Super Bowl Facts: Most Interesting Tidbits Surrounding Super Bowl XLVII

Jonathan IrwinContributor IIFebruary 1, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 01:  The Vince Lombardi trophy and helmets are displayed prior to a press conference with Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers for Super Bowl XLVII at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on February 1, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Ravens will play the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Super Bowl I was played in 1967, and since then Super Sunday has become one of the biggest—and greatest—days in the United States.

And when a game's been around that long, it's sure to amass some interesting facts—which the Super Bowls of Sundays past certainly have done.

Looking forward to Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII, here are some of the need-to-know, interesting and "wow" inducing facts surrounding this weekend's big matchup.

The Basics

Matchup: Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers

Broadcast: CBS

Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET

Site: New Orleans Superdome


Food facts provided by Fox News

We all know that food is a huge draw this time of year, especially because of all the big Super Bowl parties going down.

While grilling in the middle of winter seems crazy to some of us, Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest grilling day of the year—the first being the Fourth of July.

Eleven million pounds of potato chips are estimated to be consumed this Sunday, and is one of the most popular snacks for parties.

Super Bowl Sunday is the busiest day of the year for pizza restaurants, with major chains estimated to sell double what they do on a regular day.

But the king of the Super Bowl party remains to be the wings. 1.23 billion wings are expected to be consumed this Sunday.

Washing down all that food is the always beloved beer. 49.2 million cases of beer are estimated to be sold this Sunday.

All in all, Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest food day of the year in the US—first is Thanksgiving—with Americans doubling their consumption to 33 million pounds of snacks.


For most of us, the big game is the main attraction for Super Bowl Sunday. But it's not the only reason to tune in.

According to Yahoo Sports, last year's Super Bowl was the most watched television program in the history of the United States—drawing in an estimated 111.3 million viewers.

This year, CBS will broadcast the game in 30 different languages, spanning a total of 180 countries. Thus making Super Bowl Sunday the hottest day of the year for commercials and advertisements.

No wonder it's being reported that CBS is charging advertisers an estimated $3.7 to $3.8 million dollars per 30-second spot.

Seeing how we all know folks who tune in just for the commercials, it's no wonder that Sunday is the biggest advertising day of the year.

The Game

This is the second Super Bowl appearance for the Ravens, and sixth for the 49ers. Both teams are undefeated in the big game.

Super Bowl XLVII will be the first instance in which the opposing head coaches are brothers. Jim Harbuagh coaches the 49ers, while older brother John Harbaugh coaches the Ravens.

49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick led his team to the Super Bowl, despite this being just the first year that he's started at the NFL level—his second overall playing year.

Two other notable players to accomplish such a feat were Kurt Warner with the Rams in 1999 and Tom Brady with the Patriots in 2001—both won their games.

This will be the final game for Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis, who is retiring after a 17-year NFL career.

Lewis has amassed 1,573 tackles, 41.5 sacks and 31 interceptions in his career. He'll be going for his second Super Bowl ring this Sunday.

Finally, according to USA Today, this year's Super Bowl will be a record-setting 20th in a row in which one player has previously played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers college football team.


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