sport news Super Bowl in pictures: Iconic images from the game's 54-year history

The 54th edition of the Super Bowl is now only a day away as the Kansas City Chiefs prepare to take on the San Francisco 49ers in Miami.  

The NFL's flagship game has conjured up some of sport's finest moments throughout the years, from the Green Bay Packers winning the first edition against the Chiefs to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick enjoying unparalleled dominance with the

Building up to the event includes a host of activities for players, coaching teams, media members and supporters as the excitement continues to build in Miami this week.  

Here, Sportsmail takes a look at some of the iconic Super Bowl pictures over the years.

Bill Walsh (pictured, arms crossed in a white jumper), head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, waits patiently along with his players for pre-game instructions from the officials as the popular west coast team prepare to take on the Miami Dolphins at the Stanford Stadium in California in what was the nineteenth edition of the Super Bowl in 1985

Bill Walsh (pictured, arms crossed in a white jumper), head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, waits patiently along with his players for pre-game instructions from the officials as the popular west coast team prepare to take on the Miami Dolphins at the Stanford Stadium in California in what was the nineteenth edition of the Super Bowl in 1985

Mike Montler of the Denver Broncos shows no sign of nerves in the build up to the twelfth Super Bowl game as he relaxes in casual wear in his room, answering a phone call as the centre eases his way into game-day in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1985

Mike Montler of the shows no sign of nerves in the build up to the twelfth Super Bowl game as he relaxes in casual wear in his room, answering a phone call as the centre eases his way into game-day in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1985 

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana is cool, calm and collected as he sits alone up against the wall moments before the start of Super Bowl XXIII with the pressure on the team's star man to deliver against rivals Cincinnati Bengals in 1989

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana is cool, calm and collected as he sits alone up against the wall moments before the start of Super Bowl XXIII with the pressure on the team's star man to deliver against rivals Cincinnati Bengals in 1989

Smiles are etched across the faces of Denver Broncos supporters as they gather together in an airport lounge to board a flight to New Orleans for the 1978 Super Bowl game against the Dallas Cowboys, with estimates that around 10,000 Broncos fans made the trip to Louisiana travelling on continental airlines for what was a must-see contest in 1978

Smiles are etched across the faces of supporters as they gather together in an airport lounge to board a flight to New Orleans for the 1978 Super Bowl game against the , with estimates that around 10,000 Broncos fans made the trip to Louisiana travelling on continental airlines for what was a must-see contest in 1978

Ahead of their 1967 Super Bowl meeting with the Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs players limber up inside the dressing room as they are loosened up with massages and stretched out with lifts from behind. With the game being played in Los Angeles, members of the coaching team are seen wearing Mickey Mouse ears in a bid to keep the mood jovial and relaxed

Ahead of their 1967 Super Bowl meeting with the Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs players limber up inside the dressing room as they are loosened up with massages and stretched out with lifts from behind. With the game being played in Los Angeles, members of the coaching team are seen wearing Mickey Mouse ears in a bid to keep the mood jovial and relaxed

Ronnie Lott of the San Francisco 49ers took the unusual step of using electronic acupuncture to relieve pain and stimulate his body while he reads a magazine with his feet up on a chair ahead of Super Bowl XIX in 1985 against the Miami Dolphins.

Ronnie Lott of the San Francisco 49ers took the unusual step of using electronic acupuncture to relieve pain and stimulate his body while he reads a magazine with his feet up on a chair ahead of Super Bowl XIX in 1985 against the Miami Dolphins.

