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30 Super Bowl Trivia Tidbits That Will Impress Even Hardcore Fans

Are you ready for the big game this weekend? The storied history of the Super Bowl is closely tied to numbers and records, so let’s get set for the weekend with trivia to get you in the mood…or at least to take you on a walk down memory lane.

Here are some fascinating facts that will brush up your Super Bowl knowledge and add a whole new layer of excitement to your game-day experience.

Origins: A Super Bowl Story

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The Super Bowl wasn't always the colossal event we know today. It started as a brilliant merger between the NFL and AFL championships back in 1967. The concept was to determine the ultimate football champion, and little did they know, it would evolve into an annual spectacle watched by millions worldwide.

The First Super Bowl

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The first-ever Super Bowl kicked off on January 15, 1967, pitting the Green Bay Packers against the Kansas City Chiefs in an epic showdown. Emerging triumphant, the Green Bay Packers secured a resounding 35-10 victory. Fast forward to the present day, and we've witnessed the spectacle of 57 Super Bowls, each adding to the fascinating history and the stockpile of Super Bowl trivia to know about.

Most Super Bowl Wins by a Team

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New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers – 6 wins each. 

Beginning in 2001, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady won three Super Bowl titles in four years before a decade-long dry spell, after which they won three in five seasons.

The 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, spearheaded by icons such as Terry Bradshaw and Franco Harris, scored four championships, adding two more to the franchise more than 30 years later. 

Super Bowl Underdogs: Teams Yet to Make the Cut

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While some teams bask in the glory of multiple Super Bowl appearances, others have yet to grace the big stage. The Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Cleveland Browns are among the franchises that haven't made it to a Super Bowl yet. Will they break the streak in the coming years?

Longest Super Bowl Game in History

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Super Bowls are known for their nail-biting finishes, but none went into overtime until Super Bowl LI. The New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons battled fiercely, with the Patriots eventually staging a historic comeback to win 34-28 in the first-ever Super Bowl overtime. The total playing time alone was almost 64 minutes.

Note: You could argue that the Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco XLVII Super Bowl was the longest game ever. However, it did include a 34 minute power outage delay in the 3rd quarter.

Most Touchdowns Scored in a Single Super Bowl

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Which player holds the record for the most touchdowns scored in a single Super Bowl game? The answer is Jerry Rice, the legendary wide receiver who found the end zone an incredible three times in Super Bowl XXIV, helping the San Francisco 49ers secure a convincing victory over the Denver Broncos. He has a total of 8 touchdowns in the Super Bowl over the course of his career. 

Most Receiving Yards in a Single Super Bowl Game

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Jerry Rice also hold the record for most receiving yards in a single Super Bowl game – 215 receiving yards (Super Bowl XXIII).

Rice is considered one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history, with the most receiving yards in a Super Bowl. The record was set in Super Bowl XXIII versus the Bengals on January 22, 1989.

Most Super Bowl Appearances by a Team

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New England Patriots – 11 appearances.

Even with the most appearances, the Patriots remain one of the teams with below-average wins-to-participation ratios. The Patriots' record stands at six wins out of 11 Super Bowls played.

Most Super Bowl MVP Awards by a Player

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Tom Brady – 5 MVP awards.

Holding several prestigious records in the NFL, Brady has the most career wins in the regular season and playoffs as a quarterback. He's also won the Super Bowl (MVP) award multiple times and is the only player to win it for two different teams. 

Most Passing Yards in a Single Super Bowl Game

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Tom Brady – 505 passing yards (Super Bowl LII).

We’re not done with Tom Brady. He also holds second place with 466 passing yards. Not only a force at the Super Bowl, he passed 3,039 yards over a ten-game run, nine of which he played with the Patriots; one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Longest Field Goal in Super Bowl History

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Matt Prater – 64 yards (Super Bowl L).

Viewed as one of the best long-distance kickers in NFL history, Prater held the NFL record for longest field goal (64 yards) from 2013 until 2021 and holds the NFL record for most 50+ yard field goals overall – 80 as of 2023.

Most Rushing Yards in a Single Super Bowl Game

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Timmy Smith – 204 rushing yards (Super Bowl XXII).

Timmy Smith's record-setting ability to move the ball led to his team's success in 1988 when he played for Washington.

Most Touchdown Passes in a Single Super Bowl Game 

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Steve Young – 6 touchdown passes Super Bowl XXIX

Steve Young played 15 seasons for the 49ers and Buccaneers, throwing for 33,124 yards and 232 touchdowns. 

Unbeatable Franchise: The Miami Dolphins' Perfect Record

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In the world of Super Bowls, perfection is rare, but the Miami Dolphins achieved just that in the early 1970s. The Dolphins remain the only team in NFL history to have a perfect season, capping it off with a Super Bowl VII victory over the Washington Redskins (who later played for two years as the Washington Football Team after discarding the controversial mascot and finally became the Commanders in 2022).

Super Bowl Interceptions: Defense Strikes Back

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Interceptions are always exciting. They can change the momentum of any game and come during unexpected times. The record for the most pick-sixes in a Super Bowl game is shared by three players: Chuck Howley, Rod Martin, and Larry Brown.

