Photo Essays  

 

Published: Jan. 29, 2014 at 09:03 a.m.

Mind-blowing stats for the Super Bowl

Super Bowl VI's kickoff temperature of 39 degrees is the coldest in Super Bowl history. How will New York's weather affect the game? Find out with these 10 mind-blowing stats for the Super Bowl.

10 Photos Total

  • <P>Six coaches have made the Super Bowl in their first season with a team, most recently in 2009 when Jim Caldwell took the Indianapolis Colts to Super Bowl XLIV. Three of the six coaches won in their first season -- Don McCafferty's Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V, George Seifert's San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV, and Jon Gruden's Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII. </P> 
 
<P>This year, three coaches took their teams to the playoffs in only their first year at the helm -- Andy Reid (Kansas City Chiefs), Chip Kelly (Philadelphia Eagles) and Mike McCoy (San Diego Chargers). </P> 10

    NFL.com Illustration

    Beginners luck

    Six coaches have made the Super Bowl in their first season with a team, most recently in 2009 when Jim Caldwell took the Indianapolis Colts to Super Bowl XLIV. Three of the six coaches won in their first season -- Don McCafferty's Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V, George Seifert's San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV, and Jon Gruden's Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.

    This year, three coaches took their teams to the playoffs in only their first year at the helm -- Andy Reid (Kansas City Chiefs), Chip Kelly (Philadelphia Eagles) and Mike McCoy (San Diego Chargers).

  • <P>Teams that wear white jerseys are 29-18 in Super Bowl games. (White jerseys don't necessarily mean "away") Most recently, the teams wearing the white jerseys have won eight of the last nine Super Bowls.</P> 9

    NFL.com Illustration

    Color blind

    Teams that wear white jerseys are 29-18 in Super Bowl games. (White jerseys don't necessarily mean "away") Most recently, the teams wearing the white jerseys have won eight of the last nine Super Bowls.

  • <P>Super Bowl starting quarterbacks are a combined 14-5 in regular-season games played at the Super Bowl stadium that season.
 
<P>There have been just eight starting QBs to win a game at the Super Bowl stadium in the regular season and then win the Super Bowl that same season. The last to do it: Drew Brees in 2009 at Miami's Sun Life Stadium. Just Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson from this year's playoffs group won at MetLife Stadium in 2013. </P> 8

    NFL.com Illustration

    Familiar territory

    Super Bowl starting quarterbacks are a combined 14-5 in regular-season games played at the Super Bowl stadium that season.

    There have been just eight starting QBs to win a game at the Super Bowl stadium in the regular season and then win the Super Bowl that same season. The last to do it: Drew Brees in 2009 at Miami's Sun Life Stadium. Just Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson from this year's playoffs group won at MetLife Stadium in 2013.

  • <P>Is there a Super Bowl host city curse? </P>
 
<P>The combined record of the 52 "host" teams is 346-442-5. The furthest a team has gone when they were the "host" was in the 1984 season, when the San Francisco 49ers won Super Bowl XIX over the Miami Dolphins at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California. </P>
 
<P>Neither the Jets nor Giants finished this season with a winning record, the fifth straight season that the host city team(s) failed to do so. In fact, the last team to make the playoffs with the Super Bowl played in their hometown was the Bucs back in 2000, and they lost 21-3 in the first round against the Eagles, giving Andy Reid his first postseason victory. </P> 7

    NFL.com Illustration

    Host teams

    Is there a Super Bowl host city curse?

    The combined record of the 52 "host" teams is 346-442-5. The furthest a team has gone when they were the "host" was in the 1984 season, when the San Francisco 49ers won Super Bowl XIX over the Miami Dolphins at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California.

    Neither the Jets nor Giants finished this season with a winning record, the fifth straight season that the host city team(s) failed to do so. In fact, the last team to make the playoffs with the Super Bowl played in their hometown was the Bucs back in 2000, and they lost 21-3 in the first round against the Eagles, giving Andy Reid his first postseason victory.

