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The following trends occur regarding Super Bowl games:

  • Teams scoring first are currently 26-15 (.634); 14-7 (.667) with a touchdown, 11-8 (.579) with a field goal and 1-0 with a safety.
  • Teams scoring 30 or more points are currently 21-1 (.955) {only such team to lose: Dallas in XIII }; teams scoring fewer than 20 points are currently 4-31 (.114) {last such team to win: Pittsburgh in IX }. More specifically, teams scoring 32 points or more are undefeated (18-0) and teams scoring fewer than 14 points are winless (0-17).
  • Field goals have been converted in all but two Super Bowls ( VII and IX).
  • Teams scoring the game's first touchdown are currently 30-11 (.732); teams scoring the game's first field goal, 21-18 (.538).
  • Teams leading at halftime are 32-7 (.821) (two Super Bowls { XXIII and XXXIX } have been tied at halftime).
  • Teams shutout in the first half are 0-11; teams shutout in the second half are 1-7 (.125) {only such team to win: Miami in VII}}.
  • Higher seeded teams are 13-11 (.542) and NFC teams are 6-2 (.750) in Super Bowls matching same-numbered seeds (which thus far have always been #1 vs. #1). Playoff seedings were first instituted in the 1975 season.

Conference dominance by decade

| Decade | Leader | Conference & years won | Winners by conference | | 1967 - 1976 | AFL / AFC, 7-3 | AFL/AFC: 1969 - 71 and 1973 -76. NFL / NFC : 1967- 68 and 1972. | AFC: N.Y. Jets, Kansas City, Baltimore, Miami (2) and Pittsburgh (2); NFC: Green Bay (2) and Dallas. | | 1977 - 1986 | tied, 5-5 | AFC: 1977, 1979 - 81, and 1984. NFC: 1978, 1982 - 83, and 1985 -86. | AFC: Oakland/L.A. Raiders (3) and Pittsburgh (2); NFC: Dallas, San Francisco (2), Washington and Chicago. | | 1987 - 1996 | NFC, 10-0 | NFC: 1987-96. | NFC: N.Y. Giants (2), Washington (2), San Francisco (3) and Dallas (3). | | 1997 - 2006 | AFC, 7-3 | AFC: 1998 - 99, 2001 - 02, and 2004 -06. NFC: 1997, 2000, and 2003. | AFC: Denver (2), Baltimore, New England (3) and Pittsburgh; NFC: Green Bay, St. Louis and Tampa Bay. | | 2007 - 2016 | AFC, 1-0 | AFC: 2007. | AFC: Indianapolis |

Notable stretches

  • 1969-81: AFL/AFC, 11-2
  • 1982-97: NFC, 15-1
  • 1998-Present: AFC, 8-2

Longest winning streak

  • 13: NFC, 1985-97 (AFC's longest is 5, 1973-77)

By regular decades (based on regular season year, not Super Bowl calendar year)

  • 1960s (I-IV): tied, 2-2
  • 1970s (V-XIV): AFC, 8-2
  • 1980s (XV-XXIV): NFC, 8-2
  • 1990s (XXV-XXXIV): NFC, 8-2
  • 2000s (XXXV-XLI): AFC, 6-1

 


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