Home-Field Advantage: When Some Team Will Finally Win a Super Bowl in Their City

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Home-Field Advantage: When Some Team Will Finally Win a Super Bowl in Their City
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The first Super Bowl was played on Jan. 15, 1967. That game was played in Los Angeles, California. A team from Green Bay and another from Kansas City traveled to the City of Angels to play in historic Memorial Coliseum.

The building filled up with fans anticipating a great game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers. Quarterback Bart Starr won the Super Bowl MVP award, and the Packers beat the Chiefs, 35-10.

On Sunday, Super Bowl XLV will be played in Dallas, Texas. The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers are going to battle toe-to-toe and will be continuing an NFL streak that started back in 1967 in the inaugural Super Bowl.

The city that hosts the Super Bowl has not only never had its home team win the big game, but the city’s team has never even played in it.

You have to go all the way back to Super Bowl XIX in Palo Alto, California for a Super Bowl game to be played from which a team is also from the game’s host state. The San Francisco 49ers played the Miami Dolphins at Stanford Stadium. The 49ers fans had to travel a half-hour south to see Joe Montana and the Niners defeat the Dolphins, 38-16.

This also happened in Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego, California. The Oakland Raiders faced off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Qualcomm Stadium. Raider fans had to travel close to 500 miles south to see their team play for Lombardi Trophy. The Buccaneers blew out the Raiders, 48-21.

Since Dallas won’t see its beloved Cowboys win the Super Bowl this year, let’s take a look at future Super Bowl cities and see if their team has a shot at breaking this long streak.

In 2012, the Super Bowl will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Peyton Manning and the Colts have a sure shot at breaking this streak. The Colts have made the playoffs every single year since 2002.

The Colts have won 10 or more games the last nine seasons, and with Peyton Manning as their quarterback, and my money is on the Colts winning at least 10 games for the 10th season in a row and making the playoffs once again.

Indianapolis has been to the Super Bowl twice. It beat the Bears in Super Bowl XLI, and it lost to the Saints in Super Bowl XXIV. The Colts have a real strong chance of breaking the streak in Super Bowl XLVI in their home city of Indianapolis.

In 2013, Super Bowl XLVII will be located in the Big Easy. The beautiful city of New Orleans will host its record 10th Super Bowl. The team that used to be known as the “Aints” currently has one of the best offenses in the league with Drew Brees as its quarterback.

The Saints made their first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history in 2010 when they defeated the Colts, 31-17. With consecutive postseason appearances in 2009 and 2010, the Saints have a great chance of breaking the streak if the Colts don’t yet break it in 2012. Who Dat nation would pack the Superdome and Drew Bress, Reggie Bush and the Saints would be going for the second Super Bowl trophy.

Finally, in 2014, the Super Bowl will be played in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Although it isn’t New York City, the New Meadowlands Stadium hosts all home games for the New York Giants and New York Jets.

New York (or New Jersey) has never hosted the big game. With two teams calling that city home, the chance of a team winning the Super Bowl in its home city is even greater.

The Jets have played one Super Bowl in their 50-year history, in which they defeated the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. The Giants have made four Super Bowls, winning in 1986, 1990 and 2007, and losing in 2000.

In 2014, each of these teams has chances of breaking the streak if it already is not broken. Each of these teams has young quarterbacks leading it in Mark Sanchez and Eli Manning, and the chances of the Jets or Giants winning the Super Bowl in their own city is great.

After the Super Bowl in Dallas, the next three game sites all have nice shots at hosting its city’s team and watching it have a chance at becoming the first team to win the Super Bowl in its home city. Whether it’s the Colts, Saints, Jets or Giants, my money is on this streak being snapped soon.

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