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Super Bowl LI Figures To Be Very Offensive

Sunday in Houston Super Bowl LI will take place and on the surface it looks like we’ll be treated to quite a game when it comes to the offenses of the two teams playing, the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons.

As you probably know by now, I enjoy tracking the ANY/A (adjusted net yards per passing attempt) stats both on the offensive and defensive sides of the football and when you look at the regular season numbers from all of the teams that have played in past Super Bowls, a few things stick out ahead of this year’s contest.

For starters, the regular season offensive ANY/A numbers of both the Patriots (8.5) and the Falcons (9.0) will be the two highest to ever play in a Super Bowl with the later being the greater of the two teams. If that’s not enough reason to believe that Super Bowl LI will include the football being passed all over the field at will, look at the regular season defensive ANY/A numbers for both teams. The average of the two, 6.05, will be the second-highest of any Super Bowl ever played.

Should the Falcons ultimately beat the Patriots, they’ll become the first team to win a Super Bowl with an offensive ANY/A greater than 8.5. Additionally, they’ll become the first team to win a Super Bowl with a defensive ANY/A greater than 5.9.

There’s no need to dig deeper into these numbers as I have a few ideas related to them in regard to future posts, but I think it’s easy to see why both of the quarterbacks playing on Sunday, Tom Brady and Matt Ryan, are both currently listed with identical over/under passing yard propositions of 315.5 ahead of Sunday’s game.

SEASON SB WINNER LOSER SCORE WIN DEF ANY/A LOS DEF ANY/A WINNER OFF ANY/A LOSER OFF ANY/A
2016 LI Patriots? Falcons? ? 5.8 6.3 8.5 9.0
2015 L Broncos Panthers 24-10 4.7 4.5 5.1 7.2
2014 XLIX Patriots Seahawks 28-24 5.9 5.0 6.9 6.7
2013 XLVIII Seahawks Broncos 43-8 3.2 5.9 7.3 8.8
2012 XLVII Ravens 49ers 34-31 5.7 4.9 6.2 7.1
2011 XLVI Giants Patriots 21-17 5.9 6.4 7.4 8.3
2010 XLV Packers Steelers 31-25 4.1 4.3 7.2 7.0
2009 XLIV Saints Colts 31-17 4.8 5.0 8.0 7.1
2008 XLIII Steelers Cardinals 27-23 3.2 6.7 5.4 7.0
2007 XLII Giants Patriots 17-14 5.4 4.6 4.7 8.8
2006 XLI Colts Bears 29-17 5.0 3.9 7.9 5.1
2005 XL Steelers Seahawks 21-10 4.7 5.2 6.6 7.0
2004 XXXIX Patriots Eagles 24-21 4.9 4.6 6.9 7.1
2003 XXXVIII Patriots Panthers 32-29 3.3 4.7 5.8 5.6
2002 XXXVII Buccaneers Raiders 48-21 2.3 4.9 5.7 6.9
2001 XXXVI Patriots Rams 20-17 4.8 4.2 5.4 7.5
2000 XXXV Ravens Giants 34-7 3.9 4.7 4.3 5.8
1999 XXXIV Rams Titans 23-16 4.0 5.7 8.0 6.1
1998 XXXIII Broncos Falcons 34-19 5.2 5.3 7.0 6.9
1997 XXXII Broncos Packers 31-24 4.3 3.7 6.5 6.7
1996 XXXI Packers Patriots 35-21 3.1 4.9 6.6 5.7
1995 XXX Cowboys Steelers 27-17 4.9 4.8 6.9 5.5
1994 XXIX 49ers Chargers 49-26 4.5 5.3 8.1 5.7
1993 XXVIII Cowboys Bills 30-13 4.7 4.8 7.0 5.5
1992 XXVII Cowboys Bills 52-17 4.2 4.5 6.4 5.5
1991 XXVI Redskins Bills 37-24 3.3 4.6 8.3 6.9
1990 XXV Giants Bills 20-19 3.7 4.7 6.8 7.2
1989 XXIV 49ers Broncos 55-10 4.3 3.9 8.5 4.9
1988 XXIII 49ers Bengals 20-16 4.4 4.5 5.8 7.8
1987 XXII Redskins Broncos 42-10 4.6 3.8 6.4 5.9
1986 XXI Giants Broncos 39-20 4.2 4.9 5.0 5.6
1985 XX Bears Patriots 46-10 2.7 4.0 5.7 5.2
1984 XIX 49ers Dolphins 38-16 4.2 4.4 7.8 8.9
1983 XVIII Raiders Redskins 38-9 4.5 4.8 5.3 7.2
1982 XVII Redskins Dolphins 27-17 4.2 1.2 6.0 3.6
1981 XVI 49ers Bengals 26-21 3.5 5.1 6.2 6.9
1980 XV Raiders Eagles 27-10 3.6 3.4 4.5 7.0
1979 XIV Steelers Rams 31-19 3.3 3.8 5.8 3.5
1978 XIII Steelers Cowboys 35-31 2.8 3.0 5.6 6.0
1977 XII Cowboys Broncos 27-10 2.1 2.9 5.8 4.5
1976 XI Raiders Vikings 32-14 4.6 2.4 7.1 5.8
1975 X Steelers Cowboys 21-17 1.8 3.1 5.8 5.3
1974 IX Steelers Vikings 16-6 1.6 3.4 3.1 6.2
1973 VIII Dolphins Vikings 24-7 1.2 2.7 5.1 5.7
1972 VII Dolphins Redskins 14-7 2.0 3.2 6.7 6.6
1971 VI Cowboys Dolphins 24-3 3.1 3.6 6.6 6.1
1970 V Colts Cowboys 16-13 3.2 2.3 5.1 5.3
1969 IV Chiefs Vikings 23-7 1.8 1.0 4.8 5.0
1968 III Jets Colts 16-7 2.8 1.9 6.6 6.3
1967 II Packers Raiders 33-14 1.3 2.2 3.9 5.6
1966 I Packers Chiefs 35-10 1.9 2.9 7.8 6.8
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