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XLII Things You Didn't Know About the Super Bowl


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I.

Each member of the New England Patriots and New York Giants received $37,500 for capturing their respective conference championships. Each also gets a championship ring - a Super Bowl ring for the winners, and a Conference championship ring (worth half the value of the SB ring) for the losers.

II.

Each member of the winning club from SB XLII will receive $78,000. Each member of the losing club gets $40,000. The winner's share for SB XLII will be slightly more than the equivalent of 11 shares paid to members of the Kansas City Chiefs following the original game.

III.

The Lombardi Trophy, emblematic of the Super Bowl championship, stands 20 3/4 inches high and weighs 6 pounds, 11.3 ounces.

IV.

Super Bowl XLII will be the last game for which the current design of the Lombardi Trophy will be presented. Beginning with Super Bowl XLIII, the award will feature the new NFL logo, marking the first change to the trophy's design since 1971.

V.

Total announced attendance of the 41 Super Bowl games to date has been 3,205,733.

VI.

The Green Bay Packers (I and II), Oakland Raiders (XV), San Francisco 49'ers (XVI), New York Giants (XXI), Washington Redskins (XXII) and Denver Broncos (XXXII and XXXIII) followed up their championship seasons by playing sub-.500 football the following fall.

VII.

Super Bowl XII was the first time a celebrity or dignitary was brought in to conduct the ceremonial coin toss. Red Grange did the honors that year. Art Rooney conducted the coin toss for his own team prior to Super Bowl XIV as the Steelers and Los Angeles Rams squared off. No one accused "The Chief" of using a double-sided coin, however. The Rams won the toss, then lost the game, 31-19.

VIII.

The Los Angeles Coliseum was chosen as the site of the first Super Bowl less than seven weeks before the game.

IX.

As a member of the Buffalo Bills, Mike Lodish had the misfortune of being part of the teams that lost four consecutive Super Bowls. Ultimately however Lodish would win a pair of rings with the Denver Broncos, and along with it the distinction of participating in the most Super Bowl games to date, with six - 1 out of every 7 played thus far.

X.

Like Lodish, Don Shula has been the head coach in one out of seven Super Bowls played to date, having piloted the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III and the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowls VI, VII, VIII, XVII and XIX.

XI.

Five players have been credited with safeties in a Super Bowl. The Pittsburgh Steelers' Dwight White was first, sacking Fran Tarkenton in the end zone in Super Bowl IX to record that game's only points in the first half. Bruce Smith of the Buffalo Bills has done it most recently, also via sack, of New York Giant QB Jeff Hostetler in Super Bowl XXV.

XII.

Only one man has carried the ball more than 100 times in Super Bowls: Franco Harris, who had 101 carries in four games. For the past 28 years Harris has also held the record for rushing yards, with 354.

XIII.

John Elway's career completion percentage in Super Bowls? 50.00% (76 of 152).

XIV.

Two quarterbacks have thrown for 1,000 or more yards in Super Bowls: Joe Montana (1,142 yards in 4 games) and John Elway (1,128 yards in 5 games).

XV.

Pete Rozelle originally wanted to call what eventually became the Super Bowl the "Pro Bowl," but was talked out of it because others in the NFL hierarchy felt there would be confusion between it and the All-Star Game (which then, as now, was known by the Pro Bowl moniker).

XVI.

Terry Bradshaw's average gain per pass attempt of 11.10 yards is the highest in Super Bowl history by nearly a yard and a half.

XVII.

Only two quarterbacks have started in multiple Super Bowl games, then proceeded to avoid throwing at least one interception: Jim Plunkett, and Joe Montana.

XVIII.

Despite intercepting a Super Bowl record 3 passes during the game, Oakland Raiders safety Rod Martin did not win MVP honors for Super Bowl XV. The honor was instead bestowed upon quarterback Jim Plunkett.

XIX.

Dwight Smith is the only player in Super Bowl history to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game, firmly inserting the Buccaneers sword into the Raiders hearts in Super Bowl XXXVII.

XX.

Fulton Walker of the Miami Dolphins holds the distinction of being the first player ever to return a kickoff for a touchdown in a Super Bowl, doing so in Super Bowl XVII against Washington to make the score 17-10. The effort was for naught however as the Redskins won, 27-17. Seven others have since repeated the feat, including Devin Hester on the opening kickoff of Super Bowl XLI.

XXI.

On Sunday the New England Patriots will join the Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers as one of only four teams with six Super Bowl appearances (XX, XXXI, XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, and now XLII). Super Bowl XLII will be the fourth appearance for the New York Giants (XXI, XXV, XXXV, and XLII).

XXII.

Six of the Dallas Cowboys 8 Super Bowl appearances have occurred in back-to-back seasons: Super Bowls V and VI, XII and XIII, and XXVII and XXVIII.

XXIII.

Out of 32 NFL clubs, 7 of them (Pittsburgh, Dallas, San Francisco, Oakland, Washington, Green Bay and New England) represent almost two-thirds of the championships of the Super Bowl era, winning a combined 27 out of 41 games to date.

XXIV.

