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54 facts & tidbits about Super Bowl LIV


MIAMI - To commemorate Super Bowl LIV, we bring you 54 facts and tidbits about the Super Bowl, the San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs and, of course, the Giants.

I - The 49ers are playing in their seventh Super Bowl, the fifth-highest total behind New England (11), Dallas, Denver and Pittsburgh (eight apiece). San Francisco's most recent appearance was a loss to Baltimore in Super Bowl XLVII seven years ago.

II - With a win, the 49ers would tie the Patriots and Steelers for the most Super Bowl victories in NFL history with six.

III - Kansas City is playing in its third Super Bowl. The Chiefs played in Super Bowl I (when it was called the NFL-AFL Championship Game) and Super Bowl IV, when they upset the Minnesota Vikings. Lamar Hunt, who founded the franchise in 1960 and passed away in 2006, helped create the AFL. He also asked then-NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle to call the game the Super Bowl.

IV - The Chiefs' 50-year gap between Super Bowl appearances is by far the longest in history. The Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts went 36 years between Super Bowl appearances (Super Bowl V in the 1970 season to Super Bowl XLI in 2006).

V - Kansas City is looking to end the second-longest drought among teams who have won the Super Bowl at 50 years. Only the Jets, at 51 years and counting, have gone longer.

VI - The 49ers' last won the Super Bowl 25 years ago – in the same stadium in which they will play on Sunday. On Jan. 29, 1995, the 49ers concluded the NFL's 75th season with a 49-26 victory over the San Diego Chargers in Miami in Super Bowl XXIX.

VII - This is the fourth Super Bowl matching up teams from the current AFC West and NFC West. The NFC team won each of the first three games, most recently Seattle's rout of Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium six years ago.

VIII - The 49ers are 5-1 in Super Bowls, a .833 winning percentage that is the best among teams that have played in the game at least three times. The Giants and Green Bay Packers are tied for second among such teams with a .800 winning percentage (4-1 in Super Bowls).

IX - The team with the most total yards in the Super Bowl is 40-13.

X - San Francisco was the top seed in the NFC playoffs and the Chiefs were seeded second in the AFC. This is the seventh season in a row that both Super Bowl finalists finished as a top two seed in their conference.

XI - Miami is hosting its record 11th Super Bowl and first since New Orleans defeated Indianapolis 10 years ago. The first five were held in the Orange Bowl and this will be the sixth in what is now Hard Rock Stadium. The AFC holds a 6-4 edge in Miami Super Bowls, but the 49ers are 2-0, defeating Cincinnati in Super Bowl XXIII and San Diego in Super Bowl XXIX.

XII - The Giants are 4-1 in Super Bowls. In those five games, they scored 104 points and allowed 104 points. They are one of six franchises to win at least four Super Bowls.

XIII - Kansas City coach Andy Reid is sixth on the NFL's career list with 221 victories (207 in the regular season and 14 in the postseason). That is the highest total by a coach who has never won a championship, exceeding the 205 triumphs without a title by Marty Schottenheimer, who coached the Chiefs from 1989-98. Of the five coaches ahead of Reid, three won at least two Super Bowls (Don Shula, Bill Belichick and Tom Landry) and two coached prior to the Super Bowl era but won multiple NFL championships (George Halas and Curly Lambeau).

XIV - The Giants are the only franchise to win a Super Bowl in four different decades: 1980s (Super Bowl XXI), 1990s (Super Bowl XXV), 2000s (Super Bowl XLII) and 2010s (Super Bowl XLVI).

XV - If the 49ers win, San Francisco's Kyle Shanahan and his father, Mike Shanahan, would become the first father and son head coaches to win Super Bowls. Mike Shanahan won Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII as head coach of the Denver Broncos.

XVI - The team with the fewest turnovers is 37-5 in Super Bowls. There have been 11 Super Bowls in which the teams had the same turnover total.

XVII - At 24 years and 138 days old on Sunday, Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes will be the fifth-youngest quarterback to start a Super Bowl. The only quarterbacks who were younger were Hall of Famer Dan Marino (23 years, 127 days in Super Bowl XIX), Ben Roethlisberger (23 years, 340 days in Super Bowl XL), Miami's David Woodley (24 years, 97 days in Super Bowl XVII) and the Rams' Jared Goff (24 years, 112 days last year in Super Bowl LIII).

XVIII - With a victory, Mahomes would become the second-youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl after Roethlisberger, who started in the Steelers' victory in Super Bowl XL 14 years ago.

XIX - A Kansas City victory would also make Mahomes – the 2018 NFL Most Valuable Player - the youngest player to win both an MVP award and a Super Bowl championship, surpassing Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith, who was 24 years, 233 days old on the last day of his MVP 1993 season.

