Super Bowl

The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

In professional American football, the Super Bowl is the championship game of the National Football League (NFL) in the United States. The game and its ancillary festivities constitute Super Bowl Sunday (sometimes "Super Sunday"), which over the years has almost become a de facto American national holiday.

The game began in January 1967 as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game in which the NFL championship team played against the champion of the younger, rival American Football League (AFL) for the "World Championship of Professional Football". After both leagues merged in 1970, the Super Bowl became the NFL's championship game. Since then, the game has been played annually on a Sunday following the playoffs, originally early to mid-January, then late January, and in 2002, the first Sunday in February.

The Super Bowl is one of the most-watched American television broadcasts of the year, attracting many companies to spend millions of dollars on commercials. This has caused the starting time of the game to be pushed back later and later, to ensure the Sunday night prime time audience on the East Coast. The last true day game (which ended before local sunset) of the series was Super Bowl XI in January 1977.

In addition, many popular singers and musicians have performed during the Super Bowl's pre-game and halftime ceremonies. This is the largest U.S. food consumption day next to Thanksgiving.

History

Origins

The Super Bowl was created as part of the merger agreement between the National Football League (NFL) and its rival, the American Football League (AFL). After its inception in 1920, the NFL fended off several rival leagues before the AFL began play in 1960. The intense competitive war for players and fans led to serious merger talks between the two leagues in 1966.

One of the conditions of the AFL-NFL Merger was that the winners of each league's championship game would meet in a contest to determine the "world champion of football". According to NFL Films President Steve Sabol, Then NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle wanted to call the game "The Big One". [citation needed] During the discussions to iron out the details, AFL founder and Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt had jokingly referred to the proposed interleague championship as the "Super Bowl." Hunt thought of the name after seeing his daughter playing with a toy called a Super Ball. The ball is now on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The name was feasible because postseason college football games had long been known as "bowl games" (the term originates from the Rose Bowl Game, which was in turn named for the bowl-shaped stadium in which it is played). Hunt only meant his suggested name to be a stopgap until a better one could be found. Not having thought of one, the owners named the contest the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. Not surprisingly, fans and media tended to use the shorter, unofficial name. Starting with the third contest in January 1969, the name "Super Bowl" became official.

After the NFL's Green Bay Packers convincingly won the first two Super Bowls, some team owners feared for the future of the merger, since many doubted that AFL teams could compete with their NFL counterparts. That all changed with perhaps the biggest upset in American sports history, the AFL's New York Jets defeat of the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in Miami. One year later, the American Football League's Kansas City Chiefs defeated the NFL Minnesota Vikings 23-7 and won Super Bowl IV in New Orleans, the last World Championship game played between the champions of two leagues.

When the NFL and AFL merged into one combined league for the 1970 season, three NFL teams joined the 10 AFL teams to form the American Football Conference (AFC), and the other 13 teams became the National Football Conference (NFC). Since then, the Super Bowl has featured the champions of the AFC and NFC. As of Super Bowl XL, former AFL teams have won 11 Super Bowls, pre-1970 NFL teams have won 23 games, and two games have been won by teams created after 1970.

The NFL commissioner at that time, Pete Rozelle, is often considered the mastermind of both the merger and the Super Bowl. His leadership guided them into the merger agreement and cemented the preeminence of the Super Bowl. The game remains his crowning achievement and was an important factor in him being selected by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century.

The winning team gets the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named for the coach of the Green Bay Packers, who won the first two Super Bowl games. Following his death in September 1970, the trophy was named the Vince Lombardi Trophy, first awarded at Super Bowl V in Miami.

Television coverage

By any measure, the Super Bowl is one of the most watched television programs of the year. The game tends to have high Nielsen television ratings which usually come in around a 40 rating and 60 share (i.e., on average, 40 percent of all U.S. households, and 60 percent of all homes tuned into television during the game). This means that on average, 80 to 90 million Americans are tuned into the Super Bowl at any given moment. It is also estimated that 130-140 million tune into some part of the game.

There is a popular urban myth regarding the Super Bowl — that the game is watched in 234 countries by 1 billion people [1], a fact unlikely to be true considering the time of the event, and the lack of popularity American Football has outside of the United States. In actual fact, Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005 was watched by 93 million viewers in total, of which 98 percent were in North America [2]. Approximately half of the remaining 2 million worldwide viewers watched from the United Kingdom. [3]

Given the immense popularity of the Super Bowl, it may be surprising to discover that videotapes of the telecasts of the first two Super Bowls are said not to exist. This is especially shocking for Super Bowl I, which was covered by both NBC and CBS. According to Sports Illustrated, the only footage of the first telecast known to exist is a two minute clip of the first game.[citation needed] From the early days of television into the 1960s, copies of TV broadcasts were routinely erased, mainly because nobody thought anyone would want to watch the same show they had just seen. Another reason was that videotape in those days was prohibitively expensive. (Merv Griffin once said that a ninety-minute blank tape cost $750. [citation needed]) According to Steve Sabol, both networks taped soap operas over the game tapes, which are presumably lost forever. [citation needed] But the NFL has put out a $1,000,000 bounty on either one of the tapes, and experts say that there is still a chance that one of the network affiliates taped the game off the live feed and saved it. [citation needed] According to NFL Films...these are the ultimate Lost Treasures. [citation needed]

The highest rated game according to Nielsen was Super Bowl XVI in 1982 which was watched in 49.1% of households (73 share) or 40,020,000 households at the time. Super Bowl XVI is #4 on Nielsen's list of top-rated programs of all time, and 3 other Super Bowls (XII, XVII, XX) made the top 10. [4] Although the proliferation of cable and satellite television has undercut broadcast ratings somewhat in recent years, the game is still so popular that a number of networks actually schedule original programming, such as independently produced halftime entertainment, during the game, simply to take advantage of a large audience already in front of the television.

Following Apple Computer's 1984 commercial introducing the Apple Macintosh computer, directed by Ridley Scott, the broadcast of the Super Bowl became the premier showcase for high concept or simply extravagantly expensive commercials. Famous commercial campaigns include the Budweiser "Bud Bowl" campaign, and the 1999 and 2000 dot-com ads. Prices have increased each year, with reports citing a record $2.5 million (US) for a 30 second spot during Super Bowl XL in 2006. Many people tune in to the Super Bowl solely to watch the very creative commercials.

In recent years, the NFL has denied the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority the opportunity to run Super Bowl ads for the city as a tourist destination. The ban includes the game, as well as the pre-game and post-game shows. Many groups are denied the chance to run Super Bowl ads on various grounds, but Las Vegas is the only city to be denied in such a fashion; the NFL has stated that it does not want the Super Bowl to be associated with the perception of Las Vegas as a gambling mecca. If the television show Las Vegas stays on the air when NBC gets their next Super Bowl Broadcast (which will be Super Bowl XLIII in 2009), they may not be allowed to promote the series during the entire block of programming. [5]

Coverage by American television networks

The television network showing the game changes from year to year. In the United States it is currently shared among three of the four major television networks: ABC, CBS, and FOX. Super Bowl XXXVIII was shown on CBS, Super Bowl XXXIX was shown on FOX, and Super Bowl XL was shown on ABC, which will be the final NFL game broadcast on that network for the foreseeable future.

With the new television contracts beginning in 2006, NBC, which last telecast Super Bowl XXXII in 1998, will take ABC's place in the network rotation starting with Super Bowl XLIII in 2009.