A packed out press room waits patiently to hear from Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Flores as he stands in front of the media to answer questions inside the Hilton hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the lead up to Super Bowl XV in 1981

A packed out press room waits patiently to hear from Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Flores as he stands in front of the media to answer questions inside the Hilton hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the lead up to Super Bowl XV in 1981

You're never too big for a bath: San Francisco 49ers' Isaac Sopoaga takes a soak in a bathtub full to the brim with warm water as he relaxes ahead of facing the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in February 2013

You're never too big for a bath: San Francisco 49ers' Isaac Sopoaga takes a soak in a bathtub full to the brim with warm water as he relaxes ahead of facing the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in February 2013

The Super Bowl XV officiating team gather together for a pre-game photograph as they go over last-minute details and remaining questions ahead of the Oakland Raiders against the Philadelphia Eagles for the 1981 showpiece game

The Super Bowl XV officiating team gather together for a pre-game photograph as they go over last-minute details and remaining questions ahead of the Oakland Raiders against the Philadelphia Eagles for the 1981 showpiece game

Police and firemen partake in a pre-game flag ceremony back in 2002

Alex Boone is focused as he reviews the game plan ahead of Super Bowl XLVII

Left: Police and firemen partake in an emotional pre-game ceremony in 2002, the first Super Bowl after the 9/11 terror attacks. Right: Alex Boone is an image of calm and concentration as he reviews the San Francisco 49ers game plan ahead of their 2013 Super Bowl XLVII clash against Baltimore Ravens

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Hank Stram (left) and Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi (right) show off pearly-white smiles as they shake hands in front of photographers in a pre-Super Bowl photoshoot with the coveted trophy in the first ever Super Bowl in 1967. Then, it was known by the somewhat less-catchy AFL-NFL World Championship Game

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Hank Stram (left) and Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi (right) show off pearly-white smiles as they shake hands in front of photographers in a pre-Super Bowl photoshoot with the coveted trophy in the first ever Super Bowl in 1967. Then, it was known by the somewhat less-catchy AFL-NFL World Championship Game

An eye-catching display from the University of Arizona marching band commences inside the Los Angeles Memorial Stadium before the first edition of the Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs in 1967

An eye-catching display from the University of Arizona marching band commences inside the Los Angeles Memorial Stadium before the first edition of the Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs in 1967

An original pre-game poster previewing that first Super Bowl shows the two coaches - Hank Stram (far left) and Vince Lombardi (far right) - and they are joined alongside the two teams' star quarterbacks in Len Dawson (second from left) and Bart Starr (second from right)

An original pre-game poster previewing that first Super Bowl shows the two coaches - Hank Stram (far left) and Vince Lombardi (far right) - and they are joined alongside the two teams' star quarterbacks in Len Dawson (second from left) and Bart Starr (second from right)

There is a carnival atmosphere as fans get in the spirit of the Super Bowl ahead of the 2002 edition in New Orleans, Louisiana, with the Rams taking on the Patriots in an eagerly anticipated match-up. Before the game, fans were treated to a stunning light show underneath the roof of the famous Superdome

There is a carnival atmosphere as fans get in the spirit of the Super Bowl ahead of the 2002 edition in New Orleans, Louisiana, with the Rams taking on the Patriots in an eagerly anticipated match-up. Before the game, fans were treated to a stunning light show underneath the roof of the famous Superdome

A view from the broadcast commentary booth housing the CBS staff at the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers in the first ever Superbowl in 1967 at a packed out Los Angeles Memorial stadium. Two commentators are seen trying to dissect the starting line-ups in the moments prior to the game getting underway

A view from the broadcast commentary booth housing the CBS staff at the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers in the first ever Superbowl in 1967 at a packed out Los Angeles Memorial stadium. Two commentators are seen trying to dissect the starting line-ups in the moments prior to the game getting underway

San Francisco 49ers head coach George Seifert (middle) addresses his players before the 1990 Super Bowl as the side take the knee, say their final messages and run over the game-plan for a final time before taking to the field in Louisiana

San Francisco 49ers head coach George Seifert (middle) addresses his players before the 1990 Super Bowl as the side take the knee, say their final messages and run over the game-plan for a final time before taking to the field in Louisiana

Ground staff paint numerals for yard lines at Jack Murphy Park Stadium (1988)

