Super Bowl Memories

As New Orleans prepared to host its tenth Super Bowl, Jacob Mayer took a look back at the city's rich Super Bowl history. Listeners tuned to Morning Edition, All Things Considered and WWNO.org all Super Bowl week for stories from the Big Game.

Super Bowl Memories: SB XXXVI

Feb 2, 2013

The Louisiana Superdome’s most recent Super Bowl, on February 3, 2002 was perhaps its most exciting.

The heavily favored St. Louis Rams entered the game looking to win their second championship in three seasons, but it was the New England Patriots who would end up launching a dynasty that day at Super Bowl XXXVI.

The Patriots’ defense stifled the Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf” offense for most of the day, but quarterback Kurt Warner rallied late to score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Super Bowl Memories: SB XXXI

Feb 2, 2013

On January 26, 1997, New Orleans hosted its eighth Super Bowl. The Green Bay Packers met the New England Patriots for all the marbles at the Louisiana Superdome for Super Bowl XXXI.

In the days leading up to the Big Game, local media and fans alike were mostly fixated on one player: Green Bay quarterback and emerging star Brett Favre, who grew up a mere 60 miles away from the Superdome in the tiny town of Kiln, Mississippi.

Super Bowl Memories: SB XXIV

Feb 1, 2013

Long before the San Francisco 49ers descended on the Crescent City for this year’s Super Bowl XLVII, the franchise cemented its 1980s dynasty in dominating fashion, defeating the Denver Broncos 55-10 at the Louisiana Superdome on Jan. 28, 1990.

The 45-point margin of victory remains the most lopsided in Super Bowl history.

San Francisco’s victory in Super Bowl XXIV was the fourth world championship for Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and his 49ers, but only the first for rookie head coach George Seifert.

Super Bowl Memories: SB XX

Jan 31, 2013

Super Bowl XX played out exactly how everyone expected. The Chicago Bears crushed the New England Patriots 46-10.

The Bears, coached by Hall of Famer Mike Ditka (who won Super Bowl VI in New Orleans as a player), finished the season with a 15-1 record and dominated almost every opponent they faced during the 1985 season, while the Patriots earned a wild card playoff berth and went on an improbable playoff run to reach the Big Game.

Super Bowl Memories: SB XV

Jan 30, 2013

The Oakland Raiders defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27-10 in Super Bowl XV, New Orleans’ fifth Super Bowl and the second in the Louisiana Superdome.

This was the first Super Bowl appearance for the high-flying Eagles and the third for the plucky wild card Raiders.

Led by quarterback and Super Bowl XV Most Valuable Player Jim Plunkett, the Raiders unleashed an unrelenting offensive assault on the Eagles defense.

Plunkett accumulated 261 yards passing and threw for three touchdowns including an 80-yard bomb to running back Kenny King in the first quarter.

Super Bowl Memories: SB XII

Jan 29, 2013

The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Denver Broncos 27-10 on January 15, 1978, in the Louisiana Superdome’s inaugural Super Bowl.

During the regular season, the two teams seemed like mirror images at times. Both teams finished with a 12-2 record, and both teams’ defenses had a quirky nickname: the Broncos’ “Orange Crush” and the Cowboys’ “Doomsday.”

Naturally, defense was the theme from the outset, and the Cowboys’ Doomsday Defense was too much for Denver to handle. Dallas intercepted Denver quarterback Craig Morton four times and forced and recovered four Denver fumbles.

Super Bowl Memories: SB IX

Jan 29, 2013

New Orleans’ third Super Bowl saw the end of an era and the beginning of a dynasty.

Although it remained standing for several more years, Tulane Stadium hosted its last Super Bowl on January 12, 1975, when the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Minnesota Vikings 16-6 and launched a Super Bowl legacy.

Shreveport native and Louisiana Tech alum Terry Bradshaw quarterbacked the Steelers to their first of six Vince Lombardi trophies in Super Bowl IX.

Much like New Orleans’ past Super Bowls, both teams were sluggish on offense early in the game.

Super Bowl Memories: SB VI

Jan 28, 2013

As New Orleans prepares to host its tenth Super Bowl, Jacob Mayer is taking a look back at the city's rich Super Bowl history. Stay tuned to Morning Edition and All Things Considered all this week for stories from the Big Game.

 

Super Bowl Memories: SB IV

Jan 28, 2013

As New Orleans prepares to host its tenth Super Bowl, Jacob Mayer is taking a look back at the city's rich Super Bowl history. Stay tuned to Morning Edition and All Things Considered all this week for stories from the Big Game.

On an overcast January day in New Orleans in 1970, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in the fourth annual AFL-NFL World Championship Game, better known as Super Bowl IV.