5 Records That Could Fall During Super Bowl 2014
Super Bowl XLVIII: 5 Records That Could Be Broken
Super Bowl XLVIII will feature one of the most highly-anticipated matchups ever – the high-powered offense of the Denver Broncos against the punishing defense of the Seattle Seahawks. It’s the game America has hoped to see all season, and on Feb. 2 in East Rutherford, NJ, it’s happening.
Peyton Manning and his stocked arsenal of weapons put up staggering offensive numbers this season. Manning threw a record 55 touchdowns, posted a 68.3 percent completion rate and averaged 334.8 yards per game. The Broncos have four receivers who caught double-digit TD passes during the regular season with Knowshon Moreno running for 10 more en route to a 1,000-plus yard season.
The Seahawks have a dynamic young passer in Russell Wilson, who rushed for 33.7 yards per game, passed for 192.8 and compiled a 101.2 regular season passer rating. But defense is the name of the game in Seattle. The Seahawks ranked No. 1 in the league in both total defense and passing defense, holding their opponents to just 273.6 and 172 yards per game, respectively.
Past the on-field matchups, the personnel storylines add intrigue as well. Manning can finally silence the postseason critics by taking home his second Super Bowl ring and perhaps his second MVP award in the process. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll can join Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer as the only coaches to win championships at both the college and professional levels. Richard Sherman is a household name after Sunday’s, well, spirited postgame interview with Erin Andrews.
Other than being one of the most anticipated Super Bowl matchups ever, there are some measurable records that stand a good chance at being broken on Feb. 2. Here are five to get you started.
5. Coldest Temperature
The coldest Super Bowl on record was Super Bowl VI in New Orleans, LA. The thermostat read a cool 39-degrees at game time. This year’s game is being played slightly farther north, in East Rutherford, NJ. According to AccuWeather, the average high temperature in the first week of February is 40-degrees with the average low coming in at 24-degrees. Meteorologist Bernie Rayno predicts a game time temperature in the upper 20s for Super Bowl XLVIII. Brrr.
4. Passing Yards in a Game
The record for most passing yards in a Super Bowl was set by Kurt Warner in Super Bowl XXXIV with 414. Manning has only averaged 286.7 yards per game over his 22 postseason appearances. However, his tossed 400 yards last week against the New England Patriots. Seattle certainly has a skilled secondary, but with the MVP year Manning just had, nothing can really be ruled out.
The theory on Manning is that he can’t hack it when it's cold. But in Week 14 against the Tennessee Titans, he threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns in 18-degree weather. The Titans' secondary isn’t half bad, either.
3. References to a Random Nebraska City
Despite the fact that Manning has been using “Omaha” to communicate the snap count on the line of scrimmage (or at times, to communicate nothing at all) for years, suddenly his in-game references to this Nebraska town generally known for college baseball are breaking news. The phenomenon started when someone figured out that Manning used the term 44 times in the Broncos’ divisional matchup against the San Diego Chargers. In this week’s AFC Championship game, Manning called it out 31 times in the win against the Patriots.
Thankfully, someone decided to use this information for something productive. Several Nebraska businesses donated a combined $800 to Manning’s charitable foundation for each of this week’s 31 references, raising a total of $24,800.
2. Highest Ad Cost Ever
Sources are reporting that the average cost of a 30-second ad during the Super Bowl this year will run brands upwards of $4 million. This would be a record-high, up slightly from last year. In 1999, the same ads cost about $1.6 million apiece, meaning that in the last 15 years ad costs have grown 150 percent.