Super Bowl XLVI: Notes and Facts About the Giants, Patriots and the Super Bowl

Craig HortonCorrespondent IFebruary 2, 2012

Super Bowl XLVI: Will we see another epic finish?
Super Bowl XLVI: Will we see another epic finish?Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Giants and the Patriots are playing in the 46th edition of the Super Bowl. The winner will claim a fourth Super Bowl title, equaling the Packers. They will still trail Pittsburgh (6), San Francisco (5) and Dallas (5).

If the Patriots lose, they will tie the Broncos, Bills and Vikings for most losses (4).

A defensive player has scored a touchdown in the last three Super Bowls. (James Harrison, Tracy Porter, Nick Collins)

The Giants have only lost one Super Bowl (XXXV). However, before the Super Bowl era, they lost 11 NFL Championship Games.

The Patriots have lost three Super Bowls. (XX, XXXI, XLII) They lost one AFL Championship Game, as the Boston Patriots in 1963.

The largest margin of victory in a Super Bowl is 45 points—San Francisco 55, Denver 10 in XXIV.

The next year was the closest: New York Giants 20 Buffalo 19 (XXV).

Tom Brady holds the career record for attempts (156) and completions (100) in Super Bowl history. He is tied with Drew Brees for most completions in a game with 32. (XXXVIII)


Joe Montana never threw an interception in any of his four Super Bowls. He attempted 122 passes in those games.

Besides their three Super Bowl wins (XXI, XXV, XLII), the Giants won NFL Championships in 1934, 1938 and 1956.

The Patriots were the last of the original AFL teams to win a championship. Though they never won Super Bowls, the Houston Oilers, Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers won AFL titles.

No one has scored a safety in a Super Bowl since Bruce Smith did it against the Giants in XXV. The Cardinals did it on a penalty in the end zone in XLIII.

The Giants' Phil Simms had the highest completion percentage in a single game. He was 22 of 25 (88 percent) in XXI vs. Denver.

With a win, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will equal Chuck Noll and Terry Bradshaw with four Super Bowl victories as head coach and quarterback.

Jerry Rice has scored more touchdowns (8) than any player in Super Bowl history.

This is the fifth Super Bowl to be a rematch. The others were Miami-Washington (VII, XVII), Pittsburgh-Dallas (X, XIII, XXX), San Francisco-Cincinnati (XVI, XXIII) and Dallas-Buffalo (XXVII, XXVIII)


In those rematches, the winner of the first Super Bowl won the rematch, except Washington beat Miami in XVII after losing VII.

This game is also a rematch of a regular season game. That has happened 12 times before. The team that won the regular season game is only 5-7 in the rematch in the Super Bowl. The last time a team won both games was in 1994, when San Francisco beat San Diego 38-15 in the regular season and 49-26 in the Super Bowl.

The last rematch was New York Giants-New England Patriots four years ago. The Patriots won the regular season game 38-35, but lost the Super Bowl 17-14.

The NFC leads the Super Bowl series 24-21, and has won three of the last four.

The Patriots lead the regular season series with the Giants 5-4. The Giants won 24-20 at New England on Nov. 6.

Have a great Sunday. Enjoy the game. Let's hope this one tops the last Super Bowl between these two.