A ticket to Super Bowl I between the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers cost fans as little as $6. The game didn't sell out. In 2018, the average price of a single Super Bowl XLII ticket was $2,500. The Pittsburgh Steelers were the first Super Bowl team to visit the White House. That occurred in 1980, when the team visited President Jimmy Carter in a joint ceremony with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who won the 1979 World Series. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that Super Bowl Sunday is the "second-largest food consumption day" behind only Thanksgiving. There's only been one player named Super Bowl MVP who didn't play for the winning team ... Dallas Cowboys LB Chuck Howley, who won the award despite his team losing to the Baltimore Colts, 16-13, in Super Bowl V.
The fewest number of points scored by a team in a Super Bowl is three, by the Miami Dolphins in a 24-3 loss to the Cowboys in Super Bowl VI. There's never been a shutout in a Super Bowl. In 1983, almost 106 million people watched the final episode of MAS*H, making it the most-watched television show in the history of America. That record was broken by Super Bowl XLIV, as 106.5 million viewers watched the New Orleans Saints defeat the Indianapolis Colts. Super Bowl XLIX is the most watched Super Bowl, as the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots played in front of 114.4 million people.
Special thanks to NFL research extraordinaires Matt Frederick and Michael Florio for their help with this column.
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- Three players have scored 100-plus career fantasy points in Super Bowls: Tom Brady (172.5), Jerry Rice (141.4) and Joe Montana (110.2). No one else has even reached 85 career points.
- Brady has scored 20-plus fantasy points in four different Super Bowls, which is the most in NFL history. Only four other players have done so more than twice, a list that includes Rice, Montana, Roger Craig and Kurt Warner. Each of them has hit the 20-point mark three times.
- Brady has thrown 18 career touchdown passes in Super Bowls, the most in NFL history. The only other signal-caller with double-digit touchdown passes in the big game was Montana (11).
- Brady has played in more than twice as many Super Bowls (9) as Montana (4).
- In his five Super Bowl contests, John Elway had just three touchdown passes and eight interceptions. However, he did rush for four touchdowns including one in four of his five championship games.
- Brady has thrown for 300-plus yards in four Super Bowls, the most in NFL history. The only other player to do so more than twice is Warner, who reached that mark three times in three appearances.
- Brady has thrown for 2,838 passing yards in Super Bowls, the most in NFL history. Not only does he hold the record, but he has more than double the yardage of any other quarterback. Warner is second (1,156).
- On the flip side, another Patriots signal-caller, Tony Eason attempted just six passes in Super Bowl XX. That's the fewest ever by a starting quarterback in the championship game. Eason was benched in favor of Steve Grogan after failing to complete his first six passes while being sacked three times and losing a fumble. The Chicago Bears and their monster defense went on to smash the Patriots, 46-10.
- Johnny Unitas scored the fewest fantasy points (2.9) among starting quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl. He completed just three of nine passes for 88 yards with one touchdown and had two picks against the Cowboys in Super Bowl V. He was forced out of the game in the first half due to an injury and was replaced by Earl Morrall. The Colts went on to win the infamous "Blooper Bowl," 16-13.
- Manning is one of the best fantasy quarterbacks of all time, but he wasn't spectacular in the stat sheets in the Super Bowl. In fact, he had just three touchdowns and five interceptions in the big game.
- Trey Burton's touchdown pass to Foles, which will forever be known as the "Philly Special," was not the first time a non-quarterback threw a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl. Fullback Robert Newhouse, running back Lawrence McCutcheon and wide receiver Antwaan Randle El have also done it in the big game.
- Despite the great number of Hall of Fame running backs who have played in the Super Bowl over the last five decades, the runner who has produced the most career fantasy points in the big game is ... Roger Craig (84.0). The versatile runner totaled 20 receptions, over 400 scrimmage yards and has scored four touchdowns in three Super Bowl appearances as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.
- Franco Harris compiled a combined 354 career rushing yards in his four Super Bowl appearances, which is the most in NFL history. In fact, he's the only running back with over 300 career rushing yards on the NFL's grandest stage. The next closest running back in career rush yards is Larry Csonka, with 297. Emmitt Smith ranks third all-time at the position with 289 rushing yards.
- Emmitt Smith, Csonka and Terrell Davis are the only running backs in Super Bowl history to rush for 100-plus yards in multiple Super Bowls. They each did so twice.
- Despite having the most rushing yards in a single game in Super Bowl history, Timmy Smith's pro career went downward fast. He would go on to rush for just 476 more yards in the NFL.
- Rice had 589 career receiving yards in Super Bowls, the most in NFL history. The next closest receiver is Lynn Swann with 364 career receiving yards. That's 225 fewer yards than Rice.
- Rice is the only player in NFL history to record 100-plus receiving yards in three different Super Bowls. Deion Branch, Antonio Freeman, John Stallworth, Julian Edelman and Swann are the only other players to hit that mark in multiple Super Bowls, each doing so twice.
- Rice scored a ridiculous 39-plus fantasy points in each of his first three Super Bowls as a member of the 49ers.
- Rice scored a combined 141.4 fantasy points in his four Super Bowl appearances, the most of all non-quarterbacks. The next closest non-quarterback is Roger Craig with 84 fantasy points.
- For all of those IDP fans out there, the Super Bowl leader in combined tackles is Rodney Harrison with 33 in his four appearances. Believe it or not, but he has six more than the next-best total of 27 by Patrick Chung, then 26 by Devin McCourty and 24 by Tedy Bruschi. All four players played for the Patriots.