Super Bowl

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  1. the annual NFL championship football game between the best team of the National Football Conference and that of the American Football Conference.

Super Bowl


  1. American football the main championship game of the sport, held annually in January between the champions of the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference

Super Bowl

  1. The championship game of the National Football League, held each year in January or February.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Super Bowl1

First recorded in 1965–70
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Example Sentences

Wilson just wants to win, and run deep into the playoffs or to next year’s Super Bowl would certainly solve a lot of problems.

His arrest was first reported by TMZ earlier this month, following Springsteen’s appearance in a Super Bowl commercial for Jeep.

Backup Nick Foles took over as the starter and led the Eagles to a Super Bowl title that season.

Announced last week and featured at this year’s Super Bowl, the Inspiration4 mission will be commanded by Jared Isaacman, the 37-year-old founder and chief executive officer of Shift4 Payments and an accomplished pilot, philanthropist and adventurer.

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Aaron Rodgers, 37, was about to begin a season in which he would lead the Packers to a Super Bowl victory.

Still, the NFL simply fined him $250,000 and he was named MVP of the Super bowl the following season.

Candlestick Park was the scene of “The Catch,” which propelled the 49ers to their first Super Bowl victory.

Yet soccer is not likely to become a sport that American life revolves around like the Super Bowl.

Oh sure, the Super Bowl and all its macho imitators are commemorations of some repulsive male urge best ignored.

Now, the Green Bay Packers quarterback is a Super Bowl champion, most valuable player, and State Farm Discount Double-Check guy.

They could have been half-time-show cheerleaders on the Super Bowl.


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More About Super Bowl

What is the Super Bowl?

The Super Bowl is the championship game of the National Football League (NFL), a professional American football league.

The game features the champions of the NFL’s two conferences, the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC). These teams are the winners of their conference’s playoff, which follows a 17-game regular season. The team that wins the Super Bowl is the league champion.

In contrast to other major professional team sports in the U.S. (such as baseball, basketball, and hockey) that determine the league champion with a championship series, the Super Bowl is a single game.

When is the Super Bowl?

The Super Bowl is typically held on the second Sunday in February (though for many years it was held in late January or the first Sunday in February). The start of the game (kickoff) is usually around 6:30 p.m. Eastern time.

There is usually a two-week gap between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl (meaning the Super Bowl is played two weeks after the conference championship games, with no game occurring in the weeks between).

The date of Super Bowl LVIII in 2024 is February 11. Super Bowl LIX falls on February 9, 2025.

More information and context on Super Bowl

The NFL championship game was first called the Super Bowl in 1967. It was created as a result of the merger of the NFL and the American Football League (AFL). The bowl in Super Bowl comes from the tradition of calling football championships bowl games (due to being played in large stadiums sometimes called bowls).

Because the name Super Bowl is a trademarked term, the game is sometimes referred to as the Big Game, such as by advertisers who do not have permission to use the official name. Each year’s Super Bowl is usually named with a number written in Roman numerals, a tradition that began in 1971 for the fifth Super Bowl, labeled Super Bowl V.

The team who wins the Super Bowl is awarded the Vince Lombardi Trophy, which is named for famed football coach Vince Lombardi, whose Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls. Players and coaches on the winning team are also each awarded a unique Super Bowl ring, with players also receiving a cash bonus.

The Super Bowl is known as a widely televised event watched by a massive worldwide audience (sometimes 100 million viewers or more). Advertisers pay millions of dollars to air commercials during the broadcast, and these have become part of the appeal of the Super Bowl for many viewers. The game also usually includes a halftime show featuring a popular musical act.

Many people in the U.S. host or attend Super Bowl parties, including some who are not especially passionate football fans (or even football fans at all). All of this has made the Super Bowl a significant event in U.S. pop culture.

Due to this popularity, the term Super Bowl is sometimes used to refer to a championship or competitive event in another activity, as in This is the Super Bowl of robotics competitions. 

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How is Super Bowl used in real life?

The Super Bowl is a major pop culture event that’s popular even among some people who are not football fans.


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The Super Bowl is held on February 1 every year.