Entertainment

Because of the large number of viewers that the Super Bowl generates, a number of popular singers and musicians have performed during its pregame ceremonies, the halftime show, or even just singing the national anthem of the United States, "The Star-Spangled Banner". Super Bowl XL in 2006 featured Stevie Wonder, Joss Stone, and John Legend during the pregame ceremonies; Aaron Neville, Aretha Franklin, and Dr. John performed the national anthem; and The Rolling Stones played during the halftime show.

In 2004, it was during halftime at Super Bowl XXXVIII that Janet Jackson had her now-infamous wardrobe malfunction after Justin Timberlake ripped off a piece of her top, exposing her right breast with a star-like ring surrounding the nipple. Many conspiracy theorists think that this was done intentionally to get everyone's attention, possibly so that Janet could get the attention away from her brother Michael Jackson, who was facing child molestation charges at the time. Timberlake and Jackson have maintained that the incident was unintentional, hence the term "wardrobe malfunction". It also didn't help matters that the game was airing on CBS, and their then-corporate sister company within Viacom, MTV, produced the halftime show. The NFL, embarrassed from the incident, permanently banned MTV from doing another halftime show in any capacity. This also led to the FCC cracking down on indecency and fining CBS $225,000 for the incident, as well as fining each of CBS's then twenty owned and operated stations. The following year, the NFL chose Paul McCartney to perform at halftime of Super Bowl XXXIX. True to the hopes of the NFL and the networks, McCartney turned in an enjoyable but uncontroversial performance.

Venue

The location of the Super Bowl is chosen by the NFL well in advance, usually 3 to 5 years before the game. Cities compete to host the game in a selection bidding process similar to ones used by the Olympic Games and soccer's World Cup.

Over half of the Super Bowls have been played in one of the following three cities: New Orleans, Louisiana (9 times), Miami, Florida (8 times) and the Greater Los Angeles Area (7 total, 5 times at Pasadena's Rose Bowl stadium and twice at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum). Miami has been selected to host two future games: Super Bowl XLI in 2007 and Super Bowl XLIV in 2010. After Hurricane Katrina damaged the Louisiana Superdome and the city, the game might never return to New Orleans. The last time the Los Angeles area hosted the game was Super Bowl XXVII in 1993; the area is currently not considered a possible venue after the league's two teams vacated the city in 1995: the Raiders moved back to Oakland, California, and the Rams moved to St. Louis, Missouri.

Coincidentally, no NFL team has ever played the Super Bowl on its own home turf. However, Super Bowl XIV (which involved the then-Los Angeles Rams) was played at nearby Pasadena's Rose Bowl stadium; and Super Bowl XIX (which involved the San Francisco 49ers) was played at the nearby Stanford Stadium on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto. Neither of these stadiums has ever been a home to an NFL team.

A potential venue currently must meet these qualifications in order to be a Super Bowl host: [citation needed]

  • Average high temperature of at least 50 degrees in February
  • Stadium with greater than 70,000 seats
  • Space for 10 photo trailers and 40 television trucks
  • 600,000 square feet of exhibit space for fan events
  • Large, high-end hotel for teams and NFL
  • 50,000 square feet of space for news media ("Radio Row")
  • Enough "quality" hotel rooms within a one-hour drive for 35% of the stadium's capacity
  • Separate practice facilities for each team
  • 250 buses for NFL use
  • Three golf courses for the NFL's annual charity golf tournament

Exceptions are at the discretion of the NFL. For instance, cruise ships made up the discrepancy in hotel rooms for Jacksonville in Super Bowl XXXIX and cold-weather cities such as Minneapolis and Detroit have been awarded Super Bowls because the stadium had a roof.

The designated "home team" alternates between the NFC team in odd-numbered years (the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005), and the AFC team in even-numbered years (the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006). The home team is given the choice of either wearing their colored jerseys or their white ones; this started with Super Bowl XIII. Prior to that, the home team always wore the dark jerseys. The Dallas Cowboys wore their rarely used blue uniform tops in Super Bowl V, and lost to the then-Baltimore Colts, which has led to the widely held belief that the Cowboys do not play well in their blue shirts. While most home teams in the Super Bowl choose to wear their colored jerseys, only the Cowboys in XIII and XXVII, the Washington Redskins in XVII, and the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL have worn white as the home team.

Trivia

  • The Super Bowl uses Roman numerals to identify each game, rather than the year it was held. The NFL season spreads over two calendar years, so identifying the games by the year of the Super Bowl could cause some confusion. For example, the New England Patriots, winners of Super Bowl XXXIX are the champions of the 2004 NFL season, even though the championship game was played in February 2005.
  • In 1994, the 49ers became the first team to wear a throwback jersey during the Super Bowl. Since it was the league's 75th season, every team wore a throwback jersey during the season and San Francisco decided to continue to wear their jerseys all the way through the playoffs and into Super Bowl XXIX. The jerseys they wore paid tribute to the 1957 team.
  • In 2000, the St. Louis Rams were the first NFL team who plays their home games in a fully enclosed stadium, the Edward Jones Dome, to win the Super Bowl.
  • In the months leading up to Super Bowl XXX (or Super Bowl Thirty), some Internet proxy servers were blocking the web site for the upcoming event. Many proxy servers' filters were configured to block the text string "XXX" whenever occurring to prevent access to pornography. As a result, additional settings were necessary to grant exceptions for other uses of "XXX".
  • Super Bowl XXXVI was originally scheduled to be played on January 27, 2002. But the game was moved back one week to February 3, 2002 because of the September 11, 2001 attacks. This was the first Super Bowl to be played in February. With the exception of Super Bowl XXXVII on January 26, 2003, all of the succeeding Super Bowls have been scheduled for February. Also, because of the attacks, the Super Bowl is now a National Special Security Event (NSSE).
  • Super Bowl XXXVI was also the first Super Bowl to be decided by a score on the last play of the game. The winning play was a 48-yard field goal kicked by Adam Vinatieri of the New England Patriots to lift them to a 20-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams.
  • Super Bowl XXXIX was the first such game to be tied after three quarters of play.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers were the first AFC team to ever win a Super Bowl (XL) that was broadcast on ABC (The NFC is currently 6-1). Previously, the closest an AFC team had come to winning the Super Bowl on that network was when the Buffalo Bills lost to the New York Giants 20-19 in Super Bowl XXV.
  • The NFC won 13 Super Bowls in a row from 1985 to 1997, starting with Super Bowl XIX. The AFC broke the streak in 1998 in Super Bowl XXXII when Denver beat the defending champion Packers.
  • The last Super Bowl to start at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time was Super Bowl XI which was played in Pasadena. This is also the last Super Bowl which was played outside to not end in dusk. Since the early 1980s Super Bowls have been starting at around 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The kickoff has been since moved back to 6:30 p.m. Eastern starting with Super Bowl XXXVII.
  • Overall, nine teams have advanced to the Super Bowl after entering the playoffs as wild card teams (teams that entered the playoffs without winning its division). They include the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl IV, the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X, the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XV, the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX, the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVII, the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII, the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV, the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the only sixth-seeded team to make it, in Super Bowl XL. Wild card teams are 5-4 in the Super Bowl, with the Chiefs, Raiders, Broncos, Ravens, and Steelers winning their respective games.
  • Super Bowl Indicator, an indicator based on the belief that a Super Bowl win for a team from the old AFL (AFC division) foretells a decline in the stock market for the coming year, and that a win for a team from the old NFL (NFC division) means the stock market will be up for the year. This indicator has been surprisingly accurate (around 85% correct) over the past years
  • The infamous "I'm Going to Disney World!" Advertising campaign did not take place at Super Bowl XXXIX for the first time since it started at Super Bowl XXI, although Disney did run an ad several times during the game showing several players from both teams practicing the catch-phrase.

