Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Super Bowl XLVI Preview

This Sunday February 5th will be Super Bowl 46 between the New York Giants and New England Patriots. Here are 46 facts and stats that hopefully you'll enjoy.

  1. This is a rematch of a game from Week 9 as well as Super Bowl XLII
  2. Bill Belichick was assistant for the Giants for 12 years
  3. New England had 8 players selected for the Pro Bowl
  4. New England was 3-1 vs. NFC while New York was 4-0 vs. AFC
  5. The Giants have two players from Ohio State (Jake Ballard & Jim Cordle)
  6. Eli Manning has a record 15 TDs in the 4th Quarter
  7. Tom Brady is tied with Joe Montana with 16 playoff wins
  8. This will be Tom Brady's 5th Super Bowl start; which ties him with John Elway
  9. New England did not beat any team during the regular season who had a winning record
  10. This is New England's 7th Super Bowl appearance & New York's 5th
  11. Tom Brady was drafted as a catcher in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Montreal Expos
  12. BenJarvis Green-Ellis went to the same High School as actor Carl Weathers
  13. Victor Cruz had a Giants record with 1,536 receiving yards during the regular season
  14. Tom Coughlin & Bill Belichick were assistant coaches on Giants Super Bowl XXV team
  15. New England OC Bill O'Brien has been named the new Head Coach for Penn State
  16. Former New England LB Larry Izzo is the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Giants
  17. TEs Rob Gronkowski & Aaron Hernandez combined for 169 receptions
  18. New England allowed nine QBs to pass for 300 or more yards during the regular season
  19. Jason Pierre-Paul had 16.5 sacks this season; only Michael Strahan & LT have had more in a season
  20. Tom Brady has 3 seasons with 35 or more TD passes
  21. The last time Wes Welker didn't have a reception in a game was 2005
  22. Safety Antrell Rolle led the Giants with 96 tackles
  23. Mark Anderson & Andre Carter each had 10 sacks for New England
  24. Chad Ochocinco had just 15 receptions during the season
  25. Mark Herzlich played lacrosse in High School
  26. Stephen Gostkowski's FG % is 84.8
  27. DT Vince Wilfork has 2 career INTs
  28. Antrell Rolle & Vince Wilfork were college teammates
  29. The Giants last six 1st round draft picks are major contributors to the team (Matthias Kiwanuka, Aaron Ross, Kenny Phillips, Hakeem Nicks, Jason Pierre-Paul & Prince Amukamara)
  30. Matt Light protected Drew Brees' blind side in college
  31. This is the 9th Super Bowl rematch of a regular season game decided by TD or less; 7 of the previous 8 games were won by team that lost 1st game
  32. In his first 10 postseason games Tom Brady was 10-0 with 3 INTs; in his last 11 he's 6-5 with 16 INTs
  33. Manning & Brady will be 3rd set of QBs to meet in multiple Super Bowls; the others were Bradshaw-Staubach & Aikman-Kelly
  34. Lawrence Tynes is 1st player to score winning points in 2 playoff overtime games
  35. The Giants drafted LBs Greg Jones & Jacquian Williams in the 6th round of 2011 NFL Draft
  36. Chris Snee is Tom Coughlin's son-in-law
  37. Bill Belichick is not a member of the NFL Coaches Club
  38. The only 100 yard receiving game that Wes Welker has had in the playoffs was Super Bowl XLII loss to the Giants
  39. Julian Edelman has played as a WR & CB this season
  40. New England TEs coach Brian Ferentz is the son of Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz
  41. Eli Manning is 6-1 in road or neutral site games in the playoffs
  42. John Mara is the 3rd generation of his family to own the Giants
  43. The Patriots have retired 8 player's numbers; the Giants have retired 11
  44. Tom Brady has 2 Super Bowl MVPs, Eli Manning & Deion Branch each have 1
  45. Tom Brady, Kevin Faulk & Matt Light are only current Patriots who won the 3 New England Super Bowls
  46. Giants OC Kevin Gilbride was OC under Tom Coughlin for the Jaguars in 1995 & 1996

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