The teams are set for Super Bowl LV, which will be played in Tampa, Florida, on Feb. 7. The NFC champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will become the first team to play a Super Bowl at their home stadium when they take on the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs.
The Super Bowl made its debut on Jan. 15, 1967, when the Green Bay Packers of the NFL defeated the Chiefs, who represented the AFL. Both leagues merged and became the NFL starting with the 1970 season.
Here is a look at the Super Bowl by the numbers, from zero to 55.
0: Seconds left on the clock when St. Louis Rams linebacker stopped Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kevin Dyson just short of the goal line at the end of Super Bowl XXXIV. The stop, called “The Tackle” and “One Yard Short,” depending on one’s perspective, allowed the Rams to escape with a 23-16 victory.
1: Only one player has thrown and caught a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl: Philadelphia Eagles Nick Foles in Super Bowl LII. Foles’ catch came on a “Philly Special,” a 1-yard toss from Trey Burton.
2: The fewest points scored by halftime. The Pittsburgh Steelers, on the strength of a safety, led the Minnesota Vikings 2-0 at the half of Super Bowl IX.
3: The fewest points scored by one team, set by the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI and tied by the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII. There has never been a shutout in the Super Bowl.
4: Four teams have never played in the Super Bowl: the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Houston Texas and Jacksonville Jaguars.
5: The number of colleges that have produced U.S. presidents and quarterbacks who have won the Super Bowl. When Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president on Jan. 20, he made the University of Delaware the fifth university to boast a president and winning Super Bowl signal-caller. Biden and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who won Super Bowl XLVII, are Blue Hens. The others? University of Michigan (Gerald Ford and Tom Brady), the U.S. Naval Academy (Jimmy Carter and Roger Staubach), Stanford University (Herbert Hoover, Jim Plunkett and John Elway), and Miami of Ohio (Benjamin Harrison and Ben Roethlisberger).
6: The cheapest price for a ticket for the first Super Bowl was $6. Ticket prices for the game at the Los Angeles Coliseum ranged from $6 to $12.
7: Teams that have won back-to-back Super Bowl titles: Green Bay Packers, 1966-67 seasons; Miami Dolphins, 1972-73; Pittsburgh Steelers, 1974-75 and 1978-79; San Francisco 49ers, 1988-89; Dallas Cowboys, 1992-93; Denver Broncos, 1997-98; and New England Patriots, 2003-04.
8: Career touchdowns scored by Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, who caught scoring passes in Super Bowls XXIII, XXIV, XXIX and XXXVII.
9: Fewest first downs, set by the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl and tied by the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII.
10: Tom Brady will make his 10th Super Bowl appearance when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. Brady’s first nine appearances were with the New England Patriots.
11: Brad Maynard punted 11 times for the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.
12: The number of teams that have never won a Super Bowl: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans. The Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars have never made it to the game.
13: The number worn by Jake Scott, the MVP of Super Bowl VII. The Miami Dolphins’ safety had a pair of interceptions, including one in the end zone that he returned 55 yards.
14: The NFC won 14 consecutive coin flips from Super Bowls XXXII through XLV. The Green Bay Packers won the first and last of those coin flips. Winning the coin flip did not necessarily translate into victories for the NFC: the AFC won nine of those 14 games.
15: The jersey number worn by Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr, the MVP of the first two Super Bowls.
16: The fewest points scored in a Super Bowl. In Super Bowl LIII, the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3.
17: Most career punts, held by Mike Horan (Denver Broncos/St. Louis Rams) and Mike Eischeid (Oakland Raiders/Minnesota Vikings).
18: Most touchdown passes, held by Tom Brady.
19: The only winning Super Bowl quarterback to wear No. 19 is the man most associated with that number – Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas, who won Super Bowl V.
20: Whitney Houston’s version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV in Tampa reached No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts the week of March 30, 1991.
21: The New York Giants’ win in Super Bowl XXI marked the first time the winning coach received a “Gatorade bath.” Bill Parcells was the happy recipient after the Giants defeated the Denver Broncos, 39-20.
22: The number of passes New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms completed in Super Bowl XXI. Simms completed 22 of 25 passes for a Super Bowl record 88% completion rate.
23: Dan Marino, at 23 years, 127 days, became the youngest quarterback to start a Super Bowl. During the 1984 season, Marino threw for 5,084 yards and 48 touchdowns during the regular season to lead the Miami Dolphins to Super Bowl XIX. Miami would lose 38-16 to the San Francisco 49ers.
