Here are some facts you should know about the Super Bowl. Enjoy these sports statistical anomalies, this time for the Big Game.
Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis was part of the Super Bowl-winning squad in 2001, capping his rookie season. He was 21. (The youngest Super Bowl-winning quarterback is Ben Roethlisberger, who in 2006 won it all for the Pittsburgh Steelers at age 23.)
The first points put on the board in Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 were a field goal from Indianapolis Colts kicker Matt Stover, who turned 42 a week before the game.
Not surprisingly, it was Super Bowl I in 1967. The game wasn’t yet the unofficial national holiday it is now, and pro football still enjoyed mostly regional popularity in the Midwest and Northeast. Just under 62,000 fans gathered in Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles to watch the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 35 to 10.
Not all stadiums are the same size, and a game of the Super Bowl magnitude requires a big one. The 1980 Super Bowl, between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Los Angeles Rams was held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, in front of a whopping 103,985 people.
Super Bowl XXIV in 1990 pitted Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers against John Elway and the Denver Broncos. Expected to be a shootout between two of the best quarterbacks ever, it was…but only on Montana’s part. He threw five touchdowns, three of them to wide receiver Jerry Rice. Final score: San Francisco 55, Denver 10, the most lopsided Super Bowl ever.
Late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXV in 1991, New York Giants kicker Mark Bahr hit his second field goal of the day to give his team a 20 to 19 lead over the Buffalo Bills. After both teams then failed to score, the Bills got the ball back on their own 10 yard line with 2:16 left. They advanced the ball to about midfield, and with eight seconds left, Bills kicker Scott Norwood attempted a field goal, and it was less than a yard wide. The Giants won 20-19, a one point margin.
Since the Super Bowl is almost always played in a roofed stadium, or outdoors in places like Arizona or Florida, weather has never interfered with the game. The only time it rained during a Super Bowl was in 2007, held in Miami. (It drizzled during the 1975 Super Bowl in New Orleans.)
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