See Super Bowl XLIII for the Super Bowl played at the end of the 2008 season. It was also known as Super Bowl 48 because it was the first NFL championship game to be held in the post-season's new "XL" format.
It was played on February 1, 2009, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, and it was primarily sponsored by Pepsi. The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27–23.
The National Football League (NFL) has scheduled its annual championship game for Feb. 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The game will be called the "Super Bowl LII" and will mark the first time that the game has been titled as such instead of the more traditional "Super Bowl XXVII".
The New York Giants and New England Patriots will meet in this year's game with the outcome likely having an impact on which team advances to the next year's tournament. If one of these teams were to win their respective divisions they would earn a spot in next year's playoffs. However, if both teams win their division games then the team that wins the most playoff games will advance.
The National Football Conference (NFC) champion New York Giants faced the American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI to determine the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2011 season. The game was played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Patriots defeated the Giants 27–20.
New England has been one of the most successful franchises in NFL history, with 18 playoff appearances, 16 first-place finishes in the conference championship race, and three super bowls victories. The Patriots are also the only team to win both the AFL and NFL championships in the same year (2001).
The last time New England hosted the Super Bowl was 2006. The Patriots lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-29.
New England has never lost when playing on their home field during the regular season or playoffs.
The last time a host city had its franchise win the Super Bowl was Minneapolis in 1976. The last time an entire region had its team win the Super Bowl was New Orleans in 2009.
There have been nine cities that have had their team play in at least one Super Bowl: Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Minnesota. Of these cities, only New York and Philadelphia have had their teams win the title.
Aside from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two other NFL teams have reached the Super Bowl hosted in their home region: the San Francisco 49ers, who played (and won) Super Bowl XIX in Stanford Stadium rather than Candlestick Park, and the Los Angeles Rams, who played in the Rose Bowl rather than the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Rams lost to the New York Giants, 26-6.
The Tampa Bay area has hosted several major events besides football games. The Super Bowl XLIII game was held at Raymond James Stadium on February 27, 2009. The Florida Marlins of Major League Baseball played part of their 2012 season at the stadium that same day. The University of Tampa Spartans basketball team has called the arena their home court since 1969; they are one of only three schools to have done so (along with Louisiana State University and Southern California University). The Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL play their home games at the arena.
The Miami Heat of the NBA played some home games at the stadium during the 2008-2009 season. The Miami Dolphins of the NFL also used the stadium for one game during this time period. In 2001, the Miami Hurricanes football team played its first game at Raymond James Stadium. They lost 16-13 to Notre Dame. The following year, they went on to win the National Championship.
There have been many proposals over the years to replace or upgrade Candlestick Park, but none have come to fruition.