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Super Bowl facts that will make you the life of the party

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(RNN) – By now, everyone is probably tired of hearing about the "first Super Bowl coached by brothers" angle of this story.

That's probably not even the most interesting milestone in the history of the biggest sporting event in the world.

For those interested in Super Bowl trivia that can blow away their friends at the party, this list of "firsts" is bound to impress.

First venue: Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles – Most football fans know that the Green Bay Packers won the first game (and the second), but you can impress friends if you know where the game was played.

First game played in a dome: Jan. 15, 1978 – The Cowboys won Super Bowl XII after beating the Broncos 27-10 in the Mercedes Benz Superdome, then known as the Louisiana Superdome. Prior to that, New Orleans was the host for three championship games played in Tulane Stadium.

First MVP from the losing team: Chuck Howley, Dallas – Howley, a linebacker, was also the first defensive player to ever win the award as the Cowboys lost 16-13 to the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V. He had two interceptions and a fumble recovery, but the Colts hit a 32-yard field goal with 5 seconds left.

First team that failed to score a TD: Miami Dolphins, Super Bowl VI – Garabed Sarkis "Garo" Yepremian's 31-yard field goal in the second quarter was the only thing that stood between Miami and a shutout (more on that later). We're guessing that famous undefeated season and Super Bowl title the following year took the edge off the loss.

First time a winning player said "I'm going to Disney World": Super Bowl XXI – It is one of the most famous rituals associated with athletics, but alas, the uttering was not spontaneous. Disney reportedly paid MVP Phil Simms $75,000 and continued to pay players for their impromptu endorsement of the "happiest place on earth." And for the record, Simms' exact words were, "I'm gonna go to Disney World."

First special teams player to win MVP: Desmond Howard, Green Bay – Howard continued a coming out party that began in the regular season finale against Detroit and peaked during a singlehanded demolition of the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI. He made this a three-quarter contest by returning a kickoff 99 yards for the final score.

First MVP born outside the U.S.: Mark Rypien, Washington – The native of Calgary (Alberta, Canada) threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns in a victory over Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVI. The other foreign-born MVP was Steelers receiver Hines Ward, whose mother is from Seoul, Korea.

First team to win the Lombardi Trophy: Baltimore Colts, Super Bowl V – This is a bit of a trick question. Vince Lombardi's Packers won the first two titles, but the trophy was not officially named after him until 1970 when he died of cancer. It was first awarded under its current name after the 1971 championship game.

First team to reach 50 points: San Francisco, Super Bowl XXIV – The 49ers trounced the Broncos 55-10 on the way to their fourth title. As you might have expected, Joe Montana was the MVP, and Jerry Rice caught three TDs.

First celebrity halftime show: Super Bowl VI – The performers were Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing and Al Hirt, marking the first time that multiple big names were booked to play the same halftime ticket. You can bet there were no nipple slip disasters back then.

First coach to win after previously losing: Hank Stram, Kansas City – The Chiefs lost to the Packers in the first game, but came back three years later to defeat the Vikings 23-7.

First game played in cold-weather city: Super Bowl XVI, Pontiac, MI – Indoor stadiums have improved in quality and popularity over the years, but it is clear the NFL still prefers places where the threat of snow is virtually nonexistent. Last year's game in Indianapolis marked just the fourth time the game has been awarded to a city farther north than Palo Alto, CA.

First team to repeat as losers: Minnesota – Were you expecting that answer to be the Buffalo Bills? Although the most snake-bitten team in Super Bowl history is Buffalo with losses in four straight years, the Vikings went down in Super Bowls VIII and IX. They were outscored a combined 40-13.

First team to lose after previously winning: Dallas – The Cowboys beat Miami in Super Bowl VI and lost to the Steelers four years later.

First coach of two different teams: Don Shula – He was also the first coach to lose twice, leading the Baltimore Colts and Dolphins to losing efforts in 1969 and 1972, respectively, before guiding the Dolphins to an undefeated season.

First game between teams from the same state: Super Bowl XXIX, San Francisco vs. San Diego – The 49ers defeated the Chargers 49-26 in what is also the highest-scoring contest in the game's history. You had to love that good ol' West Coast offense. (Note: This designation technically could have gone to the Bills-Giants matchup in Super Bowl XXV, but the Giants have played their home games in New Jersey since 1976).

First person to win the game as a player and head coach: Mike Ditka – He caught a touchdown pass for Dallas in Super Bowl VI and coached one of the most legendary teams of all time, the '85 Chicago Bears, in Super Bowl XX.

Not-Yet Milestones

Just for kicks, we'll take a glance at some things that have never happened in a Super Bowl game:

  • There has never been an overtime in the 46 games prior to this year.
  • No team has ever been shut out.
  • There has never been a total of 100 points scored in any game (but that was before the spread offense, so we'll see).
  • No team has ever played a Super Bowl game in its home stadium. The closest anyone has ever come was when the 49ers played Super Bowl XIX in Stanford Stadium, about 35 miles away from San Francisco.
  • There has never been a game in which neither team failed to score a touchdown.

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