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Super Bowl XLVII: Fun Facts About the Big Game

All roads lead to the Super Bowl, at least for the teams that won. The Super Bowl is a time for celebration, enjoyment and time spent with friends and family watching the biggest game in all of sports. Whether you are a fan of the two teams playing or not, it is still an enjoyable game. My team did not make it this year so I won’t be going all out with the celebrations.

This year’s Super Bowl will be held in New Orleans. The last time the Super Bowl was in New Orleans was 2002. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the city of New Orleans and the Saints have spent $750 million in renovations, including a Champions Square located outside that will host fans for the Super Bowl.

This is also the 10th time the Super Bowl will be held in New Orleans, tying it with Miami for most Super Bowls hosted. Did you know that the Super Bowl will be held the same time as Mardi Gras? Yes, that’s right! The biggest game will be played during the largest party of the year. Man, I wish I had tickets.

Super Bowl Game Facts

• The San Francisco 49ers have participated in five Super Bowl games, winning all five. This is their first appearance since 1994. They could tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for most Super Bowl wins with six.

• The Baltimore Ravens have participated in one Super Bowl and won it in 2000.

• Over the past decade, the favorite has gone 5-5 in the Super Bowl.

• The Harbaughs faced each other once in 2011. The Ravens won that game, 16-6.

• Six of the last eight seasons has had a team seeded No. 4, 5 or 6 in the the Super Bowl, and those teams are 4-1 beating a team seeded No. 1 or 2.

• Four of the past five Super Bowls were won by the NFC (Pittsburgh won in 2008)

• The NFC leads the Super Bowl series, 23-20

• Did you know Ray Lewis’s first sack was against 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh? Harbaugh later joined the Ravens in 1998.

Super Bowl Food Facts

• The average number of guests at any given Super Bowl party: 17.

• $55 million will be spent on food for game day parties.

• Ten million man-hours will be spent preparing Super Bowl Party food.

• Super Bowl Sunday is the second leading food consumption day, next to Thanksgiving.

• Fifteen thousand tons of chips, 4,000 tons of popcorn and 69.6 million pounds of avocados will be consumed on Super Bowl Sunday.

• Americans will eat 90 million pounds of chicken wings.

• The average person consumes 1,200 calories on Super Bowl Sunday.

• Vegetables are the most consumed food during the Super Bowl.

• Americans will eat 30 million pounds of snacks on game day, enough fat to equal the weight of 13,000 NFL offensive linemen.

Super Bowl Media Facts

• Last year’s game averaged more than 111 million viewers, the largest audience in television history.

• Last year, 12.2 million social media comments were made during and after Super Bowl.

• There was an average of 10,000 tweets per second during the final three minutes of the game.

• Thirty-one percent of people polled plan to share their favorite Super Bowl ads with others via email, Facebook or Twitter.

• Seventy five percent of the Top 20 Super Bowl ads were shared online before the Super Bowl last year.

• The most shared Super Bowl ad of all time is Volkswagen’s “The Force” (5.57 million shares). It is also the most shared ad of all-time and helped sell 20,000 Passats. It is one of my favorite Super Bowl ads, just saying.

• Twenty-two percent of Americans plan to be on Facebook, 22 percent plan to be texting, and four percent plan to tweet during the game.

• More than 15 percent of 18-24 year-old viewers agree that the commercials influence them to buy products from advertisers.

• No network footage or air tapes of Super Bowl I exist. It was reportedly taped over with a soap opera.

• Six percent of Americans will call in sick the Monday after the Super Bowl.

So who do you have winning the Super Bowl? My money is on the 49ers this year. Sorry, Ray Lewis.

Thanks to all of you for reading my articles all season. See you in the offseason!

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