It’s that time of year again. The grind of the gridiron gives us the ultimate matchup to decide football superiority. It’s the super bowl of, well, Super Bowls. And whether you’re a rabid fan that paints your face with team colors every week, or a flourished-pinky tea sipper who simply abhors such primitive barbarism, you need to know your Super Bowl facts. Trivia night will surely come calling with a tough question, and you don’t want to fumble the answer! Let’s take a look.
The first Super Bowl was played on January 15, 1967 between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs. A ticket to the game cost you $6, where you could have watched as Green Bay beat Kansas City 35-10.
The team with the most Super Bowl victories is the Pittsburgh Steelers with 6. The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers are tied at second place, with 5 Super Bowl victories each.
Four teams share the unfortunate distinction of having the most losses in a Super Bowl. The Broncos and Patriots, while being Super Bowl winners, have four losses. Even worse, the Bills and Vikings have four losses as well without a single win to ease their pain.
Of the ten most-watched television programs in history, nine of them are Super Bowl broadcasts. The other is probably an episode of Two Broke Girls.
While Thanksgiving is the biggest day of the year for food consumption in the U.S., Super Bowl Sunday is a close second. An estimated 1.2 billion chicken wings were consumed during last year’s festivities.
The sunny city of Miami has been host to the most Super Bowls, with ten. Five were played at the historic Orange Bowl, while the other five were played at Joe Robbie Stadium. New Orleans comes in a close second in hosting duties, with nine Super Bowls being played in the Big Easy.
Want to advertise during the Super Bowl? Well, it might be cheaper to build a time machine, go back to 1967, and plunk down $40,000 to buy commercial time for the first big game. Because today that ad costs a cool $5 million.
Only four NFL teams have never reached a Super Bowl. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans have yet to make the final game, but they’re relatively new. The other two, the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns, are among the oldest franchises in the history of the league.