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Ten notable facts about Super Bowl 50
The Super Bowl 50 is the 50th edition of the Super Bowl event held annually in the United States. The Super Bowl 50 held on the 7th day of February, 2016 at the Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos. The outcome of the match is that the Denver Broncos defeated Carolina Panthers 24-10. The following are ten notable facts about the Super Bowl 50 event:
1. Peyton Manning became the first starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl title with two different teams:
Peyton Manning is indeed a great quarterback, however on the 7th day of February, 2016 no one had the fore knowledge that Peyton Manning was about to make another history until after the match. Manning became the first starting quarterback to win the title with two different teams when Denver Broncos defeated Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Levi Stadium. He acquired his first title when the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Chicago Bears 29-17 to win Super Bowl XLI. Manning was named the MVP for his efforts in that match. With Manning's victory again with the Denver Broncos at Super Bowl 50, he now holds two Super Bowl rings from two different teams. This is quite an achievement for manning just as the world thinks he is close to retirement.
2. Gary Kubiak became the first person to participate in the Super Bowl as a Player and as a Head Coach for the same team:
On Sunday, 7th February, 2016 Gary Kubiak became the first person in NFL history to go into the Super Bowl match both as a player and as a coach for the same team. The victory of Denver Broncos that night really made Kubiak's day considering the fact that it was his first season as head coach of the team.
3. Denver Broncos became the ninth franchise with at least three Super Bowl titles in the NFL:
In the world of sport for an event like the Super Bowl, there is no doubt that with victory comes a record. The Denver Bronco's dominant defense led by Peyton Manning did the trick on Sunday night. The Broncos ensured that they continuously harassed the Panthers quarterback throughout the night ensuring that they tipped the match in their favor. Th Broncos dependable pass catching targets also made the day for them against their highly rated rival. The implication of a victory for the Denver Broncos ensured that they became the ninth NFL franchise to bag at least three Super Bowl titles. This is particularly remarkable considering the fact that only about 20 franchises have had the privilege of winning the event in history.
4. The Vince Lombardi trophy used the arabic numerals for the first time instead of roman numerals:
In 2012, the NFL realized that sticking with the roman numeral tradition would be a marketing disaster. It was realized that the arabic numeral "50" had a better marketing appeal than the roman numeral "L" Previously the Vince Lombardi trophy which is received every year by the victorious side had always been associated with a roman numeral but for the 50th edition of the event, the story changed. At Super Bowl 50 beside the Vince Lombardi trophy was the gold plated Arabic numeral "5" and "0". Although when the event was being planned as far back as 2012, the organizers did a lot of work in designing a remarkable "L" logo however, the NFL executives unanimously approved the "50" log as it had a better visual appeal. The "50" logo had a gold theme in order to commemorate the golden anniversary of the event. For all those who viewed the trophy that night, the sight was nothing short of amazing.
5. Beyonce, Cold Play and Bruno Mars performed at the Super Bowl 50 half time show:
The halftime show started with Coldplay performing the breakout hit of 2000 "Yellow". Coldplay also received support from the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles as they performed the 2008 popular single "Viva La Vida" After Cold Play performed, Bruno Mars came next elevating the crowd with his recent hit "Uptown Funk" Even as Bruno Mars did his best in delivering a perfect rendition of the song it was obvious that the crowd were waiting to see Beyonce. The mega star artist, Beyonce arrived at the perfect time joining in the rendition of "Uptown Funk" before going on to perform her own songs. "Flawless" "Drunk in Love" and "Formation" As the Sunset deepened at halftime, some members of the crowd who had been holding rainbow-themed panels flipped them to spell the message "Believe in love" This was the message presented at the very first edition of the Super Bowl when marriage equality became a fundamental right in the United States.
6. The Super Bowl 50 is the most watched broadcast via live streaming in U.S history:
The event which saw the Denver Broncos win a defensive battle over the Carolina Panthers had a total of 111.9 Million TV Viewers. The third highest for any event in the history of the United States. The peak of the viewership of the game occurred between 8:30 to 9:00PM during the halftime show. Also on that night, CBS set a record viewing of an average of 1.4 million viewers per minute. This accomplishment is notable however unsurprising considering the fact that streaming is becoming more popular each year. CBS reported that a total of 167 million viewers streamed the match at one point or the other. According to the data from CBS. It is cannot be disputed that up till Sunday night, there had been no other event that had gathered so much viewers via live streaming. The match was streamed via devices like iPhones, tablets, computers, laptops and streaming boxes like Apple TV.
7. Peyton Manning became the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl title:
Although there is no doubt that prior to the Super Bowl match, Manning might have had the worst season ever in his career due to injuries. One of the reason's why the Bronco's were the underdogs for the match and Panthers were favored to win before the surprising twist of event is the issue of quarterback supremacy. Unlike Manning, the Panthers quarterback, Cam Newton had an incredible season. Newton had a breakout year with the Panthers averaging 31.3 points per game including 45 total touchdowns however his fitness status over his Denver Bronco's counterpart did not prove to be the match decider. With Bronco's win on last Sunday, Peyton Manning has become the oldest quarterback to win the Super Bowl event at the age of 39. In a funny twist of reality, the record broken by Manning was previously held by Denver Bronco's Vice President, John Elway.
8. The event generated a revenue of $620 million:
Although there are several sporting events in the United States that generate a lot of revenue. Historically the Super Bowl has been one to continually excel in this respect.Prior to Super Bowl 50, the record revenue generated by a single sporting event was $600 million dollars which was generated by the much awaited Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight. The Super Bowl 50 broke that record by generating a revenue of $620 million dollars. This would be the highest amount of money ever generated by a sport event till date. The biggest source of income for Super Bowl 50 was the TV rights subscriptions. CBS set its ad rate for thirty seconds for the game at $5million dollars per ad. This is $400,000 more than the 49th edition of the event which held in the year 2015. Moreso, there were several thousands of tickets sold with the average price of each ticket costing between $4000-$5000.
9. Super Bowl 50 gets record bet in Nevada:
The Super Bowl 50 recorded more money bet in Nevada than any other in history. This experience occurred across all sport betting providers.The book however kept plenty of money. MGM and Station Casinos also experienced a record handle. The victory of the Denver Broncos over the Carolina Panthers was a profitable one for the books, it however cost some bettors dearly. A week before the match, 86 percent of the bets at CG Technology was made on the Panthers. However from Wednesday, the bet started shifting towards the Broncos. The shift continued towards the weekend and by the time the match started, most books had an even spread of the bets. At MGM Von Miller who ended up winning the MVP was a boon for bettors. The estimate of how much was wagered on the event in Nevada is between $120million and $130million.
10. Bronco's Linebacker Von Miller won MVP:
Denver Bronco's Linebacker Von Miller won the most valuable player award for the event. Miller was at the center of the storm for the Broncos during the match. In a match that emphasized defense, the linebacker did just enough to ensure that his side carried the day. Miller racked up 2.5 sacks of Cam Newton including two game changing strip sacks that that first set the tone of the match then sealed the 24-10 victory for the Broncos. Miller's strip sack of Newton in their first quarter gave the Broncos their first touchdown of the game. Later on, Miller's strip sack of Newton in the fourth quarter set the Broncos up for their final score of the match. This remarkable feat made Von Miller become the 10th Defensive Super Bowl MVP in history and the second in three years with Linebacker Malcolm Smith winning the award two years ago with the Seattle Seahawks. As for Linebackers becoming Super Bowl MVP, only two others have achieved that status aside Von Miller and Malcolm Smith. The two others are Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens and Chuck Howley of the Dallas Cowboys.