Post-Super Bowl loss jinx

Commentators and sports analysts note a tendency for teams that have made it to the Super Bowl and lost, to collapse the following season. The season after a Super Bowl loss, a team usually returns with a losing, or mediocre at best, record. This effect can be traced to the loss of momentum a team has built up, accumulating injuries, losing successful free agents between seasons, and the aging of talented players.

There are notable exceptions to this pattern, such as the Buffalo Bills who went to the Super Bowl and lost four years in a row, from XXV to XXVIII.

The most recent is the Philadelphia Eagles, who lost Super Bowl XXXIX to the New England Patriots in the 2004 season (played on February 6, 2005), who posted a 6-10 record in the 2005 season. The most glaring example is the Oakland Raiders. Following their 48-21 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003, the Raiders posted a 4-12 record in the 2003 NFL season, the worst post-Super Bowl record, and as of the end of the 2005 NFL season, have not recovered.

Game history

The first Super Bowl was played in 1967, as commemorated by this stamp issued in 1999 by the United States Postal Service featuring the ticket for that first game.

Notable Super Bowl games

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  • Super Bowl I: In the first matchup of the AFL and NFL champions, the NFL's Green Bay Packers, led by coach Vince Lombardi and quarterback Bart Starr, defeat the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10. The Packers outscore the Chiefs 21-0 in the second half after struggling in the first half. Only 61,946 attend the game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, making it the only non-sellout Super Bowl. The game is also notable as it was broadcast on both NBC and CBS.
  • Super Bowl III: Speaking to the press in the week before the game, New York Jets quarterback "Broadway" Joe Namath guarantees a victory over the Baltimore Colts. The Jets defeat the Colts, 16-7.
  • Super Bowl VII: Coach Don Shula and the Miami Dolphins complete the only undefeated season in NFL history, defeating the Washington Redskins 14-7.
  • Super Bowl XIII: The Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Dallas Cowboys 35-31 in the second Super Bowl matchup between the two teams. This game decided which of these two teams would be the first NFL team to win three Super Bowls. It marks one of the Steelers' four Super Bowl titles obtained during the 1970s.
  • Super Bowl XVII: After the spending the entire game trailing the Miami Dolphins, the Washington Redskins were faced with fourth down and one to go on Miami 42 yard line. In the fourth quarter, in one of the most dramatic runs in Super Bowl history, MVP John Riggins ran for the first down, broke a tackle from Miami cornerback Don McNeal and ran 43 yards for a touchdown giving the Redskins a lead they never relinquished
  • Super Bowl XX: After the New England Patriots (in their first Super Bowl) take a 3-0 lead on a field goal, the Chicago Bears (also in their first SB) played dominant offense and defense to take the game 46-10. MVP Richard Dent led a Bears defense that limited New England to 7 rushing yards.
  • Super Bowl XXI: New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms completes 22 of 25 passing attempts, including all 10 of his attempts in the second half as New York defeats Denver 39-20. Simms is the games MVP with a Super Bowl completion record of 88.0%.
  • Super Bowl XXII: Washington Redskins after trailing 10-0 MVP quarterback Doug Williams, the first African-American quarterback to start a Superbowl, throws for 4 touchdowns in one quarter which leads to a 42 unanswered points and a rout of Denver.
  • Super Bowl XXIII: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana leads a 92 yard fourth quarter drive, as the 49ers score the game-winning touchdown with 34 seconds left and defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16.
  • Super Bowl XXIV: The San Francisco 49ers defeat the Denver Broncos 55-10, the largest margin of victory in Super Bowl history. The 55 points are the most scored by any team in a Super Bowl. As a result of this game, Joe Montana, San Francisco's quarterback became the first player to ever win three Superbowl MVPs.
  • Super Bowl XXV: As time expires, the Buffalo Bills' Scott Norwood attempts a 47-yard field goal but misses wide to the right, and the New York Giants win 20-19. A game with no turnovers by either team and only one 5 yard penalty, it remains the only Super Bowl to be decided by a single point.
  • Super Bowl XXX: The Dallas Cowboys make a record 8th Super Bowl appearance, winning 27-17 over the Pittsburgh Steelers, and become the first NFL team to win 3 Super Bowls in a 4 year span. The victory also tied the Cowboys with the San Francisco 49ers for the most Super Bowl victories (5). The Cowboys' Charles Haley became the first player to win 5 Super Bowls, after winning two with San Francisco (XXIII and XXIV) and two with Dallas (XXVII and XXVIII). Shades of Super Bowl XIII, this game decided which of these two teams would be the first to win five Super Bowls and thus be the second NFL team to do so.
  • Super Bowl XXXII: After four superbowl losses, the Denver Broncos win their first title, defeating the defending champion Green Bay Packers 31-24 and becoming the first AFC Super Bowl champion in 14 years. Denver will also win the Super Bowl XXXIII against Atlanta.
  • Super Bowl XXXIV: In a classic game, the Tennessee Titans, down 16-0 to the St. Louis Rams, rallied behind quarterback Steve McNair and running back Eddie George to tie the game at 16-16. After the Rams score a 73 yard touchdown to lead 23-16, the Titans drive, and in a close finish, wide receiver Kevin Dyson catches a short pass but is tackled by linebacker Mike Jones at the 1 yard line as he stretches for the end zone with no time left on the clock, and the Rams hold on to win 23-16.
  • Super Bowl XXXVI: Placekicker Adam Vinatieri kicks a 48-yard field goal as time expires to lift the New England Patriots to a 20-17 victory over the Rams, and the first of 3 Super Bowl wins in four years. Two years later, Vinatieri would kick another game-winning field goal at the end of Super Bowl XXXVIII to defeat the Carolina Panthers.
  • Super Bowl XXXIX: The New England Patriots win their third Super Bowl in four years when they defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 in Jacksonville, Florida. All three of New England's Super Bowl victories have been decided by three points. The Eagles had a chance to win the game on their final drive, but a New England interception ended the game.
  • Super Bowl XL: The Pittsburgh Steelers win over the Seattle Seahawks. This was the first Super Bowl appearance for the Seahawks. Firsts for the Steelers included: first AFC team to win five Super Bowls; first sixth seed to advance to the Super Bowl; first winners not to get a first down in the first quarter; and first AFC team to win a Super Bowl aired by the ABC. Ben Roethlisberger became the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Completing 9 of 21 passes for 123 yards with 2 interceptions, his passer rating (22.6) was the lowest of any winning quarterback. Steelers head coach, Bill Cowher, won his first Super Bowl.


Trends

Super Bowl wins and losses tend to cluster around a few head coaches. Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers won the first two. Don Shula coached two different teams: a loss with the Baltimore Colts and two wins and three losses with the Miami Dolphins. Tom Landry also coached two winners and three losers with the Dallas Cowboys. Chuck Noll won four in the 1970's with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bill Walsh won three with the San Francisco 49ers. Joe Gibbs also won three Super Bowls with the Washington Redskins. And recently, Bill Belichick won three with the Patriots.

Don Shula, Bill Parcells, Dan Reeves, Dick Vermeil, and Mike Holmgren all took more than one team to the Super Bowl. Bud Grant coached four Vikings losses in the 1970s, Marv Levy coached four consecutive losses with the Buffalo Bills in the 1990s, and Dan Reeves coached four losses between two teams (three with the Denver Broncos and one with the Atlanta Falcons).

