California Super Bowls on the front page

California Super Bowls on the front page

There have been 10 Super Bowls played in the state of California. Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara will mark the 11th time the big game has been held in the Golden State.

(Los Angeles Times)

Sunday will mark the 12th time California has hosted the Super Bowl dating to the the first AFL-NFL championship game in 1967.

The game has changed since that first meeting at the Coliseum, but it has always been a front-page story. So we dug a bit into the archives and retrieved the Super Bowl covers from the 11 previous games.

It was in Super Bowl VII at the Coliseum that the Don Shula-led Miami Dolphins put the finishing touches on their perfect 1972 season. In Pasadena, the Los Angeles Rams played essentially a home game in 1980, but couldn’t keep Terry Bradshaw and the Pittsburgh Steelers from winning their fourth Super Bowl in six years.

The San Francisco 49ers made good on the home-field advantage at Stanford Stadium in Super Bowl XIX, defeating the Dolphins, 38-16. Quarterback Dan Marino, the NFL’s most valuable player, was out-dueled by veteran Joe Montana, who won the second of his three Super Bowl MVP awards.


Which brings us to Sunday’s game at Santa Clara, where quarterback Cam Newton, the presumptive NFL MVP, and the Carolina Panthers will face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. The game will feature a dropback passer, Manning, against a mobile quarterback -- less than 15 miles from where Montana beat Marino in 1985.

Each game has its place in history, and so will this one. For now, click on each image below to see a larger PDF view and take a trip back in time.

Super Bowl I

Coliseum: Jan. 15, 1967

Green Bay 35
Kansas City 10

READ: The Super Bowl’s humble beginnings in L.A.

Super Bowl VII

Coliseum: Jan. 14, 1973

Miami 14
Washington 7

Super Bowl XI

Rose Bowl: Jan. 9, 1977

Oakland 32
Minnesota 14

Super Bowl XIV

Rose Bowl: Jan. 20, 1980

Pittsburgh 31
Los Angeles 19

The 1979 L.A. Rams recall their unlikely run to Super Bowl and what might’ve been


Super Bowl XVII

Rose Bowl: Jan. 30, 1983

Washington 27
Miami 17

Super Bowl XIX

Stanford Stadium: Jan. 20, 1985

San Francisco 38
Miami 16

Super Bowl XXI

Rose Bowl: Jan. 25, 1987

New York Giants 39
Denver 20

Super Bowl XXII

Jack Murphy Stadium: Jan. 31, 1988

Washington 42
Denver 10

Super Bowl XXVII

Rose Bowl: Jan. 31, 1993

Dallas 52
Buffalo 17

Super Bowl XXXII

Qualcomm Stadium: Jan. 25, 1998

Denver 31
Green Bay 24

Super Bowl XXXVII

Qualcomm Stadium: Jan. 26, 2003

Tampa Bay 48
Oakland 21

We’ll add our cover from Super Bowl 50 after it runs.

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