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The History of the Los Angeles Super Bowl

Before this year’s return, seven Super Bowls had taken place in LA County — including the very first one back in 1967. Let’s reminisce before the hometown Rams clash with the Bengals.

After weeks of breathtaking postseason action, we’ve arrived at the Super Bowl. And it’s more than a bit fitting given the historic string of finishes that got us to this point that Sunday’s Super Bowl LVI returns to the place where the whole tradition first began:

Los Angeles, California.

Well, Inglewood, to be exact. But ever since the Packers bested the Chiefs to claim the first-ever Super Bowl title at the LA Memorial Coliseum 55 years ago, the story of the biggest game in sports cannot be told without giving due deference to the City of Angels.

All told, seven Super Bowls have been placed in Los Angeles County between the Coliseum (twice) and Pasadena’s Rose Bowl (five times). As the hometown Rams gear up to welcome the surprising Bengals at SoFi Stadium, let’s take stock of the history of the Big Game in LA.

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Which teams have won Super Bowls in Los Angeles?

Chronologically, the Packers, Dolphins, Raiders, Steelers, Washington, Giants, and Cowboys.

Who has played in the most LA Super Bowls?

The Dolphins and Washington actually played one another in two different LA County Super Bowls, with each team winning once. This year marks the second time the Rams have played in such a game. No team has won more than a single championship there.

When was the last Super Bowl that took place in LA?

On Jan. 31, 1993, the Cowboys defeated the Bills at the Rose Bowl to win Super Bowl XXVII.

What’s the attendance record for a Los Angeles Super Bowl?

Officially,103,985 packed the Rose Bowl for Super Bowl XIV in 1980 to watch Terry Bradshaw and the Steelers top the Rams. It remains the most-attended Super Bowl of all time.

What is the highest-scoring LA Super Bowl?

The Cowboys’ 52-17 dismantling of the Bills at Super Bowl XXVII in 1993 remains the highest-scoring performance by a Super Bowl winner in NFL history and is tied for the third-highest combined score in the history of the game.

What’s the lowest combined score at a Super Bowl in Los Angeles?

The Dolphins defeated Washington 14-7 in Super Bowl VII in 1973, the second-lowest combined score in the big game’s history. It capped an undefeated season for Don Shula’s team, still the only one in NFL history.

Every Super Bowl in Los Angeles County

Super Bowl I

Date:Jan. 15, 1967
Venue:Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Final score: Green BayPackers 35, Kansas City Chiefs 10
MVP: Packers QB Bart Starr

Super Bowl VII

Date:Jan. 14, 1973
Venue:Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Final score: MiamiDolphins 14, Washington 7
MVP: Dolphins S Jake Scott

Super Bowl XI

Date:Jan. 9, 1977
Venue: Rose Bowl
Final score: OaklandRaiders 32, Minnesota Vikings 14
MVP: Raiders WR Fred Biletnikoff

Super Bowl XIV

Date:Jan. 20, 1980
Venue:Rose Bowl
Final score: PittsburghSteelers 31, Los Angeles Rams 19
MVP: Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw

Super Bowl XVII

Date:Jan. 30, 1983
Venue:Rose Bowl
Final score:Washington 27, Miami Dolphins 17
MVP: Washington FB John Riggins

Super Bowl XXI

Date:Jan. 25, 1987
Venue:Rose Bowl
Final score: New YorkGiants 39, Denver Broncos 20
MVP: Giants QB Phil Simms

Super Bowl XXVII

Date:Jan. 31, 1993
Venue:Rose Bowl
Final score: DallasCowboys 52, Buffalo Bills 17
MVP: Cowboys QB Troy Aikman

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