Super Bowl appearances

Teams with no Super Bowl appearances

  • NFL league champions prior to Super Bowl I
    • Arizona Cardinals - NFL champions in 1925 and 1947
    • Cleveland Browns - NFL championship in 1950, 1954, 1955, and 1964
      (This refers to the team that the league officially views as one continuous franchise that began in 1946 but suspended operations from 1996-1998, and resumed play in 1999.)
    • Detroit Lions - NFL championship in 1935, 1952, 1953, and 1957
  • Houston Texans
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • New Orleans Saints

Super Bowl winners

The Super Bowl ring and ticket for Super Bowl XI. A Super Bowl ring is given to each member of the winning team to commemorate their Super Bowl victory.

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The most glaring example is the Oakland Raiders. Bosses gain defense, attack, and speed, though they lack the Devil Trigger. The most recent is the Philadelphia Eagles, who lost Super Bowl XXXIX to the New England Patriots in the 2004 season (played on February 6, 2005), who posted a 6-10 record in the 2005 season. Consequently, this is the mode where Devil Trigger Flux shines for its ability to kill many enemies at once. There are notable exceptions to this pattern, such as the Buffalo Bills who went to the Super Bowl and lost four years in a row, from XXV to XXVIII. When one enemy is killed, every other enemy in the room Devil Triggers, for health regeneration, more attack, and more defense. This effect can be traced to the loss of momentum a team has built up, accumulating injuries, losing successful free agents between seasons, and the aging of talented players. In it, the demons gain an attack boost, many number, a defense boost, in places an AI boost, and get to Devil Trigger.

The season after a Super Bowl loss, a team usually returns with a losing, or mediocre at best, record. "Dante Must Die" is the hardest difficulty mode in Devil May Cry 3. Commentators and sports analysts note a tendency for teams that have made it to the Super Bowl and lost, to collapse the following season. exclusive "Very Hard" Mode (later added to all versions of Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition). While most home teams in the Super Bowl choose to wear their colored jerseys, only the Cowboys in XIII and XXVII, the Washington Redskins in XVII, and the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL have worn white as the home team. "Normal" Mode was replaced with the "Hard" Mode, and "Hard" Mode was replaced with the U.S. The Dallas Cowboys wore their rarely used blue uniform tops in Super Bowl V, and lost to the then-Baltimore Colts, which has led to the widely held belief that the Cowboys do not play well in their blue shirts. "Easy" Mode was scrapped and replaced with "Normal" Mode.

Prior to that, the home team always wore the dark jerseys. version of DMC3 differs in terms of Difficuly with the original Japanese game, making the it quite a bit tougher to complete. The home team is given the choice of either wearing their colored jerseys or their white ones; this started with Super Bowl XIII. The U.S. The designated "home team" alternates between the NFC team in odd-numbered years (the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005), and the AFC team in even-numbered years (the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006). Allows Dante to utilize a shadow to double attacks. For instance, cruise ships made up the discrepancy in hotel rooms for Jacksonville in Super Bowl XXXIX and cold-weather cities such as Minneapolis and Detroit have been awarded Super Bowls because the stadium had a roof. Allows Dante to slow down time while attacking at normal speed.

Exceptions are at the discretion of the NFL. Quicksilver and Doppleganger styles must be unlocked in order to play with them.. A potential venue currently must meet these qualifications in order to be a Super Bowl host: [citation needed]. Focuses on absorbing enemy strikes and projecting the energy back. Neither of these stadiums has ever been a home to an NFL team. Focuses on techniques for firearms. However, Super Bowl XIV (which involved the then-Los Angeles Rams) was played at nearby Pasadena's Rose Bowl stadium; and Super Bowl XIX (which involved the San Francisco 49ers) was played at the nearby Stanford Stadium on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto. Focuses on techniques for the Devil Arms.

Coincidentally, no NFL team has ever played the Super Bowl on its own home turf. Focuses on dodging and agility. Louis, Missouri. The four default styles, with moves, are:. The last time the Los Angeles area hosted the game was Super Bowl XXVII in 1993; the area is currently not considered a possible venue after the league's two teams vacated the city in 1995: the Raiders moved back to Oakland, California, and the Rams moved to St. The biggest change is the new combat system, which allows Dante to choose one of six different styles of combat in each mission, which enable him to use special techniques related to the style's focus. After Hurricane Katrina damaged the Louisiana Superdome and the city, the game might never return to New Orleans. Many felt that Kaneko's unique design style is a little too quirky for DMC's gothic style, especially since it heavily resembled the Mantra Demon forms from Digital Devil Saga 1&2, and that his art style would rather be more fitting for enemies, as well as maybe minor characters, such as perhaps Arkham.

Miami has been selected to host two future games: Super Bowl XLI in 2007 and Super Bowl XLIV in 2010. The designs received mixed feelings with fans of DMC. Over half of the Super Bowls have been played in one of the following three cities: New Orleans, Louisiana (9 times), Miami, Florida (8 times) and the Greater Los Angeles Area (7 total, 5 times at Pasadena's Rose Bowl stadium and twice at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum). The Devil Trigger forms of both Dante and Vergil were designed by Atlus art director Kazuma Kaneko. Cities compete to host the game in a selection bidding process similar to ones used by the Olympic Games and soccer's World Cup. Devil May Cry 3 features a large arsenal, comprised of both guns and melee weapons. The location of the Super Bowl is chosen by the NFL well in advance, usually 3 to 5 years before the game. A few examples are:.

True to the hopes of the NFL and the networks, McCartney turned in an enjoyable but uncontroversial performance. Ironically, when the prequel to SotN, Castlevania: Lament of Innocence (LoI) was released, it was generally compared to Devil May Cry. The following year, the NFL chose Paul McCartney to perform at halftime of Super Bowl XXXIX. That was the very game Devil May Cry was compared to when released. This also led to the FCC cracking down on indecency and fining CBS $225,000 for the incident, as well as fining each of CBS's then twenty owned and operated stations. The most notable Castlevania game from which the Devil May Cry series take inspiration from is Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (SotN). The NFL, embarrassed from the incident, permanently banned MTV from doing another halftime show in any capacity. Both games have been accused to be spin-offs of each other in terms of gameplay, locations and stories.

It also didn't help matters that the game was airing on CBS, and their then-corporate sister company within Viacom, MTV, produced the halftime show. There are many similar traits between the Devil May Cry series and the Castlevania series. Timberlake and Jackson have maintained that the incident was unintentional, hence the term "wardrobe malfunction". In the game, Trish is basically short for Beatrice, because in italian, the trice part is almost pronounced Trish (Bay-ah-treech-ey). Many conspiracy theorists think that this was done intentionally to get everyone's attention, possibly so that Janet could get the attention away from her brother Michael Jackson, who was facing child molestation charges at the time. She guides Dante to a castle in Mallet Island, and later on, in the Underworld. In 2004, it was during halftime at Super Bowl XXXVIII that Janet Jackson had her now-infamous wardrobe malfunction after Justin Timberlake ripped off a piece of her top, exposing her right breast with a star-like ring surrounding the nipple. In Devil May Cry, a female character named Trish is present in the game.

John performed the national anthem; and The Rolling Stones played during the halftime show. Beatrice is also included in the DMC series. Super Bowl XL in 2006 featured Stevie Wonder, Joss Stone, and John Legend during the pregame ceremonies; Aaron Neville, Aretha Franklin, and Dr. The complete absence of God and Jesus (as well as crucifixes) is an example of that, and it is more likely that the Devil May Cry series will be further based on The Divine Comedy and religious jargon. Because of the large number of viewers that the Super Bowl generates, a number of popular singers and musicians have performed during its pregame ceremonies, the halftime show, or even just singing the national anthem of the United States, "The Star-Spangled Banner". Arguably, the Devil May Cry series has many connections to Christianity, but they are not in a strict and canonical way. With the new television contracts beginning in 2006, NBC, which last telecast Super Bowl XXXII in 1998, will take ABC's place in the network rotation starting with Super Bowl XLIII in 2009. Other examples are Agni and Rudra, Beowulf Ambrosia, Devils, Ifrit, Alastor et cetera.

