Schedule touts 22 Super Bowl rematches

With every team playing four teams from one specific division in the opposing conference every season — and with nearly 50 Super Bowls in the books — rematches of past Super Bowl games are inevitable, and common.  This year, the NFL has placed special emphasis on the rekindling of Super Bowls past, since the 50th Super Bowl will be played in Santa Clara to cap the campaign.

The official schedule posted at NFL.com highlights all Super Bowl rematches in gold.  In all, 22 Super Bowls will be reprised via 19 games peppered throughout the schedule.

In Week One, the Dolphins travel to Washington for a rematch of Super Bowl VII (won by Miami) and Super Bowl XVII (won by Washington).

Week Two ends with the Jets visiting the Colts, in a renewal not only of a long-time AFC East rivalry but also of Super Bowl III, featuring one of the greatest upsets in league history.

Week Three has the Steelers traveling to face the Rams; Pittsburgh secured its fourth Super Bowl win of the ’70s with a thrilling (as ’70s Super Bowls go) win over the then-L.A. Rams in Super Bowl XIV.  Also, the Chiefs and Packers get together on Monday night for a rematch of the first installment of the AFL-NFL Championship Game, before it was known as the Super Bowl.

Week Four has the Giants and Bills getting together in Buffalo for a 25-year reunion of Super Bowl XXV.  (Scott Norwood probably won’t be invited to do the coin toss.)

Week Six has three Super Bowl rematches:  Cardinals at Steelers (Super Bowl XLIII, one of the greatest Super Bowls ever played); Chiefs at Vikings (Super Bowl IV, the 65 Toss Power Trap game); and Ravens at 49ers (Super Bowl XLVII, which should have been another Harbaugh Bowl but for a “mutual parting”).

Week Seven includes the Saints traveling to Indianapolis for a rematch of Super Bowl XLIV, which the Saints won via a surprise onside kick and an even more surprising pick six from Tracy Porter, who cracked the Peyton Manning code, jumped a pass route run by Reggie Wayne, and sealed the win.

Week Eight has the Packers traveling to Denver, a Super Bowl XXXII rematch that likely won’t include Peyton Manning doing a helicopter move to cap a key scramble late in the game.

In Week 10, the Vikings travel to Oakland for a rematch of the first Super Bowl win for the Raiders — and the last Super Bowl appearance for Minnesota, 39 years ago.  Also, the Giants and Patriots get together at MetLife Stadium for a repeat of Super Bowl XLII, the game that kept the Patriots from getting to 19-0.

Week 11 has Dallas traveling to Miami for a rematch of one of the more forgettable Super Bowl in NFL history:  Super Bowl VI, a drubbing of the Dolphins that kick-started their 17-0 season of 1972.

Week 12 features the Steelers traveling to Seattle for a Super Bowl XL rematch.  If the league has a sense of humor, referee Bill Leavy will be assigned to that game.

Week 13 has Philly traveling to New England for a Super Bowl XXXIX revival, which may or may not involve late-game nausea.

Week 15 includes four Super Bowl rematches in three games:  Bills at Washington (Super Bowl XXVI); Packers at Raiders (Super Bowl II, which still wasn’t officially known as “the Super Bowl” when it was played), and Bengals at 49ers (Super Bowl XVI and XXIII).

Week 16 has the last of the rematches, the back-to-back Super Bowl XXVII and Super Bowl XXVIII blowouts by the Cowboys over the Bills, who will get to relive all four Super Bowl losses in 2015 — as they do every four year when they play the teams of the NFC East.

18 responses to “Schedule touts 22 Super Bowl rematches

  1. My Vikings haven’t been to the Super Bowl in 39 years?? But what about all of our off-season championships?? Those don’t count??

  2. I like how they mention Bill Leavy and SB XL.* Everyone seems to agree now that the refs stole that one from the Seahawks.

    *Unearned ring

  3. Awwwww, they aren’t going to let TB12 have his way with Lil Russ this year? Last year they were all about Manning getting his rematch, what’s up with this? Send the “LoB” to the big boy den. You know, Gillette Stadium, home to the BEST home field record in the last 14 years(stats don’t lie). That’s right “12’s”, The only year that Russell had a better record at home than Brady, was his rookie year, so get off your high horse and go look at the standings.

  4. I’d forgotten that the Redskins had played the Miami team in two Super Bowls. Sadly this years matchup will look nothing like those games.

  5. Is it really fair to call games in 2015 super bowl rematches? Just because GB & Denver played in SB32 doesn’t make the 2015 game a SB rematch

  6. Gotta say, that Saints/Colts SB was one f the most interesting ones for the exact reasons described in this article. This year’s rematch…. eh

  7. I agree with Packerfan121. It’s ridiculous to call the Dallas Miami game a super bowl rematch or any of these other games super bowl rematches when many of the players playing today weren’t even born when the super bowl game was played. Just a very poor marketing gimic. The game is already wildly popular. You don’t need this silly “rematch” crap to stimulate interest.

  8. Saints beat 3 future 1st ballot HOFers on their way to a 14 point Super Bowl victory !!!

  9. They should wear throw back jerseys from the days of the actual Super Bowl match up between these teams.

  10. BradyWouldaHitThatSlant says:
    Apr 22, 2015 8:20 AM
    Awwwww, they aren’t going to let TB12 have his way with Lil Russ this year? Last year they were all about Manning getting his rematch, what’s up with this? Send the “LoB” to the big boy den. You know, Gillette Stadium, home to the BEST home field record in the last 14 years(stats don’t lie). That’s right “12’s”, The only year that Russell had a better record at home than Brady, was his rookie year, so get off your high horse and go look at the standings.
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    The Pats play the NFC East this year. Which means the only team that “TB12” has a losing record against, The New York Football Giants, will look to extend their winning streak to 4 in a row against New England.

  11. I understand everyone getting all whiny because this year’s version of teams that met in past super bowls are not the same teams that met in the super bowl. If you feel that it’s a cheesy marketing gimmick, simply don’t spend any money on “Super Bowl Rematch” memorabilia. I’ll also expect you to turn the channel when they flash back to the highlights of the past super bowls.

    However, let’s not lose sight of celebrating the history of the league. It will be interesting to see if the teams bring back former players from each super bowl to honor them before each game or at halftime. Although I could imagine that sucking for the losing team, especially if they are the host. “Let’s hear it for Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith and Scott Norwood!”

  12. As often as they’ve been there, you can’t spit without hitting a Steelers SB opponent.

  13. All of America wants a Super Bowl 49 rematch. Guess we’ll have to wait till February to get it. 🙂

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