Jan 242012
 

Updated: February 6th, 2012

The St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans traveled a combined 680 miles to Super Bowl 34 in Atlanta, Georgia. The teams were also only 253 miles apart when they met in the Super Bowl. Without a doubt Super Bowl 34 was the most geographically aligned Super Bowl in history.

Listed below is how I rank each Super Bowl in terms of how geographically aligned they were. The rankings are simply based on the combined distance each team traveled to the Super Bowl, plus the distance between the two Super Bowl participants.

Most Geographically Aligned Super Bowl

Note: Distances are measured by miles. Distances are calculated from where the teams home stadiums were/are, and from the stadium that hosted the Super Bowl. The stadium coordinates are exact and retrieved from WikipediaGeoHack. Distances calculated in Excel using Blue MM’s Great Circle Distance Excel formula.

Distance = combined distance the teams traveled to the Super Bowl + the distance between the two Super Bowl participants

Columns can be sorted by clicking on the titles in the header.

RankSeasonSBDistanceWonLostLocation
1199934933.5St. Louis RamsTennessee TitansAtlanta, GA
22011461604.2New York GiantsNew England PatriotsIndianapolis, IN
31991261954.6Washington RedskinsBuffalo BillsMinneapolis, MN
42004392005.1New England PatriotsPhiladelphia EaglesJacksonville, FL
52000352029.3Baltimore RavensNew York GiantsTampa, FL
6196942128.7Kansas City ChiefsMinnesota VikingsNew Orleans, LA
71977122187.6Dallas CowboysDenver BroncosNew Orleans, LA
8197162232.8Dallas CowboysMiami DolphinsNew Orleans, LA
9196832232.9New York JetsBaltimore ColtsMiami, FL
101990252328.3New York GiantsBuffalo BillsTampa, FL
112006412353.3Indianapolis ColtsChicago BearsMiami Gardens, FL
122009442386.7New Orleans SaintsIndianapolis ColtsMiami Gardens, FL
132010452525.7Green Bay PackersPittsburgh SteelersArlington, TX
141993282617.8Dallas CowboysBuffalo BillsAtlanta, GA
15197492702.9Pittsburgh SteelersMinnesota VikingsNew Orleans, LA
162001362961.7New England PatriotsSt. Louis RamsNew Orleans, LA
171985203012.8Chicago BearsNew England PatriotsNew Orleans, LA
181975103200.9Pittsburgh SteelersDallas CowboysMiami, FL
181978133200.9Pittsburgh SteelersDallas CowboysMiami, FL
201996313210.3Green Bay PackersNew England PatriotsNew Orleans, LA
212003383222.7New England PatriotsCarolina PanthersHouston, TX
22197053275.8Baltimore ColtsDallas CowboysMiami, FL
231976113418.0Oakland RaidersMinnesota VikingsPasadena, CA
241997323505.6Denver BroncosGreen Bay PackersSan Diego, CA
251998333520.5Denver BroncosAtlanta FalconsMiami Gardens, FL
26197383523.8Miami DolphinsMinnesota VikingsHouston, TX
27196613619.0Green Bay PackersKansas City ChiefsLos Angeles, CA
281995303758.2Dallas CowboysPittsburgh SteelersTempe, AZ
291989243946.0San Francisco 49ersDenver BroncosNew Orleans, LA
302005404268.9Pittsburgh SteelersSeattle SeahawksDetroit, MI
311979144271.2Pittsburgh SteelersLos Angeles RamsPasadena, CA
321981164366.7San Francisco 49ersCincinnati BengalsPontiac, MI
332008434506.4Pittsburgh SteelersArizona CardinalsTampa, FL
341987224590.6Washington RedskinsDenver BroncosSan Diego, CA
352007424605.5New York GiantsNew England PatriotsGlendale, AZ
361992274616.1Dallas CowboysBuffalo BillsPasadena, CA
371986214879.5New York GiantsDenver BroncosPasadena, CA
382002374908.9Tampa Bay BuccaneersOakland RaidersSan Diego, CA
391984195181.9San Francisco 49ersMiami DolphinsStanford, CA
401983185267.9Los Angeles RaidersWashington RedskinsTampa, FL
411994295289.8San Francisco 49ersSan Diego ChargersMiami Gardens, FL
421980155502.6Oakland RaidersPhiladelphia EaglesNew Orleans, LA
431982175546.1Washington RedskinsMiami DolphinsPasadena, CA
441988235558.7San Francisco 49ersCincinnati BengalsMiami Gardens, FL
45197275562.2Miami DolphinsWashington RedskinsLos Angeles, CA
46196725765.1Green Bay PackersOakland RaidersMiami, FL

Additional Info

  • Super Bowl 2 featuring the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders was the least geographically aligned Super Bowl. Not only was there a great distance between Green Bay and Oakland, but both the Packers and Raiders had to make significant trips to Miami, Florida.
  • This year’s Super Bowl in Indianapolis, Indiana is the second most geographically aligned Super Bowl based on my rankings/formula. A huge improvement from their last meeting in Super Bowl 42 (ranked 35th) which took place in Glendale, Arizona.

 

Super Bowl scores retrieved from Pro-Football-Reference.com.

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