Super Bowl XLV preview in numbers

The Super Bowl in general

9 – Between them, the Pittsburgh Steelers (six) and Green Bay Packers (three) have won nine of the previous 44 Super Bowls. Pittsburgh have won more than any other team.

2 – Combined number of Super Bowl losses for the Steelers and Packers – one each.

4 – Super Bowl XLV marks only the fourth time that the top two teams in terms of fewest points allowed have met in the championship game, and the first time this has occurred for 28 years (also Super Bowls IV, VIII and XVII). Pittsburgh allowed a league-low 232 points; Green Bay 240.

0 – Number of times the Super Bowl has required an overtime period.

83,000 – Every member of the winning team will receive an individual prize of $83,000 per player. (Each player on the losing squad will receive $42,000.)

23 – The Super Bowl MVP award is most likely to be won by a quarterback, having been awarded to the passer on the winning team 23 times.

14 – The fastest touchdown in Super Bowl history was scored by the Chicago BearsDevin Hester, who returned the opening kickoff of Super Bowl XLI for a touchdown after just 14 seconds.

10 – Something to watch out for: the winner of all ten games so far this postseason has had more rushing attempts and more rushing yards than its opponent.

90 – Something else to watch out for: turnovers win Super Bowls. The combined turnover differential for the previous 44 Super Bowl-winning teams is +90 (141-51).

Green Bay and the Super Bowl

3-1 – Green Bay’s record in Super Bowls.

2 – The Packers won the first two Super Bowls, after which the trophy awarded to the winning team was named after their head coach, Vince Lombardi.

0.900Bart Starr, the Packers’ starting quarterback in Super Bowls I and II, has the highest winning percentage of any quarterback in NFL history, with a record of 9-1 (0.900).

31 – The Packers’ last NFL championship came in Super Bowl XXXI, when they defeated the New England Patriots 35-21. (They lost the following year’s Super Bowl to the Denver Broncos.)

98.4 – Quarterback Aaron Rodgers‘ career passer rating – the highest in NFL history. (Steelers counterpart Ben Roethlisberger ranks eighth all-time.)

10 – The Packers are the tenth different team to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl in the last ten seasons.

Pittsburgh Steelers and the Super Bowl

6-1 – Pittsburgh’s record in Super Bowls.

0.833 – Wuarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a career postseason record of 10-2 (0.833) as a starter, trailing only Bart Starr in terms of playoff win-loss percentage.

43 – The Steelers’ last NFL championship came in Super Bowl XLIII two years ago, when they defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-23.

36 – Age of head coach Mike Tomlin when he led Pittsburgh to victory in Super Bowl XLIII, making him the youngest Super Bowl-winning coach in NFL history. If the Steelers win tomorrow, Tomlin will also (at 38) become the youngest ever double Super Bowl-winning coach.

3 – The Steelers have a perfect 3-0 record when wearing their change uniform of white in Super Bowls.

For every winner there is a loser

14 – 14 of the NFL’s 32 teams have never won a Super Bowl.

4 – And four teams have never even played in a Super Bowl (Cleveland BrownsDetroit LionsHouston TexansJacksonville Jaguars).

4 – The Buffalo Bills are the only team to have reached four consecutive Super Bowls (XXV, XXVI, XXVII and XXVIII). They lost all four.

4 – The Minnesota Vikings have played in four Super Bowls (IV, VIII, IX and XI). Not only did they lose all four games, but they never held the lead at any point of any of those games.

The Super Bowl on TV

232 – This year’s Super Bowl will be broadcast in 232 countries and territories, in 34 different languages.

14 – Super Bowls account for 14 of the top 20 most watched television broadcasts of all time in the USA (in terms of number of households). Last year, 53.6 million US households watched the New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts.

106.5 – In millions, the number of people who watched last year’s Super Bowl in the US alone, beating the previous record of 106 million who watched the final episode of M*A*S*H in 1983.

3,000,000 – Cost in dollars of a prime 30-second advertising spot during the Super Bowl. This compares with a typical cost of up to $500,000 on any other night of the year

200,000 – Adjusted to today’s prices, the estimated cost of a similar 30-second ad spot during Super Bowl I.

104 – Last year’s Super Bowl featured 104 adverts combining for a total of 47 minutes and 50 seconds.

And finally …

10.1 – Estimated spending (in billions of dollars) in the US on Super Bowl-related merchandise, apparel and snacks – an average of $59.33 per consumer, according to a survey by the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association.

2 – Americans consume more food on Super Bowl Sunday than on any day of the year other than Thanksgiving.

8,000,000 – Weight (in pounds) of popcorn consumed on Super Bowl Sunday.

28,000,000 – Weight (in pounds) of potato chips consumed.

10,000,000 – Number of man-hours spent preparing food for Super Bowl parties.

10,000,000 – Number of man-hours spent producing the movie Avatar.

7,000,000 – Estimated number of Americans who will fail to show up for work the day after the Super Bowl.

(Some statistics courtesy of and

Previous 2010 NFL playoff articles

NFL wild-card playoffs: Manning shows why he isn’t the greatest ever

NFL divisional playoffs: Quarterbacks and defenses key to Conference finalists

NFC Championship: ‘Freezer’ puts Bears on ice, Packers head for Super Bowl

AFC Championship: Steelers’ goalline stand denies Jets’ fightback


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