Baltimore Ravens-San Francisco 49ers: XLVII Cold, Hard Football Facts

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Feb 03, 2013



Stats compiled by Russell Baxter, Adam Dobrowolski and Kerry J. Byrne

Here's a look at XLVII stats and facts you need to know about Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers: the good, the bad, the tasty, the drunk and the debaucherous, too, straight from New Orleans, Louisiana.

I – The University of Delaware has produced two Super Bowl quarterbacks (Joe Flacco, Rich Gannon). The University of Nevada has produced one Super Bowl quarterback (Colin Kaepernick). The University of Southern California has produced zero Super Bowl quarterbacks. Sorry, Rex Ryan.

II – Number of Sports Illustrated swimsuit models and Miss USA pageant winners who sat on the CHFF GoRVing.com RV this week in our epic road trip from Boston to New Orleans.

III – Baltimore’s Passer Rating Differential of +5.78 was No. 12 in the NFL this year; only three of 72 NFL champions since 1940 finished outside the Top 10 in PRD.

IV – The Super Bowl champion 2011 Giants also finished No. 12 in Passer Rating Differential (+6.76).

V – San Francisco’s Passer Rating Differential of +23.2 was No. 4 in the NFL this year; Baltimore’s

VI – Just three nine- or 10-win teams reached the Super Bowl from 1966 to 2006. Five nine- or 10-win teams have reached the Super Bowl since 2007, including the 2012 Ravens.

VII – Five players who have been named Super Bowl MVP more than once, all quarterbacks: 49ers’ Joe Montana (3), Packers’ Bart Starr (2), Steelers’ Terry Bradshaw (2), Patriots’ Tom Brady (2) and Giants’ Eli Manning (2). Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis (MVP of XXXV) would be first defensive player to achieve that feat.

VIII – Seconds it took Kerry to consume an entire Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane during his spectacular feat of chugging-do at the CHFF Road to New Orleans Super Bowl Mancathlon.

IX – The 49ers totaled 96 passing yards and 2.9 Real Passing Yard Per Attempt during the original Harbaugh Bowl on Thanksgiving night 2011. Alex Smith was sacked nine times that game.

X – San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is making just his Xth NFL start here in Super Bowl XLVII.

XI – Number of teams that have won multiple Super Bowls. The Ravens could become the XIIth on Sunday.

XII – Number of cases of Samuel Adams Boston Lager and Alpine Spring we packed on the ride for our epic road trip from Boston to New Orleans; we have two left for the Super Sunday Funday tailgate with Miss USA and Brande Roderick.  

XIII – Underdogs have won three of the past five Super Bowls after winning only 10 of the first 41.

XIV – Number of times CHFF’s own Frankie C. drooled on himself interviewing Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Jessica Perez before our Fox & Friends tailgate shoot last Sunday.

XV – San Francisco is a 3.5-point favorite in Super Bowl XLVII. Super Bowl favorites are money: 32-13 (.711) straight up and 24-19-2 (.558) against the spread, according to Spreadapedia.

XVI – Favorites in regular-season NFL games (since 1978) are 5305-2720-16 (.661) straight up and just 3767-4048-226 (.482) ATS.

XVII – The 49ers are better than the Ravens in XVI of XX Quality Stats we use to size up every team in every game with our Real and Spectacular picks at Cold, Hard Football Facts Insider.

XVIII – Number of different teams to win the 46 Super Bowls; led by the Steelers (6), 49ers and Cowboys (5), and Packers (4) and Giants (4).

XIX – Number of quarterbacks who have started at least two Super Bowls, led by Tom Brady (3-2) and John Elway (2-3) with five each.

XX – The bracket-buster Ravens rank in the Top 10 in just V of the XX Cold, Hard Football Facts Quality Stats we use to size up every team in every game and no higher than VII in any of them (third-down defense).

XXI – It takes an average of four Tulane cheerleaders to equal the width of just one Potentate of Pigskin, according to research conducted Saturday night at the Taste of the NFL.

XXII – Super Bowl XLVII is the first since XLI (Colts-Bears) in which each quarterback is making his first Super Bowl start.

XXIII – The average Super Bowl point spread has been 7.2 points; the point spread in the average NFL game is 5.5 points, according to Spreadapedia.

XXIV – The wise guys have largely nailed those margins. The average Super Bowl score is 26.0 to 19.5 (+6.5); the score of the average regular-season NFL game (since 1978) is 23.5 to 18.2 (+5.3).

