The New York Times came out with a cute little video Monday, "Super Bowl 2014 - Breaking Down the Numbers," which highlights some interesting tidbits about Super Bowl history in advance of Sunday's big game.
The part that really caught my eye (video below, scroll to 1:30), is how many minutes of actual play there was in last year's Super Bowl between San Francisco and Baltimore. Real, genuine gameplay. Four 15-minute quarters comes to 60 minutes of clock time. But the clock is often running when the offense is in the huddle, or when the quarterback is saying "Omaha" seven times, or when Richard Sherman is staring down Demaryius Thomas as the latter walks to the huddle after catching the ball. That's not actual play. That's the noise in between.
So, guess how many minutes of actual live football there are...and now watch the video.