The increased popularity of football has contributed to the Super Bowl becoming the spectacle that it is today. Memorable, iconic moments have also played a role in the Big Game’s enormous ratings. Some of those moments have been forgotten over time. Others continue to replayed in endless loops on TV, Twitter and YouTube.
The world champion of professional football has been decided in the Super Bowl for over a half century. Despite its humble beginnings, the Super Bowl has become the grandest stage in professional sports. On the first Sunday night in February, family and friends (socially distanced this year, of course) gather to watch pro football’s two best teams compete to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy. I’d be remiss not to shout out the people who tune in to watch the commercials and halftime performers, too.
Instead of throwing 5-10 questions at you, we decided to create a Super Bowl trivia test that is made up of one question from the previous 55 Super Bowls. While some of the questions will likely be easy for a knowledgeable fan, there are several questions that will stump even the most diehard football fans. All of the answers are provided below the test. There are six answer keys (one for questions 1-10, another for questions 11-20, etc) if you want to grade yourself periodically throughout the test.
Without further ado, let’s get started. Good luck!
1. Super Bowl I
What was the average ticket price for the first game between the AFL and the NFL?
2. Super Bowl II
What future Hall of Fame coach retired immediately following his team’s 33-14 victory?
a) Vince Lombardi
b) Tom Landry
c) Paul Brown
d) Don Shula
3. Super Bowl III
How many passes did Joe Namath throw in the fourth quarter when he led his Jets to a shocking upset win over the Colts?
4. Super Bowl IV
Which of these statements is true about the Chiefs‘ 23-7 victory?
a) It was the first Super Bowl where a QB won the MVP
b) It was the first Super Bowl played outside of Florida
c) It was the first Super Bowl won by an AFL team
d) it was the final game played before the AFL-NFL merger
5. Super Bowl V
This is the only Super Bowl where:
a) Johnny Unitas played quarterback for the Colts
b) Tom Landry’s team ended up on the wrong side of the score
c) a defensive player won Super Bowl MVP
d) a member of the losing team won Super Bowl MVP
6. Super Bowl VI
During Dallas’ 24-3 win, Cowboys great Bob Lilly tackled Bob Griese to record the greatest sack for a loss in Super Bowl history. How many yards were lost on the sack?
a) 17 yards
b) 29 yards
c) 31 yards
d) 51 yards
7. Super Bowl VII
Late in the game, Dolphins kicker Garo Yepremian famously threw a pick-six to Mike Bass after Washington blocked his field goal attempt. Despite the turnover and score, the Dolphins ended up winning the game to cap off their 17-0 season. But if Yepremian’s kick was successful, what would the final score have been?
8. Super Bowl VIII
Thanks to Dolphins running back Larry Csonka’s close brush with injury, Super Bowl VIII was the final game where:
a) goal posts were stationed in front of the end zone
b) face masks were optional
c) grabbing a player by his face mask was legal
d) chin straps were optional
9. Super Bowl IX
Which Steelers defender recorded the first safety in Super Bowl history after spending several days in the hospital with pneumonia?
a) Joe Greene
b) L.C. Greenwood
c) Dwight White
d) Jack Lambert
10. Super Bowl X
Which future Hall of Fame Cowboys player did Steelers linebacker Jack Lambert famously throw to the ground during the second half of Pittsburgh’s 21-17 win?
a) Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson
b) Cliff Harris
c) Randy White
d) Roger Staubach
11. Super Bowl XI
This was the first and only Super Bowl win for what Hall of Fame coach?
a) Don Shula
b) Chuck Noll
c) John Madden
d) Joe Gibbs
12. Super Bowl XII
Not only was this the first Super Bowl played in a dome, this was also the first Super Bowl where there were co-MVPs. Those players were:
a) Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett
b) Roger Staubach and Ed “Too Tall” Jones
c) Randy White and Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson
d) Randy White and Harvey Martin
13. Super Bowl XIII
In leading the Steelers to a 35-31 win over the Cowboys, Terry Bradshaw became the first QB in Super Bowl history to do which of the following:
a) throw for over 300 yards
b) throw four touchdowns
c) not get sacked
d) a and b
e) b and c
14. Super Bowl XIV
While they fell short against the Steelers, the Rams received a gritty performance from which player, who played the game with a broken leg?
a) Jackie Slater
b) Jack Youngblood
c) Vince Ferragamo
d) Wendell Tyler
15. Super Bowl XV
In helping the Raiders defeat the Eagles 27-10, Rod Martin set the individual record for Super Bowl interceptions. How many did he have?
16. Super Bowl XVI
While his team fell short against the 49ers, which quarterback threw for nearly twice as many yards as game MVP Joe Montana?
a) Ken Anderson
b) Boomer Esiason
c) Dan Fouts
d) Dan Marino
17. Super Bowl XVII
In leading Washington to its first Super Bowl title, John Riggins set which Super Bowl record that still stands?
a) Most carries (38)
b) Most rushing yards (166)
c) Longest touchdown run (43 yards)
d) Most total yards by a running back (181)
18. Super Bowl XVIII
Following Washington’s 38-9 loss to the Raiders in Super Bowl XVIII, the NFC won how many consecutive Super Bowls?
