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Mike Carey, heading a seven-man crew, becomes the first African-American referee at a Super Bowl.
Until tonight's game is over, here is our list of the top five Super Bowl teams of all time:
1. 1985 Chicago Bears (18-1)
Went 15-1 in the regular season, scoring 456 points and allowing only 198. Then in their three playoff games, they outscored opponents 91-10, including 46-10 over New England in the Super Bowl.
2. 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers (17-2)
The best and most complete of the Steelers' dynasty teams. They had eight Hall of Famers, and that doesn't count coach Chuck Noll. Quarterback Terry Bradshaw was league MVP and the Steel Curtain defense is one of the best ever.
3. 1972 Miami Dolphins (17-0)
Yes, many argue they should be first on the list because they went undefeated. But a soft schedule is their downfall on this list. The league, in general, was mediocre in 1972. Sorry.
4. 1991 Washington Redskins (17-2)
Despite a tough schedule, they went 14-2 in the regular season and outscored opponents 485-224. In the postseason, they won by scores of 24-7, 41-10 and 37-24.
5. 1999 St. Louis Rams (16-3)
The Greatest Show on Turf scored 33 points per game. Meantime, the defense allowed 15 points per game, fourth-best in the league. To show you how complete they were, they won every way possible in the postseason: a shootout (49-37 over the Vikings), a defensive struggle (11-6 over the Bucs) and a Super Bowl that was a little of both - 23-16 over the Titans.
So what does ESPN, the network for sports fanatics, show when it knows full well everyone is watching the Super Bowl?
Well, ESPN is showing the ISU International (figure skating) Championships.
Meantime, ESPN2 is throwing in the towel completely. Beginning at 6 p.m. and for the next 11 hours, it will show a marathon of the World's Strongest Man competitions.
Super quote of the day
"I'll watch it as long as I can stay up."
President George W. Bush, talking about the Super Bowl. Geez, what time does the guy go to bed?
Number of the day
$5,033 Estimated cost for the average fan to attend the Super Bowl. That includes round-trip airfare, a four-night stay in a hotel, rental car and parking, food and entertainment.
Other key numbers
1st Mike Carey, heading a seven-man crew, becomes the first African-American referee at a Super Bowl.
6-5 When the Super Bowl is a rematch of a game played during the regular season, the record of the team that lost the regular-season game is 6-5, including 4-1 the past five times this has happened.
$78,000 Each player on the winning team gets.
$40,000 Each player on the losing team gets.
What they're saying
For roughly two months, every opponent has played New England as if the game were a Super Bowl. They've met every challenge and will do so again.
My guarantee for the game: The game will not be as close as the December meeting. Eli Manning will affirm his status as a rising star, but he also will show his youth and inexperience late in the game.
Jim Trotter, Sports Illustrated
The Giants will win because no team has played better football in the last month. Eli Manning is suddenly a mistake-free quarterback, the Giants are running the ball with force, and the defense is creating pressure and turnovers. Something about Tom Brady's ankle (see right) makes me nervous. The Giants gained a lot of confidence with their Week 17 performance against New England, even in defeat. This time, they will shock the world.