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Super Bowl XLVI: 20 pregame facts

Super Bowl XLVI features the New England Patriots(15-3) versus the New York Giants(12-7) on Sunday in Indianapolis.

By Ross AtkinStaff / January 31, 2012

In this file photo, New York Giants' Eli Manning, right, is congratulated by New England Patriots' Tom Brady after the Giants' 24-20 win in an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots face the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, Feb. 5., in Indianapolis.

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Before settling into your favorite recliner or couch for Sunday’s big game, here’s a quick collection of information to help you enjoy America’s most watched sports event:

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1 - Kickoff on NBC is at 6:30 p.m., ET.

2 - Tickets were still being sold on the NFL’s website this week for between $2,609 and $15,343.

3 - This game is the sixth rematch of previous Super Bowl opponents.  The other rematches paired the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers (twice), the Cowboys and Buffalo Bills (in the only back-to-back rematch), the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins, and San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals.

4 - Both the Giants and the Patriots are seeking to win their fourth Super Bowls. Pittsburgh owns the record with six SB titles.

5 - The 30-minute Super Bowl halftime is twice as long as that for other games due to the logistics of a musical extravaganza, which this year stars Madonna.

6 - The two Super Bowl coaches, New York’s Tom Coughlin and New England’s Bill Belichick, were assistants to Bill Parcells when the Giants won Super Bowls XXI and XXV.

7 - If New England wins, Belichick will join Pittsburgh’s Chuck Noll as the only coach to lead four Super Bowl winners. If New York wins, Coughlin, at 65, will become the game’s oldest winning coach. 

8 - The “MHK” on the Patriot jerseys is in honor of Myra H. Kraft, the wife of team owner Bob Kraft. Mrs. Kraft passed away in July.

9 - Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuku is returning to Indianapolis, his hometown, where he starred in high school. The Boston College grad is the grandson of the first elected prime minister of Uganda, Benedictor Kiwanuka, who was assassinated by Idi Amin’s henchmen in 1972.


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