Super Bowl XLIV will be the 40th
annual championship game of the modern-era National Football League after its
1970 merger with the American Football League (AFL, 1960–1969).
It will be the first time since Super
Bowl XXVIII that both number one seeds will face each other in the Super
It also marks the first time that two teams
who play in a domed/retractable roof stadium will play each other in a Super
This marks the tenth time a Super Bowl will
have been played in the South Florida metropolitan area:
five times the game has been held at Sun Life Stadium; the other five were
played at the Orange Bowl.
The television rights to the NFL
are the most lucrative and expensive rights not only of any American sport, but
of any American entertainment property.
Annually, the Super Bowl often
ranks among the most watched shows of the year.
This year’s halftime entertainment
will be provided by The Who, with Roger Daltrey.
Pittsburgh has won the most Super
Bowls at 6 times.
The longest Super Bowl winning
streak has only been two in a row.
Minnesota, Buffalo and Denver have
lost the most Super Bowls at 4 times. Buffalo lost 4 times in a row.
The longest run in a Super Bowl was
100 yards after an interception by Pittsburgh Steeler James Harrison during
Super Bowl XLIII.
Mike Ditka, Tom Flores, and Tony
Dungy have all won a Super Bowl both as a player and a coach.
In 1981, Oakland linebacker Rod
Martin set a record with three interceptions.
In 2000, St. Louis quarterback Kurt
Warner set a record with 414 yards passing.
In 1989, San Francisco wide
receiver Jerry Rice gained 215 yards on 11 catches
Because many companies spends
millions of dollars on commercials played during the Super Bowl, the starting
time of the game has pushed back later and later in order to guarantee the
prime time audience on the East Coast.
There are no known videotapes of the first 2 Super Bowl in existence. The NFL
has put a $1 million bounty out for either of the tapes.
MTV, who produced the halftime show
in which Janet Jackson experienced a “wardrobe malfunction”, has been
permanently banned from producing another half-time show by the NFL.
No NFL team has ever played the
Super Bowl in their own stadium.
The NFC won 13 Super Bowls in a row, starting in 1985. The streak was broken in
1998 when the Denver Broncos defeated the Green Bay Packers.
The largest margin of victory in a Super Bowl was 55-10, 49ers over the Broncos,
in Super Bowl XXIV.
The only Super Bowl to be decided by a single point was Super Bowl XXV, with
the N.Y. Giants over the Bills 20-19.
The Dallas Cowboys hold the record for most Super Bowl appearances with a total
More food is consumed on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year,
other than Thanksgiving.