PHOENIX — Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and Seahawks is almost 24 hours away and to get ready for the game, here are 49 stats to know relating to the teams and players in the game.
(Special thanks to the Patriots media relations department for the great work they do with their media guide, helping to find some of these, and other stats throughout the season)
1. Patriots are 12-0 this season when scoring 23 or more points and 159-12 under Bill Belichick.
2. Dating back to 2012 in the last nine Seahawks losses, they have allowed 100 yards or more rushing.
3. In the postseason dating back to 1970 and the NFL merger, the Patriots are 19-1 when winning the turnover battle.
4. In the five previous Belichick/Tom Brady Super Bowls, the Patriots have failed to score first quarter points in all five.
5. Patriots are 10-0 this season when scoring a first quarter touchdown.
6. Patriots are 10-0 this season when scoring first.
7. Including the postseason, the Patriots are 49-1 when having a 100-yard rusher under Belichick.
8. Patriots are 12-2 this season when winning the opening coin toss.
9. Since 2000, the Patriots are 12-4 against the NFC West, but are 1-3 in their last four games.
10. Since 2000, including the postseason, the Patriots are 151-20 when leading at halftime.
11. The Patriots and Seahawks have faced each other 16 times in both franchises history, with each team winning eight games.
12. Brady has thrown a touchdown pass in all five of his Super Bowl games, and in 24 of his 28 total playoff games.
13. Since Nov. 13 against the Lions, the Patriots have allowed only 22 second half points, spanning eight games and have outscored opponents 116-22.
14. With a win, the Patriots will becoming the winningest playoff team in a five-year span. They are currently tied with the Cowboys in the mid-1990s with 11.
15. Robert Kraft has the most Super Bowl appearances of any NFL owner in the Super Bowl era (7).
16. When leading after three quarters in the postseason, the Patriots are 20-4.
17. 17 members of the Patriots have played in a Super Bowl before.
18. Patriots are 2-5 in their last seven games played on grass.
19. Patriots’ 13 turnovers were the second-fewest in team history.
20. The six rushing touchdowns allowed by the Patriots this season were the second-fewest in team history.
21. Stephen Gostkowski‘s 94.6 field goal percentage was the best in team history.
22. Including the playoffs, the Patriots scored 193 second quarter points (10.7 per game) and have outscored opponents 193-114.
23. Seahawks have allowed 6.8 points per game in the second half this year, the fewest in the NFL.
24. Patriots averaged 16.2 points per game in the first half of games this year, the second-most in the NFL.
25. The Patriots’ +10.9 scoring margin was best the league. Seattle’s +8.9 was second-best.
26. In the regular-season, Seattle allowed the fewest first downs in the league (277). The Patriots picked up the fourth-most (361).
27. In the regular-season, the Patriots were tied for the second-best turnover differential in the league at +12.
28. During the regular-season, 73.2 percent of Rob Gronkowski‘s catches went for first downs.
29. The Patriots fumbled four times this season, which was a franchise-low.
30. Of the last 20 opponents trips to the red zone against the Patriots, they’ve scored eight touchdowns.
31. In the two postseason games, the Patriots have just two runs for over 10 yards (LeGarrette Blount and Julian Edelman).
32. After going four straight games in the middle of the year without throwing an interception, Brady has thrown at least one in eight of his last 10 games.
33. Patriots have allowed 100 yards rushing in three of their last four games. Seattle has rushed for over 100 yards in all but one game this season.
34. Patriots are 4-4 this year when allowing 100 or more yards rushing.
35. New England has forced at least one turnover in their last six games. Seattle has not turned the ball over in five of their last nine games.
36. In the regular-season with a starting offensive line of Nate Solder, Dan Connolly, Bryan Stork, Ryan Wendell and Sebastian Vollmer Brady’s been sacked four times, and with any other starting combination he’s been sacked 17.
37. With four points, Gostkowski can become the Patriots’ all-time leader in playoff scoring, as he is currently four points behind Adam Vinatieri (117).
38. Blount (7) has the most postseason touchdowns run in team history.
39. With 68 punt return yards, Edelman will become the Patriots’ all-time punt return leader in the postseason as Troy Brown currently has 315.
40. Brady will tie Jerry Rice for the most postseason games played for the second-most all-time with 29.
41. Brady has faced the Seahawks twice in his career He’s 1-1, with three touchdowns and three interceptions in those games.
42. If the Patriots are able to beat the Seahawks and win the Super Bowl, they’d be the first team in NFL history win the Super Bowl and not record a postseason sack.
43. With a win, Brady would be the fifth quarterback in NFL history 35 or older to win a Super Bowl.
44. New England was the ninth-best team in the league when it came to converting red-zone scoring opportunities, connecting on touchdowns at a rate of 91 percent.
45. According to Football Outsiders, Seattle held opposing quarterbacks to a 78.8 quarterback rating and allowed only 0.92 yards at the second level in the running game, which was fourth overall.
46. According to ESPN Stats and Info, the Seahawks are 24 games over .500 when Lynch gets 20 carries, and 24 games over .500 when Lynch breaks a 20 yard run.
47. According to ESPN Stats and Info, New England is 10-0 when they limit the opposition rush attack to less than 40 yards up the middle.
48. Seattle is going for back-to-back championships. There hasn’t been a repeat champion in 10 years, which is the longest drought in the Super Bowl era.
49. According to Elias, the Patriots are the first team to reach the Super Bowl without having a player with 100 rush attempts that season.