San Francisco 49ers pray in the locker room shower before Super Bowl XIX

Ground staff put the finishing touches to the pitch as they paint numerals for yard lines at Jack Murphy Park Stadium in 1988, while San Francisco 49ers pray for glory in the locker room showers before Super Bowl XIX back in 1985

A stunning view from the sky over the Los Angeles Coliseum moments prior to the Miami Dolphins taking on the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII in the 1973 showpiece game. There is not a spare seat in the stadium for the NFL season-finale

A stunning view from the sky over the Los Angeles Coliseum moments prior to the Miami Dolphins taking on the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII in the 1973 showpiece game. There is not a spare seat in the stadium for the NFL season-finale

Whitney Houston raises her arms to the crowd as she sings during the Super Bowl XXV pre-game show in 1991 as tens of thousands in the crowd wave American flags while the world-famous singer delivers a rendition of the National Anthem

Whitney Houston raises her arms to the crowd as she sings during the Super Bowl XXV pre-game show in 1991 as tens of thousands in the crowd wave American flags while the world-famous singer delivers a rendition of the National Anthem

Players from both the Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys look to the sky during the singing of the National Anthem as F-18 fighter planes fly as one overhead in the final moments before the start of 1993's Super Bowl XXVII in Pasadena, California

Players from both the Buffalo Bills and the look to the sky during the singing of the National Anthem as F-18 fighter planes fly as one overhead in the final moments before the start of 1993's Super Bowl XXVII in Pasadena, California

There is a jovial atmosphere among both supporters of the San Francisco 49ers and the Cincinnati Bengals in the lead up to Super Bowl XXIII at the Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami back in 1989. Flags, hats and t-shirts show fans head to toe in their respective club merchandise to leave no doubt in anyone's mind where their allegiances lie

There is a jovial atmosphere among both supporters of the San Francisco 49ers and the Cincinnati Bengals in the lead up to Super Bowl XXIII at the Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami back in 1989. Flags, hats and t-shirts show fans head to toe in their respective club merchandise to leave no doubt in anyone's mind where their allegiances lie

LET THE GAMES BEGIN

After the fun and entertainment of the pre-game show, it's down to the serious business. For the players, coaches and everyone connected to the two teams involved in the big game, this is the culmination of a lifetime of work. 

At this point, all the preparation and planning is done and it's all about how the players can execute on the field. 

But, before they can get on the Gridiron and finally unleash two weeks of pent-up energy and aggression, first, it's the coin toss... 

General David H. Petraeus (middle), commander of the United States Central Command, has the responsibility of performing the pre-match coin toss as the Arizona Cardinals prepare to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009's Super Bowl XLIII

General David H. Petraeus (middle), commander of the United States Central Command, has the responsibility of performing the pre-match coin toss as the Arizona Cardinals prepare to take on the in 2009's Super Bowl XLIII

Pittsburgh Steelers fans hold aloft a controversial sign at Super Bowl X in 1976

Joe Theismann celebrates Washington Redskins' win over Miami Dolphins in 1983

In the midst of tensions between USA and Iran, fans claimed even Ayatollah Khomeini (Iran's former supreme leader) was a fan of the club before their 21-17 win over in 1976. Joe Theishman (right) charges across the field in celebration after helping Washington Redskins to victory over Miami Dolphins in 1983

With the game on the line in 1991, Buffalo Bills kicker Scott Norwood (wearing No 11 among the white jerseys) attempts a last-second field goal to win the Super Bowl but the effort misses narrowly and the New York Giants cling on to win Super Bowl XXV. The failure to make the kick was one seminal moment in a heartbreaking record run of four straight Super Bowl losses

With the game on the line in 1991, Buffalo Bills kicker Scott Norwood (wearing No 11 among the white jerseys) attempts a last-second field goal to win the Super Bowl but the effort misses narrowly and the cling on to win Super Bowl XXV. The failure to make the kick was one seminal moment in a heartbreaking record run of four straight Super Bowl losses

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