Super Bowl of Manufacturing: Wash. vs. Mass. [Infographic]

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Workers manufacture footballs at Wilson Sports factory
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Super Bowl XLIX takes place Sunday between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, but you probably knew that already. Last year's blowout victory for the Seahawks over the Denver Broncos was the biggest television event to ever air in the U.S. with an average audience of 111.5 million viewers -- making three of the last four Super Bowls the new ratings record holder.

Some of those viewers tried to take the day a step further by launching an unsuccessful campaign to make the Monday after a national holiday. With this year's match expected to become the new ratings ruler, advertisers are paying around $4.5 million for just a 30-second ad this year.

The teams' states make for interesting comparisons off the field. New England, especially Massachusetts, has a long history of manufacturing that has evolved from clothing and shoes to electronics and chemical products -- with good wages to show for it. Washington has a storied legacy of innovation in transportation (Boeing (BA)), food (Starbucks (SBUX)) and technology (Amazon (AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT)). The states' gains charted below are helping Americans win off the field.

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