How important is it to be the first team to score in the Super Bowl? In the previous 46 Super Bowl games, the team that scored first has won 30 times (65.2% winning percentage). Note: In four of the last five Super Bowls, the team that has scored first has won four of those games.
In last year’s Super Bowl between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, we saw something that had happened only once previously in the Super Bowl: the first score was a safety. In last year’s game, Pats QB Tom Brady was called for intentional grounding about six minutes into the game, thus giving the Giants the first score in the game in the form of a safety.
The only other time a Super Bowl game started with a safety was in Super Bowl IX between Pittsburgh and Minnesota. In that game, the Steelers got on the board first in the second quarter when they sacked Vikings’ QB Fran Tarkenton for a safety.
Here’s a few more stats regarding the first score in the Super Bowl.