14 Strange But Fascinating Facts Surrounding This Year's Super Bowl

Every NFL game has numerous numbers to break down the contest, along with the typical Xs and Os. Experts use matchups, weather conditions, crowd noise, injury reports and insider knowledge to make their predictions.

For Super Bowl games, the analysis goes even deeper. However, here are 14 things that many experts probably don't consider.

Super Bowl LV between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be Sunday, February 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The game will kickoff at 6:30 p.m., and it will be televised on CBS.

Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida
An aerial view of Raymond James Stadium ahead of Super Bowl LV on January 31, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Here are 14 facts surrounding this year's Super Bowl:

  • The Buccaneers will become the only team to ever play a Super Bowl in its home stadium.
  • Super Bowl LV (55) is the 17th Super Bowl to be held in the state of Florida, which is the most by any state. This is the fifth Super Bowl to be held in Tampa. Miami has hosted the game 11 times and Jacksonville has hosted it once.
  • The AFC has won 11 of the previous 16 games in these Florida cities: Miami (AFC leads 7-4), Jacksonville (AFC leads 1-0), Tampa (AFC leads 3-1).
  • February 7 is the latest date ever for a Super Bowl, and just the third time it has happened (Super Bowls XLIV and 50).
  • This year's Super Bowl is the first time in history that the previous two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks will meet in the follow-up game.
  • This year's game will be broadcast by CBS for the 21st time, which is a record number among the networks.
  • The NFC is the designated home team this year, but the Buccaneers have opted to wear their road white jerseys for the game. They won their divisional game at New Orleans and NFC Championship at Green Bay while wearing white tops. In Tom Brady's previous nine Super Bowl appearances, he has worn a white jersey five times, winning the Super Bowl in four of those.
  • Kansas City (16-2) lost just two games this season, both in their home red jerseys. The Chiefs are 2-0 in Super Bowls when wearing red jerseys, however, and 0-1 while wearing white jerseys in the big game.
  • The Chiefs are 8-0 on the road this season, which includes a 27-24 win over the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium, home of this week's Super Bowl. The Buccaneers are 5-3 at home this season. Their other two losses were to playoff teams New Orleans and L.A. Rams. The Buccaneers got revenge over New Orleans in the NFC divisional round.
  • The last team to win back-to-back Super Bowls was the New England Patriots, who won titles after the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Who did the Patriots beat in the 2005 game? The Philadelphia Eagles, coached by Andy Reid—the current Kansas City Chiefs coach.
  • Tom Brady won three Super Bowls in four years (2001, 2003, 2004). Who won it the only year (2002) Brady didn't win in that span? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which is obviously Brady's current team.
  • Who did the Jon Gruden-coached Buccaneers beat in the 2003 Super Bowl? The Buccaneers beat the Oakland Raiders, who lost in the AFC playoffs the previous season to the Patriots in the famous (or infamous) "tuck rule game." Gruden now coaches the Raiders, who now play in Las Vegas.
  • This game follows a presidential election. Of the five previous Super Bowls following an election, the AFC is 5-0 going back to the 2001 Super Bowl. Tom Brady won two of those with the Patriots. The Baltimore Ravens won two of them and the Pittsburgh Steelers won the other.
  • In the previous 54 years, the AFC holds a 9-4 advantage in Super Bowls played after presidential elections. The AFC won the first four (1966-1981), the NFC won the next four (1984-1997) and the AFC has won the last five.