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Some Non occurrences at the superbowl


While going to look up all the teams Superbowl win%'s I came across a list of things that have never occurred at a Superbowl, and thought it would be interesting enough to post here. This is from Wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Super_Bowl_records#cite_ref-0) Here you go

In the history of the Super Bowl, the following firsts have yet to occur:

  • Snow - Super Bowl IX had drizzle; Super Bowl XLI had rain. An ice storm hit the Dallas area prior to Super Bowl XLV, but the game was played with the roof closed. Super Bowl XLVIII will be the first northern Super Bowl played outdoors, but there is no guarantee that there will be snow.
  • An all-wild card matchup (teams who failed to win their divisions) - Nine wild card teams (since the 1970 merger) have won conference titles, but never two in the same season.
  • A shutout - Every Super Bowl participant to date has scored. In four cases, the offenses have failed to score a touchdown.
  • A punt return for a touchdown. There have been 3 blocked punts returned for touchdowns however.
  • A second half kickoff for a touchdown. Super Bowl XLI was the first time a game's opening kickoff had been returned for a touchdown, and is still the only time a kickoff touchdown did not follow a score by the opposing team.
  • A 90-or-more-yard play from scrimmage. Seven kickoffs and one interception have been returned 90 or more yards, but 90 yards has never been gained on one offensive play.
  • Home field advantage (playing in one's own home stadium) - The closest instances to this in terms of distance have been Super Bowl XIV at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena 30 miles from the Los Angeles Rams' home stadium, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Super Bowl XIX played at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto which is about 25 miles south of the San Francisco 49ers' home stadium, Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Were a team to earn a berth in a Super Bowl being played in its home-stadium in a year when that team's conference is scheduled as the "road" team, the team would remain so designated for the purposes of uniform selection and the coin-toss.
  • Two teams from the same metropolitan area: one city currently has two franchises: New York City has the Giants and the Jets. (In the past Los Angeles was home to the Raiders and the Rams, but both teams left town in 1995.) Also two pairs of teams share a common metropolitan area, although they are based in different cities: the Baltimore Ravens and the Washington Redskins; as well as the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders. Every team mentioned above has won a Super Bowl, but never against its neighbor.
Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears represents the geographically closest teams, separated by only 164 miles. One game involved teams from the same state: Super Bowl XXIX involved the San Francisco 49ers and the San Diego Chargers. Super Bowl XXV involved the Buffalo Bills of New York and the New York Giants of New Jersey.
  • Overtime - The narrowest margin of victory in a Super Bowl is one point, in Super Bowl XXV (1991). The closest instances to overtime, in which the result of the last play of the game could have realistically led to a tie and thus an overtime, have been:
Super Bowl V: Baltimore's Jim O'Brien kicked a game-winning field goal with :05 left. Super Bowl XXXIV: Tennessee's Kevin Dyson was stopped one yard short of a touchdown that would have allowed them to try an extra point for the tie. Super Bowl XXXVI: New England's Adam Vinatieri kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired. Super Bowl XXXVIII: New England's Adam Vinatieri kicked a game-winning field goal with :04 left. There have also been three instances in which the trailing team scored a late, go-ahead touchdown when a field goal could have tied the score: SB XXIII, the San Francisco 49ers scored with 34 seconds left to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16 when a field goal would have tied it at 16; and SB XLII, the New England Patriots scored a late touchdown to take a 14-10 lead when a field goal would have tied the game at 10, even though the Giants would later retake the lead on a touchdown of their own. Similarly, in SB XLIII, the Pittsburgh Steelers, trailing the Arizona Cardinals 23-20 in the final minute of play, conducted a drive capped by a touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes to make the score 27-23 Pittsburgh with 0:35 left; the Steelers were in field goal range at the time.

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