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Super Bowl Facts You Might (and Might Not) Know


With the Super Bowl coming up this Sunday, here are some facts and records you might, or might not know.

All Super Bowl records are courtesy of the NFL.

A fact about this year’s game:  This is the first time two teams that used to be in the same division have ever met in a Super Bowl.

Denver and Seattle were both in the AFC West Division from 1977-2001, Seattle moved to the NFC West in 2002 after the NFL realignment and expansion to 32 teams.


Now on to the records already in the books for the past games:

Teams That Have Never Been to a Super Bowl:

  • Cleveland Browns
  • Detroit Lions
  • Houston Texans
  • Jacksonville Jaguars

Teams That Have Never Lost in a Super Bowl:

  • Baltimore Ravens (2-0)
  • New Orleans Saints (1-0)
  • New York Jets (1-0)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0)

Teams That Have Never Won in a Super Bowl:

  • Buffalo Bills (0-4)
  • Minnesota Vikings (0-4)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (0-2)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (0-2)
  • Arizona Cardinals (0-1)
  • Atlanta Falcons (0-1)
  • Carolina Panthers (0-1)
  • San Diego Chargers (0-1)
  • Seattle Seahawks (0-1)
  • Tennessee Titans (0-1)

Most Appearances in the Super Bowl:

  • 8 – Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)
  • 8 – Dallas Cowboys (5-3)
  • 7 – New England Patriots (3-4)
  • 6 – Denver Broncos (2-4)
  • 6 – San Francisco 49ers (5-1)

Most Games Won:

  • 6 – Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 5 – Dallas Cowboys
  • 5 – San Francisco 49ers
  • 4 – Green Bay Packers
  • 4 – New York Giants

Most Games Lost:

  • 4 – Minnesota Vikings
  • 4 – Denver Broncos
  • 4 – Buffalo Bills
  • 4 – New England Patriots
  • 3 – Dallas Cowboys
  • 3 – Miami Dolphins

Most Points Scored in a Game:

  • 55 – San Francisco 49ers (Super Bowl XXIV vs. Denver)
  • 52 – Dallas Cowboys (Super Bowl XXVII vs. Buffalo)
  • 49 – San Francisco 49ers (Super Bowl XXIX vs. San Diego)
  • 48 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Super Bowl XXXVII vs. Oakland)
  • 46 – Chicago Bears (Super Bowl XX vs. New England)

Fewest Points Scored in a Game:

  • 3 – Miami Dolphins (Super Bowl VI vs. Dallas)
  • 6 – Minnesota Vikings (Super Bowl IX vs. Pittsburgh)
  • 7 – Scored by 7 different teams.

Most Points Scored by Both Teams:

  • 75 – San Francisco 49ers (49) vs. San Diego Chargers (26), Super Bowl XXIX
  • 69 – Dallas Cowboys (52) vs. Buffalo Bills (17), Super Bowl XXVII
  • 69 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (48) vs. Oakland Raiders (21), Super Bowl XXXVII
  • 66 – Pittsburgh Steelers (35) vs. Dallas Cowboys (31), Super Bowl XIII

Fewest Points Scored by Both Teams:

  • 21 – Miami Dolphins (14) vs. Washington Redskins (7), Super Bowl VII
  • 22 – Pittsburgh Steelers (16) vs. Minnesota Vikings (6), Super Bowl IX
  • 23 – New York Jets (16) vs. Baltimore Colts (7), Super Bowl III

Largest Margin of Victory in a Game:

  • 45 – San Francisco 49ers (55) vs. Denver Broncos (10), Super Bowl XXIV
  • 36 – Chicago Bears (46) vs. New England Patriots (10), Super Bowl XX
  • 35 – Dallas Cowboys (52) vs. Buffalo BIlls (17), Super Bowl XXVII

Cities That Have Hosted the Most Games:

  • 10 – New Orleans
  • 10 – Miami/South Florida
  • 7 – Los Angeles
  • 4 – Tampa Bay
  • 3 – San Diego

Future Sites of the Games:

  • Super Bowl XLIX, 02/01/15 (Tentative Date), University of Phoenix Stadium, Tempe, AZ
  • Super Bowl L, 02/07/16 (Tentative Date), Levi’s Stadium, San Francisco, CA
  • Super Bowl LI, 02/05/17 (Tentative Date), Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
Random Facts:
  • Only one MVP was awarded to a member of a losing team – Chuck Howley of the Dallas Cowboys in a loss to the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V
  • Only one dual MVP was ever awarded – Randy White and Harvey Martin of the Dallas Cowboys in a win against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII
  • Only one match-up in the Super Bowl can never be repeated – The Jets and Colts were in Super Bowl III.  But after that game in 1970 the AFL and NFL merged and the Colts moved into the AFC with the Jets.
  • The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers are the only 2 teams to have faced off against one another in 3 Super Bowls.
  • The New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys are the only 2 teams to have won 3 Super Bowls in a 4 year span.

There are some facts you might or might not have known about the past games.  Now you are ready to see if Seattle can get their first Super Bowl win, or if Denver can get their third.

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