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January 28, 2019

Super Bowl fun facts to impress your guests this Sunday

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Nick Foles Super Bowl LII Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY SPORTS, File

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles hoists the Lombardi Trophy after beating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

Twenty-four percent of Americans plan to attend a Super Bowl party on Sunday, and that makes this the perfect time to learn some facts and check your guests at the door. WalletHub has compiled every statistic imaginable about the Super Bowl, so you'll never be left wondering what or why again. Bonus: maybe your current crush Karen or Dave will be all, "Oh my god, you're so smart," and you'll be like, "Oh my god, I know." 

According to WalletHub, the Eagles rank 6th for NFL performance and 13th for number of NFL championship wins. With the 20th national average for NFL game ticket prices, stadium capacity ranks 26th. The teams also ranks 23rd in the league for fan engagement. (What?! Did you see that parade?)

More than 103 million people tuned in to watch the Eagles knock off the Patriots last year in Super Bowl LII. Every Eagles player received a $112,000 bonus for the win, with a tax bill of $41,000, while the each Patriot received $56K as their consolation prize.

Super Bowl LIII will be the 11th appearance for the Patriots as well as the fourth appearance for the Rams. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are the top quarterback and head coach pair with nine Super Bowl appearances. 

The Patriots have won eight Super Bowl titles, while the Rams have one Super Bowl win – from 2000. The Rams have one Super Bowl win more than 12 NFL teams.

This is the first year New Jersey gamblers can legally place bets on sports, and there are more than $100 million of wagers set on Super Bowl LIII in the state. Pennsylvania and Delaware also allow legal sports betting, along with Nevada, Mississippi, New Mexico, Rhode Island and West Virginia. There are no online sports wagering options in Pennsylvania.

The average cost of a Super Bowl ticket on the resale market is $7,166. The NFL controls 75 percent of the ticket supply. 

Fifteen percent of people said they'd miss the birth of their own child for the opportunity to go to the Super Bowl. Though I’m assuming that percentage doesn’t include women's votes because, otherwise, how would that even work? Is Bill Belichick a doula during commercial breaks? (Also, men, your wives would kill you. But please, do go on.)

The average American consumes 2,400 calories at Super Bowl parties, with a national consumption average of 1.38 billion chicken wings, 8 million pounds of guacamole and 14,500 tons of chips. Nearly 52 million cases of beer are bought on Super Bowl Sunday. 

The cost of a 30-second ad during this Sunday’s game averages around $5.24 million. Volkswagen’s 2011 Super Bowl ad (the one with the child dressed as Darth Vader trying to start a car by using “the force”) is the most-shared Super Bowl ad with 5.3 million shares.

You can check out the full list of Super Bowl fun facts on WalletHub

Good luck and remember to use your know-it-all responsibly, otherwise Karen (or Dave) is definitely not going out with you after Sunday. 


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