For the second time in four years, the Super Bowl invades South Beach as Super Bowl XLIV emanates from Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fla. tonight.
Super Bowl XLIV's kickoff time is scheduled for 6:28 P.M. EST/3:28 P.M PST, and the Super Bowl can be seen on CBS.
The 2010 edition of the Super Bowl marks the fifth time that Sun Life Stadium, normally the home of the Miami Dolphins, hosts the NFL’s big finale—and even though the building itself has a new name, it is chock full of Super Bowl history.
The first Super Bowl at Sun Life took place when the building was known as Joe Robbie Stadium, and it featured one of the best finishes in game history. On Jan. 22, 1989, the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16 when Joe Montana tossed a game-winning 10-yard touchdown pass to John Taylor with just 39 seconds left.
That game also saw Jerry Rice earn the MVP Award with a Super Bowl-record 215 receiving yards, was the final NFL game for legendary 49ers coach Bill Walsh, and, to date, is the Bengals’ last Super Bowl appearance.
Most recently, Super Bowl XLI took place at the then-Dolphin Stadium and saw the Indianapolis Colts (the favorites in tonight’s game) defeat the Chicago Bears to earn Peyton Manning his first Super Bowl ring.
That night, the Super Bowl saw its first matchup of charter NFL teams, as the two squads were descendants of the Decatur Staleys (Colts) and the Dayton Triangles (Bears) teams that took the field for the league’s inaugural season in 1920.
Super Bowl XLI also saw the first and only matchup featuring two African-American head coaches, and with the Colts’ victory over Lovie Smith’s Bears, the now-retired Tony Dungy also became the first African-American head coach to win a ring.
In between, Sun Life Stadium hosted two other Super Bowls: XXIX in 1995 (which saw the Niners defeat San Diego to become the first franchise in NFL history to win five Super Bowls) and XXXIII in 1999—which saw Denver defeat Atlanta 34-19 in what turned out to be John Elway’s final NFL game.
2010's game will be the tenth in the City of Miami itself, as in addition to the aforementioned four, Super Bowls II, III, V, X, and XIII all emanated from the now-demolished Orange Bowl.
And, for those who are wondering: If the winning quarterback or coach decides to tell the television audience at large that they are “going to Disney World,” it won’t be a long trip—Orlando is just a three-and-a-half hour drive up the Florida Turnpike from Miami.