Welcome to Super Bowl Sunday! With game day here, I figured it would sense to put together a full rundown of how to watch the game, and what to expect. The game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. PT, and will feature two teams that are easy to root against for many. The Seattle Seahawks face the New England Patriots with legacy type things potentially on the line. The Seahawks are playing for their second straight Lombardi Trophy. The Patriots are playing for their fourth in the last 14 seasons, so that's kind of a big deal.
The Seahawks opened as two points favorites, but heavy money has pushed the line to Patriots -2. I am a little surprised that much money is coming in on the Patriots. They are a very good team, but I think the Seahawks ground game and defense put them a step up. I picked Russell Wilson as the MVP of the game, but that was primarily because I don't see Marshawn Lynch winning the award, barring a record-setting performance. And if it's not Wilson, I could see Kam Chancellor or Richard Sherman ending up with it. Of course, that likely means somebody a little more random ends up with the award.
While I do think the Seahawks will win this game, I think we end up with a fairly entertaining matchup. These were the two best teams in the NFL this season, so it is fitting to match them up. Last season some thought that was the case with the Seahawks-Broncos matchup, but that was not really the case. Seattle absolutely thrashed Denver in a game that was never really competitive. Will we see something similar this year? Or are the Patriots in a better position to compete with Seattle?
I imagine most of you have Super Bowl plans set. If you are stuck at work or with other plans, you can still catch the game online via online stream. NBC Sports will be running that, as they do every Sunday for Sunday Night Football. On Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell actually said that the NFL is looking into streaming regular season games. He said, "we are aggressively pursing the streaming of a regular season game with our first over-the-top telecast. It would be carried on broadcast stations in both team markets, but it would also reach a worldwide audience, including millions of homes that do not have traditional television service." I don't know what that will mean for the 2015 season, but hopefully there will soon be more online options than Sunday ticket and a fuzzy illegal stream.
Here is the full rundown of game information as you get ready for Super Bowl 49.
Teams: New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks (Seattle is the home team)
Date: Sunday, February 1, 2015
Kickoff time: 4:30pm MST (3:30pm PST)
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Super Bowl score by quarter: Live SB Nation scoreboard
Live stream: NBC Sports Live Extra online and NBC Sports Live Extra app
TV channel: NBC. Full list of international television broadcasters is here. NFL Network will produce an international TV broadcast of the Big Game.
Radio: NFL on Westwood One (Choose your station here), with Kevin Harlan as the play-by-play announcer
Announcers: Al Michaels (Play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color analyst), Michele Tafoya (sideline reporter)
Officials: Bill Vinovich and company
Current odds: Patriots are one- to two-point favorites. Latest odds here.
Halftime show performance: Katy Petty and Lenny Kravitz
National anthem: Idina Menzel
America the Beautiful: John Legend