Super Bowl XXXVIII was shown on CBS, Super Bowl XXXIX was shown on FOX, and Super Bowl XL was shown on ABC, which will be the final NFL game broadcast on that network for the foreseeable future. There are allusions to many other sources, but The Divine Comedy stands as the most prominent one. In the United States it is currently shared among three of the four major television networks: ABC, CBS, and FOX. The seven deadly sins are mentioned in the game as well. The television network showing the game changes from year to year. All these characters are not based in an accurate way on their historical counterparts. [5]. The three women in Devil May Cry: Trish, Lucia and Lady (Mary), are all based on the three women who watched over Dante in The Divine Comedy.

If the television show Las Vegas stays on the air when NBC gets their next Super Bowl Broadcast (which will be Super Bowl XLIII in 2009), they may not be allowed to promote the series during the entire block of programming. Lucia who told Beatrice about Dante, and subsequently Beatrice asked Virgil to aid him. Many groups are denied the chance to run Super Bowl ads on various grounds, but Las Vegas is the only city to be denied in such a fashion; the NFL has stated that it does not want the Super Bowl to be associated with the perception of Las Vegas as a gambling mecca. In The Divine Comedy, it was St. The ban includes the game, as well as the pre-game and post-game shows. Not to mention the character Lucia who, in Devil May Cry 2, aids Dante. In recent years, the NFL has denied the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority the opportunity to run Super Bowl ads for the city as a tourist destination. Although briefly mentioned in the book, Mary is a character called by Dante Lady.

Many people tune in to the Super Bowl solely to watch the very creative commercials. Cerberus being the gatekeeper of the Temen-ni-gru (in the game) in the third mission, is also an example wherein comparison, Dante meets Cerberus in the third circle in Canto VI of Inferno. Prices have increased each year, with reports citing a record $2.5 million (US) for a 30 second spot during Super Bowl XL in 2006. In the book, Virgil was not evil, but his soul guided Dante through Hell, which can be seen as an aesthetic metaphor with the game, where Vergil chooses to live in Hell, and later confronts Dante in battle there. Famous commercial campaigns include the Budweiser "Bud Bowl" campaign, and the 1999 and 2000 dot-com ads. Vergil Sparda is a good example of how Dante in the book is close to the Roman poet Virgil; whereas in the game, he is his evil twin brother. Following Apple Computer's 1984 commercial introducing the Apple Macintosh computer, directed by Ridley Scott, the broadcast of the Super Bowl became the premier showcase for high concept or simply extravagantly expensive commercials. Dante Sparda is the main protagonist of the game, whilst the author Dante is the lead character in his own book.

[4] Although the proliferation of cable and satellite television has undercut broadcast ratings somewhat in recent years, the game is still so popular that a number of networks actually schedule original programming, such as independently produced halftime entertainment, during the game, simply to take advantage of a large audience already in front of the television. Exactly like the first game in the series, this part has allusions to The Divine Comedy, written by Dante Alighieri. Super Bowl XVI is #4 on Nielsen's list of top-rated programs of all time, and 3 other Super Bowls (XII, XVII, XX) made the top 10. [1]. The highest rated game according to Nielsen was Super Bowl XVI in 1982 which was watched in 49.1% of households (73 share) or 40,020,000 households at the time.
On February 1, 2006, Ubisoft announced that they would be publishing the game on the PC. [citation needed]. Much to the dismay of many European Devil May Cry fans.

[citation needed] According to NFL Films...these are the ultimate Lost Treasures. Official PS2 magazine (UK) announced that this special edition will not be released in Europe. [citation needed] But the NFL has put out a $1,000,000 bounty on either one of the tapes, and experts say that there is still a chance that one of the network affiliates taped the game off the live feed and saved it. Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition was released on January 24th, 2006 for USD $19.99 as part of the Playstation 2 Greatest Hits Collection. [citation needed]) According to Steve Sabol, both networks taped soap operas over the game tapes, which are presumably lost forever. He has only one ranged attack, "Summoned Swords," which are slower but do more damage. (Merv Griffin once said that a ninety-minute blank tape cost $750. He has three weapons: the Yamato, Dante's Beowulf gauntlets, and the Force Edge longsword from the first game.

Another reason was that videotape in those days was prohibitively expensive. Vergil has only one Style, Dark Slayer, but this Style levels up more than do Dante's styles. According to Sports Illustrated, the only footage of the first telecast known to exist is a two minute clip of the first game.[citation needed] From the early days of television into the 1960s, copies of TV broadcasts were routinely erased, mainly because nobody thought anyone would want to watch the same show they had just seen. New cinematics have been added in support. This is especially shocking for Super Bowl I, which was covered by both NBC and CBS. Finally, the new version allows players to take the role of Vergil, Dante's brother and one of the game's main antagonists. Given the immense popularity of the Super Bowl, it may be surprising to discover that videotapes of the telecasts of the first two Super Bowls are said not to exist. The new Gold Orbs, which must be enabled at the start of the game, remove Yellow Orbs and allow infinite Continues; the Gold Orbs themselves, which must be found or purchased, revive the player instantly without resetting bosses or enemies.

[3]. The previous Continue system was based on Yellow Orbs: if the player had one, they could begin the room over again, resetting Dante's inventory and HP but, just as significantly, resetting any enemies (IE bosses) in the area. Approximately half of the remaining 2 million worldwide viewers watched from the United Kingdom. It added a new survival mode, the "Bloody Palace," which contains a total of 10,000 levels; a new boss fight early in the game; a "Turbo Mode" for 20% faster gameplay; and a new Continue system. In actual fact, Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005 was watched by 93 million viewers in total, of which 98 percent were in North America [2]. It added a new difficulty level and—perhaps more importantly—rebalanced the existing difficulties. There is a popular urban myth regarding the Super Bowl — that the game is watched in 234 countries by 1 billion people [1], a fact unlikely to be true considering the time of the event, and the lack of popularity American Football has outside of the United States. At the 2005 Tokyo Game Show, it was confirmed that Capcom would be releasing a Special Edition of DMC3.

It is also estimated that 130-140 million tune into some part of the game. Finally, Dante is only allowed to carry two of his melee and firearms at once; new ones must be traded in and out at Statues of Time (shops), but during battle, Dante can switch within his inventory at the push of a button, allowing the player to add even more complexity to their combos. This means that on average, 80 to 90 million Americans are tuned into the Super Bowl at any given moment. Each Style may level up twice with passive experience gain, opening up new abilities. households, and 60 percent of all homes tuned into television during the game). Two more styles are unlocked by defeating bosses: "Quicksilver" turns the Devil Trigger into a sort of "bullet time," allowing Dante to freeze enemies around him and attack at leisure, and "Doppelganger" lets him to spawn a clone of himself (which can be controlled by a second player) while in Devil mode. The game tends to have high Nielsen television ratings which usually come in around a 40 rating and 60 share (i.e., on average, 40 percent of all U.S. Finally, "Royal Guard" allows Dante to block enemy attacks, as well as "Just Guard" (which allows the player to tap Block just before an enemy attack lands to stun the enemy).