Most Interceptions in a Single Super Bowl Game

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Rod Martin – 3 interceptions (Super Bowl XV).

Rod Martin played 12 seasons for the Los Angeles Raiders…but didn't record a single tackle. 

Longest Kickoff Return in Super Bowl History

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Jacoby Jones – 108 yards (Super Bowl XLVII).

After his NFL career, Jones returned to Lane College when he was named wide receivers coach in January 2018. Since then, Jones’ moved around to various schools before joining the coaching staff at Alabama State University in 2022.

Most Sacks in a Single Super Bowl Game

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Reggie White – 3 sacks (Super Bowl XXXI).

White was a six-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl selection over his eight seasons with the Philidelphia Eagles. White is the team's all-time leader with 124 sacks in 121 games. Off the field, White wrestled his only professional wrestling match for WCW at Slamboree on May 18, 1997.

Most Consecutive Super Bowl Appearances by a Team

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Buffalo Bills – 4 consecutive appearances (Super Bowls XXV-XXVIII).

The appearance streak spans 1991-1994 but stands as a less glamorous record as well; the Bills lost all four Super Bowl appearance games.

Most Consecutive Super Bowl Wins by a Team

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It’s happened more times than you might think. There have been 8 times that teams have made back-to-back appearances. 

Green Bay Packers (I, II), Miami Dolphins (VII, VIII), Pittsburgh Steelers (IX, X and again in XIII, XIV), San Francisco 49ers (XXIII, XXIV), Dallas Cowboys (XXVII, XXVIII), Denver Broncos (XXXII, XXXIII), and New England Patriots (XXXVIII, XXXIX).

Most Points Scored by a Team in a Single Super Bowl Game

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San Francisco 49ers – 55 points (Super Bowl XXIV).

In the 1990 Super Bowl, the 49ers left the Denver Broncos in the dust. Denver scored just 10 points in their chase for the win.

Fewest Points Scored by a Team in a Single Super Bowl Game

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Los Angeles Rams and Miami Dolphins – 3 points.

The Los Angeles Rams lost to the New England Patriots, 13 to 3, in Super Bowl LIII on February 3, 2019. But they weren’t the first. The Miami Dolphins seemed to forget there was a big game on when they met the Dallas Cowboys in a  24 to 3 Super Bowl VI loss on January 16, 1972.

Largest Margin of Victory in a Super Bowl Game

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San Francisco 49ers defeated the Denver Broncos by 45 points (Super Bowl XXIV).

The Denver Broncos surely felt the sting of defeat when the San Francisco 49ers won the Super Bowl, scoring 55 to 10 on January 28, 1990.

Most Consecutive Super Bowl Starts by a Quarterback

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Tom Brady – 10 consecutive starts (Super Bowls XXXVI-XLV).

Tom Brady’s resume is pretty impressive by any standard. He played 23 seasons for the Patriots and Buccaneers, threw for 89,214 yards and 649 touchdowns, and was selected to play in 15 Pro Bowls. He won one Comeback Player of the Year award, two Offensive Player of the Year awards, three MVP awards, five Super Bowl MVP awards, and seven championships. (Source: StatMuse.com)

Youngest Quarterback to Win a Super Bowl

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Mike Tomczak – 23 years and 95 days old in Super Bowl XX

Tomczak went undrafted out of college and signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bears. He didn’t start in any games in his first year but did earn a Super Bowl ring simply for being on the team. He did have playing time in Super Bowl XX, during the fourth quarter, where he was penalized for a facemask penalty.

Oldest Head Coach to Win a Super Bowl

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Bruce Arians – 68 years and 127 days (Super Bowl LV).

Arians originally retired in 2017, but soon returned in 2019 to coach the Buccaneers, leading the 2020 team to their first playoff appearance since 2007 and playoff win since 2002.

Iconic National Anthem Performance

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The Super Bowl isn't just about halftime shows; the National Anthem performances are equally iconic. Whitney Houston's rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” during Super Bowl XXV is often considered one of the greatest in history, setting the bar for all future performances.

Super Bowl Shuffle: Chicago Bears' Musical Moment

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In 1985, the Chicago Bears brought some musical flair to the Super Bowl scene with the “Super Bowl Shuffle.” This music video, featuring players showcasing their dance moves and rapping skills, added a unique touch to the pre-game festivities and remains a memorable chapter in Super Bowl lore.

The King of Super Bowl Halftime Performances

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When it comes to Super Bowl halftime performances, no one tops the legendary status of Justin Timberlake. The pop icon has graced the stage twice, first in 2001 with *NSYNC and then in 2004 during the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” incident with Janet Jackson, which was a marvelous performance in its own right and remains one of the most talked about moments in Super Bowl half-time show history.

Most Super Bowl Championships as a Head Coach

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Bill Belichick – 6 championships.

Belichick began his career with the Cleveland Browns in 1991 for five seasons before moving to Baltimore with the newly formed Ravens. The rest, as they say, is history.

Sources for Super Bowl Triva: Wikepedia, nfl.com, statmuse.com, profootballnetwork.com.

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