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February 2, 2012

20 facts about Super Bowl XLVI ... and Super Bowls in general


Losing stinks, but the Browns, Lions, Jaguars, and Texans have never made the Big Game.

Houston (first year 2002) and Jacksonville (1995) are recent expansion teams while Detroit (1930) and Cleveland (1946, reborn in 1999) have been around for a while.

XI. Kurt's court

Former St. Louis and Arizona QB Kurt Warner owns the top three passing performances in Super Bowl history, by yards, combining for 1,156 yards in those three games.

Of the top four QB performances in Super Bowl history, two were against the Patriots: Warner in 2001 (365) and Donovan McNabb (357) in 2004. The Patriots, of course, won both.

Brady's most yards, 354 against Carolina, is good for sixth all-time.

XII. Prime time performer

Don't be surprised if Brady throws to old favorite Deion Branch a few times on Sunday.

Branch's 11 catches in Super Bowl XXXIX are tied for the most in Bowl history, equalling the mark set by the late Dan Ross, a longtime Atkinson, N.H., resident, in Super Bowl XVI. The Pats' Wes Welker also had 11 in 2007.

Branch caught 10 passes a season before in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

XIII. First time's a charm?

This year's Super Bowl is the first to be hosted by the city of Indianapolis.

The most frequent host? Miami 10 times, and New Orleans will host for a 10th time in 2013.

XIV. Chow time!

According to, the Super Bowl is the second-biggest day for food consumption in America — surpassed only by Thanksgiving.

The same report says chicken wings are the most popular food, with a whopping 1.25 billion downed Super Bowl weekend. Yes, billion with a "B." Also eaten, an estimated 14,500 tons of chips.

XV. Sick and tired

Maybe it's all the food, but an estimated 7 million U.S. employees will be no-shows for work the day after the Super Bowl.

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