24: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, at 24 years, 138 days, became the youngest quarterback to win Super Bowl MVP honors when he led the Chiefs past the San Francisco 49ers.
25: The biggest deficit overcome in a Super Bowl. The New England Patriots rallied from a 25-point deficit (28-3) to beat the Atlanta Falcons in the first overtime game in Super Bowl history.
26: The Los Angeles Rams’ deepest penetration in New England territory in Super Bowl LIII was the 26-yard line. The Rams lost yardage on the next play.
27: AFC/AFL teams and NFC/NFL squads are tied in the Super Bowl series, with 27 victories apiece.
28: Super Bowl XXVIII was the only time the same two teams met in back-to-back Super Bowls. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills both times, 52-17 and 30-13.
29: The San Francisco 49ers won their fifth Super Bowl in as many tries, defeating the San Diego Chargers 49-26 in Super Bowl XXIX. The 49ers would play in Super Bowls XLVII and LIV but lost both games.
30: The number of times a quarterback has won Super Bowl MVP honors.
31: The number of first downs the San Francisco 49ers had in Super Bowl XIX against the Miami Dolphins.
32: Craig Morton (4-for-15) and Norris Weese (4-for-10), combined for the worst pass completion percentage in a Super Bowl, at 32%.
33: Most career receptions, held by San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice.
34: Super Bowl XLVII was delayed for 34 minutes when power went out in the Superdome in New Orleans.
35: The number of points scored in the second quarter by Washington against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII. Washington won, 42-10.
36: Tom Brady wins his first MVP award in Super Bowl XXXVI, leading the New England Patriots past the St. Louis Rams, 20-17.
37: The New England Patriots had 37 first downs in Super Bowl LI, the only overtime game in the series history.
38: The number of times Washington running back John Riggins carried the ball in Super Bowl XVII. Riggins rushed for 166 yards in Washington’s 27-17 victory against the Miami Dolphins.
39: The coldest temperature for an outdoor Super Bowl game. It was 39 degrees when the Dallas Cowboys beat the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.
40: John Stallworth had 40.3 yards per reception in Super Bowl XIV. Stallworth made three catches for 121 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown that helped the Pittsburgh Steelers erase a 19-17 deficit. The Steelers went on to beat the Los Angeles Rams, 31-19.
41: The Chicago Bears’ 1985, song, “The Super Bowl Shuffle,” reached No. 41 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song featured Walter Payton, Jim McMahon and William “The Refrigerator” Perry.
42: Matt Stover, at 42 years, 11 days, is the oldest player not named Tom Brady to appear in a Super Bowl. The kicker played in Super Bowl XLIV as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.
43: Tom Brady, at 43, will be the oldest quarterback — and player — to start in a Super Bowl.
44: The New Orleans Saints surprised the Indianapolis Colts – and football fans everywhere – with an onside kick to open the second half of Super Bowl XLIV. The Saints, who were trailing 10-6 at the half, recovered and went on to a 31-17 victory.
45: The number of seasons played in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history. The franchise debuted in 1976.
46: Jerrel Wilson of the Kansas City Chiefs holds the career record for most yards per punt, at 46.5.
47: The distance in yards for the field goal attempt by Buffalo kicker Scott Norwood in Super Bowl XXV. Norwood’s “wide right” miss with eight seconds to play allowed the New York Giants to hold on to a 20-19 victory against the Bills at Tampa Stadium.
48: Jerry Rice scored 48 points in four Super Bowl games. Three were with the San Francisco, and he also scored a touchdown in Super Bowl XXXVII for the Oakland Raiders.
49: Washington’s Mike Bass ran 49 yards for a touchdown after picking up a botched throwing attempt by Miami Dolphins’ kicker Garo Yepremian in Super Bowl VII. Yepremian’s kick had been blocked with Miami leading 14-0. The touchdown was the only points scored by Washington and came with slightly more than two minutes remaining in the game. Miami would win 14-7 to preserve its perfect season. It remains one of the most comical plays in Super Bowl history.
50: The only Super Bowl to be identified without a Roman numeral.
51: Super Bowl LI is the only game to have an overtime period. New England defeated Atlanta, 34-28.
52: Super Bowl LII, played in Minneapolis, has been the northernmost venue for a Super Bowl.
53: The last championship game to sport a prime number was Super Bowl LIII.
54: The distance in yards for the longest field goal in Super Bowl history, set by Buffalo’s Steve Christie in Super Bowl XXVIII.
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