Super Bowl XLV: Total quarterback sacks by both teams

Among the hundreds of props available at WagerWeb.com for Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV between Pittsburgh and Green Bay is how many total quarterback sacks there will be both teams – and both teams like to get after the quarterback with their similar 3-4 defensive schemes. The over/under is five sacks, with the over at -135 and the under at -105.

Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers learned under Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, so if the units look familiar they should. And these two teams led the NFL in sacks during the season, with Pittsburgh finishing with 48 and Green Bay with 47. So that’s essentially three a game by both teams.

The problem is that both offensive lines tend to give up sacks. Steelers quarterbacks went down 43 times during the regular season while Packers signal-callers were dropped 38 times. In the playoffs, the Packers have 10 sacks and have allowed five in three games. Pittsburgh has seven sacks and has allowed eight.

Here are the records for sacks:

4.5       Charles Haley, San Francisco-Dallas, 5 games

3.0       Danny Stubbs, San Francisco, 2 games

3.0       Leonard Marshall, N.Y. Giants, 2 games

3.0       Jeff Wright, Buffalo, 4 games

3.0       Reggie White, Green Bay, 2 games

3.0       Willie McGinest, New England, 4 games

3.0       Tedy Bruschi, New England, 4 games

3.0       Mike Vrabel, New England, 3 games

3.0       Darnell Dockett, Arizona, 1 game

2.5       Dexter Manley, Washington, 3 games

2.5       Michael Strahan, N.Y. Giants, 2 games

Most Sacks, Game

3.0       Reggie White, Green Bay vs. New England, XXXI

3.0       Darnell Dockett, Arizona vs. Pittsburgh, XLIII

2.0       Dwaine Board, San Francisco vs. Miami, XIX

2.0       Dennis Owens, New England vs. Chicago, XX

2.0       Otis Wilson, Chicago vs. New England, XX

2.0       Leonard Marshall, N.Y. Giants vs. Denver, XXI

2.0       Alvin Walton, Washington vs. Denver, XXII

2.0       Charles Haley, San Francisco vs. Cincinnati, XXIII

2.0       Danny Stubbs, San Francisco vs. Denver, XXIV

2.0       Jeff Wright, Buffalo vs. Dallas, XXVIII

2.0       Raylee Johnson, San Diego vs. San Francisco, XXIX

2.0       Chad Hennings, Dallas vs. Pittsburgh, XXX

2.0       Tedy Bruschi, New England vs. Green Bay, XXXI

2.0       Michael McCrary, Baltimore vs. N.Y. Giants, XXXV

2.0       Simeon Rice, Tampa Bay vs. Oakland, XXXVII

2.0       Mike Vrabel, New England vs. Carolina, XXXVIII

2.0       Adalius Thomas, New England vs. N.Y. Giants, XLII

2.0       Justin Tuck, N.Y. Giants vs. New England, XLII

2.0       LaMarr Woodley, Pittsburgh vs. Arizona, XLIII

Sacks have been compiled since XVII.

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