The game featured the Western Division champion Chicago Bears (10-1) who had defeated the Green Bay Packers 33-14 in the first ever divisional playoff game in the NFL. The Eastern Division champions were the New York Giants (8-3). The Bears became the first team since the NFL adopted the championship game in 1933 to win back to back titles.
1 – From 1966 to 1969, the first four Super Bowls were "World Championship" games played between two independent professional football leagues, AFL and NFL, and when the league merged in 1970 the Super Bowl became the NFL Championship Game. 2 – Dates in the list denote the season, not the calendar year in which the championship game was played. For instance, Super Bowl XLI was played in 2007, but was the championship for the 2006 season.