Football is great. Trivia is great. It only makes sense, then, that there is no better way to fill some of the time between the conference championships and the Super Bowl with some Super Bowl trivia. I'll warn you in advance, though - this is a tough trivia test. If you get more than six of these right then you really know your football. Do you have what it takes?
1. For the third straight year we are seeing the top seeds from both conferences playing in the Super Bowl. That's getting to be an impressive streak, but this certainly hasn't been the case for a long time. Before this current streak, the top seeds had met just once in 20 years. Can you name that Super Bowl?
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a. Pittsburgh and Seattle, 2006
b. New England and Philadelphia, 2005
c. New Orleans and Indianapolis, 2010
d. New England and New York Giants, 2008
2. Carolina head coach Ron Rivera has a chance to become the fourth head coach to win a Super Bowl both as a coach and a player - he was a linebacker with the Bears in their 1985 championship year. Which of these four coaches have NOT won Super Bowls as both coach and player?
a. Mike Ditka
b. Dick Vermeil
c. Tom Flores
d. Tony Dungy
3. Denver head coach Gary Kubiak leads the Broncos to the Super Bowl after being a player on the same team in past Super Bowls. How many other coaches have accomplished the same thing?
4. Peyton Manning will be playing in a Super Bowl with his fourth different head coach - Kubiak follows John Fox, Jim Caldwell and Tony Dungy. That will be a record. Which quarterback is he currently tied with?
a. Kurt Warner
b. Joe Montana
c. Roger Staubach
d. Bob Griese
5. Both of the starting quarterbacks in this game played their college ball in the SEC - Manning at Tennessee and Newton at Florida and Auburn. Last year both starters also shared a conference - Brady played at Michigan, and Wilson finished his career at Wisconsin. Before last year, though, it had been awhile since the same thing had happened. When was it?
6. This game features the largest gap in age between the two starting quarterbacks in Super Bowl history - 13 years and 48 days. In which year was the previous record set?
7. John Fox has an odd distinction - he was the head coach the last time both of these teams played in the Super Bowl. Besides Fox, which coach is the most recent to take two teams to the Super Bowl as a head coach?
a. Tony Dungy
b. Mike Holmgren
c. Mike Martz
d. Dick Vermeil
8. This is Denver's eighth Super Bowl appearance, which ties them with the Patriots, Steelers and Cowboys for the most ever. How many franchises have not appeared in a single Super Bowl?
9. The Panthers have not won a Super Bowl as a franchise - they lost to the Patriots on a last-second field goal in their only appearance. How many current organizations have not won a Super Bowl?
10. No team has ever won 19 games in a season, but the Panthers have a chance to become the fourth to record 18 wins. The most recent was the Patriots, who were unbeaten until the 2007 Super Bowl. The 1985 Bears that Ron Rivera played for also won 18. Which squad is the third?
a. 2000 Rams
b. 1994 Cowboys
c. 1984 49ers
d. 1976 Steelers
1 - c. New Orleans beat Indianapolis 31-17.
2 - c. Ditka won with the Cowboys in 1971 as a player and with the 1985 Bears. Flores was a backup QB for the Chiefs in 1969 and coached the Raiders in 1980 and 1983. Dungy played for the Steelers in 1978 and coached the Colts in 2006. Vermeil was a backup QB at San Jose State and went no further as a player.
3 - d. Kubiak also won two Super Bowls as an assistant coach with the Broncos.
4 - a. Warner had a different coach for each of his appearances - Dick Vermeil, Mike Martz, and Ken Whisenhunt.
5 - b. In that year Manning and the Colts beat the Bears and Rex Grossman, formerly of Florida.
6 - d. Manning is so old that he is breaking his own record - he was 12 years and 250 days older than Russell Wilson. The fact that he is old but still younger than me is more than a little depressing.
7 - b. Holmgren went with the Seahawks in 2005 and the Packers in 1996 and 1997.
8 - c. The Browns, Lions, Texans and Jaguars.
9 - b.
10 - c. The Niners lost only their seventh game of the season.
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