Super Bowl XLVI in numbers

New York Giants 21 New England Patrioits 17

Here is a quick summary of last night’s Super Bowl XLVI, which saw the New York Giants repeat their victory of four years ago over the New England Patriots, again thanks to a touchdown scored inside the final minute of the game.

46 – This was the 46th Super Bowl, but the first to be held in Indianapolis.

4 – The New York Giants won their fourth Super Bowl in five attempts. (They also won Super Bowls XXI, XXV and XLII, and lost XXXV.)

3 – Three of the past six Super Bowls have been won by a team led by a quarterback named Manning. The Giants’ Eli also won Super Bowl XLII, the year after his brother Peyton led the Indianapolis Colts to victory.

2 – The Giants registered the opening points on a safety as Tom Brady was called for intentional grounding in the endzone. It was the second time a safety had been the first score in a Super Bowl (IX: Pittsburgh 16 Minnesota 6).

65.2% – Percentage of Super Bowls (30 of 46) which have been won by the team scoring first.

Manning won both his second Super Bowl and MVP award (image courtesy of

9 – Manning completed his first nine passes of the game.

96 – The New England Patriots took the lead just before half-time on a four-yard pass from Brady to Danny Woodhead. In doing so, they tied the longest touchdown drive (96 yards) in Super Bowl history.

8Woodhead‘s touchdown came just eight seconds before half-time.

10:15New England led 10-9 at half-time despite only recording 10:15 time of possession, versus 19:45 for the Giants.

5 – The Giants have trailed at halftime in all five of their Super Bowl appearances, but came back to win four of them.

16 – Either side of half-time, Brady completed 16 consecutive passes (including touchdowns to Woodhead and Aaron Hernandez, breaking Joe Montana’s Super Bowl record (XXIV: 13 consecutive completions).

9 – The Patriots led 17-15 after three quarters, meaning that each of the last nine Super Bowls have been within seven points in the fourth quarter.

Brady set new Super Bowl records for consecutive completions and career passing yards (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

1Brady was responsible for the only turnover of the game, throwing an interception early in the fourth quarter to linebacker Chase Blackburn.

57Ahmad Bradshaw scored the winning touchdown on a six-yard run to give the Giants a 21-17 lead with just 57 seconds remaining. In Super Bowl XLII, the Giants made the game-clinching score with 35 seconds left.

38Mario Manningham caught a 38-yard pass from Manning on the late scoring drive – the longest play of the game.

3 – Giants punter Steve Weatherford dropped three punts inside the ten-yard line during the game, forcing New England to start drives on their six, four and eight-yard lines.

0 – Turnovers committed by the Giants, only the 16th team in Super Bowl history to complete the game turnover-free.

1,277Brady increased his career passing total to 1,277 yards, surpassing the previous record of 1,156 yards by Kurt Warner.

Nicks led all receivers with ten catches (image courtesy of

10 – The Giants’ Hakeem Nicks led all receivers with ten catches for 109 yards. It was the first time in the Giants’ five Super Bowl appearances that they have had a 100-yard receiver.

65 – At the age of 65, the Giants’ Tom Coughlin became the oldest Super Bowl-winning head coach ever.

2Eli Manning earned his second Super Bowl MVP award.

3,100,000 – Cost in dollars (around £2m) of a single 30-second TV advertising slot during the Super Bowl.

4New England became the fourth team to lose four Super Bowls (Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills).


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6 Responses to Super Bowl XLVI in numbers

  1. Boy, you’re quick, Tim! I enjoyed watching the second half here in Sydney, though it’s not a game I understand very well.

    • Tim says:

      I was very much motivated by the need to sleep … 🙂

      It was a good game – not high scoring, but a match in which the momentum ebbed and flowed before building up to a tense finish. And, just like 4 years ago, Eli Manning pulled out the big play just when the Giants most needed it. They were deserved champions – even though I say that through the gritted teeth of a 49ers fan who fell to the Giants at the final hurdle.

  2. kittyfondue says:

    I’ve got a number for you 180!!!!! 180 smackaroos I won thanks to the Giants! (Doing a little victory dance for the 10,000th time today…)

    • Tim says:

      The less said about my betting exploits on Sunday night, the better. Let’s just say it wasn’t a profitable game for me. 😦

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