The Super Bowl has always been on a Sunday and for the majority of NFL history, you could expect the championship game to be played on the last Sunday in January. So, why is the Superbowl now played on the first Sunday in February, and when did that happen?

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However, when the 9/11 attacks occurred back in September 2001, America was still reeling from what happened in New York City and Washington D.C. The nation’s mourning pushed the television network’s schedule a week so the Super Bowl game was held in February for the first time in the history of American professional football.

So, on February 3, 2002, the St. Louis Rams and the New England Patriots played in Super Bowl XXXVI in the Louisiana Superdome. The following year saw the 2003 Super Bowl game return to January, but the 2004 game was in February and ever since then, 11 straight years as of this post, Super Bowl Sunday has been played in February.