Out of 32 NFL clubs, 5 of them (Buffalo, Denver, Minnesota, Miami, Dallas) represent nearly half of the Super Bowl losses, losing a combined 18 out of 41 games to date - roughly 44%.

XXV.

The Washington Redskins 35 second quarter points against Denver in Super Bowl XXII were memorable, but perhaps less so was that Denver began the game by scoring 10 points of its own. The 10 point deficit is the largest ever overcome to win a Super Bowl to date, and the 45 combined points by the teams is the most in a Super Bowl during the first half.

XXVI.

All 61 points of Super Bowl XXXVIII were scored during the second and fourth quarters.

XXVII.

The halftime score of Super Bowl IX was Pittsburgh 2, Minnesota 0.

XXVIII.

The Miami Dolphins hold the distinction of being the only team in Super Bowl history to fail to score a touchdown in the game, managing only a single field goal in their 24-3 loss to Dallas in Super Bowl VI.

XXIX.

In 11 of the 41 Super Bowls, at least five field goals have been attempted by the competing teams during the course of the game. On two occasions (The New York Jets in Super Bowl III and Dallas in Super Bowl XII), one team accounted for five attempts on their own.

XXX.

43 players have won Super Bowls as a member of two different franchises. None has won it with three.

XXXI.

19 head or assistant coaches have won Super Bowls as a member of two different franchises. None has won it with three.

XXXII.

Super Bowls in which there was only a one-week gap between league/conference championship games and "The Big One:" IV, XVII, XXV, XXVIII, XXXIV, XXXVI and XXXVII.

XXXIII.

Super Bowl XI was held on January 9th.

Super Bowl XLIV will be held on February 7th.

XXXIV.

No Super Bowl starting quarterback has ever worn the uniform number 1. Most frequently worn number? 12 - by far.

XXXV.

The Miami Dolphins are the only team to win three consecutive Super Bowl... coin tosses. The team won the flip for Super Bowls VI, VII and VIII. The Buffalo Bills, who appeared in four straight Super Bowls (XXV through XXVIII) never won consecutive tosses. In fact, the only other team to win consecutive Super Bowl coin tosses was the Dallas Cowboys, who won the toss for Super Bowls XII and XIII.

XXXVI.

The Colts' 29-17 win over Chicago in Super Bowl XLI put the team alongside the Raiders as the only clubs to win the Super Bowl as the representative of two different cities. The Colts won Super Bowl V while the franchise was in Baltimore, while the Raiders won Super Bowl XVIII while the franchise was in Los Angeles.

XXXVII.

Only twice has the kickoff time temperature at a Super Bowl game site exceeded 80 degrees: for Super Bowl VII in Los Angeles, and thirty years later for Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego.

XXXVIII.

Over half (21 of 41) of the MVP's in Super Bowls have been quarterbacks.

XXXIX.

The economic impact to a Super Bowl host city is projected to be approximately a half billion dollars.

XL.

CBS's Jim Nantz is the only man to do play-by-play of a Super Bowl, an NCAA Final Four, and The Masters golf tournament.

XLI.

The first man ever to toss the coin at a Super Bowl? Referee Norm Schachter. He would also toss the coin at Super Bowls V and X.

XLII.

The cost of a 30-second commercial for the inaugural Super Bowl was $42,000. For Super Bowl XLI, it was $2,600,000.

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The NYG from SB XXXV is the only team to not score any points on offense, or score any points set up by an offense, rather their points came via special teams.
No, the Vikings have that claim. When they played the Steelers in Super Bowl IX, they lost 19-6. The touchdown was on a fumble recovery in the end zone, and the extra point was blocked.
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Great stuff. But aren't you blowing a lot of future SB trivia questions? :P

Good. It's beginning to become overkill if everyone starts Super Bowl trivia threads.

I propose to the folks in charge of creating a Trivia-only forum.

Let's have it replace the polls forum.

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Great stuff. But aren't you blowing a lot of future SB trivia questions? :P

Good. It's beginning to become overkill if everyone starts Super Bowl trivia threads.

I propose to the folks in charge of creating a Trivia-only forum.

Let's have it replace the polls forum.

Or just combine the two.....

All in favor?

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Great stuff. But aren't you blowing a lot of future SB trivia questions? :P

Good. It's beginning to become overkill if everyone starts Super Bowl trivia threads.

I propose to the folks in charge of creating a Trivia-only forum.

Let's have it replace the polls forum.

Or just combine the two.....

All in favor?

That actually would be a pretty good idea

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I.

Each member of the New England Patriots and New York Giants received $37,500 for capturing their respective conference championships. Each also gets a championship ring - a Super Bowl ring for the winners, and a Conference championship ring (worth half the value of the SB ring) for the losers.

I never knew they existed. Ya learn something new every day.

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The NYG from SB XXXV is the only team to not score any points on offense, or score any points set up by an offense, rather their points came via special teams.
No, the Vikings have that claim. When they played the Steelers in Super Bowl IX, they lost 19-6. The touchdown was on a fumble recovery in the end zone, and the extra point was blocked.

Actually the final score of that game was 16-6, not 19-6.

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