Last Super Bowl With Both No. 1 Seeds

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In this Feb. 4, 2018, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, right, talks to Nick Foles during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots, in Minneapolis. Facing the mighty New England Patriots on the NFL's biggest stage, Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson's decision to try a trick play _ the "Philly Special" _ on a fourth down late in the first half of Super Bowl 52 will be remembered as one of the gutsiest calls in sports history. That signature moment between Foles and Pederson standing on the sideline discussing the play was turned into a bronze statue that sits outside the team's stadium as a reminder of the greatest play in franchise history.
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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Feb 09, 2024, 5:07 PM

Two No. 1 seeds played in the Super Bowl as recently as last year, when the AFC’s No. 1 seed, the Chiefs, played and beat the NFC’s No. 1 seed, the Eagles. 

How Often Do No. 1 Seeds Reach the Super Bowl?

Historically, it’s uncommon for both No. 1 seeds to reach the Super Bowl. There have only been 14 No. 1 vs. No. 1 Super Bowls in the 48 seasons since 1975. 

That means at least one No. 1 seed is upset ahead of the Super Bowl about 75% of the time.

That said, the NFL changed the formatting of the playoffs for the 2020 season, making the No. 1 seed more powerful by giving it the only bye in the playoffs. 

This move may ultimately make the post-2020 era of Super Bowl participants more dominated by No. 1 seeds.

List of No. 1 Seeds to Make Super Bowl

SeasonSuper BowlScore
2022LVII (57)Chiefs 38, Eagles 35
2017LII (52)Eagles 41, Patriots 33
201550Broncos 24, Panthers 10
2014XLIX (49)Patriots 28, Seahawks 24
2013XLVIII (48)Seahawks 43, Broncos 8
2009XLIV (44)Saints 31, Colts 17
1993XXVIII (28)Cowoys 30, Bills 13
1991XXVI (26)Redskins 37, Bills 24
1989XXIV (24)49ers 55, Broncos 10
1984XIX (19)49ers 38, Dolphins 16
1983XVIII (18)Raiders 38, Redskins 9
1981XVI (16)49ers 26, Bengals 21
1977XII (12)Cowboys 27, Broncos 10
1976XI (11)Raiders 32, Vikings 14

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Chase Kiddy

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.