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Super Bowl History

A By the Numbers look at the NFL's crown jewel

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Posted: Thursday January 18, 2001 7:03 PM

0 -- Punts returned for touchdowns in Super Bowl history. There have been five kickoffs returned for touchdowns, the last by Atlanta's Tim Dwight (Super Bowl XXXIII). Jerry Rice
49ers receiver Jerry Rice is one of 124 players who have scored a Super Bowl TD, owning the career record of seven.
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0.64 -- Average yards per carry by the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX, the lowest in the game's history. The Patriots rushed for a mere 7 yards on 11 carries in the 46-10 loss to the Chicago Bears.
1 -- Times the Super Bowl has been tied at halftime. The Bengals and 49ers were knotted 3-3 in Super Bowl XXIII. In the other 33 games, the team trailing at halftime has went on to win seven times.
2 -- Turnover-free Super Bowls -- Super Bowl XXV (Giants 20, Bills 19) and Super Bowl XXXIV (Rams 23, Titans 16).
4 -- Teams with an undefeated record in Super Bowl play -- the 49ers (5-0), Giants (2-0), Bears (1-0) and Jets (1-0).
5 -- Super Bowls in which a defensive player won the MVP award -- Cowboys LB Chuck Howley (Super Bowl V), Dolphins S Jake Scott (VII), co-MVPs Cowboys DE Harvey Martin and DT Randy White (XII), Bears DE Richard Dent (XX) and Cowboys CB Larry Brown (XXX).
6 -- Interceptions thrown in Super Bowl V. Cowboys quarterback Craig Morton threw three while Colts quarterbacks Johnny Unitas had two and Earl Morrall (one). It is the most combined picks of any Super Bowl.
7 -- Times a team has scored fewer than 10 points in a Super Bowl, the last by the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII (38-9 loss to L.A. Raiders) in Tampa, Fla. Miami's three points in Super Bowl VI are the fewest by any team.
8 -- NFL teams that have never been to a Super Bowl -- Arizona, Carolina, Cleveland, Detroit, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Seattle and Tampa Bay.
9 -- Defensive touchdowns in Super Bowl history -- five by interception return, four by fumble return. Dallas is the only team to score two defensive TDs in one game (52-17 win against Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVII).
9.6 -- Average yards per carry by Raiders running back Marcus Allen in his Super Bowl career, the most in Super Bowl history of any back with 20 or more carries. Allen had 191 yards on 20 carries in Super Bowl XVIII.
11 -- 300-yard passing games in Super Bowl history, including Kurt Warner's record-setting 414-yard game against Tennessee last year.
18-13 -- Record by NFC teams since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970. Denver is the only AFC team to win since the '83 Raiders.
19 -- Super Bowls that have been decided by 14 points or more. There have only been nine games decided by seven points or fewer.
21 -- Years since an AFC Central team has won the Super Bowl (Pittsburgh). Only the AFC East has gone longer without a Super Bowl title, last won by Miami in Super Bowl VIII in the '73 season.
35 -- Yards passing by the Denver Broncos in their Super Bowl XII loss to Dallas, the fewest in the game's history.
42 -- Points scored by 49ers receiver Jerry Rice in three career games, the most of any player in Super Bowl history. Rice had a record three touchdowns in both Super Bowl XXIV vs. Denver and Super Bowl XXIX vs. San Diego.
57 -- Rushing attempts by the Steelers in their 16-6 Super Bowl IX victory against Minnesota. Franco Harris had 34, Rocky Bleier 17, Terry Bradshaw five and Lynn Swann one.
63 -- Yards of the longest career punt in Super Bowl history -- by Cincinnati's Lee Johnson (S.B. XXIII)
70.0 -- Career Super Bowl completion percentage of Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, who was 56-for-80 in three games.
79.4 -- Percentage of Super Bowls in which the winner had the most rushing yards (27 of 34). However, the losing teams has had more rushing yards in each of the past two Super Bowls (Falcons and Titans).
124 -- Different players who have scored a Super Bowl touchdown -- from Max McGee in Super Bowl I to Isaac Bruce in Super Bowl XXXIV.
145 -- Passes attempted by Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelly in his Super Bowl career, the most in history.
$15,000 -- Winner's share from Green Bay's victory in Super Bowl I. Each player from the Super Bowl XXXV winning team will take home $58,000.
2,700,969 -- Combined attendance of the 34 previous Super Bowls. Super Bowl I in Los Angeles (61,946) and Super Bowl XXVI in Minneapolis (63,130) are the only games to attract fewer than 70,000 fans.

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