Updated: February 6th, 2012
The New England Patriots and New York Giants are approximately 170.2 miles apart, making their matchup in Super Bowl 46 the second shortest distance between Super Bowl opponents.
MetLife Stadium is located slightly north of where Giants Stadium was, thus the distance in Super Bowl 46 between the Giants and Patriots is slightly less than the distance the teams had between them in Super Bowl 42.
The shortest distance between opponents in a Super Bowl occurred when the Chicago Bears faced off against the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl 41; the teams were only 164 miles apart.
The greatest distance between opponents in a Super Bowl occurred when the Miami Dolphins faced off against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 19; the teams were 2587 miles apart.
Distance Between Super Bowl Opponents
Note: Distances are measured by miles. Distances are calculated from where the teams home stadiums were/are. The stadium coordinates are exact and retrieved from Wikipedia/ GeoHack. Distances calculated in Excel using Blue MM’s Great Circle Distance Excel formula.
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|Season||SB||Distance SB Opp||Won||Lost||Score|
|2006||41||163.7||Indianapolis Colts||Chicago Bears||29-17|
|2011||46||170.2||New York Giants||New England Patriots||21-17|
|2007||42||170.3||New York Giants||New England Patriots||17-14|
|2000||35||171.4||Baltimore Ravens||New York Giants||34-7|
|1968||3||175.8||New York Jets||Baltimore Colts||16-7|
|1999||34||253.4||St. Louis Rams||Tennessee Titans||23-16|
|2004||39||253.6||New England Patriots||Philadelphia Eagles||24-21|
|1990||25||277.8||New York Giants||Buffalo Bills||20-19|
|1991||26||284.6||Washington Redskins||Buffalo Bills||37-24|
|1969||4||404.2||Kansas City Chiefs||Minnesota Vikings||23-7|
|1994||29||451.9||San Francisco 49ers||San Diego Chargers||49-26|
|2010||45||496.2||Green Bay Packers||Pittsburgh Steelers||31-25|
|1966||1||501.6||Green Bay Packers||Kansas City Chiefs||35-10|
|1977||12||656.5||Dallas Cowboys||Denver Broncos||27-10|
|2003||38||701.0||New England Patriots||Carolina Panthers||32-29|
|2009||44||713.0||New Orleans Saints||Indianapolis Colts||31-17|
|1974||9||736.9||Pittsburgh Steelers||Minnesota Vikings||16-6|
|1985||20||838.6||Chicago Bears||New England Patriots||46-10|
|1996||31||859.2||Green Bay Packers||New England Patriots||35-21|
|1972||7||925.4||Miami Dolphins||Washington Redskins||14-7|
|1982||17||925.4||Washington Redskins||Miami Dolphins||27-17|
|1997||32||927.0||Denver Broncos||Green Bay Packers||31-24|
|1989||24||944.9||San Francisco 49ers||Denver Broncos||55-10|
|2001||36||1022.1||New England Patriots||St. Louis Rams||20-17|
|1975||10||1071.5||Pittsburgh Steelers||Dallas Cowboys||21-17|
|1978||13||1071.5||Pittsburgh Steelers||Dallas Cowboys||35-31|
|1995||30||1071.5||Dallas Cowboys||Pittsburgh Steelers||27-17|
|1971||6||1115.8||Dallas Cowboys||Miami Dolphins||24-3|
|1992||27||1200.0||Dallas Cowboys||Buffalo Bills||52-17|
|1993||28||1200.0||Dallas Cowboys||Buffalo Bills||30-13|
|1970||5||1210.2||Baltimore Colts||Dallas Cowboys||16-13|
|1998||33||1210.8||Denver Broncos||Atlanta Falcons||34-19|
|1987||22||1494.4||Washington Redskins||Denver Broncos||42-10|
|1973||8||1504.3||Miami Dolphins||Minnesota Vikings||24-7|
|1976||11||1571.4||Oakland Raiders||Minnesota Vikings||32-14|
|1986||21||1624.3||New York Giants||Denver Broncos||39-20|
|1967||2||1822.4||Green Bay Packers||Oakland Raiders||33-14|
|2008||43||1831.6||Pittsburgh Steelers||Arizona Cardinals||27-23|
|1981||16||2038.2||San Francisco 49ers||Cincinnati Bengals||26-21|
|1988||23||2038.2||San Francisco 49ers||Cincinnati Bengals||20-16|
|2005||40||2131.5||Pittsburgh Steelers||Seattle Seahawks||21-10|
|1979||14||2134.6||Pittsburgh Steelers||Los Angeles Rams||31-19|
|1983||18||2301.0||Los Angeles Raiders||Washington Redskins||38-9|
|2002||37||2381.3||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Oakland Raiders||48-21|
|1980||15||2506.3||Oakland Raiders||Philadelphia Eagles||27-10|
|1984||19||2586.6||San Francisco 49ers||Miami Dolphins||38-16|
- The average distance between opponents in Super Bowls has been 1090.1 miles.
- Of the eight Super Bowls with the shortest distance between opponents, teams from New York have have participated in five of them (Jets: SB 3 | Giants: SB 25, 35, 42, 46).
- The last three Super Bowls the Oakland/L.A. Raiders have participated in, had the second (SB 15), third (SB 37), and fourth (SB 18) greatest distances between opponents.
- The Dallas Cowboys have participated in eight Super Bowls. Seven of those Super Bowls all in a row are the 25th to 31st Super Bowls with the greatest distance between opponents.
- The Super Bowl matchup that would create the smallest distance between opponents would be the New York Giants vs. the New York Jets (o miles). Followed by the Oakland Raiders vs. San Francisco 49ers (11 miles).
- The Super Bowl matchup that would create the greatest distance between opponents would be the Miami Dolphins vs. Seattle Seahawks (2720 miles).
Super Bowl scores retrieved from Pro-Football-Reference.com.