I love football and I love trivia. To fill the endless period of time between the championship games and the Super Bowl, it only makes sense to combine the
two. To continue a bit of a tradition here, I have come up with 10 Super Bowl trivia questions and answers. Some are tougher than others, but none are
particularly easy. If you get a passing grade on this quiz then you really know your stuff — or you have too much time on your hands.
1. For several years it seemed like the Super Bowl had become all about underdogs. This is the second year in a row, though, that the top seed in both
divisions have advanced to the big game. Just once in the 20 years before last year had that also happened. Which two teams were involved then?
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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. Pete Carroll will be coaching in the Super Bowl for the second straight year. Who was the last head coach to do the same thing?
a. Mike Tomlin
b. Tom Coughlin
c. Bill Belichick
d. Mike Shanahan
3. Tom Brady will set a record in this game when he becomes the first quarterback to start six Super Bowl games. He has three wins to his credit. Russell
Wilson is already making his second start. Which quarterback has the most career Super Bowl starts without a win?
a. Fran Tarkenton
b. Bart Starr
c. Jim Kelly
d. Craig Morton
4. This Super Bowl will mark the first time that two former Big Ten quarterbacks will meet in the game — Brady played at Michigan, and Wilson finished his
career with a year at Wisconsin. When is the last time that two QBs from the same collegiate conference met in the big game?
d. It has never happened
5. Before Seattle head coach Pete Carroll became a head coach for the first time, he was a finalist for two head coaching jobs, but lost out to the same
guy both times. Who?
a. Dennis Erickson
b. Dennis Green
c. Bill Parcells
d. Bill Belichick
6. Russell Wilson gets (too much) attention for being not just an undersized quarterback but the shortest quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl. Who is the
a. Joe Flacco
b. Tom Brady
c. Troy Aikman
d. Len Dawson
7. Both Brady and Wilson were very young in their first Super Bowl. They both made — and won — the game in just their second seasons in the league. On the
opposite extreme, who is the oldest quarterback ever to make his first Super Bowl appearance?
a. Roger Staubach
b. Fran Tarkenton
c. John Elway
d. Rich Gannon
8. The Seahawks are headed for just their third Super Bowl as a franchise. Their first appearance came in 2006 when they lost to the Steelers in Jerome
Bettis’ last game. How many times had New England played in the Super Bowl before Seattle made their first appearance?
9. These two teams rarely play each other and are facing each other in the playoffs for the first time. On the other extreme, there are two teams that have
already played in the Super Bowl against each other three different times. Which teams?
a. Patriots and Giants
b. Cowboys and Steelers
c. Bengals and 49ers
d. Dolphins and Redskins
10. Brady was selected for his 10th Pro Bowl this year, though he obviously will not be attending the game. He still needs five more selections to pass the
three players tied for the most selections. Two of three players who have 14 Pro Bowl selections are Merlin Olsen and Bruce Matthews. Who is the third?
a. Tony Gonzalez
b. John Elway
c. Jerry Rice
d. Brett Favre
1 — c. The Saints beat the Colts 31-17.
2 — c. Belichick won the game in both 2004 and 2005.
3 — c. Kelly’s four appearances came in consecutive years starting in 1991.
4 — b. Peyton Manning of Tennessee beat Rex Grossman of Florida — both of the SEC.
5. — b. Carroll was a finalist for both the Stanford job in 1989 and the Vikings in 1992, but lost both to Green.
6 — a. Flacco is 6-foot-6. When he and Colin Kaepernick met in 2013’s game they were the first pair of starters who were both at least 77 inches.
7 — d. Gannon was 37 in 2003 when he made his lone appearance — a loss to the Bucs.
8 — b.
9 — b. Pittsburgh won Super Bowls X and XIII, and the Cowboys got revenge in XXX
10 — a. His 14 selections came in just 17 seasons.
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