Here is a collection of Super Bowl facts leading up to this game — because girls always dig the guy who is full of interesting trivial facts. This year’s Super Bowl will be played on Sunday, Feb. 2, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.
--Russell Wilson, who measures 5-foot-11, will be the shortest Super Bowl winning quarterback if he comes out on top. Len Dawson, Joe Theismann and Drew Brees all won while officially measuring in a six-foot to share the unofficial record.
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--The Seahawks don’t have any players on offense older than Tarvaris Jackson, Michael Robinson, or Paul McQuistan, who are all 30. Denver has five over 30, with Peyton Manning being the senior citizen at 37. Manning is the oldest player in the game, followed by 35-year-old Champ Bailey, and Quentin Jammer, who is 34. I don’t know about you, but that means that every player in the game is officially younger than me. That’s depressing.
--This is only the second time in the last 20 years that the top seeds from the two conferences have met in the Super Bowl. The last time was in 2010 when the Saints upset the Colts in Miami — with Manning at the helm for the losers.
--John Fox is just the sixth coach to ever lead two different teams to the Super Bowl after taking Carolina in the 2003 season. He joins a pretty impressive group — the others are Dick Vermeil, Dan Reeves, Don Shula, Bill Parcells, and Paul Holmgren.
--Fox is also tied for the second longest gap between appearances at 10 years. That ties Bill Cowher and trails only Dick Vermeil at 19 years. Both Cowher and Vermeil lost their first appearance and won their second.
--MetLife Stadium, the host for this game, is the most expensive stadium ever built with a price tag of $1.6 billion. It’s not the first time that a game has been played in a northern climate — Indianapolis, Detroit and Minneapolis have hosted — but it is the first time that it has been played outside in one of those climates.
--The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars are playing the halftime show. It’s not the most logical of pairings, but at least it should minimize the chances of a wardrobe malfunction.
--A record price of $4 million for a 30-second commercial has not scared advertisers away. This year’s ads are heavy on nostalgia, with Arnie playing ping pong and a reunion of the men from Full House among the ‘highlights’.
--This year’s spread will likely settle at fewer than two points, but that is far from the norm. The average point spread in the Super Bowl is 7.5 points. Despite the big spreads, favorites have been profitable — 26-19-2 ATS. The underdog is on a roll lately, though. They are 5-1 ATS in the last six editions of the game and have won four of those games outright.
--Sportsbooks love the Super Bowl for good reason — they have lost money just twice in the last 20 years. San Francisco was favored by 18.5 points in 1995 over the Chargers, were heavily bet despite the massive price, and cruised to a 23-point win. In 2008 New England was favored by 12 points, but bettors backed the Giants heavily and hit the moneyline hard for the underdog as well. When the Giants won outright, the books suffered.
--Last year’s Super Bowl was the most heavily bet in history — at least in Nevada. Nearly $99 million was bet on the game in the state last year. The league is more popular than ever, but neither of these teams have massive national followings, so it remains to be seen if that record can be threatened this year.
--Defense will be a big story if the Seahawks have a good day in the big game. A defensive player has not been named MVP since 2003 when Dexter Jackson got the nod as his Buccaneers crushed the life out of the Raiders. Quarterbacks have won the award the last four years and six of the last seven. Overall, a QB has been named MVP in 26 of 47 games.
--The Broncos could set the record for most Super Bowl losses for a franchise with five if they lose here. Right now they are tied at four with the Bills, Vikings and Patriots.
--Seattle is one of 10 teams that has appeared in the Super Bowl but has never won. Four more teams have never appeared in the game. Cleveland is the only current NFL city that has neither appeared in the game nor hosted it.
--The NFC has won 25 of 47 Super Bowls to have a slight outright edge. The conference won 13 in a row from 1985 to 1997, though, so is just 12-22 outside of that stretch of success. They have won three of the last four, though.
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