The Superbowl is the National Football League’s championship game, and it’s played between the champions of the AFC (American Football Conference) and NFC (National Football Conference). It’s held the first weekend of February each year. And it’s grown to be one of the most-watched broadcasts in Television History since its debut in 1967

Fun Facts about the SuperbowlThere is only one starting quarterback who has won the Superbowl title with two different teams. And his name is…Peyton Manning

It’s typically the most-watched broadcast of the year. The 2020 Superbowl between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs had ~102+ million viewers, making the game the 10th most-watched Superbowl of all-time and 11th most-watched TV show ever. There have only been 11 shows in American television history that have averaged more than 100 million viewers — and 10 of those are Super Bowls. The only non-Super Bowl to top the 100 million viewer mark came in February 1983 when the M*A*S*H finale drew 106 million viewers on CBS.

Superbowl Sunday is the second-largest day of food consumption in the U.S. It’s just behind Thanksgiving. If you’re a football fan, especially a tailgate fan, this won’t be a surprise to you

Fun facts about the SuperbowlEach team gets 108 footballs for the Superbowl… that’s a lot of balls. Of those, 54 are for practice and 54 are for the actual game. During a typical football, 120 footballs are used across both teams.

$5.6M is the average cost for a 30-second commercial during Superbowl LIV in 2020, up 107% since 2008!

First Superbowl GameThe very first Superbowl was played in 1967 between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers came out on top, winning 35-10, and won at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

In 2020, it was calculated that 1.4 billion chicken wings were consumed during Superbowl weekend, including 11.2 million pounds of chips, 8 million pounds of guacamole, and 10 million pounds of ribs. Sounds like you had to roll your guests out of your home.

Roman numerals are used in the Superbowl (such as Superbowl LV) since the season spans two calendar years.

The New England Patriots have both won and lost the MOST Superbowl games. They make it there quite often!

The priciest ticket for Superbowl I was $12, which adjusted for inflation is $89 today. Even at that bargain price, the event still didn’t sell out!

The Lombardi TrophyThe Lombardi Trophy, given to the winning NFL Super Bowl team, weighs seven pounds and is 21″ high. Vince Lombardi was the coach of the Green Bay Packers who won the first Super Bowl in 1967

The Pittsburg Steelers were the first Super Bowl winner to visit the White House. In 1980, the Pittsburg Steelers met with Jimmy Carter in a joint ceremony with the Pittsburg Pirates, who had won the 1979 World Series.

Superbowl Fun FactsSo many people traveled to the 2005 Superbowl in Jacksonville, they had to bring in a cruise ship to handle the demand! When Jacksonville, Florida, hosted Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, the city didn’t have enough hotel rooms to meet the NFL’s requirements. So, in their bid to serve as the Big Game’s host, they had to recruit five docked cruise ships as “floating hotels” for the event. I’d snag one of those rooms!

The Superbowl I half-time show included 300 pigeons… yes you read that correctly. The halftime show consisted of two marching bands, acclaimed trumpeter Al Hirt, two men in jet packs, and 300 pigeons.

Try and have your child in Western Pennsylvania, you might create an NFL Star Quarterback! Western Pennsylvania is quarterback country. Six Hall of Fame QBs hail from this region, five of whom (Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, and Jim Kelly) played in at least one Super Bowl each as quarterbacks. The sixth, George Blanda, competed as a placekicker in Super Bowl II.

How do you determine who is the home team in the Superbowl? It’s quite simple actually – In odd-numbered Super Bowls, the NFC team is the designated “home” team while AFC teams enjoy that honor during the even-numbered Super Bowls.

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