It’s that time of year again when your colleagues have booked off monday for a cheeky long weekend or they just blatantly call in fake sick. Yep, that’s right it’s Super bowl Sunday this weekend! Yes I know at first glance American Football, or sport in general for that matter, doesn’t seem like the geekiest kind of topic. And normally I would agree with you, however, american Football has this one difference – it is full of stats! Because of the nature of the game it allows for the collection of data on pretty much every single aspect of the game and so you can analyse teams, players and coaches to your hearts content.
Great, but you have never watched NFL before and you have heard it goes on for hours and is very stop start so you think you will pass? OK fine, fair play to you but it is shorter and more action packed than cricket and snooker and tennis (to an extent). So for those of you who are thinking of dipping your toes in, here is a short video produced by the NFL which explains quite succinctly the basic rules of the game…
Right so now you are all clued up/refreshed on the rules it is time to swat up on a few little facts and figures that you can throw into the conversation to impress your buddies with.
First off a little background info on the game itself so that you don’t give your amazing bluffing skills away.
So this is Superbowl 50 and it is being played in at the Levi’s stadium in Santa Clara (part of the San Francisco bay area) California which is normally home to the San Francisco 49ers. The game was created as part of a merger agreement between the NFL and its then-rival league, the American Football League (AFL). It was agreed that the two leagues’ champion teams would play in the AFL–NFL World Championship Game until the merger was to officially begin in 1970. After the merger, each league was redesignated as a “conference”, and the game has since been played between the conference champions to determine the NFL’s league champion. The Winner of each Super bowl wins the Vince Lombardi Trophy (and each player receives a Superbowl Ring). The trophy is named in honor of legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi.
Ok so now you are ready to load your mind with trivial stats about the most watched sporting event in the world and lucky for you I have compiled a few for you below so you don’t even have to do any work! your welcome.
No. 1 Rankings
This will be only the second Super Bowl to feature the No. 1 scoring offense (Panthers, 31.3 PPG) vs. the No. 1 total defense (Broncos, 283.1 YPG). The first such matchup was Super Bowl XLVIII, in which Seattle’s No. 1 defense overwhelmed Peyton Manning and Denver’s No. 1 scoring offense in a 43-8 blowout.
Become the first
Cam Newton is aiming to become the first quarterback in NFL history to win a college National Championship, Heisman Trophy, Super Bowl and NFL MVP Award.
Search for 200
A victory in Super Bowl 50 would give Peyton Manning his 200th career win, including playoffs. Manning would be the only QB in NFL history with 200+ wins, surpassing Brett Favre (199 wins, including playoffs) for the most all-time.
This will be the first Super Bowl in which both starting quarterbacks were former No. 1 overall picks. Peyton Manning went No. 1 overall in 1998, while Cam Newton went No. 1 overall in 2011.
The Broncos’ defense has not allowed a single rushing TD to a quarterback this season, including playoffs (1 of 2 teams to do so). Cam Newton is tied with Steve Young for the most rushing TDs by any QB in NFL history (43, regular season only)
Uniforms to Headsets
Super Bowl 50 will be the first time both opposing coaches also played in a Super Bowl. Ron Rivera made the Super Bowl with the 1985 Bears as a linebacker (won), while Gary Kubiak made three Super Bowls as the Broncos’ backup quarterback (0-3).
The winner of this Super Bowl will be the eighth different winning team in the last eight seasons.
1 QB, 2 Teams
Peyton Manning became the only quarterback to take multiple teams to the Super Bowl multiple times. Super Bowl 50 will be Manning’s fourth time at the big event, with two appearances each as a member of the Colts and Broncos
Both of these teams made the Super Bowl with the coach they hired after firing John Fox. Carolina with Ron Rivera and Denver with Gary Kubiak.
The Panthers are one of 13 teams that have never won a Super Bowl. They only have one other appearance, which was in 2003. No one from that team is still on the roster, and only two (Julius Peppers, Steve Smith) are still in the league.
Beyoncé and Bruno Mars are both expected to join Coldplay for the halftime show
All that is left now is to grab a beer and every americanised snack you can think of and settle down with your mates to watch the Carolina Panthers @ Denver Broncos
Stats found through google searches and mostly from NFL.com