47 facts about Super Bowl XLVII

Posted Feb 1, 2013

NEW ORLEANS - To commemorate Super Bowl XLVII, we bring you 47 facts and tidbits about Super Bowls, the San Francisco 49ers, the Baltimore Ravens, and, of course, the Giants.

I – The NFC holds a 25-21 lead over the AFC in Super Bowls. Four teams - San Francisco (5), Dallas (5), Green Bay (4) and the Giants (4) – have accounted for 56 percent of the NFC victories.

II – New Orleans is hosting its 10th Super Bowl, which ties South Florida for the highest total in the game’s history. Of the nine previous New Orleans Super Bowls, eight ended with a victory margin of at least 10 points. The only close game was New England’s 20-17 victory over St. Louis 11 years ago – the last time the Super Bowl was played here.

III – Phil Simms, the former Giants quarterback who was the MVP of Super Bowl XXI, will be the analyst (with play-by-play man Jim Nantz) for CBS’ broadcast of the game. It will be Simms’ seventh turn as a Super Bowl analyst. That is the second-most in history after John Madden’s 11.

IV – The 49ers are 5-0 in Super Bowls. They are the only team to play in more than one Super Bowl and have a perfect record. The other four teams with unblemished Super Bowl records – Baltimore, New Orleans, Tampa Bay and the Jets – are 1-0. The Ravens, with a win, can become the 12th NFL team with multiple victories.

V – The Ravens beat the Giants, 34-7, in Super Bowl XXXV for their only victory and the Giants’ only loss in five Super Bowl appearances.

VI – San Francisco – which fell, 26-3, to the Giants on Oct. 14 - can become only the third team to lose to the Giants in the regular season and win the Super Bowl. In the 41 previous Super Bowls in which they were not one of the competing teams, the Giants played the eventual champion 31 times in the regular season. They are 2-29 in those games. They defeated the-then 13-0 Denver Broncos in 1998 and the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008. Many of the defeats occurred in the bleak 1970s. The Giants are 5-23 against Super Bowl losers. The Giants also played Baltimore in 2012, losing 33-14 on Dec. 23.

VII – Baltimore has won three of its four games against the 49ers. The Ravens lost the first meeting in 1996 and won in 2003, 2007 and 2011. The latter game was a 16-6 decision in Baltimore in which the Ravens’ John Harbaugh and the 49ers’ Jim Harbaugh became the first brothers to oppose each other as head coaches in NFL history.

VIII – Super Bowl teams with the most total yards are 37-9. Super Bowl teams with the most rushing yards are 37-9.

IX - The 49ers are 21-10 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, including a 31-21 victory on Nov. 25. Many of those victories were over the New Orleans Saints in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, when both teams were illogically in the NFC West. Baltimore has played in the Superdome only once. The Ravens beat the Saints, 35-22, in 2006.

X – This is only the second time in the Super Bowl era, and the first time since 1994-95, that the two teams that lost the previous season’s conference championship games advanced to the Super Bowl. Last season, the 49ers lost to the Giants in the NFC title game and the Ravens were defeated by the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. In 1994, top-seeded Pittsburgh lost at home to San Diego in the AFC Championship Game while Dallas fell to San Francisco in the NFC title game. A year later, the Steelers beat Indianapolis (Jim Harbaugh was the Colts’ quarterback) and Dallas topped Green Bay to advance to Super Bowl XXX – which Dallas won, 27-17.

XI – A total of 3,581,385 fans attended the first 46 Super Bowls. The largest crowd was 103,985 for Super Bowl XIV (Steelers 31, Rams 19) in the Rose Bowl.

XII – In 2011, the Giants became the first team with a 9-7 regular-season record to win the Super Bowl. Since the introduction of the 16-game schedule in 1978, only two other teams advanced to the Super Bowl with a 9-7 record - the 1979 Los Angeles Rams and the 2008 Arizona Cardinals; both of those teams lost the Super Bowl. The Giants were 9-7 again this season, but did not make the playoffs.

