009 Super Bowl will be broadcast on NBC, its first Superbowl broadcast since Superbowl XXXII. The game will be commentated by broadcast veterans Al Michaels (play-by-play) and NFL video game goliath John Madden (color commentary). Super Bowl XLIII will be the last Super Bowl and essentially the second-to-last major sporting event to be telecast in the United States using analog television (Daytona 500 will be the last major event broadcast on February 15th). A 30-second television commercial will cost an estimated 3 million dollars - the new record for a television program.