Whether it’s a Super Bowl party big, small, gigantic, or a few friends huddled around a flat screen, no party is complete without an old-fashioned football squares pool.
Above is our simple but very useful and time-saving squares game for Sunday’s matchup against the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.
For those unfamiliar with the rules, it’s one of the easier games to play during the game whether you are a diehard or more mainstream fan.
Here's how it works. You’ll see from our pool that the Seahawks are along the x-axis and the Patriots the y-axis, but if you’re making a personalized squares chart it doesn’t matter which team is on which axis.
There are 10 greyed out boxes running horizontally and vertically. That’s where the numbers 0 to 9 are placed in random order.
From there each player can pick or purchase a box, hoping to correctly predict the score of each quarter and the final score.
For example, if Seattle leads 7-3 at the end of the first quarter, then the player owning the Seahawks 7-box and the corresponding Patriots 3-box will win the first round. If New England comes back and leads 10-7 at halftime, then whoever owns the Patriots 0-box and the Seahawks 7-box wins, and so on.
There is some strategy involved, but it involves very basic math. For those with very average football knowledge, a touchdown usually results in seven points and a field goal three points, the most common ways teams score during a game.
So the boxes that combined 0s, 1s, 3s, 7s, and 4s are the most desirable for any player.
If you want to go a little deeper, take a look at the most recent betting odds from VegasInsider.com. The Patriots are favored by one point and the over/under, or combined score, is currently 47.5 points. So if Vegas bookmakers are right, then the final score would be New England beating Seattle, 25-24 or 24-23.