As Super Bowl 53 approaches in Atlanta, the New England Patriots look to continue to make history and the L.A. Rams are obviously looking to make some of their own.
So, we’ve decided to take a quick look numerically at some of the fascinating facts and numbers around the Super Bowl that lay out some things you might be aware of, and other things that you might not.
So, with that in mind let’s start our “count:”
3- the number of consecutive Super Bowls the Patriots have now played in, which is the first time for a team make it three years in a row, since the early 1990s when the Buffalo Bills played in four straight Super Bowls. Obviously, Buffalo never won the big game and New England now has a chance to win for the second time in three years and the third time in five years overall.
9- the number of Super Bowls that Tom Brady will have started, which is obviously a record, and likewise, Bill Belichick has been the head coach for all of those, which is also the head coaching record.
40- that’s the number of years since the Los Angeles Rams played in a Superbowl. Vince Ferragamo quarterbacked L.A. that day against Terry Bradshaw and the Steelers at the Rose Bowl in January of 1980. As you’re probably aware, Rams head coach Sean McVay wasn’t born and neither were any of the players that are on his team in 1980.
1- the number of times the New England Patriots have covered the point spread as a favorite in the Super Bowl. And that is in six previous games, as the favorite. That record includes last year’s outright loss, as the favorite, to Philadelphia. So, their record is 1 – 5 going into this game, as the favored team to win the Superbowl.
5- the number of times the underdog has outright won this game in the last seven Super Bowls. Going back to the Giants upset of the Patriots in 2011 coming forward to Baltimore’s win over San Francisco the following year, the Seahawks victory over favored Denver, then Broncos victory over favored Carolina and finally, the Eagles a year ago, there have been a quintet of teams get it done recently in the biggest game.
So, that bodes well for the Rams, who will go into Sunday as the underdog
2- the number of L.A. Rams that have won a previous Super Bowl and they were actually teammates for that win. Cornerback Aqib Talib and running back C.J. Anderson were part of the Denver Broncos Super Bowl victory three years ago over Carolina.
3 (again)- the number of times previously the Patriots have won the Super Bowl, while wearing white jerseys, which they will wear again this Sunday. There are actually 3-1 overall in the road white, as they lost in the white jerseys last year to the Eagles. However, another factor for the white jerseys? 12 of last 14 Super Bowl winners have been dressed in white.
33- the age of Rams coach Sean McVay, who’s the youngest to ever lead a team in a Super Bowl. And he’s also exactly 33 years younger than Bill Belichick, who’s been involved in 12 previous Super Bowls as a head coach or an assistant with the Patriots and Giants
5- Brady and retired defensive end Charles Haley are the only two players, currently with five Super Bowl rings. And Brady can stand alone, obviously, if his team gets the win Sunday night
0- the number of touchdowns New England has scored in the first quarter of their previous eight Super Bowls with Brady and Belichick. Remarkably, without any first quarter end zone success, they still have gone on to win in five of them.
4.4- the average margin of Victory, win or lose, for the Patriots in their previous 8 Super Bowls in the 2000s. So, don’t look for this one to be a blowout
7 – 0- that’s the Rams record all-time in games officiated by referee John Perry, who will work Super Bowl 53. While the Patriots also have a winning record at 9 – 5 with Parry blowing his whistle, the Rams are perfect. Just file that away in case there are controversial calls late in the game.
103.4- That’s the number in millions of people that watch the Super Bowl 52 a year ago. And, that was actually down slightly from the previous year when the Patriots played the Falcons and the game went into a thrilling overtime. The record for viewership is 114.4 million for the Seahawks-Patriots Super Bowl in February of 2015. And the 10 highest rated television shows of all time in U.S. history are the last 10 Super Bowl games. Get ready for lots and lots of eyeballs on it.
Who is headed to Miami and Super Bowl XLIV after Sunday?
Two games remain to determine whom will tee it up at Super Bowl XLIV in Miami. Will the upstart Titans pull off a third straight upset in Kansas City? Can the Packers get revenge over a San Francisco team that humbled them in late November?
We know this: the unexpected has already happened several times in these playoffs and don’t rule out the upsets Sunday.
First, the Baltimore Ravens had been favorites to win Super Bowl LIV for some time now. Pretty much since they destroyed the Pats in the middle of the season. They had already beaten the K.C Chiefs and a handful of other solid teams. And, once they defeated the the 49ers in December, it looked like the Ravens were the best team in the NFL .
Then, last Saturday night, this happened:
The Ravens appeared to be the most complete team in the NFL, but that’s the thing about the playoffs, all it takes is one bad game and you’re out.
The Tennesse Titans went into M&T Bank Stadium and surprised them last Saturday night. Jim Harbaugh got outcoached and the Ravens hit a brick wall of a Mike Vrabel defense. So, now they are gone.
But who fills the void, now that the supposed “best team in football” got eliminated, and whom is the favorite to win it all now headed in to Championship Sunday?
