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Super Bowl LIV is almost here. Let’s run through 10 little know fast facts about the NFL’s championship meet and everything related to its celebration.

Peyton Manning Is DIFFERENT

Can you guess how many starting quarterbacks have won Super Bowls with more than one team? Don’t bother. The answer is one. Peyton Manning took home the Vince Lombardi trophy with the Indianapolis Colts in 2007 and again with the Denver Broncos in 2016. View Peyton Manning Stats.

Phil Simms Really Is a Legend

Remember after the New York Giants won Super Bowl XXI how quarterback Phil Simms yelled “I’m going to Disney World?” Well, that reaction wasn’t out of pure jubilation. He was paid nearly $100,000 to say that.

New England Patriots Dominance

The New England Patriots have won more Super Bowls than any other franchise in league history, having taken home a total of seven. The Pittsburgh Steelers are in second place with six. Third place is a tie between the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers, who have four titles apiece. Patriots’ QB Tom Brady has set and broken tons of records in the Superbowl – with nine Super Bowl appearances since the 2001 season

Super Bowl Tickets Are EXPENSIVE

In the event you want to go to Super Bowl LIV, it’s going to run you an arm and a leg—and maybe a second mortgage. According to Vivid Seats, the average Super Bowl ticket price on the secondary market roughly one month before the big game is more than $9,800.

Home-Field Advantage

Neither Super Bowl participant technically has home-field advantage—unless the hosting city’s team made the two-squad cut. Officially, though, the NFL gives the home designation to the NFC team for odd-numbered Super Bowls and to the AFC team for even-numbered Super Bowls.

Super Bowl Gambling

A lot of money is wagered on the Super Bowl every year. Like, a lot, a lot, a lot. Most recently, the dollar amount has spilled into nine-figure territory. Estimates have Super Bowl LIV taking in upwards of $115 million in bets at Las Vegas sportsbooks —and that doesn’t account for overseas sportsbooks or the Super Bowl pools individuals run with their friends, family, coworkers, etc.

No Shutouts???

There has never been a shutout in Super Bowl history. True story. The fewest points ever scored was by the Miami Dolphins in 1972, when they lost to the Dallas Cowboys by final score of 24-3.

Overtime Is Beyond Rare

Believe it or not, the first Super Bowl to ever reach overtime didn’t take place until…Super Bowl LI in 2017. The New England Patriots were crowned champions that year, completing a major comeback against the Atlanta Falcons.

Sad Fanbases

Only four NFL teams have never made a single Super Bowl appearances: The Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans. The Browns and Lions, however, did win titles before the NFL merger.

Holy Guacamole

Super Bowl parties are all the rage, in large part because of the decadent food spreads. Guacamole is a traditional favorite—so much so that every Super Bowl Sunday, roughly 8 million pounds of it are consumed. That’s right: Eight. Million. Pounds.

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January 10th, 2020

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Many NFL head coaches did a tremendous job this past season, but we managed to whittle the best of the best down to six stand out coaches who should be AP Coach of the Year candidates.

6. Sean McDermott, Buffalo Bills

Did anybody see the Buffalo Bills coming this year? And if so, was their arrival supposed to hit in the form of 10 wins?

Didn’t think so.

Sure, they didn’t make the playoffs. That happens when you win 10 games yet still play in the same division as the New England Patriots. But the Bills still pieced together a damn impressive season.

Quarterback Josh Allen made some real strides as the year went on, and more notably, the defense was almost impossible to outdo. Pro-Football-Reference uses Defensive SRS to measure the quality of a team’s stopping power against their quality of competition and actual performance. The Bills ranked second overall in defensive SRS, behind only the Patriots. Sean McDermott deserves some love.

5. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

Yes, the Patriots had a very crummy end to the 2019 season. Jokes are flying. A dynasty has fallen. We get it.

Still!

Few head coaches could have guided this version of the Patriots to 12 wins. Tom Brady isn’t what he was; people in New England aren’t even sure the team wants him back. The Patriots won thanks to their top-ranked defense, and an offensive scheme that was just creative enough to get by.

Let’s not forget that New England started the year 8-0. There were people who believed they might go undefeated. That matters.

4. Mike Vrabel, Tennessee Titans

Mike Vrabel’s candidacy is a given.

He coached the Tennessee Titans to the playoffs despite having to navigate a hellish quarterback dilemma. Ryan Tannehill was under center for them by season’s end. Seriously.

That’s enough to make Vrabel’s case in its entirety, but his appeal received a boon once the postseason got underway. Because, as you know, the Titans dispatched the Patriots in the Wild Card round, shocking pretty much everyone, but most of all Bill Belichick.

3 (Tied). Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints and Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers

Talk about your close calls.

Kyle Shanahan’s case rests on the back of the San Francisco 49ers’ balance. They had one of the league’s top defense to go along with the absolutely most potent offense. Some had high expectations for them, but they turned in 13 victories, exceeding even the most optimistic projections.

The same goes for Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints—only more so. People understood the 49ers were for real after a while, and their season was never really in jeopardy. The Saints, meanwhile, lost Drew Brees for basically half the year and still managed to churn out 13 wins. Their loss in the first round of the playoffs notwithstanding, Sean Payton did one helluva job.

1. John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens

Who else?

Even before the Patriots fell to the Titans in the Wild Card round, the Baltimore Ravens were considered their heir apparent to the throne of “Best Team in the League.” It’s not hard to see why.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson is an MVP favorite, and no team in the league notched more impressive offensive numbers. Their defense isn’t quite the best, but it was among the top three in the AFC.

John Harbaugh, while not solely responsible, has overseen it all. He’s your NFL Coach of the Year.

January 10th, 2020

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