Super Bowl XLI (41)
Half Time Show
Date: August 21, 1970
Indianapolis Colts 29, Chicago Bears 17. The Colts win their first Super Bowl since moving to Indianapolis from Baltimore, and their first since Super Bowl V, also held in Miami. The Bears' Devin Hester returns the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown, a first for the championship game. After a 53-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to Reggie Wayne closes the gap to one point, Thomas Jones sets up another Bears TD with a 52-yard run. But Indy's defense largely shuts down Chicago after that. Dominic Rhodes' 1-yard touchdown run puts the Colts ahead 16-14 at halftime. The Bears hang in until early in the fourth quarter, when Kelvin Hayden returns a Rex Grossman interception 56 yards for a touchdown. Manning, who goes 25 of 38 for 247 yards with one touchdown and one interception, is named MVP.
Super Bowl XLI is the 41st Super Bowl, the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL). The game will be played on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, a suburb of Miami, Florida, following the 2006 regular season. Kickoff was at 6:25 PM EST.
This Super Bowl featured two participants ending long droughts. The American Football Conference (AFC) champion Indianapolis Colts made their first appearance in a Super Bowl game since winning Super Bowl V in January 1971 during the team's tenure in Baltimore. They team moved to Indianapolis in 1984. The National Football Conference (NFC) champion Chicago Bears made their first appearance since their storied 1985 season in which they defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX.
Super Bowl XLI will also see a number of firsts. It was the first Super Bowl to feature an African-American head coach. In fact, both Colts head coach Tony Dungy and Bears head coach Lovie Smith are African-American. Moreover, it was the first Super Bowl presided over by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who succeeded Paul Tagliabue in September 2006. It was also the first Super Bowl to have the opening kickoff returned for a touchdown, with Chicago's Devin Hester making the touchdown. Finally, it was the first Super Bowl to be played with rain on the field
Host selection process
Dolphin Stadium won the bid to host Super Bowl XLI on September 17, 2003 after a campaign against Arizona, Tampa Bay, New York City, and Washington D.C.. With this game, the Miami, Florida Metropolitan Area will tie New Orleans, Louisiana as the city to host the most Super Bowls (9).
This will also be the fourth Super Bowl at Dolphin Stadium, which has also been previously known as "Joe Robbie Stadium" and "Pro Player Stadium". The venue has previous hosted Super Bowls XXIII, XXIX, and XXXIII. Super Bowls II, III, V, X, and XIII were held at the Miami Orange Bowl.
In February 2006, the NFL and the South Florida Super Bowl XLI Host Committee unveiled the slogan "one game, one dream" for the game, referring to the entire South Florida region working together to present the event. The Super Bowl XLI logo was also unveiled, featuring the colors orange to represent the sun and blue for the ocean. The "I" in the Roman numeral "XLI" was drawn to resemble a pylon placed at each corner of an end zone because "the goal is to get to the game." This year's logo has the same shade of orange as the logo of the host city's home team, the Miami Dolphins. The "XL" part is identical to that of Super Bowl XL's logo.