Super Bowl XLIV By the Numbers: 20 Cold Hard Football Facts

Bryn Swartz@eaglescentralSenior Writer IIIFebruary 8, 2010

.000122070312: Probability of winning 13 consecutive coin tosses, something the NFC has done every year since Super Bowl XXXII (the NFC is just 3-10 in those games)

.454: Percentage of games that Defensive Hog Index correctly predicted this postseason; DHI is now 25-8 in postseason games since its creation in 2007

3: Rookie head coaches who have lost the Super Bowl; Jim Caldwell joined Red Miller, who lost Super Bowl XII to the Dallas Cowboys, and Bill Callahan, who lost Super Bowl XXXVII to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

4: Number of future Hall of Fame quarterbacks that the Saints beat during the season (Tom Brady, Kurt Warner, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning)

7: Incompletions thrown by Drew Brees, who completed an astounding 82 percent of his passes

8: Number of words that former Colts' head coach Tony Dungy wishes he could take back, when he boasted "I don't think it's going to be close" in reference to the Colts' second Super Bowl appearance of the decade

9: Quarterbacks who have both won and lost a Super Bowl, as Peyton Manning joined Len Dawson, Roger Staubach, Bob Griese, Joe Theismann, Brett Favre, John Elway, Kurt Warner, and Tom Brady

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10: Largest comeback in Super Bowl history; Drew Brees and the Saints tied Doug Williams' Washington Redskins from Super Bowl XXII

12: Ranking of Super Bowl XLIV among the greatest Super Bowls ever 

14: Points per game averaged by Peyton Manning's Colts in his nine postseason losses

21: Number of tackles by Colts' linebacker Gary Brackett in his two Super Bowl appearances; both times he led his team

22: Difference in seconds in time of possession between the two teams; the Saints controlled the ball for 30:11 and the Colts for 29:49

32: Completions thrown by Drew Brees, who tied Tom Brady's record from Super Bowl XXXVIII

42: Age of Colts' kicker Matt Stover, who became the oldest player in Super Bowl history

43: Years it took for the New Orleans Saints to win their first Super Bowl

45.67: Average length of kicker Garrett Hartley's three field goals who became the first kicker in Super Bowl history to connect on three 40-yard field goals in a single game

48: Number of yards by which the Colts outrushed the Saints (99-51); New Orleans averaged just 2.8 yards per carry on 18 runs

74: Yards of cornerback Tracy Porter's interception touchdown to clinch a Saints' victory; Porter has provided the two most memorable defensive plays in Saints' history in consecutive games 

85.4: Passer rating of Peyton Manning in his two Super Bowl appearances

96: Yards covered in the Colts' first quarter touchdown drive, the longest in Super Bowl history

135: Total yards by Colts' running back Joseph Addai, who rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown, and caught 7 passes for 58 yards

209: Number of days until the start of the 2010 season in which Peyton Manning has to think about his fourth quarter interception touchdown, arguably one of the five most costly turnovers in NFL history

617: Points scored by the New Orleans Saints, including the postseason; the fourth most in a single season (2007 Patriots, 1983 Redskins, 1998 Vikings)

1.8 million: Number of times you will hear the expression "Who Dat!" in the next seven months

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