The Super Bowl is the most-watched American event of the year, as both casual and hardcore NFL fans tune in for a variety of reasons. But there are a ton of ways to make one of the best days of the year even more fun, so let's break down how to play some of the best Super Bowl party games.
Super Bowl Squares
This is probably the most well-known Super Bowl party game. You start off with an empty 10-by-10 grid. One team playing in the Super Bowl is assigned to the columns, and the other is assigned to the rows.
Participants will choose a blank square at random, and you continue this process until a name has been assigned to every square. Usually, participants will need to be assigned multiple squares to ensure every square has a corresponding name.
Once every square is filled, use a random number generator to assign numbers to each column and row. The columns and rows will already have a team name on them. Winners will be determined at the end of each quarter by matching up the last number in a team's score with the corresponding numbers on the grid.
For example, if the first half finished: Kansas City Chiefs, 27, San Francisco 49ers, 13, the participant that has the Chiefs' number at seven, and the 49ers' number at three, would be the winner.
To view, download or print your own Super Bowl LIV squares as a PDF file, use this link.
Prop Bet Questionnaire
You can print your own Prop Bet Questionnaire rules sheet by clicking here. This is one of the most fun Super Bowl party games, as it turns even the most mundane events into an exciting contest. For example, the questionnaire includes questions such as: will Patrick Mahomes have over or under a certain number of passing yards, or which team will score first?
You can use the provided list of props, or take the format and make your own list, as the concept remains the same. Scoring is simple here, as the player with the most correct answers wins.
To view, download or print your own list of Super Bowl 54 prop bets a PDF file, use this link.
Pass the Cup
This is a classic Super Bowl party game. Hand one guest an empty cup and have them put a dollar into it. Whoever has the cup will pick the rules of the round by naming a scoring football play, such as a touchdown or a field goal. The cup then gets passed around the room with each person adding a dollar into it.
The winner is determined when the chosen outcome occurs (i.e. a touchdown or field goal is scored). The cup is then transferred one person to the left after every change of possession or when a round is won. Whoever is holding the cup when the chose outcome occurs will win the money in the cup and get to name a new play. This is a great game to play with friends, as you can continue playing throughout the Super Bowl.
The official rules can be viewed, downloaded and printed by clicking here.
This is another simple game, but it's a fun one. Have all of the participants put a pre-determined entry fee into a hat (depending on how big you want your pot to be). You put all the names of the key players into the hat and pick them out blindly. Whoever's player is named MVP at the end of the Super Bowl wins the pot.
While the most well-known players generally win the Super Bowl MVP award, you might want to consider adding "the field" (i.e. any player whose name wasn't written down) into the hat. This way, you can ensure that this game won't end in a tie.
To view, download or print a list of names that you can cut out for your own Pick-a-Player Super Bowl game, use this link.
Prop Bet Bingo
This game is essentially just bingo, but with a Super Bowl twist. Instead of randomly assigning numbers to the bingo squares, you assign prop bets. For example, one square could read: "Patrick Mahomes throws three or more touchdowns." If Mahomes does throw for three or more touchdowns, you can fill in that square.
And just like in bingo, you need to get five in a row to win.
This game is essentially just bingo, but with a Super Bowl twist. Instead of randomly assigning numbers to the bingo squares, you assign brands from the corresponding list. For example, one square could read: "Mountain Dew." As soon as a Mountain Dew commercial runs anytime after 6 p.m. EST, you can fill that square. And just like in bingo, the first person to get five in a row wins.
There are 32 brands listed to choose from. Select 24 of them ahead of time and place them around the bingo sheet in any order or arrangement you want, but remember, timing is everything here, so choose wisely.
Prop Bet Tic-Tac-Toe
This is another Super Bowl variation of a classic game. It's just like playing regular Tic-tac-toe, but each chip (X or O) is assigned a prop bet value. You can't place a chip down until the prop bet listed on the chip occurs, though.
For example, one chip could read: "Patrick Mahomes throws three or more touchdowns." If Mahomes does throw for three or more touchdowns, you can place that chip down.
Other than that, you just play Tic-tac-toe as you normally would.
Super Bowl Trivia
This game is pretty straight forward. There is a list of 20 questions regarding the Super Bowl, from on-the-field records to halftime shows to the food consumed. Everyone gets their own sheet, answers each question and a point is awarded for each correct answer (maximum of 20 points).
For the questions that require multiple answers there is no partial credit, you either get all the answers or no points will be rewarded.
And always remember: no googling answers!
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