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- Updated: Through Super Bowl LIV

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With Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs winning Super Bowl LIV, we can start to look forward to Super Bowl LV in Tampa. When the Super Bowl rolls around in 2021, you may participate in an Super Bowl Squares office pool.

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Of course, you won't have any idea what your numbers will be when you select your square(s). You won't find out until after all 100 squares have been filled.

For those unfamiliar with how the process works, the numbers are based on the final score for each team at the end of each quarter, half or the game. So, in other words, a score of 3, 13, 23, etc. would count as a "3" in terms of the pool.

When you find out your numbers, you will immediately have a sense of whether your numbers are good or bad. For example, you know that getting a 7 and 3 is good. You know that getting a 5 and 2 is not. Typically, anyways.

A few years ago, those were the exact numbers that I got (5 and 2).


Although I knew my odds were slim, I wasn't sure exactly how slim. I thought it would be an interesting (yes, I need to get a life) exercise to run through all of the past Super Bowl box scores to see which numbers have come up the most and least often.

With 54 Super Bowls in the books and four quarters per game, that means there have been 216 quarters and a total of 432 scores (216 quarters times two teams).

The most common number overall is 0 and especially so in the first quarter. Although its occurrence declines each quarter from the first to fourth, the number 0 has come up 118 times out of 432 possible outcomes (or 27.3 percent). In the first quarter, it has come up nearly half the time (52 of 108) but only 13 percent of the time in the fourth quarter (14 of 108).

The least common number overall is 5, which has occurred 10 times out of 432 (or 2.3 percent of the time).

Below is a full chart of the results:

[Results are updated through Super Bowl 54.]

Here's hoping that you get 0's and 7's.

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