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Bowls: STATS THAT MATTER; NFL SUPER BOWL VERDICT BBC TWO SKY SPORTS 11.17pm.

THE AFC, represented tonight by New England, has won eight of the last ten Super Bowls

Teams that allowed fewer points in the regular season are 28-12 in the Super Bowl (in 2004, the Patriots and Eagles allowed the same number of points)

New England's squad includes 20 players who have been to a Super Bowl before. The Giants have three with SB experience

A lower-ranked team has beaten a conference No. 1 seed in six of the last seven Super Bowls

The first Super Bowl touchdown has been scored by players from different positions for the past six years (CB, RB, TE, WR, QB, KR)

The fourth quarter has been the highest-scoring period in six of the last nine Super Bowls, but the first-quarter was a surprise winner last year

The Patriots, designated as the home team, are 10-0 in home games. The Giants are 10-1 in road games, their only road loss coming on opening day in Dallas

Since 1990, when the NFL adopted the 12-team play-off format, only two top-seeded AFC teams have won the Super Bowl - Denver in 1998 and New England in 2003

Favourites have won 14 of the last 18 Super Bowls, but have only a 9-7-2 record against the Vegas handicap spread

This will be the 12th time that a Super Bowl features teams who faced each other in the regular season. In seven instances the regular-season game was decided by seven or fewer points and the losers in those games are 6-1 in the Super Bowl rematches

The difference in points scored between the Patriots (589) and the Giants (373) is the greatest among Super Bowl contenders in NFL history

The Giants are the first team with a losing home record (3-5) to reach the Super Bowl
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 3, 2008
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