As anyone who isn’t a major football fan probably knows, the
Super Bowl is entertaining, but it can feel a little long. If you’re looking for something to do other than, you know, watching the entire game, these Super Bowl games for adults are fun for everyone.
This year, Super Bowl 57 is on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023 and the Philadelphia Eagles are playing the Kansas City Chiefs. Rihanna is headlining the halftime show (which is sponsored by Apple Music this year), and if we’re lucky maybe she’ll perform
Umbrella and give us millennials a much needed trip back to 2007. If you’re starting to realize just how long one 15-minute quarter can really stretch, try busting out one of these Super Bowl games that keep things lively (and some of them are printable PDFs you could literally buy and print in the middle of the game). From bingo cards that turn the commercials into a competition, to tabletop cornhole, or good old trivia, there’s a game here that everyone will love. Even those who want to keep one eye on the TV screen can still be involved, but just be prepared for a super fan who doesn’t speak to anyone during the game (everyone knows one) to refuse to play.
Read on for 10 fun Super Bowl party games you can play during the main event or as part of a pre-game, and don’t forget to secure some great prizes in advance to make the stakes even higher.
1 Stadium match-up game
Flex your sports knowledge with this printable PDF that asks players to match the football team with their stadium. If you’re not well-versed in stadiums, try making your own version of this game matching the mascot to the team.
2 Super Bowl word search
Everyone digs a good old word search, whether they’re fluent in football or there mostly for the nachos. This Super Bowl party game is easy enough that people of all ages can play, and it’s a great way to occupy kids who otherwise keep running in front of the TV. Plus the Super Bowl word search is a digital download, meaning you can print it out last minute.
3 A game of chance
Sometimes a game of pure luck is about all you can handle, especially if you’re closely following the game. This one is super easy; you’ll put the game sheet on the wall, then everyone puts their initials in the squares (you can put down your initials multiple times if it’s a smaller crew). The host randomly assigns numbers along the grid and whoever has the square with the correct score at the end of each quarter wins a ribbon.
4 Super Bowl bingo
Bingo is a fun Super Bowl game everyone can play, and because it actually requires you to keep a close eye on the game, no one will complain that they’re missing out. Included with your purchase of this
Super Bowl 56 printable bingo board is 30 distinct cards, and they’re digital downloads so you can print them out day of. With a mix of things that happen during commercials and during the game itself, this will keep everyone on their toes. And if you’re really going all out, you could use football confetti to mark off the spaces and give the board a festive upgrade. Just make sure to have a great prize on hand for the winner. 5 Inflatable throwing game
This is one of those games that just gets more and more fun as the game (and the drinks) progress. Perfect for active kids (and adults) who need something to do during commercial breaks, the
Inflataman Football Challenge from GoSports comes with one inflatable receiver that stands an impressive six feet tall, four inflatable footballs, and a dry erase board that’s used for keeping score, plus full rules for the game. This inflates by mouth, pump, or even with a hair dryer set on a cool setting. Just note this is best outside or in a very large space like a basement. 6 Super Bowl prediction game
See if there are any psychics (or just good guessers) in your company with this fun
Super Bowl prediction game. Before kickoff, everyone fills out their guesses for everything from who will win, to whether the coin toss will be heads or tails, to what color Gatorade will spill out in the celebration shower. Whoever gets the most right is the winner. This is a digital download and you can print however many you need. 7 Super Bowl trivia
If you’re looking for a fun way to get the party started, make trivia game night part of your Super Bowl viewing party. If you want to make it super competitive, try giving each competitor a buzzer à la Jeopardy, and whoever buzzes in first gets a chance to answer. You can make it as easy or hard as you’d like (maybe even set aside a separate set of questions for the kids), as long or short as you feel, and you’ll probably learn a fact or 20 just from putting the game together.
8 Super Bowl commercial trivia
Yes this is another
Super Bowl bingo game, but it’s only for commercials, so the loyal Chiefs or Eagles fans can’t get mad at you for interrupting the game. Plus because the boards are so visual (no real reading required), kids may be able to get in on the fun too, albeit with a little help. Each of the 20 unique printable cards has a different arrangement of brands that you can definitely expect to see (like Pepsi and NBC for example), and this is a fun way to turn the ads into a lighthearted (or cut-throat, who’s to say?) competition. 9 Tabletop cornhole
Cornhole is a great way to introduce some friendly competition into any Super Bowl party. Being that the big game is in February, where in many places it’s cold and snowy, you may not want to bust out the large cornhole set and make everyone trek outside (plus that would mean you’d miss the game). This
mini tabletop cornhole set is perfect for anyone who wants to keep one eye on the game while also doing something with their hands. Instead of throwing the bags, you launch them, and the game includes the board, launchers, eight mini bean bags, four score pegs, an Allen wrench to adjust launcher distance, and instructions. 10 A football brain teaser
Super Bowl games can actually be quiet and not require much more than a couple of toothpicks. All For The Boys has the scoop on how this sporty
football brain teaser works, but basically you’ll set each guest up with a field goal made of toothpicks, then try to get them to make it so the football is on the outside, but you can only move a certain amount of toothpicks (I’ve been thinking about this one for awhile now and it still hasn’t clicked). As long as no one spoils how to do it, this is a low-key game that keeps people occupied and that everyone can play at their own pace.
Whether you want to play games to avoid watching the actual Super Bowl or just want to combine the fun, these Super Bowl party games are a must for any football get-together.
This article was originally published on
Feb. 7, 2022