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Super Pickers

Of the 314 fans who predicted the Packers would win the Super Bowl in last Sunday’s paper, none predicted the exact score. That’s not surprising, as 25 is an unusual football score. In the 44 previous Super Bowls no team had ever scored 25.

Of the Packer pickers 28 had the packers scoring 31. Of those 12 had the score 31-24, off by one point. Had the Steelers not made a two-point conversion these 12 would have been right on. The Steelers went for and made the two to get within three points 28-25 in the fourth quarter.

We judged these 12 with the 31-24 scored to be the closest predictors and they were entered into a drawing for two gift certificates.

Gene Pisano

Fritz Kremitske

Mark Roney

Kurt Kosick

Katrina Dillon

Kevin Shotwell

Nick Alteri

John Poli

Cody Poder

John Skip McGlynn Jr.

John DeBiasi

Brian Vandermark

We made a random drawing from among the 12 names and pulled two names as winners of $25 gift certificates from River Street Ale House and Saints and Sinners Pub. The names pulled were Gene Pisano and John “Skip” McGlynn Jr.

Gene and Skip can call me at 602-0178 or send me an email at jsmiles@psdispatch.com to arrange to get those certificates.

After this Super Bowl can we finally put to rest the you-have-to-run-the-ball to win myth?

The Steelers more than doubled the packers in rushing 126 to 50 yards.

The Packers tied a record for fewest rushing attempts, 13, by a winning team which was held by the St. Louis Rams when they beat the Titans 23-16 in Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000.

Combined the Steelers and Rams set a record for fewest rushing attempts in a Super Bowl.

In 2000 the Rams, led by Kurt Warner, were outrushed by the Titans.

For the next nine Super Bowls the team with the most yards rushing won the game. Since then in the last two Super Bowls the winning team was outrushed, New Orleans by Indianapolis and Green Bay by Pittsburgh.

The NFL is a passing league.

Teams winning by successfully passing the ball.

Passing moves the ball and scores or sets up points.

Running’s usefulness in the modern NFL is to consume time when leading.

The most overlooked stat is yards-per-pass-attempt. Not yards per completion, but per pass attempt.

It’s a better stat than QB rating in that it’s a team stat and it’s been shown to be a winning stat.

In last week’s game Green Bay’s yards-per-pass-attempt was 6.9. Pittsburgh’s was 6.2. That 6.9 number is decent, but 7.5 to 8.0 is considered a high number.

Green Bay’s would have been better had the receivers not missed so many throws, indicating that it is a team stat.

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