They say only two things in the world are certain, death, and taxes, but I would propose that a third thing may well be making a case for inclusion on the list—that commentators will use all of the Super Bowl Facts that they can possibly dig up during their coverage of the game.
Anyone watching the game is sure to hear these facts repeated throughout. But if you’re watching with friends, you will want to get ahead of the curve, and show off your smarts, by beating the commentator to the punch.
So here are 5 Super Bowl Facts to wow your friends with.
Super Bowl Facts #1: An Unstoppable Force versus an Immovable Object.
The Denver Broncos were the NFL’s highest scoring offense in 2013, posting 606 points over the course of the season, averaging nearly 38 points and 457.3 yards per game.
The Seattle Seahawks, on the other hand, had the NFL’s stingiest defense, giving up just 231 points, or 14.4 points and 273.6 yards per game.
This differential is the largest in Super Bowl history, and the first time the best offense will meet the best defense on this stage. It will seek to answer, once and for all, the question of the ages—does defense truly win championships, or are we finally into the age of the quarterback?
Super Bowl Facts #2: Championship Virgins.
The Seattle Seahawks last—and only—appearance in the Super Bowl was in 2006. The Broncos most recent was 1998. No players from either team remain on the starting rosters today.
For the Broncos, only four players—quarterback Peyton Manning, receiver Wes Welker, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and tight end Jacob Tamme—have experience in previous Super Bowls. Only one, quarterback Peyton Manning, has a ring.
For the Seahawks, there are no players, who have played on the biggest stage in Pro football. However, head coach Pete Caroll is quick to remind people that receiver Ricardo Lockette was listed as eligible for the San Francisco 49ers last season—though he did not play—and current defensive assistant Marquand Manuel played cornerback for Seattle during their 2006 appearance.
Super Bowl Facts #3: East versus West
Both Seattle and Denver are located west of the Mississippi River—the colloquial east/west divide in the USA. On only four prior occasions have two west coast teams met in big game, and Denver have featured in two of them.
The others all west games were; San Diego-San Francisco (1995), San Francisco-Denver (1990), Dallas-Denver (1978), Oakland-Minnesota (1977) and Minnesota-Kansas City (1970).
The game, however, will be played in New Jersey, on the east coast. Historically, west coast teams struggle when travelling east, especially in colder climates and outdoor stadiums.
A big part of this is due to the difference in time zones. However both teams have had more than a week to acclimatize to this. And both teams play at home in colder, outdoor stadiums too.
It remains to seen if this will be a factor, but it is certainly something to keep in mind.
NFL Super Bowl Facts #4: Losing Pedigree
The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks have appeared in a combined seven Super Bowls. Their combined record is 5-2. Denver have four of those losses, while the Seahawks have one.
The Broncos’ four Super Bowl losses are tied for the most in NFL history, alongside the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills. If the Broncos lose on Sunday, they will move into the uncontested number one spot on this dubious honours list.
Seattle’s single appearance resulted in a loss, and if they were to lose against Denver, they would move into second place, for the most Super Bowl losses without a wins, alongside the Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals. Only the Bills and Vikings would then have more losses without lifting Lombardi’s trophy.
Super Bowl Facts #5: EA Predict History Being Made
Each year EA Sports predicts the outcome of the Super Bowl using it’s current Madden NFL Game. In 8 out of the last 10 years, it has been successful in predicting the winner of the game. What’s more, it has even predicted the margin of victory (though not scores) in three of those years.
This year’s simulation has the Denver Broncos winning the game by a field goal. The reason it made history, however, is that the game was won in overtime.
In 47 years, the NFL Super Bowl has never gone into overtime—though on multiple occasions the game has been decided as regulation time expired.
As a side note, the simulation also predicted that the game will feature snow, a possibility meteorologists are only currently giving a 10% chance.
The last time it snowed during a Super Bowl? Super Bowl XL, at Ford Field in Chicago, where the Seattle Seahawks lost. However, as the game was played indoors, the weather was not a factor in the final score.