Typical Super Bowl scores, 2014

The Super Bowl is coming up!  Are you planning to share a prediction for the score of the big game?  Don’t leave it all to chance, use math to help you get a better idea of what to expect for a final score.  What is the typical score of a Super Bowl?  Let’s do the math!

In Brian’s activity, students study historical Super Bowl data to reflect on average (mean, median, and mode) losing scores, winning scores, and range of scores. They are asked to judge which of these central measurements seem the most meaningful and explain their reasoning.

Are you doing this activity right before the Super Bowl?  Consider this:  1.  Ask students to predict the score of the Super Bowl.  2. Next, show kids the scores from the past Super Bowls (in the activity) and ask them if they want to make a new prediction.  3.  Determine the average Super Bowl score from the data.  Keep a record of the predictions, adjustments to predictions and the mean and median of past scores.  Reflect on all this the day after the Super Bowl.  What prediction was the closest?  Did the past data help?  What other information might be helpful in predicting the score of the Super Bowl?

Extension? This is a fine context and set of data to explore absolute mean deviation with your class.  Absolute mean deviation is a big part of CCSS standard 6.SP.B.5c  It is a measure of how consistent a data set is or how much the values in the set deviate from the mean.

CCSS: 6.SP.2, 6.SP.5, 7.SP.4, S-ID.2


For members we’ve worked out the solutions and given you an editable Word doc.

SuperBowl2014.doc        SuperBowl2014-solution.pdf

Check out even more authentic NFL math activities:

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Watson Saves – Watch the video with your class and use our activity to motivate students to figure out who ran a greater distance by using the Pythagorean Theorem.  In the video Teddy Bruschi says that Watson must have ran about 120 yards, maybe even more.  Use the video and/or our activity to see if Teddy’s estimate is about right.

NFL Home field advantage  Students use an infographic to compare NFL team home and away wins.  Students consider the best home team, the best away team and consider if NFL teams really do seem to have a home field advantage.

Losing Teams in the Playoffs A look at the worst teams (by regular season record) to ever make the playoffs in the NFL, NBA and MLB.  Fractions, Ratios, Percent. Updated!

NFL Franchise Values A look at the actual value of each NFL team.  Reading graphs and then looking at the concept of mean through fair sharing or redistributing.  Concepts and authentic data… delicious.

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