56 Random Super Bowl Facts To Dominate Your Big Game Party

Written By Brant James on December 7, 2021 - Last Updated on June 13, 2022

Bookmark this page. Sometime before kickoff of Super Bowl LVI, when your taquito-to-White Claw consumption ratio has you in a haze and perhaps Super Bowl odds aren’t going in your favor, you’re going to need some form of social interaction to keep your spot on the couch. Or in the third quarter, when that team you hate less is starting to fade, you’re going to want something game-adjacent but distracting enough to get you through.

Presenting the PlayUSA ultimate smarty-pants Super Bowl tidbit list. Again, bookmark it and read it verbatim. They’ll assume you’re just watching YouTube again anyway.

      1. The Raiders were the first wild card team to win a Super Bowl, in Super Bowl XV, as Oakland beat Philadelphia, 27-10.
      2. Dallas quarterback Roger Staubach holds the record for fumbles (5).
      3. The only losing player to win the game MVP is Dallas linebacker Chuck Howley (Super Bowl V).
      4. The Cowboys lost that game to the Baltimore Colts.
      5. Peyton Manning won once each with the Indianapolis Colts (2007) and Denver Broncos (2016).
      6. The only other starting quarterback to do that is Tom Brady (New England) and Tampa Bay (2021).
      7. The Patriots have appeared 11 times (2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2011, 2007, 2004, 2003, 2001, 1996, 1985).
      8. The Patriots and Steelers lead with six Super Bowl wins each.
      9. The Broncos and Patriots share the dubious lead with five losses each.
      10. Arizona, Atlanta, Buffalo, Carolina, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, Minnesota, Philadelphia, San Diego, and Tennessee.
      11. Cleveland, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, and Jacksonville are the only teams to never appear in a Super Bowl.
      12. The highest total in a Super Bowl is 75 points as San Francisco and San Diego hit the number in Super Bowl XXIX in a 49-26 Niners win.
      13. In LI, the Atlanta Falcon’s maximum lead was 28-3 in the third quarter before the Patriots stormed back to win in overtime.
      14. Timmy Smith‘s 204 rushing yards in Super Bowl XXII is the record.
      15. Washington beat Denver, 42-10, in that game.
      16. If Las Vegas gets the Super Bowl in 2024, three straight Super Bowls will be in states with mobile sports betting (Arizona, Nevada, Louisiana).
      17. Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino never won a Super Bowl.
      18. The best halftime show ever – Prince, duh – occurred at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens.
      19. The Patriots’ Malcolm Butler intercepted Seattle’s Russell Wilson on the goal line with 20 seconds left in XLIX.
      20. Ricardo Lockette – not Tyler – was the intended receiver.
      21. The Baltimore Ravens are 2-0 in the Super Bowl.
      22. The Baltimore Colts won one (1971).
      23. Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana won four with San Francisco (1982, 1985, 1989, 1990).
      24. He was named MVP three times.
      25. Buffalo set a record by appearing in four consecutive Super Bowls from 1991-94.
      26. Buffalo lost all of them.
      27. The longest play in Super Bowl history is James Harrison‘s 100-yard interception return for a touchdown against Arizona in XLIII.
      28. Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith had his helmet stolen in the post-game celebration in 1994.
      29. Super Bowl VIII was the last NFL where the goalposts were in the front of the end zone.
      30. The Raiders’ Rich Gannon was intercepted a record five times by Tampa Bay in XXXVII.
      31. XLI was the first Super Bowl that began with a kick-off return for a touchdown.
      32. The Bears’ Devin Hester took the kick 92 yards in an eventual 29-17 loss to the Colts.
      33. It was the quickest score (14 seconds) to begin a Super Bowl until the Seahawks scored a safety 12 seconds into XLVIII.
      34. By winning XLV, Green Bay joined Washington and the New York Giants to win with three different starting quarterbacks.
      35. The Patriots’ James White scored the Super Bowl’s first overtime touchdown.
      36. The Kansas City Chiefs set a record with 21 fourth-quarter points in winning LIV.
      37. The Chiefs were consensus 3-point favorites the next year before getting blasted, 31-9, by Tampa Bay.
      38. The Bucs were the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.
      39. Eleven quarterbacks have won MVP since 2007.
      40. Peyton Manning won it in 2007 and his brother, Eli, the next year.
      41. Denver’s Von Miller (Super Bowl 50) is the last defensive player to win MVP.
      42. Alicia Keys has the longest National Anthem in game history (2 minutes, 36 seconds) in XLVII.
      43.  The player in the iconic video of an interception being returned for a touchdown in XI is Raiders’ cornerback Willie Brown.
      44. He went 75 yards for the score.
      45. John Elway lost his first three Super Bowls: XXI-XXIV.
      46. He won his final two: XXXII-XXXIII.
      47. Elway was named MVP in what was his final game.
      48. Scott Norwood missed the 47-yard field goal that could have won XXV for the Bills against the Giants.
      49. The first points in the first Steelers Super Bowl win (IX) came via safety.
      50. Tails has been the coin toss result in 29 Super Bowls.
      51. Heads has been the result in 26.
      52. In 2021, Americans consumed a record 1.42 billion wings on the weekend of the game according to the National Chicken Council’s annual wing report.
      53. Green Bay has won four Super Bowls, but none since 2010.
      54. The ‘Wardrobe Malfunction’ game was XXXVIII in Houston (2004).
      55. Bob Beeks, Ron Botchan, Jack Fette, Al Jury, and Tom Kelleher have served as referees in a record five Super Bowls.
      56. The halftime show this year is Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, and Snoop Dogg.

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