XIII – Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is retiring after the game, ending his 17-year career. Lewis had 41.5 regular-season sacks. The first sack of his career came on Oct. 13, 1996, when he dropped the Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback in a 21-16 Baltimore loss in what was then called the Hoosier Dome. That quarterback was Jim Harbaugh.

XIV – Although they have a 4-1 record in the game, the Giants’ turnover differential in five Super Bowl appearances is minus-3 (3 takeaways, 6 giveaways). Not surprisingly, the culprit is their one loss; the Giants were minus-5 vs. Baltimore 12 years ago.

XV – The Ravens’ were seeded fourth in the AFC playoffs. They hope to become the fifth team in the last eight years seeded at least that low to win the Super Bowl. In 2005, the Steelers were the first No. 6 seed in league history to not only make the game, but win it. The 2007 Giants (No. 5 seed), 2010 Packers (No. 6) and 2011 Giants (No. 4) also won the Super Bowl. The 2008 Cardinals were seeded fourth, but lost the Super Bowl to Pittsburgh. The Ravens were also seeded fourth when they defeated the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.

XVI – San Francisco Hall of Famer Jerry Rice not only holds the NFL record for catches and receiving yards, he owns the Super Bowl marks in those categories. Rice had 33 career Super Bowl receptions for 589 yards. He also caught eight touchdown passes – five more than anyone else in the game’s history. Rice played in four Super Bowls, three with the 49ers and one with the Oakland Raiders.

XVII – During Championship Game weekend, the Ravens and 49ers became the first set of road teams to win the conference championships since 1997, when Denver and Green Bay triumphed. In the second halves of their championship games, the Ravens (21-0) and 49ers (14-0) outscored their opponents 35-0.

XVIII – The NFC has won three in a row and four of the last five Super Bowls. Pittsburgh’s triumph four years ago is the only AFC victory in that span.

XIX – Giants punter Jeff Feagles was 41 years and 333 days old when he played in Super Bowl XLII. He is the second-oldest player to ever play in a Super Bowl (Indianapolis’ Matt Stover was 42 years, 11 days old in Super Bowl XLIV). Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw was 21 years, 321 days when he played in Super Bowl XLII. He is the fourth-youngest player to play in a Super Bowl.

XX – San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick will be the fourth quarterback in the Super Bowl era to start the Super Bowl in the same season as his first career NFL start, joining Vince Ferragamo (1979 Rams), Kurt Warner (1999 Rams) and Tom Brady (2001 Patriots). Kaepernick’s seven career regular-season starts are the third-fewest for a starting quarterback in the Super Bowl, trailing only the Giants’ Jeff Hostetler (four) and Ferragamo (five).

XXI – Super Bowl XLVII will mark the first time in any of the four major professional sports (NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL) that brothers – Baltimore’s John Harbaugh  and San Francisco’s Jim - will match up against one another as head coaches in a postseason game.

XXII – Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco registered his sixth career playoff road victory in the AFC Championship Game in New England. That surpassed the Giants’ Eli Manning (5) for the most postseason road wins in NFL history by a quarterback.

XXIII – In their five Super Bowl victories, the 49ers have outscored their opponents, 188-89. The plus-99 point differential is the highest of any team in the Super Bowl. Dallas is next at plus-89 (221-132).

XXIV – Although the Giants are 4-1 in Super Bowls, they have scored 104 points and have given up 104 points.

XXV - The Giants are the 16th team to reach the Super Bowl by winning three playoff games – and the seventh in the last eight seasons. Those teams are 9-6 in the Super Bowl, including the Giants in 2007 and 2011.

XXVI – A quarterback has won the Most Valuable Player award in five of the last six Super Bowls. Three of the five were by the Mannings, Peyton in Super Bowl XLI and Eli in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. The other quarterbacks to win the award were New Orleans’ Drew Brees and Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers. The only non-quarterback to win was Pittsburgh receiver Santonio Holmes in Super Bowl XLIII.

XXVII – Of the 46 Super Bowl MVP awards, 24 have been won by quarterbacks.

XXVIII - Last year, Eli Manning became the fifth player to win the Super Bowl MVP award at least twice, joining Joe Montana (three times); Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw and Tom Brady (all twice).

