By The Numbers

A post Super Bowl huddle up

Tony Wagner Feb 2, 2015
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The final score of Sunday night’s Super Bowl, which saw the New England Patriots win their fourth title with a last-second interception at the 1-yard line, following a miraculous play that nearly propelled the Seattle Seahawks to victory. It was a nail-biter, and that’s on trend. The New York Times’ Upshot points out that Super Bowls are getting more exciting over time, with most games in the past decade decided on a touchdown or less.

$20 million

Worth of counterfeit sports memorabilia confiscated in a sweep by federal investigators a week before the Super Bowl. The fake hats, T-shirts and other souvenirs were printed in anticipation of the game’s outcome. And while some believe they may be supporting local manufacturers by purchasing the goods,  a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman says revenue from the counterfeit industry often supports black market activities.

28.4 million

How many tweets about the Super Bowl were sent from kickoff to the end of the telecast, Twitter reported. The conversation peaked at 395,000 tweets per minute, when a goal-line interception clinched the game for the Pats with 20 seconds left. Twitter made a gorgeous map showing activity around the world during the game.

$785,216.96

What it would cost to buy every item advertised during a Thursday Night Football game from last fall, according to an analysis from the Verge. This total comes from the 115 that added up to a little less than an hour of ads. 

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