After last night's Super Bowl, we ventured out into the Internet in search of some trivia and interesting facts on the game for all the sports junkies out there. Here's what we came up with:
1. The Denver Broncos are the first Super Bowl team to be shut out at halftime since the New York Giants in Super Bowl 35 in 2001. They trailed the Baltimore Ravens 10-to-zero at the half, before ultimately losing 34-to-7.
2. The Seattle Seahawks' safety 12 seconds into the game became the fastest score EVER at the start of a Super Bowl.
It beat the 2007 Super Bowl . . . when the Chicago Bears started off against the Indianapolis Colts with a kickoff return for a touchdown. That happened 14 seconds into the game. However, the Colts came back to win that one, 29-to-17.
3. Interestingly enough, this is the third-straight year with a safety in the Super Bowl, but it's only the ninth safety in the Super Bowl's 48-year history.
4. The Broncos have now faced the three largest halftime deficits in Super Bowl history. They were down 22 in this one . . . they were down 27-3 (or by 24 points) in their 55-to-10 blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers in 1990 . . .
And they were down 35-to-10 (or by 25 points) in their 42-to-10 loss to the Washington Redskins in 1988. Not surprisingly, these three Denver losses are among the five worst Super Bowl blowouts in history.
5. The Broncos have now lost FIVE Super Bowls, more than any other team. However, they've also won TWO: In 1998 and 1999. The Seahawks are now 1-and-1 in Super Bowls. They lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-to-10 in 2006.
6. Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith, who was named the game's MVP, became the first player in Super Bowl history to have a fumble recovery AND an interception return for a touchdown in the same game.
7. The Broncos entered the Super Bowl with the highest scoring offense in NFL history.
8. Despite the Broncos offensive problems last night, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas caught 13 passes . . . the most of anybody in Super Bowl history. And Peyton Manning completed 34 passes, the most-ever by a Super Bowl quarterback.
(Actually, the Super Bowl was less about the Broncos' offense being TERRIBLE . . . and more about it being unable to overcome their turnovers, penalties, mistakes and porous defense.)
9. Check this out: $526,217 is the base salary made by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson for the ENTIRE 2013 season. And $882,352 is the salary made by Peyton Manning . . . for each WEEK of the 2013 season.
10. Can Seattle keep it together to turn their run into a dynasty? According to Forbes.com, "the Seahawks tied the 1971 Miami Dolphins as the youngest Super Bowl winners ever with an average age of 26.4 years."
The Seahawks had the fourth youngest roster in the NFL this year, and Russell Wilson is just 25. This is his second year in the NFL.
11. According to Pregame.com, Las Vegas bookmakers ALREADY have the Seahawks as the favorite to win NEXT year's Super Bowl as well, with 7-1 odds.
12. The Seahawks are the first team to win a Super Bowl with a team FULL of Super Bowl virgins since the Washington Redskins in 1983. Every winner since then has had at least ONE dude who has Super Bowl experience.
13. And finally, according to Pro Football Reference, the final score of the Super Bowl, 43-to-8, has NEVER BEFORE been the final score of an NFL game. Not just in the Super Bowl . . . in ANY game.