19. Super Bowl XIX
This would be the only Super Bowl appearance (a 38-16 loss to the 49ers) for which future Hall of Fame quarterback?
a) Dan Marino
b) Dan Fouts
c) John Elway
d) Jim Kelly
20. Super Bowl XX
In their 46-10 victory over the Patriots, Chicago’s “46” defense set a still-standing Super Bowl record for fewest rushing yards allowed. How many yards did they allow?
21. Super Bowl XXI
In an MVP performance, Giants quarterback Phil Simms set a Super Bowl record by completing what percentage of his passes?
22. Super Bowl XXII
This was a historic Super Bowl that included the first Black starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl (Doug Williams) and Timmy Smith’s Super Bowl record 204 rushing yards. Washington also set a playoff record by scoring how many points in the second quarter of their 42-10 win?
23. Super Bowl XXIII
Before leading his team on a game-winning, 92-yard drive, Joe Montana famously spotted what comedian in the stands while huddling with his teammates?
a) John Candy
b) Eddie Murphy
c) Bill Murray
d) Jerry Seinfeld
24. Super Bowl XXIV
En route to joining the Steelers as the only four-time Super Bowl champions, the 49ers scored a Super Bowl-record 55 points. What other record did they set?
a) Fewest yards allowed (167)
b) Fewest passing yards allowed (103)
c) Most team sacks (6)
d) Largest margin of victory (45 points)
25. Super Bowl XXV
The only Super Bowl to be decided by one point was won by the Giants after Scott Norwood missed a field goal with eight seconds left. How long was the field goal attempt?
a) 42 yards
b) 47 yards
c) 49 yards
d) 50 yards
26. Super Bowl XXVI
What did running back Thurman Thomas lose just before the start of the game, causing him to miss the Bills‘ opening play?
a) His helmet
b) His mouthpiece
c) His shoulder pads
d) His cleats
27. Super Bowl XXVII
By virtue of his team’s 52-17 win over the Bills, which coach became the first person to win a national championship and a Super Bowl title?
a) Barry Switzer
b) Bill Walsh
c) Jimmy Johnson
d) Dick Vermeil
28. Super Bowl XXXVIII
While he didn’t win Super Bowl MVP, which Cowboys defender filled the stat sheet with 11 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble return for a touchdown?
a) Deion Sanders
b) Darren Woodson
c) Larry Brown
29: Super Bowl XXXIX
In one of the greatest Super Bowls ever played by a quarterback, Steve Young led both teams in rushing. He also set the still-standing Super Bowl record for touchdown passes. How many did he throw?
30: Super Bowl XXX
Which defender made history by becoming the first player to return from reconstructive knee surgery during the same season? He played in Super Bowl XXX after suffering the injury in Week 1.
a) Charles Haley
b) Darren Woodson
c) Larry Brown
d) Rod Woodson
31. Super Bowl XXXI
The first special teams player to win Super Bowl MVP, Desmond Howard’s third-quarter kickoff return spearhead the Packers to a 35-21 win over the Patriots. How long was Howard’s return?
a) 98 yards
b) 99 yards
c) 100 yards
d) 101 yards
32. Super Bowl XXXII
Despite not rushing for a single yard in the second quarter, Terrell Davis led the Broncos to their first Super Bowl after rushing for 157 yards and three touchdowns. What caused him to miss most of the second quarter?
a) A migraine
b) A toothache
c) A jammed thumb
d) He was poked in the eye
33. Super Bowl XXXIII
This Hall of Fame quarterback rode off into the sunset after winning MVP honors in his team’s 34-19 win.
a) Brett Favre
b) Steve Young
c) John Elway
d) Troy Aikman
34. Super Bowl XXXIV
After leading for most of the game, the Rams had to hang on after Titans receiver Kevin Dyson was tackled one yard short of the end zone on the final play of the game. Which player tackled Dyson to preserve the Rams’ 23-16 victory?
a) London Fletcher
b) Todd Lyght
c) Kevin Carter
d) Mike Jones
35. Super Bowl XXXV
In what was an otherwise boring game (a 34-7 win by the Ravens), three touchdowns were scored in a record 36 seconds. How were these touchdowns scored?
a) A pick-six and back-to-back kickoff returns
b) A pass and back-to-back kickoff returns
c) A punt return, a kickoff return, and a pass
d) Three kickoff returns
36. Super Bowl XXXVI
In New England’s 20-17 upset win over St. Louis, Tom Brady threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to David Patton. Besides being Brady’s first Super Bowl touchdown pass, what else was significant about the play?
a) It was the only touchdown pass allowed by the Rams that postseason
b) It gave the Patriots the lead for good
c) It was Patton’s first career catch
d) It was Brady’s first career postseason touchdown pass
37. Super Bowl XXXVII
The Buccaneers picked off Rich Gannon a record five times en route to a 48-21 victory. How many of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns?
