Career touchdown receptions by Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison, thirdalltime--and second behind Cris Carter's 130 among players who haven't appearedin a Super Bowl. Likewise, just by stepping on the field on Sunday, PeytonManning will remove himself from the list of players with the most careertouchdown tosses never to play in the Big Game; with 275, Manning ranked secondin that category to Warren Moon (291).
Yards allowed per game by the Bears' defense (above) in 2006, fewest in theNFC
Yards per game gained by the Colts' offense in 2006, most in the AFC
Bears Hall of Famers, including four from Chicago's last NFL title team, theSuper Bowl XX champs: Mike Ditka, Dan Hampton, Walter Payton (34) and MikeSingletary. The Colts have 12 Hall of Famers, including three from the SuperBowl V winners: Ted Hendricks, John Mackey and John Unitas (19).
Regular-season rushing yards by the Colts' Joseph Addai in 2006. The LSUproduct, taken by Indianapolis with the 30th pick last April, will become thefourth rookie to rush for 1,000 yards and appear in the Super Bowl in the sameseason. Of Addai's predecessors--Cincinnati's Ickey Woods (1,066 yards in1988), Bobby Humphrey of the Broncos (1,151 yards in '89) and the Ravens' JamalLewis (1,364 yards in 2000)--only Lewis surpassed 100 yards in the Big Game.He's also the only one of the three to take home a Super Bowl ring.
Rex Grossman's 2006 playoff QB rating, 8.6 points higher than Peyton Manning's.Manning's '06 regular-season (101.0) and career ( 94.4) marks are far betterthan Grossman's (73.9; 72.4).
Previous Super Bowls in which a coach faced off against a former assistant; theboss won all three. Tony Dungy gave Lovie Smith his first job in pro football,with the Bucs in '96. So will the two staffs be racking their brains trying tostay a strategic step ahead of their counterparts? "No," says RodMarinelli, the Lions coach who worked under Dungy in Tampa and is best friendswith Smith. "That's absolutely the opposite approach to the one they'retaking. Too much guesswork leads to uncertainty. All they're doing is drillingthe fundamentals. I'll be very surprised if you see many mental errors byeither side." In the first three such matchups, Weeb Ewbank of the Jets(above, left) beat his former assistant Don Shula of Baltimore (above, right)in Super Bowl III; the 49ers' Bill Walsh prevailed over onetime staffer SamWyche of the Bengals in Super XXIII, and Jon Gruden's Bucs defeated BillCallahan's Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.
Super Bowl XLImarks the fifth time the Big Game has provided a showdown between oneconference's top defense and the other's top offense. The D has prevailed inall four meetings.
|BILLS||W, 17--16||W, 40--7|
|DOLPHINS||W, 27--22||L, 31--13|
|GIANTS||W, 26--21||W, 38--20|
|JETS||W, 31--28||W, 10--0|
|PATRIOTS||W, 27--20||L, 17--13|
|*AFC Championship Game|