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Here’s What You Need to Know About The Super Bowl

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Super Bowl XLVI is Sunday. Here’s some trivia about the big game, what we girls need to know and Super Bowl by the numbers. 

This Sunday, more than 7.5 million households will be having a party to watch Super Bowl XLVI. This is more households having an at home party than any other time of the year. Last year, 141.5 million people in the U.S. watched the game. To put that in perspective, that is almost half the American population and more people watched Super Bowl XL than voted in the 2008 Presidential election.

The average calorie intake while watching an average football game is about 12 hundred and potato chips are the most common football watching snack in the U.S. which accounts for 27 billion calories and 1.8 billion grams of fat on Super Bowl Sunday.  Eight million pounds of guacamole will be smeared on more than 14 thousand tons of chips this Sunday. Five percent of people will watch the game alone, but if you are going to a party, the average number of people there is 17, so get to the shindig early if you want a good seat. If you’ve ever wondered why the Super Bowl is counted in Roman numerals, it’s because the season spans two calendar years.

If you’re sort of clueless about football and related nomenclature and terminology here are some key words and phrases you need to know:

Fair Catch – It’s like a truce. A fair catch allows a punt returner to signal that he’s not going to take off running after he catches the ball, provided that the kicking team agrees not to try and take off his head or trip him after he catches the ball.

Encroachment – This term is used when a defender enters the neutral zone and makes contact with a member of the opposing team before the snap. If you do encroach, your team is subject to a five yard penalty.

…And Long – It refers to the distance needed to make a first down if the distance is greater than ten yards.

Backfield – This is the area of the field that begins about two yards from either side of the line of scrimmage, just beyond the neutral zone. Backfield can refer to the players who line up in that area, or the area itself.

“Did he maintain possession?” – Ask this question if it is not clear whether the player who caught the ball held onto the ball after he was tackled. It is important to yell this immediately after the tackle is made and before the referee makes a call.

Super Bowl XLVI has the New England Patriots facing the New York Giants on Sunday, February 5. Kickoff for the game is at 5:30pm on NBC.

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