Interesting Facts and Stats from Super Bowl 51

After last night's Super Bowl, we ventured out into the Internet in search of some trivia and interesting facts on Super Bowl 51. 

1.  Elias Sports Bureau reports that 24 new Super Bowl records were set, and another 7 were tied.  The new ones include a lot of career marks for Tom Brady, which isn't surprising since he's been in more Super Bowls than any player in history, and he's been successful . . . winning FIVE of them.

2.  When the Patriots trailed 28-to-3 in the third quarter, it was easy to write them off.  In fact, even AFTER the Patriots scored their first touchdown to cut it to 28-to-9, the Falcons' win probability was still 98.9%.

3.  Brady now has 15 touchdown passes in his Super Bowl career.  Since he was drafted in the SIXTH round back in 2000, there have been 45 quarterbacks taken in the FIRST round.  And they have COMBINED for 15 touchdown passes in the Super Bowl.

4.  If they gave a runner-up medal with the MVP, it would've went to running back James White, who became the first person in Super Bowl history to have at least 10 catches, 100 receiving yards, and two rushing TDs. 

5.  One record that Brady HASN'T set yet is being the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl.  He was 39 years and 186 days old yesterday.  But Peyton Manning was 39 years and 320 days old when he won last year.


6.  Scratch that . . . there are at least two records that Brady doesn't have.  He passed for 466 yards last night, which is a record for the Super Bowl, but it's tied for the SECOND MOST in postseason games overall.  Believe it or not, the record-holder is a CLEVELAND BROWN.  (???)  Bernie Kosar threw for 489 yards in a divisional playoff game back in 1986.


7.  Yesterday was Brady and Belichick's 25th postseason win as a quarterback and head coach combo.  That's 10 more than any other QB / head coach combo.

8.  Before the Patriots' improbable comeback, the defining moment was when the Falcons intercepted Brady in the second quarter, and ran it back for a touchdown to make it 21-0.  At that point, teams were 12-0 in the Super Bowl when they'd returned an interception for a touchdown.  Now, they're 12-1.

9.  The Falcons led for 41 minutes, 18 seconds of game time.  The Patriots didn't lead until they won it in overtime.  When the Patriots were down by 25, it was their largest deficit since trailing the Kansas City Chiefs by 34 in Week 4 of 2014.  Before yesterday, the largest comeback in Super Bowl history was 10 points.

10.  On top of that, the Patriots were down 19 points at the start of the fourth.  Throughout NFL playoff history . . . not just the Super Bowl . . . teams up by 19 or more points heading into the fourth were 93-0.  93-0!  Now they're 93-1.

(You can find a rundown of all the new records, here.)

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