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The Super Bowl is always more than just a game, between the pregame and halftime musical performances, multi-million-dollar commercials, hype and other sometimes strange occurrences.

With Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, though, the spectacle becomes even bigger as the NFL takes an opportunity to celebrate a half-century of its championship game.

Pro Football Hall of Fame voters were asked to select the “Super Bowl 50 Golden Team,” which features 22 Hall of Famers. And the broadcast will feature highlights from Super Bowls of the past.

And really, the buildup to this game started last year when all teams painted their 50-yard line gold.

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Super Bowl I initially was called the First AFL-NFL World Championship Game

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The Patriots ring from Super Bowl XLIX has 205 diamonds

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The Panthers will try to become the third 15-1 team to win the Super Bowl (49ers XIX, Bears XX)

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Super Bowls XLV-XLIX have been the five most watched telecasts in U.S. television history; Super Bowl XLIX drew 114.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched TV show in U.S. history

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In Super Bowl V, Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley became the first non-quarterback to be named MVP

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49ers quarterback Steve Young holds the record for most passing touchdowns — six in Super Bowl XXIX

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A quarterback has been named MVP seven of the last nine Super Bowls

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Jerry Rice has eight receiving touchdowns in Super Bowl history; nobody else has more than three

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The National Chicken Council expects about 1.3 billion wings to be eaten during Super Bowl weekend

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Super Bowl 50 halftime band Coldplay’s “X&Y” album spent three weeks atop the Billboard 200 in 2005

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Peyton Manning is the only quarterback to lead two teams to the Super Bowl — once with the Colts and twice with the Broncos

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The first appearance for the Broncos was Super Bowl XII, a 27-10 loss to the Cowboys

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Four teams never have played in the Super Bowl — Lions, Browns, Jaguars and Texans

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The Steelers won Super Bowl XIV, their fourth in a six-season span (1974-75 through 1979-80).

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The cheapest Super Bowl tickets available on StubHub on Wednesday were $3,000

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Tom Brady’s 16 consecutive completions in Super Bowl XLVI are the most in a Super Bowl

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Peyton Manning has thrown 17 interceptions this year, the most in four seasons with the Broncos

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There are 72 footballs used for every Super Bowl; more than 700,000 are purchased for the NFL each year

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Joe Montana, who won four Super Bowls with the 49ers, wore No. 19 when he played his last two years with the Chiefs

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Panthers coach Ron Rivera was a linebacker for the champion Bears in Super Bowl XX.

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The over-under for time of Lady Gaga’s national anthem is 2 minutes 20 seconds, according to Bovada

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CBS analyst Phil Simms, who won Super Bowls XXI and XXV with the Giants, will call the game for the eighth time, second behind John Madden

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Michael Jordan has done Super Bowl commercials with Larry Bird and Bugs Bunny

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Denver’s Gary Kubiak is the third first-year coach to take his team to a Super Bowl — Jim Caldwell with the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV and George Seifert with the 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV

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At Super Bowl XXV, Whitney Houston sang what most people consider the best rendition of the national anthem in Super Bowl history

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Broncos pass rusher Von Miller is 26 years old, but already has 60 sacks

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In Super Bowl XXI, Phil Simms received $75,000 for saying, “I’m going to Disney World!”

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Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart had 989 rushing yards this season, the second-best total of his career

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The Rams rushed for the fewest yards in a victory in Super Bowl history — 29 in Super Bowl XXXIV

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The cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad last year was $4.5 million

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If quarterback Cam Newton is named MVP, he’ll be the fifth player in history to win the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP — Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach (Navy, Super Bowl VI), Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett (Stanford, Super Bowl XV), Raiders running back Marcus Allen (USC, Super Bowl XVIII), and Packers returner Desmond Howard (Michigan, Super Bowl XXXI)

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The NFL expanded to 32 teams in 2002

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The last title the Broncos won was Super Bowl XXXIII, when current coach Gary Kubiak won his third title as an assistant (two with the Broncos, one with the 49ers)

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Kurt Warner was the last NFL MVP to take home the Super Bowl MVP, doing it with the Rams at Super Bowl XXXIV

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The Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV five seasons after the franchise moved from Cleveland to Baltimore

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Five AFC or NFC Championship games have gone to overtime, but no Super Bowl ever has

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Dexter Jackson was the last cornerback to be named Super Bowl MVP, doing it with the Buccaneers at Super Bowl XXXVII

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In Super Bowl XXXIII, John Elway became the oldest Super Bowl MVP at age 38

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Sunday, Broncos star Peyton Manning will become the oldest quarterback (39) to start a Super Bowl

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Michigan has hosted the game twice — Super Bowl XVI at the Pontiac Silverdome and Super Bowl XL at Ford Field

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Lions coach Jim Caldwell won two rings as an assistant — Super Bowl XLI with the Colts and Super Bowl XLVII with the Ravens

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Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott won four Super Bowls with the 49ers

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Marshawn Lynch had his second-lowest rushing total of the season — 39 yards — when the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII

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Super Bowl XXXVIII featured the infamous Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction

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The 45-point victory (55-10) by the 49ers over the Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV is the largest margin of victory in Super Bowl history

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Giants quarterback Eli Manning won his second title — one more than brother Peyton — in Super Bowl XLVI

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According to ESPN Stats & Info, teams are 2-5 after winning the conference championship by 30-plus points, which the Panthers did

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The Vikings and Bills are 0-4 in Super Bowls, the worst mark in the NFL; the Bills, however, are the only team to lose four straight

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It was 49 degrees at Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey

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For one year, the NFL abandons the Roman numeral designation for Super Bowls; looking ahead to the reboot, however, offers up some interesting takes — Super Bowl 54 (LIV) and Super Bowl 59 (LIX)

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