XX - In the 1999 season, St. Louis quarterback Kurt Warner – who played for the Giants in 2004 and is now in the Hall of Fame – won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award and led the Rams to victory in Super Bowl XXXVI. Since then, league MVP's are 0-9 in the Super Bowl, including Tom Brady's loss to Philadelphia two years ago.

XXI - Both Super Bowl teams have Giants connections. For Kansas City, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo held the same position with the Giants from 2007-08 and 2015-17. He was the team's interim head coach for the final four games of the 2017 season. Defensive backs coach David Merritt was a Giants assistant coach from 2004-17, including the last 12 seasons as defensive backs/safeties coach. Defensive backs/cornerbacks coach Sam Madison played the final three seasons of his 12-year career with the Giants from 2006-08 and was a member of the team that won Super Bowl XLII.

San Francisco kicker Robbie Gould played the final 10 games of the 2016 season for the Giants. Center Weston Richburg was the Giants' second-round draft choice in 2014 and played four years for the team. He is on injured reserve with a torn patellar tendon.

XXII - San Francisco's all-time postseason record is 33-21 (.611). The Chiefs' playoff record is 12-19 (.387).

XXIII – Andy Reid is in his 21st season as an NFL head coach. If the Chiefs win Sunday, he will have had the longest wait for a head coach before his first Super Bowl victory, by far:

Coach Team First Title Season

Bill Cowher Pittsburgh 2005 14th

Tom Coughlin Giants 2007 12th

Tom Landry Dallas 1971 12th

Tony Dungy Indianapolis 2006 11th

XXIV - Phil Simms' 88.0 completion percentage in the Giants' Super Bowl XXI triumph is still the highest by a quarterback in the game's history. Simms was named the game's MVP after completing 22 of 25 passes in the Giants' rout of Denver. New Orleans' Drew Brees has the second-highest completion percentage in a Super Bowl at 82.1 (32 of 39 in defeating Indianapolis in Super Bowl XLIV).

XXV - Through 16 regular season and two postseason games, the 49ers are averaging 30.2 points a game. Kansas City is a shade behind at 29.8 points a game. This is the first Super Bowl in which both teams enter the game averaging at least 29 points-per-game.

XXVI - The team with most rushing yards is 40-12 in the Super Bowl (Atlanta and New England each had 104 yards on the ground in Super Bowl LI). The team with the most passing yards is 28-25.

XXVII - Eli Manning (2-0) is one of six quarterbacks to start more than one Super Bowl without a defeat. The others are Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana (both 4-0), Troy Aikman (3-0), Jim Plunkett and Bart Starr (both 2-0).

XXVIII - The only overtime game in Super Bowl history was New England's 34-28 triumph against Atlanta three years ago. The Patriots outscored Atlanta in the fourth quarter and overtime, 25-0.

XXIX - 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 assistant coaches are 15-10 as head coaches in Super Bowls.

Bill Belichick 1979-90 New England: XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLII, XLVI, XLIX, LI, LII, LIII (6-3)

Tom Coughlin 1988-90 Giants: XLII, XLVI (2-0)

Jim Fassel 1991-92 Giants: XXXV (0-1)

John Fox 1997-2001 Carolina: XXXVIII; Denver: XLVIII (0-2)

Tom Landry 1954-59 Dallas: V, VI, X, XII, XIII (2-3)

Vince Lombardi 1954-58 Green Bay: I, II (2-0)

Bill Parcells 1979, 1981-82 Giants: XXI, XXV; Patriots: XXXI (2-1)

Sean Payton 1999-2002 New Orleans: XLIV (1-0)

XXX - Mahomes will join Hall of Famers Marino and Warner as the only players in NFL history to win the MVP award and appear in a Super Bowl in their first three seasons.

XXXI - In the 53 Super Bowl coin tosses, tails leads heads, 29-24. Each of the last nine coin-toss winners has deferred to the second half, including the Rams last year. The coin toss winner has lost each of the last five Super Bowls.

XXXII - Defensive end Justin Tuck, who was inducted into the Giants' Ring of Honor in 2016, is second on the Super Bowl sack list with 4.0 (2.0 in both Super Bowls XLII and XLII). Charles Haley is the Super Bowl career leader with 4.5.

XXXIII - The 49ers were 4-12 in 2018. They are the third team to advance to a Super Bowl after winning four-or-fewer games the prior season, joining the 1999 St. Louis Rams (4-12 in 1998) and the 1988 Cincinnati Bengals (4-11 in 1987). San Francisco can join the Rams as the only teams in NFL history to win a Super Bowl after finishing the previous season with no more than four victories.

XXXIV - The NFC East is the only division in which all four teams have at least one Super Bowl victory. The Giants' division has four more Super Bowl triumphs than any other division.

NFC Super Bowl wins by division:

NFC East: 13 AFC West: 7

AFC East: 9 NFC North: 5

AFC North: 8 NFC South: 2

NFC West: 7 AFC South: 2

XXXV - Kansas City and San Francisco have faced each other 13 times since their first meeting in 1971. The 49rs lead the series, 7-6, but have been outscored by the Chiefs, 274-245. They most recently met on Sept. 23, 2018 in Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs earned a 38-27 victory.