The Titans and veteran QB Ryan Tannehill are on an epic run. They are the beast slayers, so to speak. But it isn’t them. Aaron Rodgers is arguably the best QB in the NFL, and the Packers have won six games straight games after last week’s close one at Lambeau over Seattle.
However, it’s not them either. The 49ers are in a position to win it all for the first time since 1994 and they have the best pass defense in the league. But again, it’s not them.
That leaves just one team: Andy Reid and his “Kool-Aide-Colored” Chiefs.
Kansas City leads the Super Bowl Futures odds charge at +135. The SF 49ers can be found around +165 and both the Packers are Titans are sitting at +650. So, Las Vegas has the Chiefs to win, with the 49ers close at second.
But does this mean the Chiefs and their perennial runner-up coach, will win out?
Many smart sports handicappers have their picks with the Titans to at least keep the game close enough to cover the point spread Sunday. More like the rolling Titans to win outright.
The same goes for the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers game. The Niners are big favorites, but we are dealing with a team whose recent situation performance shows, they would actually win –but maybe not cover.
So, we have two conference championship games with clear, heavy favorites … that could both lose.
The Chiefs showed us a few things in their incredible Division-Round win over the Houston Texans. The first thing they showed us is that their defense and special teams units are vulnerable. This was made apparent when the Texans went up 24-0 and looked to be dominating the game.
Next, the Chiefs showed us that they can adjust better than anyone. They shook it off and put up 28 points in the second quarter to retake the lead. Then they poured it on in the 3rd and 4th, adding 23 more to the board, showing us that they are still the best second-half team in football.
That said, the Texans are not the Titans. They showed us this season that they really only get consistent wins against sub-500 teams. Houston ranked way back at No. 23 in the league for scoring defense (and way worse in their last 3 games allowing 35 per affair) and 26.7 overall while playing on the road.
The Titans on the other hand, only allow 16.6 points per game on the road. They have a top-ten defense overall and have been absolutely stellar in recent games. In their last 3, they’ve only allowed 13 points per game. KC has allowed 18.3 per game in their most recent three.
On the flip side, the Super Bowl favorite has scored 29 points per game at home and averages the same overall. But, the Titans have upped their average to 25 points per game both overall and on the road. So, we should see a very close game, indeed.
Can the SB LIV favs beat the Titans and go on to win it all in South Florida? Perhaps, but it won’t be easy.
Titans QB Tannehill on Wednesday- “I wanna win”
The Tennessee Titans are readying to play in the AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. And on Wednesday, former Dolphins quarterback now turned Tennessee starting QB, Ryan Tannehill, met with the media about the opportunity for he and his teammates to play their way into Super Bowl 54.
And, Tannehill made something abundantly clear again, it doesn’t matter about his own personal pass attempts or stats, he’s mainly concerned with getting another victory:
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) January 15, 2020
“We’ve put in a lot of work to win multiple ways this season. You don’t forget how to throw and catch…. Being a quarterback, I love throwing the ball, but I just wanna win.”
Tannehill has only thrown the ball a total of 29 times with 15 completions in the Titans two playoff wins over the Patriots and the Ravens. So, it’s obvious the Tennessee’s game plan of grinding teams with the run and Derrick Henry bruising them, and, then, playing sound, physical and opportunistic defense has worked thus far.
However, Tannehill also acknowledged Wednesday that it might be different against the Chiefs, who certainly are more explosive then either New England or Baltimore on offense. The Texans found that out firsthand at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, when their 24 – 0 lead evaporated in the second quarter and Patrick Mahomes and Co. proceeded to put 41 unanswered points on them.
Now, Tennessee’s defense is better than Houston’s overall and it’s one of the big reasons why they’re still alive at this stage of the postseason. Still, Tannehill may be called upon to make a bunch of big throws and plays in this game if the Titans are going to have any chance.
His first start was at home against the Chargers and threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns in a win. Tannehill then led them on a run of winning six of seven starts total. And, in every one of those games, Tannehill threw for either at least 300 yards or for at least two touchdowns or a combo of both.
His play has been consistent, and at times, very good for Tenneessee.
Further, when you total up his 11 games started, Tannehill now has an 8 – 3 record (including these two playoff wins), and he has only one game, a 30 – 20 loss at Carolina in early November, where he had two interceptions.
One, essentially “bad game” in 11 starts.
And, since that November Carolina game, Tannehill has thrown only 3 picks total, while throwing 19 TDs. Oh, and Tennessee is now 7 – 2 over those next nine games.
And, one of those games is the previous win over Kansas City in Nashville on November 10th, when Tannehill threw for 181 yards and two scores and no picks.
Now, they will head to frigid K.C. to play the biggest game of Tanehill’s and several of the young stars on offense’s biggest professional game ever. And, you get the sense that the veteran signal caller whom the Dolphins gave up on this off-season, is ready to throw it 10 times or 40 times to try to get it done.