One of the annual Super Bowl traditions around here is that I craft a Super Bowl trivia quiz for you to test yourselves with. And I try to make it as hard as I can. If you do really well on the quiz then frankly I feel like I have failed. This is no sissy quiz full of puffball questions and underhand pitches. This is the real freaking deal. So, are you up for the challenge? Can you hack it? Do you know your Super Bowl stuff better than most people do? Let's find out, shall we?:
1. The total for the Super Bowl this year sits at 58.5 as I write this and will likely be higher and will set a record for the highest in history for this game. The Falcons and Patriots have played 13 times in history, with the first coming in 1972. How many of those 13 games have featured more than 58.5 points?
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2. Halftime act Lady Gaga is well known for her bizarre fashion decisions. Most notably, she once wore a dress made of meat. What of these materials has she not worn a dress made of (yet)?
a. Human hair
b. Animal teeth
c. Transparent latex
3. Tom Brady says that he texts Matt Ryan regularly and has followed his career since his days at Boston College. Who can we be 100 percent certain that Brady does not text regularly?
a. Lady Gaga
b. Dan Quinn
c. Roger Goodell
d. Elvis Presley
4. Atlanta coach Dan Quinn doesn't have nearly the experience that Bill Belichick does - which makes sense since he is 18 years younger. Quinn has been exposed to the Belichick ways, though - he has worked under two head coaches who have also been a Belichick assistant. One is the terminally underwhelming Eric Mangini. Who is the other?
a. Romeo Crennel
b. Nick Saban
c. Al Groh
d. Jim Schwartz
5. The Falcons have not won a Super Bowl as a franchise - they lost to the Broncos in 1999 in their only prior appearance. How many current organizations have not won a Super Bowl?
6. There are only two teams that Matt Ryan has not beaten yet during his career. One is New England, and he will be looking to change that this year. Which AFC squad is the other?
7. New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who has been with the Pats since 2004 and has never worked for another pro team, is known to be a very smart guy. He has an engineering degree. What type of engineering?
8. Both teams have someone who can earn their first Super Bowl this year but who has a father who has at least one Super Bowl ring. For the Falcons it is coach Kyle Shanahan - father Mike won two as head coach with the Broncos and one more as assistant with the Niners. Who is the Patriot?
a. Dion Lewis
b. Danny Amendola
c. Chris Long
d. Malcolm Brown
9. The Falcons scored 540 points during the regular season, which is tied for the seventh most all-time in the league. There is one team that has two of the six best single-season totals. Which team is it?
a. St. Louis
b. New England
c. Green Bay
10. Houston is hosting the Super Bowl for the third time. The two previous winners currently play in the same division. Which division is it?
a. NFC North
b. NFC East
c. AFC North
d. AFC East
1 - a. On October 9, 2005, the Patriots beat the Falcons 31-28, with Brady outdueling current Falcons backup Matt Schaub.
2 - b. It is, of course, only a matter of time.
3 - c. I find it easier to believe that Elvis is in fact alive and kicking than I do that Tom and Roger are actually secret pals.
4 - b. Quinn was the defensive line coach for Saban in Miami. Saban was Belichick's defensive coordinator in Cleveland for four years.
5 - b.
6 - a. Brady has beaten every team except, obviously, the Patriots. Brett Favre and Peyton Manning are the only two quarterbacks to have beaten all 32 teams.
7 - d. He often gets referred to as the Rocket Scientist.
8 - c. Before he became a TV star, hall of famer Howie Long won a Super Bowl with the Raiders during his 13-year career.
9 - b. The Patriots had 589 points, the second-best total, in 2007, and a fourth-best 557 points in 2012. In total, New England has four of the 12 highest-scoring seasons ever. Denver had a league-record 606 points in 2013.
10 - d. Miami beat Minnesota in 1974, and New England beat Carolina in 2004.
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