By any measure, the Super Bowl is one of the most watched television programs of the year. "Swordmaster" adds one or more new moves to each of Dante's melee weapons; "Gunslinger" does the same to his firearms. Following his death in September 1970, the trophy was named the Vince Lombardi Trophy, first awarded at Super Bowl V in Miami. The "Trickster" style allows Dante to leap away from enemy attacks, run up walls, and generally increases his mobility. The winning team gets the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named for the coach of the Green Bay Packers, who won the first two Super Bowl games. Dante starts the game with four fighting styles, each with its own signature moves and abilities, which are accessed via the fourth face button. The game remains his crowning achievement and was an important factor in him being selected by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century. With a fourth face button to take advantage of, Capcom designed a "Style" system.

His leadership guided them into the merger agreement and cemented the preeminence of the Super Bowl. DMC3 adds several new features, however. The NFL commissioner at that time, Pete Rozelle, is often considered the mastermind of both the merger and the Super Bowl. The game propagates older conventions such as Red Orbs for currency, Blue and Purple Orbs to extend one's Life and Devil Trigger gauges, respectively, expendable Yellow Orbs to allow the player to "Continue" (IE keep playing after all lives are lost), and comprehensive files on the game's enemies. As of Super Bowl XL, former AFL teams have won 11 Super Bowls, pre-1970 NFL teams have won 23 games, and two games have been won by teams created after 1970. When in Devil state, Dante's appearance changes (depending on which weapon he is wielding at the time), he regenerates health, and his strength, resilience and speed are increased. Since then, the Super Bowl has featured the champions of the AFC and NFC. Dante may also unleash his devil powers by use of the Devil Trigger, which is charged by attacking foes.

When the NFL and AFL merged into one combined league for the 1970 season, three NFL teams joined the 10 AFL teams to form the American Football Conference (AFC), and the other 13 teams became the National Football Conference (NFC). The game emphasizes long strings of continuous hits (combos) and rewards the player with extra currency (Red Orbs). One year later, the American Football League's Kansas City Chiefs defeated the NFL Minnesota Vikings 23-7 and won Super Bowl IV in New Orleans, the last World Championship game played between the champions of two leagues. Controls are simple: one button causes Dante to jump, another makes him swing his sword, and the third lets him fire his guns (which have infinite ammunition). That all changed with perhaps the biggest upset in American sports history, the AFL's New York Jets defeat of the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in Miami. Devil May Cry 3 continues the series' tradition of accessible, stylish gameplay. After the NFL's Green Bay Packers convincingly won the first two Super Bowls, some team owners feared for the future of the merger, since many doubted that AFL teams could compete with their NFL counterparts. .

Starting with the third contest in January 1969, the name "Super Bowl" became official. The game focuses heavily on the dysfunctional relationship between Dante and his twin brother Vergil. Not surprisingly, fans and media tended to use the shorter, unofficial name. Devil May Cry 3 takes place before the establishment of the Devil May Cry agency and before Dante is aware of his devil lineage. Not having thought of one, the owners named the contest the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. Most fans and critics agree that it is equal, if not superior, to the first game. Hunt only meant his suggested name to be a stopgap until a better one could be found. Upon release, it was widely lamented for its high level of difficulty, which rendered the game almost unplayable, but was praised for its return to Devil May Cry 1's engaging gameplay and various improvements.

The name was feasible because postseason college football games had long been known as "bowl games" (the term originates from the Rose Bowl Game, which was in turn named for the bowl-shaped stadium in which it is played). Yuji Shimomura is the action director, who also served the same position in Ryuhei Kitamura's cult action movie Versus. The ball is now on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The development team consisted of staff from both of the previous two games. [citation needed] During the discussions to iron out the details, AFL founder and Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt had jokingly referred to the proposed interleague championship as the "Super Bowl." Hunt thought of the name after seeing his daughter playing with a toy called a Super Ball. Its first trailer, promising a return to the hallmarks of the original, such as spooky, Gothic stylings and Dante's flippant personality, was well received by fans. According to NFL Films President Steve Sabol, Then NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle wanted to call the game "The Big One". Capcom, stating that they had learned much from the flop of the first sequel, announced Devil May Cry 3 at E³ 2004.

One of the conditions of the AFL-NFL Merger was that the winners of each league's championship game would meet in a contest to determine the "world champion of football". It is a prequel to the first game. The intense competitive war for players and fans led to serious merger talks between the two leagues in 1966. Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening (デビルメイクライ3) is the second sequel to Devil May Cry, starring the cocky hero Dante. After its inception in 1920, the NFL fended off several rival leagues before the AFL began play in 1960. Later recieved a game of the month award when the special edition was released. The Super Bowl was created as part of the merger agreement between the National Football League (NFL) and its rival, the American Football League (AFL). Included on Game Informer's "Top 50 Games of 2005" list.

. If inserting a second controller, and pressing start, 2 player mode will be available. food consumption day next to Thanksgiving. When active, this also allows a second player to control the shadow version of Dante for as long as the effect lasts. This is the largest U.S. Also Devil Trigger consumptive. In addition, many popular singers and musicians have performed during the Super Bowl's pre-game and halftime ceremonies. After image - Spawns a second shadow version of Dante.

The last true day game (which ended before local sunset) of the series was Super Bowl XI in January 1977. Ideal for taking down harder enemies, when surrounded or for earning extra Style Points. This has caused the starting time of the game to be pushed back later and later, to ensure the Sunday night prime time audience on the East Coast. Devil Trigger consumptive. The Super Bowl is one of the most-watched American television broadcasts of the year, attracting many companies to spend millions of dollars on commercials. Time Lag - Slows down time for enemies while you will still be able to move in real time. Since then, the game has been played annually on a Sunday following the playoffs, originally early to mid-January, then late January, and in 2002, the first Sunday in February. Ultimate - Block enemy attacks and convert the energy into health for yourself.

After both leagues merged in 1970, the Super Bowl became the NFL's championship game. Air Release - Release in mid-air. The game began in January 1967 as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game in which the NFL championship team played against the champion of the younger, rival American Football League (AFL) for the "World Championship of Professional Football". Air Block - Block in mid-air. The game and its ancillary festivities constitute Super Bowl Sunday (sometimes "Super Sunday"), which over the years has almost become a de facto American national holiday. Just Release - By releasing at the precise instant just before an enemy's attack hits, Dante executes a counter attack that deals approximately three times more damage than a normal release. In professional American football, the Super Bowl is the championship game of the National Football League (NFL) in the United States. Release - Release pent-up anger charged from blocked enemy attacks, dealing great damage.

New Orleans Saints. Just Guard - By blocking at the precise instant just before an enemy's attack hits, Dante suffers no damage and gains more rage for release. Jacksonville Jaguars. Block & Charge - Block enemy attacks, building up anger and adrenaline. Houston Texans. Grapple - Fires the bayonet at an enemy, impaling them, then pulls them towards you. Detroit Lions - NFL championship in 1935, 1952, 1953, and 1957. Hysteric - Fires a barrage of mini-missiles at the enemy.

Cleveland Browns - NFL championship in 1950, 1954, 1955, and 1964
(This refers to the team that the league officially views as one continuous franchise that began in 1946 but suspended operations from 1996-1998, and resumed play in 1999.). Kalina Ann Abilities

    . Arizona Cardinals - NFL champions in 1925 and 1947. Reflector - Fires a bullet that ricochets off nearby surfaces, then hits the enemy for massive damage. NFL league champions prior to Super Bowl I
      . Sniper - Targets an enemy's weak point and fires a high-damage shot. Steelers head coach, Bill Cowher, won his first Super Bowl. Trick Shot - Ricochets bullets off walls to hit multiple enemies.

