I thought it would be interesting to look at the game through a four-quarter (and overtime) format to see who has the statistical edge (that's right, I'm predicting overtime -- the first ever in Super Bowl history):
» Time of possession: The Packers and Steelers are so close when it comes to time of possession that it is difficult to determine just who holds an advantage here. In the regular season, the Steelers averaged a possession time of 32:24, slightly higher than the Packers (32:01). In the postseason, the tables were turned with Green Bay (34:47) holding a small edge over Pittsburgh (34:34). Advantage:Packers (playoffs count more than regular season)
» Postseason sacks: It was a different story in the playoffs, though keep in mind that as the NFC's sixth seed, the Packers have played three playoff games to the Steelers' two. Nevertheless, the Packers have a plus-5 sack ratio in those three games, while the Steelers are minus-1. Advantage:Packers
» Regular-season turnover differential: Win the turnover battle, win the game. Teams with a positive turnover differential have gone 32-3 all-time in the Super Bowl (there were nine times the teams had the same number of turnovers). In the regular season, the Steelers had a plus-17 turnover ratio. The Packers were less efficient with a plus-10 differential. Advantage:Steelers
» Age of quarterback: With age comes experience, but that doesn't necessarily translate into Super Bowl success for quarterbacks. The younger of the two Super Bowl signal-callers has actually come out on top just as many times as the elders have. For what it's worth, Ben Roethlisberger is 28 years old, while Aaron Rodgers is 27. In fact, Roethlisberger and Rodgers were born within 10 months of each other, making this the seventh time in the 44-year history of the Super Bowl that has been the case, with a 3-3 split in those instances. Advantage: Tie
» Age of coach:Mike Tomlin became the youngest coach to win the Super Bowl when the Steelers defeated the Cardinals following the 2009 season, bucking the notion that experience translates into Super Bowl success. In fact, the younger of the two Super Bowl coaches has won the big game 25 out of 44 times. Packers coach Mike McCarthy is 47 years old, while Tomlin is 38. Advantage:Steelers
Sunday will mark just the third time in Super Bowl history that a team has reached the Super Bowl after posting a 10-6 regular-season record, and both times those teams have emereged victorious. The 10-6 49ers defeated the Bengals, 20-16, in Super Bowl XXIII. The 10-6 Giants upset the undefeated Patriots, 17-14, in Super Bowl XLII.