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