XXXVI - When New England defeated the Rams in last year's Super Bowl, Bill Belichick (66 years, 293 days) supplanted the Giants' Tom Coughlin as the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl. Coughlin was 65 years, 158 days old when the Giants defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

XXXVII - Kickoff returns in the first 53 Super Bowls: 433. Kickoff return touchdowns: 10. Punt returns in the first 53 Super Bowls: 237. Punt return touchdowns: 0.

XXXVIII - The only Super Bowl in which both teams scored touchdowns on kickoff returns was Super Bowl XXXV, when the Giants' Ron Dixon and Baltimore's Jermaine Lewis accomplished the feat on consecutive plays.

XXXIX – Reid is the seventh head coach in NFL history to lead two different teams to the Super Bowl. Parcells led the Giants there twice before guiding the Patriots and two others (Reeves and Fox) have Giants connections:

Don Shula Baltimore Colts, Dolphins

Bills Parcells Giants, Patriots

Dan Reeves* Broncos, Falcons

Dick Vermeil Eagles, St. Louis Rams

Mike Holmgren Packers, Seahawks

John Fox* Panthers, Broncos

*Reeves was the Giants' head coach from 1993-96. Fox was their defensive coordinator from 1997-2001.

XL - Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice holds the Super Bowl record with eight career touchdowns. No other player in Super Bowl history has scored more than three.

XLI - This is the first Super Bowl to feature two teams with red as their primary uniform color. The Chiefs will wear their traditional bright red home jerseys with white pants, while the 49ers will wear their standard white road jerseys with gold pants.

XLII - Of the 53 Super Bowl MVP awards, 29 have been won by quarterbacks, including two by Manning and one by Simms. The other Giants MVP was Ottis Anderson in Super Bowl XXV. Dallas linebacker Chuck Howley, the MVP of Super Bowl V, is the only player on a losing team to win the award.

XLIII - San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has a 23-5 (.821) career record as a starter, including the postseason. He will make his first Super Bowl start on Sunday – but Garoppolo has a pair of Super Bowl rings after serving as Tom Brady's backup in Super Bowls XLIX and LI. He did not play in either game.

XLIV - This is just the second time in the last 17 Super Bowls that the quarterback of the AFC team is not Brady, Peyton Manning or Roethlisberger. Joe Flacco was the winning quarterback for Baltimore in Super Bowl XLVII.

XLV - The team leading at halftime of the Super Bowl is 39-11 (there have been three ties).

XLVI - Reid was the Philadelphia Eagles' coach when they lost to New England in Super Bowl XXIX.

XLVII - Reid will be the 24th head coach in NFL history to appear in more than one Super Bowl. Belichick holds the record for a head coach with nine.

XLVIII - It didn't help him win the game, but…New England's Tom Brady set a Super Bowl record when he completed 16 consecutive passes against the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. The Giants won the game, 21-17.

XLIX - In the 49ers' 37-20 victory against Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game, Raheem Mostert rushed for 220 yards, the second-most ever in an NFL postseason game, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson's 248 rushing yards for the Los Angeles Rams on Jan. 4, 1986 vs. Dallas. The Super Bowl rushing record is 204 yards by Washington's Timmy Smith in Super Bowl XXII against Denver.

50 - Both starting quarterbacks have numerical ties to the Giants. If the 49ers win, Garoppolo will join Eli Manning as the only starting quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl wearing jersey No. 10. The only other Super Bowl starting quarterback to wear No. 10 was Minnesota's Fran Tarkenton in Super Bowls VIII, IX and XI. A Chiefs' victory will make Mahomes the first quarterback to win the Super Bowl in a No. 15 jersey since the Giants' Jeff Hostetler in Super Bowl XXV. The only other Super Bowl starting quarterbacks to wear No. 15 were Green Bay's Bart Starr in Super Bowls I and II, Baltimore's Earl Morrall in Super Bowl III and the Rams' Vince Ferragamo in Super Bowl XIV.

LI - The 49ers' most recent title-game victory 25 years ago was the highest-scoring Super Bowl ever. San Francisco and San Diego combined for 75 points in the Niners' 49-26 victory. The second-highest scoring Super Bowl was played two years ago, when Philadelphia (41) and New England (33) combined for 74 points. Last year, the Patriots defeated the Rams, 13-3, in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl.

LII - The 49ers' 13-3 record was not only the NFC's best, it was their first winning season since they were 12-4 in 2013.

LIII - The team scoring first is 36-17 in the Super Bowl.

LIV - Linebacker/long snapper Steve DeOssie (Super Bowl XXV) and long snapper Zak DeOssie (XLII and XLVI) both won Super Bowls with the Giants, the only father/son to win the game with the same team.


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