Just call us the Super Bowl State.

Florida has hosted more Super Bowls than any other state. The NFL’s championship game has been here 15 times, in three cities: Miami, Tampa and Jacksonville.

Miami has hosted the Super Bowl more than any other city in the country; it has been the site of the big game 10 times. But that distinction will end at kickoff today as New Orleans hosts its 10th Super Bowl, tying Miami in the record book.

Still, with nearly a third of all Super Bowls having been played here, there’s a lot of history, a lot of firsts and a lot of memories. So we take a look back what previous Super Sundays have been like here in the Sunshine State — and highlight the best of the best.

Giants’ win over Bills tops for Super games

The best Super Bowl played in Florida is arguably the best Super Bowl ever. The New York Giants’ 20-19 win over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV in Tampa is still the closest final score in Super Bowl history. Here’s how the Orlando Sentinel reported the outcome of the Jan. 27, 1991, game ...

“The Giants won Super Bowl XXV, 20-19, beating the Buffalo Bills with a page snipped from the playbook of Gotham’s playground bullies. They got the football and refused to let the other guys play with it. Their greed was rewarded when Buffalo kicker Scott Norwood missed a 47-yard field goal with 8 seconds left before 73,813 at Tampa Stadium.

“With Most Valuable Player Ottis Anderson picking up 102 yards on 21 carries and quarterback Jeff Hostetler hitting on 20 of 32 passes, the Giants just didn’t give Buffalo’s dangerous offensive specialists much time to do their tricks. New York controlled the ball 40 minutes, 33 seconds to Buffalo’s 19:27, and Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and the Bills’ other offensive All-Pros found themselves standing futilely on the sideline for long stretches.”

There were only two punts in the game, It was also the first Super Bowl ever without a turnover. And only two instant replays. That’s pretty super!

Florida's 15 Super Bowls ...

Super Bowl II: Orange Bowl, Miami (Jan. 14, 1968)
Result: Green Bay Packers 33, Oakland Raiders 14. MVP: QB Bart Starr, Packers.
Buzz: Packers, Lombardi win 2nd straight Super Bowl – establishing standard for “dynasty.”

Super Bowl III: Orange Bowl, Miami (Jan. 12, 1969)
Result: New York Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7. MVP: QB Joe Namath, Jets.
Buzz: The 1st Super Bowl win for AFL – and it was “guaranteed” by Namath.

Super Bowl V: Orange Bowl, Miami (Jan. 17, 1971)
Result: Baltimore Colts 16, Dallas Cowboys 13. MVP: LB Chuck Howley, Cowboys.
Buzz: Jim O’Brien’s 32-yard FG with 5 seconds to go wins it. 1st Super Bowl on artificial turf, too.

Super Bowl X: Orange Bowl, Miami (Jan. 18, 1976)
Result: Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Dallas Cowboys 17. MVP: WR Lynn Swann, Steelers.
Buzz: Swann has 161 receiving yards. Steelers win back-to-back Super Bowls, start dynasty.

Super Bowl XIII: Orange Bowl, Miami (Jan. 21, 1979)
 Result: Pittsburgh Steelers 35, Dallas Cowboys 31. MVP: QB Terry Bradshaw, Steelers.
Buzz: 3rd Super Bowl win for Steelers. Pittsburgh players get $18,000 for winning.

Super Bowl XVIII: Tampa Stadium, Tampa (Jan. 22, 1984)
Result: Los Angeles Raiders 38, Washington Redskins 9. MVP: RB Marcus Allen, Raiders.
 Buzz: Raiders become 1st wild-card team to win it all. 1st and only win for an “L.A.” team.

Super Bowl XXIII: Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami (Jan. 22, 1989)
Result: San Francisco 49ers 20, Cincinnati Bengals 16. MVP: WR Jerry Rice, 49ers.
Buzz: Niners become 1st NFC team to win 3 Super Bowls. 1st Super Bowl tied at halftime (3-3).

Super Bowl XXV: Tampa Stadium, Tampa (Jan. 27, 1991)
Result: New York Giants 20, Buffalo Bills 19. MVP: RB Ottis Anderson, Giants.
Buzz: Giants control ball for 40 mins, 33 secs. Bills’ Scott Norwood misses FG at end.

Super Bowl XXIX: Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami (Jan. 29, 1995)
Result: San Francisco 49ers 49, San Diego Chargers 26. MVP: QB Steve Young, 49ers.
Buzz: Young passes for record 6 TDs. Ran NFC Super Bowl winning streak to 11 games.

