A close look at Tampa, Florida’s Super Bowl history

The Super Bowl will be played for the fifth time in the city of Tampa, Florida this Sunday as the Chiefs will clash with the home-town Buccaneers.

Raymond James Stadium will be the venue for this epic encounter as Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes will battle for league supremacy. It’s a stadium that has hosted two previous Super Bowls, while its predecessor Tampa, Stadium (The Old Sombrero) hosted two prior to that.

A Look at Tampa, Florida’s Super Bowl past

1984. Super Bowl XVIII (Los Angeles Raiders 38 Washington Redskins 9)

In a game the Raiders were actually underdogs in, Los Angeles exploded to a 21-3 halftime lead led by a ferocious running attack. Marcus Allen finished with 191 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Raiders dismantled Washington in front of a television audience of over 77 million.

1991. Super Bowl XXV (New York Giants 20 Buffalo Bills 19).

And so began the four falls of Buffalo. The Bills came into the contest as a heavy favorite led by a high-flying offense. Bill Parcels and Bill Belichick had a different plan in mind as the Giants defense held Buffalo at bay for much of the game.

This Super Bowl was remembered as much for the pre-game, pro- American festivities (highlighted by Whitney Houston’s hair-raising national anthem) as it was by the stunning finale which saw Bills kicker Scott Norwood miss a game-winning 47-yard field goal wide right.

2001. Super Bowl XXXV (Baltimore Ravens 34 New York Giants 7)

The first Super Bowl ever played at Raymond James Stadium was also one of the most non-memorable Super Bowl’s in the last twenty years. The dominate Ravens defense (led by Ray Lewis and Ed Reed) stifled the overmatched Giants in this forgettable contest. Perhaps more people will recall the eclectic halftime show which featured Aerosmith, NSYNC and Britney Spears?

2009. Super Bowl XLIII (Pittsburgh Steelers 27 Arizona Cardinals 23)

A vastly underrated Super Bowl in the annals of history. The upstart, upset-minded 9-7 wildcard Cardinals took the Steelers to the brink, but a late toe-tapping touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Santonio Holmes helped seal Mike Tomlin’s first and only Super Bowl title in Pittsburgh.

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