In a Super Bowl Box Pool? Here Are Your Chances –


Likeliest outcomes lie in squares with scores ending in 0, 3, 4 or 7. Least likely: the dreaded 2-2.

Quarterback Cam Newton, left, and Peyton Manning will lead the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos, respectively, on Super Bowl Sunday. They aren’t likely to engineer a score in any quarter that ends in 2’s. ENLARGE

Quarterback Cam Newton, left, and Peyton Manning will lead the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos, respectively, on Super Bowl Sunday. They aren’t likely to engineer a score in any quarter that ends in 2’s. Photo: Jeremy Brevard/Reuters/Ezra Shaw

By

Jim Chairusmi

Feb. 5, 2016 11:55 a.m. ET

If you’re like millions of Americans, not only will you be watching Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, but you’ll also have at least a modest financial stake in the outcome in the form of the seemingly ubiquitous box pool.

The box pool—known by other names such as a Super Bowl square or grid game—is a simple and typically low-stakes way for even the least ardent sports fan to have reason to care about the game beyond the commercials. In such pools, participants pay a few bucks to place their names on a 10-by-10 grid that is then randomly assigned numbers 0 through 9 horizontally and vertically where each square corresponds to the last digit in each team’s score.

Winners are typically selected by quarter, with the game’s final tally earning the grand prize. For example, if this Sunday’s game between Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos and Cam Newton’s Carolina Panthers ends Broncos 17, Panthers 10, the square that intersects 7 on Denver’s side and 0 on Carolina’s side wins.

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How Peyton Manning Beat Tom Brady Without Having to Do Much of Anything – By Sharan Shetty JAN. 24 2016 8:43 PM


Peyton Manning and Tom Brady share a moment after Denver's 20-18 victory in the AFC Championship game. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

Peyton Manning and Tom Brady share a moment after Denver’s 20-18 victory in the AFC Championship game.
Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

In a tense, suffocating contest on Sunday, the Denver Broncos defeated the New England Patriots 20-18 to win the AFC Championship and claim a ticket to Super Bowl 50. Before kickoff, the game was billed as the latest legacy tussle between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, two very old, very successful quarterbacks who have met in the conference championship four times and led their teams to appearances in six of the past 10 Super Bowls. But in their 17th meeting, the duo had little time to add new sets of heroics to their rivalry; most of their energies were invested, instead, in trying to keep upright.

That’s especially true of Brady, whose toddler-like helplessness in the face of Denver’s defense was the story of the game. Granted, that defense is the best in the league, but the surprise was just how swarming, ominous, and omnipresent the Broncos’ pass rush was, with players like Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware forcing Brady into all sorts of awkward dances, lunges, and tumbles in the backfield. There are quite a few fancy stats that quantify just how much pressure Brady was under, but this about sums it up:

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