Super Bowl 57 will settle its champion in Glendale, Arizona. But this isn’t the first time the city of Glendale has served as the location for Lombardi Trophy hoisters. Let’s look back at the Super Bowl games with Glendale as host and see what we have in store in 2023.
Super Bowl Games in Glendale, Arizona
State Farm Stadium, although not always known by that name, opened its doors in 2006. Super Bowl 57 will be the third Super Bowl played in Glendale. If the first two iterations were any indicator, football fans will be in for a treat on Feb. 12, 2023.
2008 (2007 NFL Season)
The helmet catch. C’mon, you remember this game. The undefeated New England Patriots came in to secure their place among football immortality and finish the season unblemished. Not many gave the No. 5 seed New York Giants from the NFC much of a chance.
But they don’t play games on paper, and the Giants prevailed in one of the better underdog stories of the new millennium. New York’s defense stymied the New England offensive juggernaut, sacking Tom Brady five times. Eli Manning threw for 152 yards and 2 TDs in the fourth quarter — he’d finish as MVP.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins popped their bottle of champagne as the Giants triumphed 17-14.
2015 (2014 NFL Season)
New England lost its undefeated bid in the previous Glendale Super Bowl installment for the 2007 NFL season, but it would get its revenge.
The Seattle Seahawks were on the Patriots’ 1-yard line, down four points. Instead of giving it to Marshawn Lynch, they opted for a pass.
Malcolm Butler jumped the route, secured the interception, and sealed the game.
The hard-to-believe ending coincided beautifully for the NFL, as it was the most-watched program in American television history (120.8 million tuned in for the fourth quarter).
2023 (2022 NFL Season)
Well, the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles did not disappoint. In one of the highest-scoring Super Bowl games in history (72 points), the Chiefs defeated the Eagles 38-35.
The Chiefs started slowly, going down 10 points in the first half, but came out after Rihanna’s performance with a new energy They scored on every drive and quickly took the lead. Patrick Mahomes put up another Super Bowl MVP-winning performance and won his second Super Bowl in his young career.