Super Bowl 2015 is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 1, with the Seattle Seahawks taking on the New England Patriots. As the defending champs take on the most dominant NFL team of the last 15 years, the matchup is one of the most unique in the 49-year history of the game.
It’s no surprise that the two teams will meet at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. They both finished the 2014 regular season with the best record in their respective conferences.
The accomplishments of both teams have been largely overshadowed by the “Deflategate” controversy, which the NFL is still investigating. However, the incident shouldn't affect the game itself, which could turn out to be one of the more memorable in recent Super Bowl history given both clubs' strong play in recent seasons.
Below are eight interesting facts to know about Super Bowl 2015.
Could be most-watched TV show ever
Last year’s game was the most-watched TV show in U.S history with an average of 111.5 million viewers. It broke the previous records set in 2012 and 2010.
Seahawks make back-to-back trips
Seattle is the first team to play in consecutive Super Bowls since New England did it in 2005 and 2006. The Patriots were victorious in both games.
Tom Brady sets Super Bowl record
Brady will become the first quarterback to ever start in six Super Bowls. He had been tied with John Elway, who played in the game five times.
Most-experienced Super Bowl coaching matchup
Bill Belichick will coach his sixth Super Bowl, while Pete Carroll has reached the game for a second time, setting a record with eight combined appearances between head coaches. When the Patriots played the New York Giants in 2012, Belichick and Tom Coughlin combined for seven appearances.
Game returns out west
The contest hasn’t been played outside of the eastern or central time zone since 2008, when it was last held in Glendale. Super Bowl 50 will be played in San Francisco’s Levi’s Stadium.
Tickets are being priced higher than ever before on the secondary market, with the average asking price at TiqIq surpassing $6,000. The site had never even tracked previous Super Bowl tickets going for more than an average of $5,000 per seat.
After a 30-second ad cost $4 million in 2014, that number is expected to rise to $4.5 million this year.
Multiple viewing options
For the fourth straight year, fans can watch the Super Bowl online. Viewers can stream 11 hours of Super Bowl content, without the requirement of a cable subscription.