      Completing 9 of 21 passes for 123 yards with 2 interceptions, his passer rating (22.6) was the lowest of any winning quarterback. Spiral Abilities

        . Ben Roethlisberger became the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Acid Rain - Shoots multiple laser beams into the air which come raining down on enemies. Firsts for the Steelers included: first AFC team to win five Super Bowls; first sixth seed to advance to the Super Bowl; first winners not to get a first down in the first quarter; and first AFC team to win a Super Bowl aired by the ABC. Sphere - Fires a giant orb of laser energy. This was the first Super Bowl appearance for the Seahawks. Multi-lock - Locks on to a single enemy and fires several lasers at them.

        Super Bowl XL: The Pittsburgh Steelers win over the Seattle Seahawks. Artemis Abilities

          . The Eagles had a chance to win the game on their final drive, but a New England interception ended the game. Point Blank - Fires the shotgun while standing right next to the enemy, doing massive damage. All three of New England's Super Bowl victories have been decided by three points. Gun Stinger - Rams the shotgun into an enemy and fires a concentrated burst of buckshot. Super Bowl XXXIX: The New England Patriots win their third Super Bowl in four years when they defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 in Jacksonville, Florida. Rapid Shot - Quickly click off a large number of shots in a short period of time.

          Two years later, Vinatieri would kick another game-winning field goal at the end of Super Bowl XXXVIII to defeat the Carolina Panthers. Charge Shot - Charges weapon, then fires off a magically imbued burst. Super Bowl XXXVI: Placekicker Adam Vinatieri kicks a 48-yard field goal as time expires to lift the New England Patriots to a 20-17 victory over the Rams, and the first of 3 Super Bowl wins in four years. Fireworks - Swings the shotgun around like nunchaku, firing in different directions. After the Rams score a 73 yard touchdown to lead 23-16, the Titans drive, and in a close finish, wide receiver Kevin Dyson catches a short pass but is tackled by linebacker Mike Jones at the 1 yard line as he stretches for the end zone with no time left on the clock, and the Rams hold on to win 23-16. Shotgun Abilities

            . Louis Rams, rallied behind quarterback Steve McNair and running back Eddie George to tie the game at 16-16. Rapid Shot - Quickly clicks off a large number of shots in a short period of time.

            Super Bowl XXXIV: In a classic game, the Tennessee Titans, down 16-0 to the St. Charge Shot - Charges weapon, then fires off a magically imbued burst. Denver will also win the Super Bowl XXXIII against Atlanta. Rain Storm - Jumps into the air, blasting pistols down in circular motion, knocking down all enemies. Super Bowl XXXII: After four superbowl losses, the Denver Broncos win their first title, defeating the defending champion Green Bay Packers 31-24 and becoming the first AFC Super Bowl champion in 14 years. Wild Stomp - Fires pistols at a downed enemy, then kicks it away. Shades of Super Bowl XIII, this game decided which of these two teams would be the first to win five Super Bowls and thus be the second NFL team to do so. Twosome Time - Fires pistols in two different directions.

            The Cowboys' Charles Haley became the first player to win 5 Super Bowls, after winning two with San Francisco (XXIII and XXIV) and two with Dallas (XXVII and XXVIII). Ebony & Ivory Abilities

              . The victory also tied the Cowboys with the San Francisco 49ers for the most Super Bowl victories (5). Tornado - Knock the enemy into the air, then follow them, kicking hundreds of times at lightning speeds. Super Bowl XXX: The Dallas Cowboys make a record 8th Super Bowl appearance, winning 27-17 over the Pittsburgh Steelers, and become the first NFL team to win 3 Super Bowls in a 4 year span. Real Impact - A highly focused, incredibly powerful uppercut that obliterates enemies. A game with no turnovers by either team and only one 5 yard penalty, it remains the only Super Bowl to be decided by a single point. Volcano - Slam the ground with your fist to create a small super-nova.

              Super Bowl XXV: As time expires, the Buffalo Bills' Scott Norwood attempts a 47-yard field goal but misses wide to the right, and the New York Giants win 20-19. The Hammer - While in mid-air, smash your enemies to the ground. As a result of this game, Joe Montana, San Francisco's quarterback became the first player to ever win three Superbowl MVPs. Zodiac - Emit a charged ball of energy from your fingertips. The 55 points are the most scored by any team in a Super Bowl. Beowulf Abilities

                . Super Bowl XXIV: The San Francisco 49ers defeat the Denver Broncos 55-10, the largest margin of victory in Super Bowl history. Distortion - Attack enemies with a barrage of bats and blasts of lightning.

                Super Bowl XXIII: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana leads a 92 yard fourth quarter drive, as the 49ers score the game-winning touchdown with 34 seconds left and defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16. Crazy Roll - Generate electricity while slashing enemies with your guitar. Super Bowl XXII: Washington Redskins after trailing 10-0 MVP quarterback Doug Williams, the first African-American quarterback to start a Superbowl, throws for 4 touchdowns in one quarter which leads to a 42 unanswered points and a rout of Denver. Feedback - Whirl your guitar around your body, hitting nearby enemies. Simms is the games MVP with a Super Bowl completion record of 88.0%. Air Slash - Attack enemies with your guitar's blade while in mid-air. Super Bowl XXI: New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms completes 22 of 25 passing attempts, including all 10 of his attempts in the second half as New York defeats Denver 39-20. Slash - Attack enemies with the bladed section of your guitar.

                MVP Richard Dent led a Bears defense that limited New England to 7 rushing yards. Nevan Abilities

                  . Super Bowl XX: After the New England Patriots (in their first Super Bowl) take a 3-0 lead on a field goal, the Chicago Bears (also in their first SB) played dominant offense and defense to take the game 46-10. Tempest - Generate a flame vortex that burns everything in its path. In the fourth quarter, in one of the most dramatic runs in Super Bowl history, MVP John Riggins ran for the first down, broke a tackle from Miami cornerback Don McNeal and ran 43 yards for a touchdown giving the Redskins a lead they never relinquished. Twister - Spin your swords to create a vortex of fire and wind. Super Bowl XVII: After the spending the entire game trailing the Miami Dolphins, the Washington Redskins were faced with fourth down and one to go on Miami 42 yard line. Crawler - Plunge your swords into the ground, unleashing a carpet of flame in the enemy's direction.

                  It marks one of the Steelers' four Super Bowl titles obtained during the 1970s. Sky Dance - Swing both swords in mid air, then descend to the ground, spinning like a saw blade. This game decided which of these two teams would be the first NFL team to win three Super Bowls. Crossed Swords - Destroy enemies with an X-style sword slash. Super Bowl XIII: The Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Dallas Cowboys 35-31 in the second Super Bowl matchup between the two teams. Agni & Rudra Abilities

                    . Super Bowl VII: Coach Don Shula and the Miami Dolphins complete the only undefeated season in NFL history, defeating the Washington Redskins 14-7. Ice Age - Encases Dante in a thick shield of ice, protecting him from all attacks.

                    The Jets defeat the Colts, 16-7. Million Carats - Thrust the flail into the ground to creat a huge ice glacier surrounding Dante. Super Bowl III: Speaking to the press in the week before the game, New York Jets quarterback "Broadway" Joe Namath guarantees a victory over the Baltimore Colts. Crystal - Thrust the flail into the ground to create huge ice pillars. The game is also notable as it was broadcast on both NBC and CBS. Can be used in mid-air. Only 61,946 attend the game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, making it the only non-sellout Super Bowl. Flicker - Whirl the flail around, hitting enemies in the immediate vicinity.