  • <P>No Super Bowl-winning team has ever had the NFL's leading passer from the regular season, while just four have had the league's leading rusher (Cowboys' Emmitt Smith three times, Broncos' Terrell Davis once). Peyton Manning led the NFL in passing this season, and LeSean McCoy held the rushing title. </P>
 
<P>Three Super Bowl winners have had the league's leading receiver (Cowboys' Drew Pearson once, 49ers' Jerry Rice twice). Josh Gordon led the NFL in receiving in 2013, but his Cleveland Browns didn't make the playoffs.</p> 6

    NFL.com Illustration

    League leaders

    No Super Bowl-winning team has ever had the NFL's leading passer from the regular season, while just four have had the league's leading rusher (Cowboys' Emmitt Smith three times, Broncos' Terrell Davis once). Peyton Manning led the NFL in passing this season, and LeSean McCoy held the rushing title.

    Three Super Bowl winners have had the league's leading receiver (Cowboys' Drew Pearson once, 49ers' Jerry Rice twice). Josh Gordon led the NFL in receiving in 2013, but his Cleveland Browns didn't make the playoffs.

  • <P>The team with the better regular-season offense (yards per game) is 22-25 in the Super Bowl, while the team with the better regular-season defense is 30-17. </P>
 
<P>There have been 21 Super Bowls in which one team had the better offense <I>and</I> better defense; those teams are 13-8. There have been 26 Super Bowls in which one team had the better offense, but the other team had a better defense. In those games, the team with the better defense is 17-9. </P>
 
<P>This season, the Broncos finished the regular season with the NFL's best offense, while the Seattle Seahawks had the NFL's best defense. </P> 5

    NFL.com Illustration

    Better regular-season offense or defense?

    The team with the better regular-season offense (yards per game) is 22-25 in the Super Bowl, while the team with the better regular-season defense is 30-17.

    There have been 21 Super Bowls in which one team had the better offense and better defense; those teams are 13-8. There have been 26 Super Bowls in which one team had the better offense, but the other team had a better defense. In those games, the team with the better defense is 17-9.

    This season, the Broncos finished the regular season with the NFL's best offense, while the Seattle Seahawks had the NFL's best defense.

  • <P>Super Bowl VI, which the Dallas Cowboys won 24-3 over the Miami Dolphins in 1972, had a kickoff temperature of 39 degrees -- the coldest in Super Bowl History. The game was played outdoors at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. The average high on Feb. 2 in East Rutherford, N.J., is 39 degrees, according to weather.com. </P> 4

    NFL.com Illustration

    Weather games

    Super Bowl VI, which the Dallas Cowboys won 24-3 over the Miami Dolphins in 1972, had a kickoff temperature of 39 degrees -- the coldest in Super Bowl History. The game was played outdoors at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. The average high on Feb. 2 in East Rutherford, N.J., is 39 degrees, according to weather.com.

  • <P>When the Baltimore Ravens won the coin toss at Super Bowl XLVII, it marked the second consecutive year the AFC won the flip after a 14-season streak of NFC teams winning. The odds of winning 14 straight coin tosses are 16,384 to 1. </P>
 
<P>Odds aside, how important is it in the outcome of the Super Bowl? Well, the team that has won the coin toss is 23-24 all time. </P> 3

    NFL.com Illustration

    Super Bowl coin toss

    When the Baltimore Ravens won the coin toss at Super Bowl XLVII, it marked the second consecutive year the AFC won the flip after a 14-season streak of NFC teams winning. The odds of winning 14 straight coin tosses are 16,384 to 1.

    Odds aside, how important is it in the outcome of the Super Bowl? Well, the team that has won the coin toss is 23-24 all time.

  • <p>Since Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004, either Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger or a Manning (Peyton & Eli) has played in every Super Bowl except one, Super Bowl XLVII last season (Ravens-49ers). </p>
<p>Brady, Roethlisberger and the Mannings have a combined record of 8-4 in Super Bowls. </p> 2

    NFL.com Illustration

    Familiar faces

    Since Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004, either Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger or a Manning (Peyton & Eli) has played in every Super Bowl except one, Super Bowl XLVII last season (Ravens-49ers).

    Brady, Roethlisberger and the Mannings have a combined record of 8-4 in Super Bowls.

  • <P>There have been 48 Super Bowl MVPs in total, including two in Super Bowl XII (Dallas Cowboys defenders Harvey Martin and Randy White). Of the 48 winners, 40 have been offensive players and, of those 40, 26 have been quarterbacks. </P> 1

    NFL.com Illustration

    QB = MVP?

    There have been 48 Super Bowl MVPs in total, including two in Super Bowl XII (Dallas Cowboys defenders Harvey Martin and Randy White). Of the 48 winners, 40 have been offensive players and, of those 40, 26 have been quarterbacks.