Interesting and Fun Super Bowl Statistics and Trivia

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The Super Bowl statistics such as the biggest losers, biggest winners, highest point spread, highest points per game, most wins, most appearances, are fun to play around with and can suggest great trivia questions. By using some great statistical tables from which interesting facts can be gleaned, this article can arm you with super Super Bowl questions and answers that will impress everyone at your favorite sports bar.

A Few Examples of What Can be Gleaned From Sorted Super Bowl Statistical Tables

What was the closest scoring Super Bowl game?

1991 - The two New York teams, the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills battled to a 20-19 finish with the Giants victorious. It is the only Super Bowl game ending with a 1 point spread. There are no games with a two point spread and five games that had a field goal difference. And, incidentally, no team has ever suffered a shutout in a Super Bowl game.

What was the worst Super Bowl defeat? (Greatest point spread?)

1990 - The year previous to the closest game was the worst loss with a 45 point spread inflicted by San Francisco (55) on Denver (10). Ouch!

Best luck at the Super Bowl?

San Francisco, at five appearances and five wins. Throw in the record winning point spread of 45 points over Denver mentioned above and we’ll call it Super Bowl Nirvana.

Worst luck at the Super Bowl?

God gives Buffalo an average of 94.6 inches of snow a year and Minneapolis gets 64 inches. You would think that that would be enough punishment for any city. But, whatever bad things Buffalo and Minneapolis have done, the snow is only half the punishment. The other half is that they lost four out of four Super Bowls. Buffalo’s losses came in four Super Bowls in a row from 1991-1994, including that one mentioned above, which they lost by one point.

What is the average score of the 46 Super Bowl games played so far?

29.95 to 15.61, which we might round out to 30 to 16. That would be a two touchdown advantage for the winner.

In which game were the most point scored by both teams?

1995 - Two California teams, San Francisco and San Diego played to a 49 to 26 score, for a total of 75 points. Did they forget to bring the defensive teams?

Which Super Bowl game yielded the least points between the winner and loser?

1973 – Miami(14) vs. Washington(7) for a total of 21 points. Note that the seven Super Bowl games that yielded the least points were played in the following years: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975. Coincidence? Or, was there a greater emphasis on defense during that era?

Please note that while no loser was ever shut out in a Super Bowl game, one team, Miami in 1972, scored only a field goal against its opponent.

Take a look at the following tables of all the 46 games played between 1967 and 2012, and have fun with them. The games are sorted by the following variables:

Total Points
Point Spread
Alphabetical by Winner
Alphabetical by Loser
Win Percentage

Super Bowl Games Sorted by Year

The author legitimately lays claim to impartiality on the grounds that his lifelong favorite team, the Detroit Lions, one of the oldest teams in the NFL, has never . . . ever appeared in a Super Bowl. At age 70 he still has hope.

Sorted by Total Points in The Game

Can a team finish a game with the score of one?. In college football, yes, with a conversion safety. But I do not know if it is possible in the NFL or Canadian rules. A conversion safety or "one-point safety" occurs when a team fumbles a point after apoint after try, the ball is recovered by the defense and the ball carrier is tackled in his own end-zone. It has happened only twice in modern history in college play.

Sorted by The Point Spread

Given that a team can score one point then any score is theoretically possible.
It should be noted that eight of the twelve games since 1999 have ended with a point spread of seven or fewer points. Could that mean that the playoffs are getting better at matching more equal teams?

Note that the average point spread is 14 points while the modes (the spreads that occurs most frequently) are three and four with five games each. For some reason the odd game ending spread of 17 is popular, with four games.

Sorted Alphabetically by Winner

It should be noted that the NFL, or its forerunners, came into existence in 1920 while the Super Bowl started in 1967. Teams like Green Bay and Chicago were stellar performers in championships during that era with ten and eight championships respectively. Even the hapless Lions and Browns won four championships each.

Sorted Alphabetically by Loser

Better to have tried and lost than to never have tried at all. It's not whether you win or lose but how you play the game. Win with humility, lose with cheerfulness. Not really. Not for sports fans. For the most part they want no part of losing. They don't even like the word. A good loser is just a tepid sports fan. Etc.

Ranked by Percent of Wins

Winning 100% of one game is a cheap stat so this file is sorted secondarily by number of appearances in a Super Bowl. That floats San Francisco right to the top, unequivocally. It also puts a huge target on their backs. Wouldn't it be great for your team to dethrone them?

I hope you have enjoyed this article. Good luck to your team, unless they are playing my team. Then the best I can say is that I hope nobody gets injured.


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