Super Bowl LII by the Numbers: History, Random Stats and More

Jan 30, 2018

by Chase Gage



JONESBORO, Ark — Here we are. Super Bowl week. You know what that means!

Random analysis.

Which jersey color wins the Super Bowl most often? With the game being held on February 4, does that give either team an advantage? What about the fact that it’s in Minnesota? What color will the Gatorade be? Who will win the coin toss?

I’ve got answers, predictions, random stats and facts and more for you, all wrapped up in one article. Sound fun? I’ll start off with a brief (and boring) Super Bowl history of each team. Stick around, though, because it gets more fun the longer you read.

Patriots Super Bowl History (5-4)

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Super Bowl XX, Jan 26, 1986

Chicago Bears 46, New England Patriots 10

MVP: Richard Dent


Super Bowl XXXI, Jan 26, 1997

Green Bay Packers 35, New England Patriots 21

MVP: Desmond Howard


Super Bowl XXXVI, Feb 3, 2002

New England Patriots 20, St. Louis Rams 17

MVP: Tom Brady


Super Bowl XXXVIII, Feb 1, 2004

New England Patriots 32, Carolina Panthers 29

MVP: Tom Brady


Super Bowl XXXIX, Feb 6, 2005

New England Patriots 24, Philadelphia Eagles 21

MVP: Deion Branch


Super Bowl XLII, Feb 3, 2008

New York Giants 17, New England Patriots 14

MVP: Eli Manning


Super Bowl XLVI, Feb 5, 2012

New York Giants 21, New England Patriots 17

MVP: Eli Manning


Super Bowl XLIX, Feb 1, 2015

New England Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24

MVP: Tom Brady


Super Bowl LI, Feb 5, 2017

New England Patriots 34, Atlanta Falcons 28

MVP: Tom Brady


Eagles Super Bowl History (0-2)


Super Bowl XV, Jan 25, 1981

Oakland Raiders 27, Philadelphia Eagles 10

MVP: Jim Plunkett


Super Bowl XXXIX, Feb 6, 2005

New England Patriots 24, Philadelphia Eagles 21

MVP: Deion Branch

Super Bowls by Jersey Color (Since 2005)

The Patriots are wearing white jerseys for the Super Bowl. What does that mean?

packers super bowl
The Anomaly. A non-white jersey wearing Super Bowl Champion
Super Bowl Winner Jersey Color
XXXIX New England Patriots White
XL Pittsburgh Steelers White
XLI Indianapolis Colts White
XLII New York Giants White
XLIII Pittsburgh Steelers White
XLIV New Orleans Saints White
XLV Green Bay Packers Green
XLVI New York Giants White
XLVII Baltimore Ravens White
XLVIII Seattle Seahawks White
XLIX New England Patriots White
50 Denver Broncos White
LI New England Patriots White
LII ??? ???

Advantage: Patriots

Strange Coincidences

The Patriots had a dynasty in the early 2000’s, and have since revamped that dynasty in the 2010’s. How do those two eras stack up? It’s eerie if you ask me.

2001 – 2004 Patriots 2014 – 2017 Patriots
Won 3 Super Bowls in 4 years Have a chance to win 3 Super Bowls in 4 years
2001: Beat an NFC West team (Greatest Show on Turf) after losing previous two Super Bowls 2014: Beat an NFC West team (Legion of Boom) after losing previous two Super Bowls
2003: Beat an NFC South team in Houston to win the Super Bowl 2016: Beat an NFC South team in Houston to win the Super Bowl
2003: Justin Timberlake performed at halftime at the Super Bowl 2017: Justin Timberlake will perform at halftime of the Super Bowl
2004: Patriots beat the Eagles to complete their 3 of 4 Super Bowl run 2017: Patriots have a chance to beat the Eagles to complete their 3 of 4 Super Bowl run
2004: OC and DC left for other positions 2017: OC and DC set to leave for other positions
2004: Eagles beat the Falcons and Vikings to reach the Super Bowl 2017: Eagles beat the Falcons and Vikings to reach the Super Bowl

Advantage: Patriots

Random Stats that Mean Nothing (Or Do They?)

Super Bowl Record by Presidential Party

Democratic Presidents:

  • Patriots: 1-3
  • Eagles: 0-0

Republican Presidents:

  • Patriots: 4-1
  • Eagles: 0-2

Advantage: Patriots


Super Bowls Played in a Year Ending in 8

  • NFC Teams: 4 Wins (1968 Packers, 1978 Cowboys, 1988 Redskins, 2008 Giants)
  • AFC Teams: 1 Win (1998 Broncos)

Super Bowls Played in Even-Numbered Years

  • NFC: 15 Wins
  • AFC: 10 Wins

Super Bowls Played in the North

  • 1982 (Pontiac, MI): NFC
  • 1992 (Minneapolis): NFC
  • 2006 (Detroit): AFC
  • 2012 (Indianapolis): NFC
  • 2014 (East Rutherford, NJ): NFC

Advantage: Eagles

The Super Bowl will be played on February 4. Only one other Super Bowl has ever been played on that date.

The AFC Champion Colts were 12-4 facing the 13-3 NFC Champion Chicago Bears. The matchup pitted an established quarterback (Peyton Manning) against a former backup (Rex Grossman). Sound familiar? The AFC team with the future Hall of Fame quarterback won.

XLI Feb. 4, 2007 Dolphin Stadium (Miami) Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17
LII Feb. 4, 2018 U.S. Bank Stadium (Minneapolis) New England vs Philadelphia

Advantage: Patriots

Old School (Eagles) vs New School (Patriots)

History says the original eight NFL teams fare better in the Super Bowl than the 1960 expansion teams. Does that mean an Eagles victory?

The “Original Eight” NFL Teams

  • Green Bay Packers (1919) – 4x SB Champs
  • Arizona Cardinals (1920) – 1 SB Appearance
  • Chicago Bears (1922) – 1x SB Champs
  • New York Giants (1925) – 4x SB Champs
  • Detroit Lions (1930) – No Super Bowl Appearances
  • Washington Redskins (1932) – 3x SB Champs
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (1933) – 6x SB Champs
  • Philadelphia Eagles (1933) – 2 SB Appearances

Overall Record: 17-10 (.630)

1960 NFL Expansion Teams (by Current Name)

  • New England Patriots (5x SB Champs)
  • Dallas Cowboys (5x SB Champs)
  • Denver Broncos (3x SB Champs)
  • Oakland Raiders (3x SB Champs)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (1x SB Champs)
  • New York Jets (1x SB Champs)
  • Minnesota Vikings (4 SB Appearances)
  • Buffalo Bills (4 SB Appearances)
  • Los Angeles Chargers (1 SB Appearance)
  • Tennessee Titans (1 SB Appearance)

Overall Record: 18-26 (.409)

Advantage: Eagles

After all of that, who do the numbers point to as the winner of Super Bowl LII? Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but all of that was for nothing. Though there are some cool coincidences and patterns, none of that will affect Sunday’s game in the slightest. The team that shows up prepared, executes, makes adjustments and makes less mistakes will ultimately win.

It’s still fun to look at, though. Next year, I’ll have even more data to add to this to help predict Super Bowl LIII.




…but just for fun. It looks to me like the numbers and patterns point to the Patriots winning their sixth Super Bowl. Check in later this week for my official Super Bowl Predictions article.


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