Quarterback Tom Brady, who made a cameo in this episode, led the New England Patriots to victory in Super Bowl XXXIX, which aired immediately before this episode.
Yao Ming was the only one whose coat doesn't have his second name write it on it.
This is the second episode where Ned directs a Biblical film. The first was "A Star is Burns."
The Super Bowl halftime show debacle in this episode mirrors the real NFL trying to get away from controversy surrounding Nipplegate (the halftime incident in the 2004 Super Bowl). Unlike this episode, the NFL started booking older acts like Tom Petty and Paul McCartney for many years.
The Capital City Stadium is almost identical to the Miami Dolphins' stadium (the Dolphins' stadium made an appearance for the Super Bowl in "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday").
This episode aired right before the premiere of American Dad! aired,
The commercial that the Flanders' were watching contained an explicit sex reference and therefore would not be shown before 22:00. There is a deleted scene on the DVD version showing an more in-depth look at the commercial and Todd Flanders asks Ned if he can have the side effect mentioned in the deleted scene.
The final score was 24-21 in Super Bowl XXXIX, not 55-6.
During Warren Sapp’s sack highlight the teams jersey colors are incorrect.
On the remastered screen format version of the episode, the TV part is stretched out after the couch gag.
During the XXXIX game and the Halftime show, where’s Maggie?
At the Showboating Academy, When Homer asked everybody to throw something at the nearby authority figure, one of Michelle Kwan's Skate hit Homer, Later when Milhouse encountered her, She is still shown to still have both skates on her feet.
Legendary video game character Mario of Super Mario Bros. makes a cameo in this episode, where a disgruntled Homer fights with him due to his annoyance. The fight is a direct parody of Donkey Kong with Homer tossing garbage cans like Donkey Kong tossing Barrels at Mario. Also, the blue shirt and red overalls look very similar to Mario's original outfit from his debut in Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Odyssey (as a costume) and Mario Kart Tour (as a variation of the current look of Mario, along with Luigi).