Super Bowl XXXIII: Pro Player Stadium, Miami (Jan. 31, 1999)
Result: Denver Broncos 34, Atlanta Falcons 19. MVP: QB John Elway, Broncos.
Buzz: Elway throws for 336 yards in his final game. Broncos win back-to-back Super Bowls.

Super Bowl XXXV: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa (Jan. 28, 2001)
Result: Baltimore Ravens 34, New York Giants 7. MVP: LB Ray Lewis, Ravens.
Buzz: Ravens defense dominates, not allowing an offensive TD. Winning QB: Trent Dilfer.

Super Bowl XXXIX: Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville (Feb. 6, 2005)
 Result: New England Patriots 24, Philadelphia Eagles 21. MVP: WR Deion Branch, Patriots.
Buzz: Pats tie Cowboys as only teams to win 3 Super Bowls in 4 seasons.

Super Bowl XLI: Dolphin Stadium, Miami (Feb. 4, 2007)
 Result: Indianapolis Colts 29, Chicago Bears 17. MVP: QB Peyton Manning, Colts.
Buzz: Hey, Manning finally wins a big game in Florida. It’s the 1st rained-on Super Bowl.

Super Bowl XLIII: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa (Feb. 1, 2009)
Result: Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Arizona Cardinals 23. MVP: WR Santonio Holmes, Steelers.
Buzz: Steelers become 1st team with 6 Super Bowl wins. Are perfect 3-0 in Florida.

Super Bowl XLIV: Sun Life Stadium, Miami (Feb. 7, 2010)
Result: New Orleans Saints 31, Indianapolis Colts 17. MVP: QB Drew Brees, Saints.
Buzz: Saints CB Tracy Porter makes key INT with 3:12 remaining to seal win

Great shows at halftime

On the many lists for best Super Bowl halftime performance, the games in Florida are well-represented. Our choice for Florida’s top three are (1) Prince in Miami, closing with “Purple Rain” as fans were drenched by the real stuff, (2) Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Tampa, where the Boss slid into a TV camera during “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out,” and Sir Paul McCartney closing with “Hey Jude” as 80,000-plus in Jacksonville sang along. Here’s the full list of Florida halftime performers ...

II (Miami): Grambling State marching band
III (Miami): FAMU marching band
V (Miami): Southeast Missouri State marching band; Up with People
X (Miami): Up with People
XIII (Miami): Ken Hamilton and Caribbean bands
XVIII (Tampa): Florida and Florida State marching bands
XXIII (Miami): Elvis Presto
XXV (Tampa): New Kids on the Block
XXIX (Miami): Patti LaBelle, Teddy Pendergrass, Tony Bennett, Arturo Sandoval, Miami Sound Machine
XXXIII (Miami): Chaka Khan, Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Savion Glover, Kiss
XXXV (Tampa): Aerosmith, ’N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly
XXXIX (Jacksonville): Paul McCartney
XLI (Miami): Prince, FAMU marching band
XLIII (Tampa): Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
XLIV (Miami): The Who

Whitney wowed with the anthem

Florida’s best national anthem? This is an easy one. Whitney Houston’s rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV in Tampa is almost unanimously regarded as the best ever in any Super Bowl. Here’s the full list of anthem performers ...

II (Miami): Grambling University Band
III (Miami): Anita Bryant
V (Miami): Tommy Loy
X (Miami): Up With People
XIII (Miami): The Colgate Thirteen
XVIII (Tampa): Barry Manilow
XXIII (Miami): Billy Joel
XXV (Tampa): Whitney Houston
XXIX (Miami): Kathie Lee Gifford
XXXIII (Miami): Cher
XXXV (Tampa): Backstreet Boys (Ray Charles sang America The Beautiful)
XXXIX (Jacksonville): U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chorale, U.S. Coast Guard Academy Glee Club, U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club, U.S. Military Academy at West Point Glee Club
XLI (Miami): Billy Joel
XLIII (Tampa): Jennifer Hudson
XLIV (Miami): Carrie Underwood

Information from Orlando Sentinel archives as well as NFL.com, Superbowl.com and Billboard.com were used in compiling the Super Bowl history on this page.

Roger Simmons is the executive sports editor for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via email at rsimmons@orlandosentinel.com. Or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@rogersimmons. Become a fan of the Orlando Sentinel Sports Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/orlandosentinelsports