38. Super Bowl XXXVIII
After a scoreless third quarter, the Panthers and Patriots exploded for a combined 37 points during the final quarter of New England’s 32-29 win. The scoring included the longest pass play in Super Bowl history. How long was the pass, and who were the quarterback and receiver who set the record?
a) 85 yards, Jake Delhomme to Steve Smith
b) 85 yards, Jake Delhomme to Muhsin Muhammad
c) 80 yards, Tom Brady to Deion Branch
d) 85 yards, Tom Brady to Deion Branch
39. Super Bowl XXXIX
Which receiver famously caught nine passes for 121 yards despite playing through a severely sprained ankle and a fractured fibula?
a) Terrell Owens
b) Michael Irvin
c) Deion Branch
d) Randy Moss
40. Super Bowl XL
With his team ahead 7-3 to start the second half, Willie Parker extended the Steelers’ lead after recording the longest run in Super Bowl history. How long was the run?
a) 65 yards
b) 75 yards
c) 80 yards
d) 85 yards
41. Super Bowl XLI
For the first time in Super Bowl history, the game started with:
a) an onside kick
b) a touchdown on the first offensive play
c) a kickoff return for a touchdown
d) a touchback
42. Super Bowl XLII
What color hoodie did Bill Belichick wear during his most infamous Super Bowl loss?
43. Super Bowl XLIII
By virtue of the Steelers’ 27-23 win over the Cardinals, Mike Tomlin became the youngest head coach to win the Super Bowl. How old was he?
44. Super Bowl XLIV
During his team’s 31-17 win over the Colts, Saints coach Sean Payton became the earliest coach in Super Bowl history to attempt what?
a) Two-point conversion
b) Fake punt
c) Fake field goal
d) Onside kick
45. Super Bowl XLV
With a 31-25 win over the Steelers, the Packers joined the Giants and Washington as the only NFL franchises to do which of the following?
a) Win multiple Super Bowls as the underdog
b) Win the Super Bowl as a wild-card team
c) Win a Super Bowl with three different starting quarterbacks
d) Play in a Super Bowl in three different decades
46. Super Bowl XLVI
Eli Manning, following his team’s 21-17 win over the Patriots, became the fifth player with multiple Super Bowl MVP trophies. Which of these quarterbacks is not a member of that exclusive club?
b) Tom Brady
c) Terry Bradshaw
d) Joe Montana
47. Super Bowl XLVII
Along with catching a touchdown pass, Jacoby Jones returned a kickoff for a touchdown that stands as the longest play in Super Bowl history. How long was his return?
a) 101 yards
b) 103 yards
c) 105 yards
d) 108 yards
48. Super Bowl XLVIII
While his team was blown out by the Seahawks, Demaryius Thomas set a Super Bowl single-game record for receptions. How many passes did he catch?
49. Super Bowl XLIX
Malcolm Butler came up with one of the biggest plays in Super Bowl history when he picked off Russell Wilson in the end zone with 26 seconds left. Which player was Wilson’s intended receiver on the play?
a) Doug Baldwin
50. Super Bowl 50
Von Miller took home MVP honors after forcing two fumbles of Cam Newton in the Broncos’ 23-10 victory. Miller also led his team in sacks. How many did he collect?
51. Super Bowl LI
Down 28-3, the Patriots rallied to defeat the Falcons in overtime. Which Patriots player scored the Super Bowl’s first overtime touchdown?
a) James White
d) Tom Brady
52. Super Bowl LII
In defeat, Tom Brady set a Super Bowl record for passing yards. How many yards did he throw for?
53. Super Bowl LIII
Julian Edelman’s 10-catch, 141-yard effort helped him become the sixth receiver to win Super Bowl MVP. Which of these receivers is not a former Super Bowl MVP?
a) Jerry Rice
b) Michael Irvin
c) Hines Ward
d) Fred Biletnikoff
54. Super Bowl LIV
What Super Bowl record did the Chiefs break during their 31-20 win over the 49ers?
a) Most yards passing
b) Most third-down conversions
c) Most fourth-down conversions
d) Most fourth-quarter points scored
55. Super Bowl LV
Who caught Tom Brady’s final Super Bow touchdown pass?
b) Mike Evans
c) Chris Godwin
Answers 1-10 : b, a, a, d, d, b, b, a, c, b
Answers 11-20: c, d, d, b, b, a, a, c, a, b
Answers 21-30: c, b, a, d, b, a, c, d, b, d
Answers 31-40: b, a, c, d, a, d, c, b, a, b
Answers 41-50: c, d, b, d, c, a, d, b, c, b
Answers 51-55: a, c, b, d, d
How’d you do?
Based on how many questions you answered correctly, here’s your evaluation if we were grading you as an NFL player.
0-10: Practice squad
31-40: Pro Bowler
50-54: Hall of Fame