"I like it. I feel like you learn more," Gianna said.
It's important for students to see those ideas in different lights, the teacher explained.
Students can grow accustomed to the way problems or topics appear in their textbooks. When Westest - the state standardized assessment - rolls around, students must be able to interpret data presented a little differently.
That helps Pate figure out what she needs to work on, too. She pointed to one student who typically excels in math. The different format provided by the football stats tripped her up a little, the teacher said.
"As soon as you take it out from their normal textbook, it makes them think," she said. "They have to analyze the math they learn."
A Dallas Cowboys fan, Quarrier Phillips, 9, was going to wear his Tony Romo jersey regardless of who won the Super Bowl. He loves football and watched the game but didn't really keep track of stats.
Math is already his favorite subject, but the stats presented by his teacher heightened his interest.
"You really don't get to do that very often," Quarrier said. "You get to talk about football."
Students worked quietly when Pate asked questions and worked together to solve problems. She said she thought the lesson went well and plans to continue to use the Super Bowl as a math tool in the future.