The previous 47 Super Bowls are full of fun facts, amazing performances and assorted oddities. Here are eight records that may never be topped -- or even matched -- in the biggest NFL game of the century every season.
Unbreakable Super Bowl Records
Patriots' Seven Rushing Yards
The Bears dominated the 1985 season from start to finish and were at their best in the playoffs, shutting out the Giants (21-0) and Rams (24-0) en route to a 46-10 rout of the Patriots at the Superdome. New England was limited to 123 total yards, second fewest in a Super Bowl. More significantly the Patriots gained a record-low seven yards rushing in Super Bowl XX. And Raymond Berry's team managed that total on 11 carries, an astounding 0.64 yards per attempt.
Skins' 35 In A Quarter
Joe Gibbs' Redskins spotted the Broncos a 10-0 first-quarter lead before scoring 42 unanswered points in a 42-10 victory. Doug Williams threw for 340 yards and four scores (one interception), running back Timmy Smith ran for a Super Bowl record 204 yards and scores as Washington rolled up a Super Bowl record 602 total yards. But the most memorable part was the second quarter, when the Redskins scored 35 points and rolled up 356 total yards.
Pick-Six Hat Trick
Three interceptions by Raiders linebacker Rod Martin in the team's Super Bowl XV win over the Eagles is a great feat. But will we ever see a performance by an opportunistic defense like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII? We may see a quarterback throw five interceptions in this game, as was the case for Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon. But led by safety Dwight Smith (2) and linebacker Derrick Brooks (1), the Buccaneers returned three of those interceptions for touchdowns in a 48-21 drubbing of the Silver and Black.
Bills' Four Straight
We're in a day and age of free agency and ever-changing rosters, so getting back to the Super Bowl in consecutive seasons hasn't been easy. In fact, the 2003 and '04 Patriots are the last team in either conference to make two consecutive trips to the Super Bowl, let alone capture two straight Lombardi Trophies. That's why it's amazing to consider that while they never walked away with an NFL championship, the Buffalo Bills made an unprecedented four straight Super Bowl appearances from 1990-93 (XXV, XXVI, XXVII and XXVIII). That final season ('93) was the start of free agency as we pretty well know it these days.
Simms' 88 Percent
Yes, it's a quarterback-driven league these days and we've seen astounding passing numbers this season alone, most notably from record-setting Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. But it will be hard to top what happened in Super Bowl XXI, when Giants quarterback Phil Simms completed a Super Bowl-record 88.0 percent of his throws (22-of-25) for 268 yards and three touchdowns in his team's 39-20 win over the Broncos. In the second half alone, Simms was 10-of-10 for 165 yards and two touchdowns (although there was that fortuitous bounce off tight end Mark Bavaro to wide receiver Phil McConkey for a touchdown). The mark is based on a minimum of 20 pass attempts.
Once upon a time, in a game far, far away, this was a league where the running backs were household names. The running attacks have taken a back seat in recent years, which makes some yearn for the Washington Redskins, the "Hogs" and Hall of Fame running back John Riggins, who totaled 166 yards rushing on a Super Bowl record 38 carries in his team’s 27-17 win over the Miami Dolphins. Since Riggins' workhorse performance in Super Bowl XVII, 20 of the 30 champions ran the ball fewer than 38 times as a team. And none of the 47 losing teams in the Big Game has ever totaled at least 38 rushing attempts.
Champs' 7 Turnovers
It's a different game these days in terms of physical play and hanging onto the football is stressed more than ever. Hence, it's hard to imagine that the Baltimore Colts committed seven turnovers and still won Super Bowl V, the most ever by a winning team. Granted the Dallas Cowboys turned over the ball four times on their own. It’s also worth noting that of the other 46 Super Bowl champions, the most turnovers committed by any winning team is three, by the Steelers in both XIII and XIV and the Indianapolis Colts in XLI. Take away the Colts’ seven turnovers in Super Bowl V and the other 46 champs have combined for only 45 turnovers in the Big Game.
Losers' 9 Turnovers
Back to the Bills ... and turnovers. Of those aforementioned four setbacks, the worst loss was arguably a 52-17 drubbing at the hands of Jimmy Johnson's Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XXVII. That afternoon in Pasadena, Marv Levy's team turned a 7-0 first-quarter lead into a 28-10 halftime deficit. Starting quarterback Jim Kelly was knocked out of the game and Dallas' defensive unit scored as many touchdowns as Buffalo's offense (2). There have been 147 turnovers by the 47 losing teams in the Super Bowl, and the Bills committed 9 of those turnovers on that less-than Super Sunday ... at least for them.