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Trivia about Professional Football's Super Bowl:

The first Super Bowl game was played in January 1967 as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. After both leagues merged in 1970, the Super Bowl became the NFL's championship game. Since then, the game has been played annually on a Sunday following the playoffs, originally early to mid January, then late January, and in 2002, the first Sunday in February. This became a permanent change for the 2003 NFL Season. Super Bowl I: In the first matchup of the AFL and NFL champions, the NFL's Green Bay Packers, led by coach Vince Lombardi and quarterback Bart Starr, defeat the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10. The Packers outscored the Chiefs 21-0 in the second half after struggling in the first half. Only 61,946 attended the game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, making it the only Super Bowl that hasn't sold out. No network footage exists of Super Bowl I. It was taped over, supposedly for a soap opera. Super Bowl Trophy Trivia: The winning Super Bowl team gets the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named for the coach of the Green Bay Packers, who won the first two Super Bowl games. Following his death in September 1970, the trophy was named the Vince Lombardi Trophy, first awarded at Super Bowl V in Miami. The Vince Lombardi Trophy is made by Tiffany, takes 72 man hours to produce, and it costs $12,500. The NFL also pays for up to 150 rings for the winning Super Bowl team at $5,000 apiece (plus adjustments for extra gold or diamonds) and 150 pieces of jewelry for the losing Super Bowl team, each to cost up to half the price of the Super Bowl ring More Super Bowl Trivia: No NFL team has ever played the Super Bowl on its own home field. Most Super Bowl appearances: 8 - Dallas Cowboys (won 5, lost 3) 6 - Pittsburgh Steelers (won 5, lost 1) 6 - Denver Broncos (won 2, lost 4) Most Super Bowl Wins: 5 - Dallas Cowboys 5 - San Francisco 49ers 5 - Pittsburgh Steelers 4 teams have an undefeated record in Super Bowl play -- the 49ers (5-0), Giants (2-0), Bears (1-0) and Jets (1-0). 7 NFL teams have never been to a Super Bowl -- Arizona, Carolina, Cleveland, Detroit, Jacksonville, New Orleans, and Tampa Bay. The most points scored in the Super Bowl was 42 by 49ers receiver Jerry Rice in three career games. Rice had a record three touchdowns in both Super Bowl XXIV vs. Denver and Super Bowl XXIX vs. San Diego. The most rushing attempts in a Super Bowl were 57 by the Steelers in their 16-6 Super Bowl IX victory against Minnesota. Franco Harris had 34, Rocky Bleier 17, Terry Bradshaw 5, and Lynn Swann 1. Since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, NFC teams have an 18 - 14 record over the AFC. The lowest average yards per carry in a Super Bowl were 0.64 by the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX. The Patriots rushed for a mere 7 yards on 11 carries in the 46-10 loss to the Chicago Bears. Only one time has the Super Bowl been tied at halftime. The Bengals and 49ers were tied 3-3 in Super Bowl XXIII. There has never been a punt returned for a touchdown in Super Bowl history. There have been five kickoffs returned for touchdowns, the last by Atlanta's Tim Dwight (Super Bowl XXXIII). The 12 most watched TV programs of all time are Super Bowls, with the 2004 game the highest rated ever, with 144.4 million viewers watching at least a portion of the broadcast. More Americans watched the Super Bowl last February than bothered to vote in the 2004 presidential election. The National Retail Federation estimates that about 44 million people attend 7.5 million Super Bowl parties on game day, making it a bigger excuse for a party than New Year's Eve. Dave Cole Copyright ©

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Reviewed by Candace Fox (Reader) 1/12/2009
This site hasn't been updated in 7 years. Not since 2002.

02- Houston Texans were formed. Houston also had not been to a Superbowl with the Oilers (now Titans) though the Titans went as soon as they left. They left in 97, became the Titans in 99, and went to the 00 Superbowl (SB XXXIV). 03-Tampa was in Superbowl and lost to the Rams. 04-Panthers in Superbowl XXXVIII and lost to Pats.

"Since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, NFC teams have an 18 - 14 record over the AFC." As of November 2007, it was more like this. In the past 11 seasons, the AFC has registered a 370-300-2 record in the AFC-NFC matchups, and has won the competition every year, except in 2000 and 2001, when the NFC held its own at 30-30 in each of those seasons. The AFC also has claimed eight of 11 Super Bowl championships, including the past four titles, and six of the past seven. NFC has not won the annual interconference series against its AFC counterparts since 1995.

However NFC has still won more Superbowls. After Super Bowl XLII, the 'score' is NFC 20, AFC 18. The first four Super Bowls were played before the AFL-NFL merger and the score there was tied at 2.
Reviewed by Scott Heiner (Reader) 1/9/2009
The San Francisco 49ers scored 55 points in Super Bowl XXIV defeating the Denver Broncos 55-10
Reviewed by steve fortnam (Reader) 6/22/2006
Nice article but some of your facts are wrong.



There are 5 teams that are undefeated in the Super Bowl: San Francisco 49er’s (5-0), Chicago Bears (1-0), New York Jets (1-0), Baltimore Ravens (1-0), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0). The New York Giants are 2-1 after losing Superbowl XXXV to the Baltimore Ravens.



There are 6 teams have never been to the Super Bowl: Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Houston Texans.



For more interesting Superbowl Trivia go to http://www.amichiganthing.com/article_003.shtml

Reviewed by m j hollingshead 2/18/2006
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