Falcons fans around Atlanta and across the country want their team to devour the Patriots next Sunday and, at the same time, they'll be devouring a lot of food as they cheer them on.
Beer will flow and chicken wings and pizza slices will be consumed in large amounts in the city and around the country, as fans hope for the Falcons’ first NFL championship win. You could say eating a lot of food is something of a sacred ritual during the big game.
Seriously though, Americans literally eat tons of food during the big game. In a 2015 study, researchers from Cornell University found that Americans purchased the highest calorie food the week before the Super Bowl, at a whopping 6,000 calories per serving.
Americans will eat more than 1.3 billion chicken wings at Super Bowl LI
A projected 1.33 billion chickens wings will be consumed on game day, according to data from the National Chicken Council. That's an average of four wings per American. That amount of chicken also weighs about 338 times more than the combined weight of all 32 NFL teams.
Nearly 30 million slices of pizza from Pizza Hut and Domino's alone
Americans will eat more than 28 million pizza slices from just two of the country's biggest pizza chains, according to data from the National Restaurant Association. Add in all the local mom and pop joints as well as other national chains ... and you can try and do the math.
More than 325 million gallons of beer
That's more than a gallon of beer for every single American citizen, according to a 2014 study from the Stevens Institute of Technology. Of course, not all Americans are of age to drink, meaning a lot of people are going to be a little wasted on Feb. 5.
9,200 tons of chips
The Snack Food Association has estimated that Americans eat some 11.2 million pounds of potato chips and 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips, totaling nearly 20 million pounds. That's about the same weight as 3,400 large SUVs or trucks.
3 million pounds of nuts
That's 1,500 tons or enough to make around a million 12-ounce jars of peanut butter.
So, as you're consuming your calories during the big game, be conscious but also know, you're definitely not the only one.