History of the Super Bowl: Super Bowls X through XII

The Big Game

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 04: A view of the Vince Lombardi trophy after the Philadelphia Eagles 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Super Bowl X

  • Date: January 18, 1976
  • Location: Orange Bowl, Miami, FL
  • Attendance: 80,817
  • Avg ticket price: $20 ($89 in 2018)
  • Final Score: Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Dallas Cowboys 17
  • MVP: Steelers Wide Receiver Lynn Swann
  • Halftime Entertainment: “200 Years and Just a Baby: A Tribute to America’s Bicentennial” with the performance group Up With People.
  • Interesting fact from Wikipedia: This was the final football game to be played on artificial turf (specifically, Poly-Turf) at the Orange Bowl. It was the first Sper Bowl where the play clock was visible to teams and spectators. Scenes from the 1977 file Black Sunday about a fictional terrorist attack on the Super Bowl were filmed during the game.
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Super Bowl XI

Super Bowl XII

  • Date: January 15, 1978
  • Location: Superdome, New Orleans, LA
  • Attendance: 76,400
  • Avg ticket price: $30 ($118 in 2018)
  • Final Score: Dallas Cowboys 27, Denver Broncos 10
  • MVP: Cowboys Defensive Tackle Randy White and Defensive End Harvey Martin – first and only time there has been two MVPs. 
  • Halftime Entertainment:  “From Paris to Paris of America” featuring performances by the Apache Band and Apache Belles Drill team from Tyler Junior College, clarinetist Pete Fountain, and trumpeter Al Hirt. 
  • Interesting fact from Wikipedia: Along with being the first time there were two MVPs, it was also the first time that a defensive lineman was named MVP. It was the first the the Super Bowl was played in a domed stadium. And it was the first time the game was played in prime time in the eastern U.S.
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