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Super Bowl LIV in Miami by the numbers

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The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers get set to square off Sunday night at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium in Super Bowl LIV. And, we decided to give you a closer look at some of the interesting and important numbers surrounding this game.

Here goes:

7- That’s the number of times the 49ers have made the Super Bowl with the last one coming in 2012 when they lost to the Ravens in New Orleans. San Francisco has won the previous five times they’ve reached the title game, including twice in Miami.

6- How many touchdown passes Steve Young threw in the 49ers last Miami Super Bowl win in 1995 over the Chargers. That still stands, as the big game’s record by a quarterback.

50- the number of years in between appearances in the Super Bowl for the Kansas City Chiefs, who last played in Super Bowl in January 1970, in New Orleans and defeated the Minnesota Vikings. If you’re wondering, the longest drought between Super Bowl appearances still belongs to the New York Jets who played and famously upset the Colts the year before in January 1969. And, they and their fans have now been waiting 51 years to get back to the big game.

2-  The number of Shanahan’s that have been a head coach in a Super Bowl game. That means, when Kyle Shanahan, the son of the former Super bowl-winning Broncos coach, puts his headset on Sunday,  he and his father will make history as the only father-son Duo to be head coaches in pro football’s biggest game.

Kyle Shanahan was also previously the offensive coordinator for the Falcons, when they famously blew their 28 – 3 third quarter lead and lost the Super Bowl 4 years ago to the New England Patriots. Also, the elder Shanahan won the Superbowl in January 1999 with the Broncos and in John Elway’s final game, as they blew out the Atlanta Falcons at Hard Rock stadium.

11- That’s how many times the Super Bowl has been held in Miami at either the Orange Bowl, or the current home of the Dolphins. If you are wondering, that is the most in the history of the game with New Orleans a close second with 10 hostings.

8 to 0-  That’s the touchdown-to-interception ratio for outstanding Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes this postseason. Obviously Kansas City played both of their previous playoff games at home, and now, will be on a neutral field against an outstanding defense. Still, Mahomes having not turned the ball over is a big reason why the Chiefs have been scouring the way that they have.

5- The number of underdogs ,who have covered the Vegas spread if not won the game, in the previous eight Super Bowls. Although, the Patriots won and covered last year’s game in Atlanta against the Rams, the doggie has fared well.

And with San Francisco looking like they’re going to be at least a 1-point underdog, it’s important to point out they are 5 – 0 in that role this season. Kansas City is 10-4-1 as a favorite this season

43-  That is the average number of points the Chiefs had in their two playoff wins over the Texans and the Titans. That includes Kansas City’s astounding playoff record 51-point outburst against Houston after not having scored in the first quarter of the game.

The 49ers gave up a two game average of 15 points in their playoff wins over the Vikings and the Packers.

12- The number of sacks that Niners Defensive Rookie of the Year pass rusher, Nick Bosa, has in the regular and postseason combined. The former number one pick out of Ohio State had three sacks in the two playoff wins over the Vikings and the Packers in San Francisco. He will obviously be a big pass-rushing factor in this game.

2- The number of Super Bowl rings that 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo already owns, as a Patriots backup to Tom Brady. He now goes for a third ring as a starting quarterback with San Fran Sunday night.

$13,800  – That’s the outrageous price of the cheapest ticket being offered on StubHub secondary market Friday mid-day for Super Bowl LIV. Being driven by K.C. fans thirst to come to this game for the first time in 6 decades, it’s is by far the most staggering price to get into a Super Bowl, potentially ever.

220- The amount of rushing yards that little known San Fran RB Raheem Mostert registered in the NFC Championship game win over the Packers. Mostert had rushed for a total of 291 yards in his previous two seasons, while being released five times off NFL rosters, before sticking with the 49ers earlier this year.

Finally,

0- The number of times that both teams in the Super Bowls primary color has been red.

Yes, in 53 previous playings of the game, no two teams have ever had predominantly red jerseys. Kansas City will be in the red and the 49ers will be in white jerseys come kickoff Sunday.

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Time for concern after XFL TV ratings declined again last week?

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For the second consecutive week, the XFL televison ratings continued to slide in the wrong direction. And, the troubling part is that if the trend continues, the XFL will have no leverage for sponsors and revenue to keep it going long term.

First, here are the specifics on the bad viewership news: According to Showbuzzdaily.com all four XFL broadcasts last Saturday and Sunday afternoon had lower ratings in their slot than the previous week.