XXIX - With a victory, the 49ers will tie Pittsburgh for the most Super Bowl victories with six. The Steelers are 6-2 in Super Bowls.

XXX – This will be the seventh time in eight years there will be a first-time Super Bowl-winning coach. From Super Bowl XL to XLV, Bill Cowher, Tony Dungy, Tom Coughlin, Mike Tomlin, Sean Payton and Mike McCarthy all won their first Super Bowls. The streak was broken last year when Coughlin won his second.

XXXI – Super Bowl teams with the most passing yards are 25-21.

XXXII – The Ravens are 13-7 in postseason play, a .650 winning percentage that is the highest in history.

XXXIII – Super Bowl teams with the higher time of possession are 34-12.

XXXIV - Simms’ 88.0 completion percentage in Super Bowl XXI is still the highest by a quarterback in the game’s history. Simms completed 22 of 25 passes in the Giants’ rout of Denver. Brees had the second-highest completion percentage in a Super Bowl at 82.1 (32 of 39 in Super Bowl XLIV).

XXXV – This will be the 15th Super Bowl played indoors. The NFC has a 10-4 lead in Super Bowls played in under domes.

XXXVI – At 65 years and 158 days, Tom Coughlin last year became the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl.

XXXVII – If the Ravens win, John Harbaugh will win his ninth playoff game and surpass Tom Flores (8) for the most postseason wins by a head coach in his first five 5 seasons.

XXXVIII – Jim Harbaugh became the fifth coach since 1970 to reach the conference championship game in each of his first two seasons as a head coach. Three of the four to accomplish this feat - Don McCafferty, George Seifert and Barry Switzer - won a Super Bowl in one of those two years. Only Rex Ryan, whose Jets reached conference championship games following the 2009 and 2010 seasons, did not win a Super Bowl.

XXXIX – When New England won the coin toss last year in Super Bowl XLVI, it ended an improbable streak of 14 consecutive Super Bowls in which NFC teams won the toss. The Patriots, as is their custom, deferred. The Giants punted on the game’s opening possession.

XL – The 49ers can become the fourth NFL team to win Super Bowls under three head coaches. Harbaugh would join Bill Walsh and George Seifert as San Francisco Super Bowl-winning coaches. The other franchises to win Super Bowls with three different head coaches are Green Bay (Vince Lombardi, Mike Holmgren and Mike McCarthy), Dallas (Tom Landry, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer) and Pittsburgh (Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin).

XLI – Super Bowl teams with the fewest turnovers are 34-3.

XLII – Lewis is the only member of the Ravens’ Super Bowl XXXV team who is still on the team. Lewis was voted the MVP of that game.

XLIII - San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was a defensive assistant for the Ravens from 2006 to 2009, including two seasons under John Harbaugh. Greg Roman, the 49ers’ offensive coordinator, was the assistant offensive line coach in Baltimore in 2006-07.

XLIV – Nineteen starting quarterbacks have won Super Bowls without a loss. The list includes Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana (who were each 4-0), and three Giants – Simms (1-0), Hostetler (1-0) and Manning (2-0).

XLV - Eight former Giants assistant coaches have led teams to Super Bowls as head coaches: Six of the eight have won at least one Super Bowl. Former Giants coaches are 12-6 as head coaches in Super Bowls.

Name Giants Assistant Team: Super Bowl(s)
Bill Belichick 1979-90 New England: XXXI, XXXVIII, XXXIX
Tom Coughlin 1988-90 Giants: XLII, XLVI
Jim Fassel 1991-92 Giants: XXXV
John Fox 1997-2001 Carolina: XXXVIII
Tom Landry 1954-59 Dallas: V, VI, X, XII, XIII
Vince Lombardi 1954-58 Green Bay: I, II
Bill Parcells 1979, 1981-82 Giants: XXI, XXV; Patriots XXXI
Sean Payton 1999-2002 New Orleans: XLIV
XLVI – The Lombardi Trophy is 21 inches high and weighs seven pounds. Each trophy is valued at $25,000.

XLVII - Teams that have scored a touchdown on an interception return are 11-0 in the Super Bowl.

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