                    The Packers outscore the Chiefs 21-0 in the second half after struggling in the first half. Cerberus Abilities

                      . Super Bowl I: In the first matchup of the AFL and NFL champions, the NFL's Green Bay Packers, led by coach Vince Lombardi and quarterback Bart Starr, defeat the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10. Crazy Dance - Stick your sword into the ground during Dance Macabre and spin around it, kicking all enemies near you. The infamous "I'm Going to Disney World!" Advertising campaign did not take place at Super Bowl XXXIX for the first time since it started at Super Bowl XXI, although Disney did run an ad several times during the game showing several players from both teams practicing the catch-phrase. Dance Macabre - Unleash a massive number of slashes at breakneck speeds. This indicator has been surprisingly accurate (around 85% correct) over the past years. Sword Pierce - Throws the sword at an enemy; without the sword, Dante fights hand-to-hand.

                      Super Bowl Indicator, an indicator based on the belief that a Super Bowl win for a team from the old AFL (AFC division) foretells a decline in the stock market for the coming year, and that a win for a team from the old NFL (NFC division) means the stock market will be up for the year. Aerial Rave - Slashes an enemy in mid-air, during a jump. Wild card teams are 5-4 in the Super Bowl, with the Chiefs, Raiders, Broncos, Ravens, and Steelers winning their respective games. Prop Shredder - Spins the sword, repeatedly striking whatever's in front of Dante. They include the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl IV, the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X, the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XV, the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX, the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVII, the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII, the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV, the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the only sixth-seeded team to make it, in Super Bowl XL. Rebellion Abilities

                        . Overall, nine teams have advanced to the Super Bowl after entering the playoffs as wild card teams (teams that entered the playoffs without winning its division). Air Trick - Disappear and reappear above an enemy's head, ready to strike.

                        Eastern starting with Super Bowl XXXVII. Sky Star - A mid-air dash. The kickoff has been since moved back to 6:30 p.m. Wall Hike - Run up the wall, then kick off. Eastern Standard Time. At higher Trickster levels, this can be done several times in a row. Since the early 1980s Super Bowls have been starting at around 6 p.m. Dash - A quick dash in any direction.

                        This is also the last Super Bowl which was played outside to not end in dusk. Beowulf - A powerful set of gauntlets and greaves blessed with sacred power. Eastern Standard Time was Super Bowl XI which was played in Pasadena. It is the weapon formed from the demon Nevan's acceptance of Dante's cause. The last Super Bowl to start at 3:30 p.m. Nevan - A demonic electric guitar that summons bats when Dante plays it. The AFC broke the streak in 1998 in Super Bowl XXXII when Denver beat the defending champion Packers. Dante earns these weapons after defeating the Firestorm Room guardians of the same names.

                        The NFC won 13 Super Bowls in a row from 1985 to 1997, starting with Super Bowl XIX. Agni is fire elemental and Rudra is wind elemental. Previously, the closest an AFC team had come to winning the Super Bowl on that network was when the Buffalo Bills lost to the New York Giants 20-19 in Super Bowl XXV. They are two scimitars with serrated edges. The Pittsburgh Steelers were the first AFC team to ever win a Super Bowl (XL) that was broadcast on ABC (The NFC is currently 6-1). Agni & Rudra - Two swords Dante wields at once. Super Bowl XXXIX was the first such game to be tied after three quarters of play. The essence of an ice guardian, which Dante must defeat.

                        Louis Rams. Cerberus - Ice powered, three-pieced flail weapon, like a nunchaku but with three sides. The winning play was a 48-yard field goal kicked by Adam Vinatieri of the New England Patriots to lift them to a 20-17 victory over the St. Dante begins the game with this weapon. Super Bowl XXXVI was also the first Super Bowl to be decided by a score on the last play of the game. It was a memento from his father; its power remains dormant until awakened by Dante's blood. Also, because of the attacks, the Super Bowl is now a National Special Security Event (NSSE). Rebellion - Dante's massive sword (a longsword or perhaps a zweihander).

                        With the exception of Super Bowl XXXVII on January 26, 2003, all of the succeeding Super Bowls have been scheduled for February. Kalina Ann - A huge rocket launcher. This was the first Super Bowl to be played in February. Spiral - Very powerful sniper rifle with a slow rate of fire. But the game was moved back one week to February 3, 2002 because of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Artemis - Demonic laser weapon that can target several enemies at once. Super Bowl XXXVI was originally scheduled to be played on January 27, 2002. Good at knocking enemies back but has a fairly slow rate of fire.

                        As a result, additional settings were necessary to grant exceptions for other uses of "XXX". Shotgun - Powerful sawn-off shotgun with a large spread. Many proxy servers' filters were configured to block the text string "XXX" whenever occurring to prevent access to pornography. Their rate of fire is dependant on how quickly the player can press the fire button. In the months leading up to Super Bowl XXX (or Super Bowl Thirty), some Internet proxy servers were blocking the web site for the upcoming event. Ebony & Ivory - Dante's two handmade semi-automatic pistols. Louis Rams were the first NFL team who plays their home games in a fully enclosed stadium, the Edward Jones Dome, to win the Super Bowl. In this case, common intellectual ancestry is probably the cause of the similarity.

                        In 2000, the St. Holy water can be used as a powerful and fiery weapon against enemies. The jerseys they wore paid tribute to the 1957 team. Slogra and Gaibon/Agni and Rudra are four bosses, which co-operate against Alucard/Dante. Since it was the league's 75th season, every team wore a throwback jersey during the season and San Francisco decided to continue to wear their jerseys all the way through the playoffs and into Super Bowl XXIX. They both are nearly naked, showing breasts, and are familiar with Dante's/Alucard's fathers. In 1994, the 49ers became the first team to wear a throwback jersey during the Super Bowl. Nevan and Succubus are bosses that are both very sexually attractive female demons.

                        For example, the New England Patriots, winners of Super Bowl XXXIX are the champions of the 2004 NFL season, even though the championship game was played in February 2005. These are Vergil and Richter Belmont, both of whom share some history with the protagonists. The NFL season spreads over two calendar years, so identifying the games by the year of the Super Bowl could cause some confusion. Bosses that have once been good but for some reason converted to being evil. The Super Bowl uses Roman numerals to identify each game, rather than the year it was held. Although some might consider DMC3 to be imitating SotN with the presence of Cerberus, Capcom's intention was most likely to remain faithful to the Comedy roots and underworld mythology more than Castlevania in this case. Three golf courses for the NFL's annual charity golf tournament. Cerberus and Doppelganger serve as bosses in both series and games.

                        250 buses for NFL use. Both Maria and Lady seek to destroy the evil castle/tower, and they are both looking for a relative that has embraced evil. Separate practice facilities for each team. They are both non-playable characters, and serve as bosses in the game (Maria Renard appears as an opponent only in the Saturn version of SotN, but she is also playable in that version) as well as potential love interests for the male protagonist. Enough "quality" hotel rooms within a one-hour drive for 35% of the stadium's capacity. Lady's real name is Mary (which is another form of Maria), and Alucard/Dante run upon them every now and then throughout the course of the game. 50,000 square feet of space for news media ("Radio Row"). Maria Renard and Lady.

                        Large, high-end hotel for teams and NFL. Both have white hair, and are more or less immortal. 600,000 square feet of exhibit space for fan events. Alucard and Dante are both of human heritage, and vampiric/demonic heritage, they both wield swords, and hunt their respective non-human heritage. Space for 10 photo trailers and 40 television trucks. For Nevan of Irish Mythology see Nevan (mythology). Stadium with greater than 70,000 seats.

                        Average high temperature of at least 50 degrees in February.

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