That includes the Tampa Bay Vipers home debut against Houston, which was the early game on ABC Saturday. And, while that window had 400,000 less viewers than week 2, the bigger concern is ABC has lost almost 40% of the audience from the 3.3 million average that watched their Week one debut game on Saturday afternoon.

The ratings downward trend is following the same pattern as last Spring’s Alliance of American Football, where the ratings dwindled to under a million fans for broadcasts by week five and eventually the league shut down after just eight weeks. This was in part because of concerns on how the AAF could make any revenue, through television in specific, if they had very little audience for the end of year one and to sell off of for year two.

Now, WWE owner Vince McMahon, who folded the XFL the first time in 2001 in large part because the television audience plummeted over the course of the first month or so of its existence and never recovered, has the same issue in 2020.

And, as we wrote previously, this audience decline while negative is far less McMahon’s original XFL and it’s first season of 2001.  That’s when, it debuted on its first Saturday night on NBC with a massive 10.1 rating, which translated 18 years ago to more than 9.5 viewers on network TV. A Smashing success.

However, the XFL’s ratings plummeted starting the following week and had fewer than 25% of that opening night audience just a month later with the games still being shown on a Saturday night coveted slot on NBC. It doomed the league from a P.R. and sponsor standpoint and McMahon pulled the plug.

Now, in 2020, McMahon reportedly has money to burn and is apparently prepared to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in year one. So, even if the XFL TV ratings continue come down significantly, it will not spell the end of the XFL (like it did nearly 20 years ago) after just a single season.

At least, that’s what we think.

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Vipers better but drop third straight game in home opener

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Although their play was improved offensively, in the end it wasn’t enough for the Tampa Bay Vipers after they dropped their third straight XFL game to start the season 34 – 27 to Houston Saturday afternoon in Tampa.

Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, as Houston scored early in the fourth quarter to go up by seven and held off the Viper the rest of the way.

The Vipers offense came to life after they had failed to score in the offensive touchdown in either of their first two games. Both of which were losses on the road. Quarterback Taylor Cornelius, subbing for starter Aaron Murray who missed his second straight game with an injured foot, once again had modest numbers 16-31 for 193 yards 1 TD, 1 INT.

However, he did pull the game even at 18 – 18 at the half after scoring on a one yard QB sneak and Tampa Bay got the two-point conversion.

Still, the former Oklahoma State quarterbacks day was inconsistent and the home crowd at Raymond James Stadium began to chant the name “Flowers, Flowers” for former USF Star Quarterback Quinton Flowers, who played sparingly for the third straight game in a reserve role.

Flowers got Tampa Bay’s first offensive TD on the young season with a seven yard run in the first quarter, but only played QB sparingly in the game, again. He was just 4-6 for 57 yards passing with 29 yards on six attempts on the ground.

Meanwhile, the former Temple star Walker found receiver Cam Phillips for the third of their three touchdown hookups from 17 yards out to give Houston a 34 – 27 lead with just over 10 minutes to play. Phillips devastated Jerry Glanville’s Vipers defense for 194 yards receiving on eight catches with the three TDs.

The Vipers look like they were going to have a chance to re-tie the game when Cornelius (above) completed a pass to his top target on the day, Jaylen Tolliver, at the two-yard line. However just like a week ago in Seattle when a critical fourth quarter drive stalled and Tampa Bay came away with no points in a 17 – 9 lost the Dragons, the Vipers got no points after Cornelius threw incomplete on second, third and fourth downs.

Many in the crowd and observers in the media were curious, as to why coach Marc Trestman didn’t go to Flowers as the dual threat running QB to at least try something different on one of those plays? Flowers even questioned why he did not play more after the game to the media.

The Vipers got the ball one final time, but Cornelius was picked off near midfield with just over a minute left to seal the defeat.

The Vipers played the first spring professional football game in Tampa, since the closing of the USFL 1985 season. That’s when Steve Spurrier’s Tampa Bay Bandits were a popular item at Old Tampa Stadium. Saturday’s home opener drew and announced crowd of 18,117.

However it’s little consolation for former Bears and CFL coach Trestman and his team, as they remain winless on the season. The L.A. Wildcats playing Sunday are the other 0-2 team in the league, currently.

And, you have to wonder whether Trestman will be forced to go to Flowers for the start when they host the D.C. Defenders next week.

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