Super Bowl Facts & Figures
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Associated Press
Web Posted: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006; 2:30 p.m. EST

AT STAKE: National Football League Championship for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

PARTICIPANTS: Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC) and Seattle Seahawks (NFC). This is the sixth appearance for Pittsburgh and the first appearance for Seattle.

SITE: Ford Field, Detroit. This is the first game played in Detroit. The 1982 Super Bowl was played in Pontiac, Mich.


DATE: Feb. 5, 2006.

KICKOFF: 6:25 p.m. EST.

NETWORK COVERAGE: By ABC-TV to more than 200 stations throughout the United States plus Bermuda and Guam. By CBS Radio/Westwood One to 500 stations within the United States. The Armed Forces Television will also provide broadcast to 180 countries throughout the world. The game will be distributed internationally by the NFL and NFL International to 230 countries.

PLAYERS SHARE: Winners: $73,000 per man. Losers: $38,000 per man.

PLAYER UNIFORMS: AFC will be the home team, will use the South bench, and will have its choice of wearing its colored or white jersey. The Steelers will wear white.

SUDDEN DEATH: If the game is tied at regulation time 60 minutes, it will continue in sudden death overtime. The team scoring first (by safety, field goal, or touchdown) will win.

At the end of regulation playing time, the referee will immediately toss a coin at the center of the field, in accordance with rules pertaining to the usual pre-game toss. The captain of NFC team (the visiting team) will call the toss. Following a three-minute intermission after the end of the regular game, play will continue by 15-minute periods with a two-minute intermission between each such overtime period with no halftime intermission. The teams will change goals between each period, there will be a two-minute warning at the end of each period.

OFFICIAL TIME: The scoreboard clock will be official.

OFFICIALS: There will be seven officials and two alternates appointed by the commissioner's office.

TROPHY: The winning team receives permanent possession of the Vince Lombardi Trophy, a sterling silver trophy created by Tiffany & Company and presented annually to the winner of the Super Bowl. The trophy was named after the late coach Vince Lombardi of the two-time Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers prior to the 1971 Super Bowl. The trophy is a regulation silver football mounted in a kicking position on a pyramid-like stand of three concave sides. The trophy stands 20 ½ inches tall, weighs 6.7 pounds and is valued in excess of $25,000. The words "Vince Lombardi" and "Super Bowl XXXIX" are engraved on the base along with the NFL shield.

ATTENDANCE: To date, 3,630,150 have attended Super Bowl games. The largest crowd was 103,985 at the 14th Super Bowl at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

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