XXV – Twenty-two different teams have played in the Super Bowl since 1993 (20 seasons
during the free agency era). Only 19 different teams played in the first 27 Super Bowls.

XXVI – One is the exact number of crawfish you’ll find in your eye-opener at the all-you-can-drink bloody Mary breakfast at Daisy Duke’s in the French Quarter.

XXVII – Joe Flacco is the highest-rated quarterback (114.7 passer rating) in the 2012 postseason. He’s thrown 8 TD and 0 INT.

XXVIII – Flacco vs. Colin Kaepernick is the fifth Super Bowl match-up between quarterbacks from non-BCS schools. The others were Super Bowls X and XI (Terry Bradshaw of Louisiana Tech vs. Roger Staubach of Navy); Super Bowl XXIV (Kurt Warner of Northern Iowa vs. Steve McNair or Alcorn State); and Super Bowl XLIII (Warner vs. Ben Roethlisberger of Miami, Ohio).

XXIX – The Ravens and 49ers each produced 25 takeaways this year and each finished +9 in turnover differential.

XXX – Ray Lewis is one of only two linebackers to win Super Bowl MVP honors. The other was Chuck Howley of the Dallas Cowboys, who did it in a losing effort to the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V.

XXXI – Colin Kaepernick was the top-ranked player in CHFF Real Quarterback Rating in 2012 (including postseason).

XXXII – The 49ers are better than the Ravens in 16 of 20 Quality Stats we used to size up teams with our Real and Spectacular picks. However, the Ravens have been trending up and the 49ers trending down according to the Mother of All Stats, Passer Rating Differential, as seene in the graph here.

XXXIII – Scientific fact: only two of 310 million Americans could count using Roman numerals if not for the NFL’s brilliantly grandiose decision to use the system to give the Super Bowl the flavor of imperial might.

XXXIV – The Cold, Hard Football Facts have averaged 21.5 games above .500 against the spread picking every game, every week with our aptly-named Real and Spectacular picks.

XXXV – Our Real and Spectacular picks are 36-22 (.621) ATS since Week 15; 7-3 (.700) ATS in the 2012 postseason and 14-7 (.667) ATS over the past two postseasons.

XXXVI – Our new tailgate buddy Qadry Ismail caught 1 pass for 44 yards in Baltimore’s 34-7 win over the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. Ismail will call the game today for WBAL in Baltimore. He warmed up for the big game by calling one of the events in our grueling Mancathlon, the 10-yard dash. Pretty funny video.

XXXVII – San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith has recorded XXXIII.5 sacks in his career, most ever by a player in their first two years. The previous record was held by Hall of Famer Reggie White (XXXI).

XXXVIII – Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers have been the best bet in football over the past two years. They are 27-8-1 straight up and a sterling 23-11-2 (.676) against the spread, including 10-7-1 here in the 2012 season.

XXXIX – The Ravens are 26-11 straight up over the same period, but just 18-17-2 ATS.

XL – The Cold, Hard Football Facts crew consumed roughly 143 Philly cheese steak rolls this week, courtesy of our pal Steve DiFillippo of Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse.  

XLI – Baltimore-San Francisco is the 10th Super Bowl in New Orleans (seven in the Superdome; three at Tulane), tied with Miami for the most of any city.

XLII – The over/under on the number of times Ray Lewis mentions God in his postgame interview is 3.

XLIII – 49ers quarterbacks have thrown 17 TDs and 0 INTs in five Super Bowls, all of them victories: 11-0 by Joe Montana; 6-0 by Steve Young.

XLIV – Weight in kilograms of the poor, overmatched Canadian girl named Bella (left) who pedaled a quarter-ton of CHFF reporters in her pedi-cab from the French Quarter to our Warehouse District hotel Friday night. We’re happy to report she only nearly dropped dead like an old, overworked mule. If we were gentlemen we would have walked.

XLV - Alex Smith boasted a 104.1 passer rating and had completed 25 of 27 passes for 304 yards, 11.3 YPA, 4 TD, 0 INT and a 153.2 rating in his last two starts before he was injured and then benched by ballsy Jim Harbaugh.

XLVI – Baltimore’s 34-7 victory over the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV was the second biggest blowout ever by an AFC team in the big game. The Raiders beat the Redskins, 38-9, in Super Bowl XVIII. The 49ers own the biggest blowout in Super Bowl history, beating the Broncos 55-10 in Super Bowl XXIV.

XLVII – Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers have won the turnover battle in 26 of 36 games (including playoffs). They are 23-2-1 straight up and 20-4-2 ATS in those 26 games.


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