Monday 24 April 2017

super bowl facts . . .

SUPER BOWL LI is the 51st editon of the battle to decide which team gets to take home the Vince Lombardi trophy.

When?

Sunday February 5.

What TIME DOES IT START?

11.30 (at night!). Due to the satisfyingly thorough time-span of your average American football match, and a far higher amount of bells, whistles and half-time entertainment than normal you can expect it to be wrapped up by about 03:30.

What TV channel is it on?

You've got options. BBC or Sky Sports. Channels and exact timing of coverage is still to be confirmed.

Where is it being held?

Houston's NRG Stadium has the honour. It's a 71,795-capacity stadium and home to the Houston Texans.

The Stadium has hosted the NFL's showpiece once before, Super Bowl XXXVIII in which the Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers 32-29.

Who's going to make it?

After last weekend's divisional round of play-off games, four teams are left in contention. The New England Patriots finished the regular season with the best overall record in the league, winning 14 and only losing twice, even though starting quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for the first four games of the season. They will face the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game on Sunday 22 January, after they overcame the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.

In the NFC, the Green Bay Packers Packers will face the impressive Atlanta Falcons in the last ever game at the Georgia Dome, after they beat the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks repsectively.

The winners of the AFC and NFC titles will make it to the Super Bowl.

Irish Independent

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