Super Bowl XLIV Saints 31, Colts 17
Even though I didn’t win any money, the Super Bowl was a blast to watch (FYI: 2 is a horrible strip card number.) For obvious reasons I thought it would be great to see Brees lead the Saints to their first Super Bowl win, but there is a special place in my heart for Peyton. Have you seen the SNL United Way skit? The man is way funny.
Either way, congrats to the City of New Orleans, Drew Brees, and the Saints on your first Super Bowl win and thank you for making it a game to remember.
You were the first team in history to attempt and successfully pull off an onside kick in the third quarter. Your kicker Garrett Hartley broke the record by nailing three 40+ yds field goals, and your quarterback helped to contribute to the highest completion percentage by both teams in history – 75.0. Drew Brees had 32 completions, Peyton Manning had 31, and Brees scored the highest completion percentage of his career (minimum: 30 completions): 82.1.
The official numbers won’t be released until later today, but word is that last night’s game was the most-watched Super Bowl in 23 years. Last year’s Cardinals/Steelers game currently has that distinction with 98.7 million viewers. The overnight ratings figure was the largest since Phil Simms and New York Giants beat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI in 1987.
Preliminary numbers from the 55 biggest media markets in the country gave the game an overnight measurement of 46.4; last year the Super Bowl received a 42.1. Each point represents 1,149,000 households.
UPDATE: (2/8 2:58PM) Super Bowl XLIV was the most-watched TV show in history with 106.5 million viewers, beating M*A*S*H’s series finale in 1983 of 105.97 million.
The highest-rated commericals were (in order)
1.) the Doritos ad featuring a boy telling a man to keep his hands off his chips and his mom – view
2.) the secretly filmed CBS promo with David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Oprah Winfrey – view
3.) the Snicker’s ad with Betty White and Abe Vigoda flattened in a football game – view
Some years prices raise or drop drastically as the Super Bowl approaches, but 2010’s ticket prices were mostly steady, if not better than the past few years.
The day before the Super Bowl this year (Sat. 2/6/10) you were lucky to find a good 25-yd line upper at $1850 per seat. Last year (Jan 31st, Saturday before Super Bowl XLIII) you could get a 45-yd line upper for around $1500 per ticket.