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Super Bowl by the numbers

Photography by Ed Bustya

Photography by Ed Bustya

111.5 Million people is the highest number of people to ever watch the Super Bowl . This was Super bowl XLVIII played just last season.

49: This will be the 49th Super Bowl. The first four were known as the NFL -AFL World Championship Game. This was because they were played before the AFL-NFL Merger in 1970. They are now known as Super bowls I-IV.

33. The margin of victory in last year's Super Bowl. The Seattle Seahawks dominated the Denver Broncos 41-8. The Seahawks are looking to become the first team in ten years to win the Super Bowl two years in a row. The last team to do that just happens to be the New England Patriots.

13: The amount of years in between the first Super Bowl New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his sixth Super Bowl appearance this year. No other quarterback has started Super Bowls that far apart.

6: The most amount of Super Bowls won by an NFL team. This belongs to the Pittsburg Steelers. The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers are tied for the second most with five each. Also the amount of Super Bowls Tom Brady will have started. The most for any quarterback in NFL history.

5: The most Super Bowl losses by a single NFL team. This belongs to the Denver Broncos. The Patriots will tie if they lose this year.

4: The most consecutive losses in Super Bowl history. This was by the Buffalo Bills in 1991-1994.

3: The amount of Super bowls Arizona has hosted. The first was at Sun Devil stadium in Tempe in 1996. The other two have been held at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale in 2008 and 2015. Also three is the amount of Super Bowls won by the New England Patriots and the amount the Seattle Seahawks have made.

2. The amount of players in this Super Bowl who played college football in Arizona. They are New England Patriots tight end Gronkowski and Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller. Gronkowski played at the University of Arizona, located about two hours southeast of University of Phoenix Stadium. Miller played at Arizona State University. ASU is about 30 minutes east of University of Phoenix Stadium.

1. The amount of Super Bowls the Arizona Cardinals have been in. This was a 27-23 loss to the Pittsburg Steelers in 2009. During this past season, the Cardinals seemed to have a good chance at being the first ever home team to play at the Super Bowl. But, the team couldn't overcome injuries and lost to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Wild Card Round.

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By Avery Feyrer, Cronkite News

PHOENIX - Sky Harbor International Airport, dubbed America's Friendliest Airport, is making a lot of friends this week.

Airport officials estimate 180,000 passengers will pass through the day after the Super Bowl. That's up from its normal day of 110,000. Monday's getaway is expected to be Sky Harbor's busiest on record.

To ensure passengers the smoothest flight possible, Sky Harbor has developed a passenger-friendly system for travelers to follow during their time in the desert: 5-4-3-2-1.

Each number represents the amount of hours before departure. Hotels recommend vacationers check out of their respective hotels five hours before departure. At four hours, car rental companies want cars returned.

The Aviation Department recommends passengers check in at the ticket counter three hours before departure and proceed to the TSA security checkpoint two hours prior to departure.

Finally, passengers are suggested to arrive at their gate an hour before departure.

Acting Public Information Manager Heather Lissner is confident the 5-4-3-2-1 system will reach travelers. "The press release with the information about the '5-4-3-2-1' tip is on our website, as well as our various social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google +," said Lissner. "The Phoenix Commerce Center will transfer the information to various hotels. It will also be available on the Super Bowl Host Committee website, and rental car companions will hand out information to travelers."

Volunteer Navigators are available throughout the airport to help answer a questions from passengers. The volunteers wear bright purple suit jackets.

"They are bringing more of the purple jackets in to help out," said Barry Solzberg, a Navigator for 11 years. "The NFL is sending about 200 people to stand next to us and help answer questions."
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