Tuesday 24 April 2018

2018 Super Bowl LII: When is the 52nd NFL showpiece, what time does it start and who is the half-time performer?

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

Everything you need to know about Super Bowl LII.

What is it?

Super Bowl 2018 is the grand final of the NFL season - American Football's showpiece event.

This will be the 52nd edition and will be played between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots in Minneapolis at the US Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings.

When is it?

It's tonight! So Sunday, February 4.

What time is kick-off?

The kick-off will be at 23.30GMT.

What TV channel is it on?

The BBC, which means it's free-to-air, and Sky. It is expected to start around 6pm Eastern Time (11pm GMT).

Who is performing in the half-time show?

Justin Timberlake will headline Super Bowl LII. It will be his third time performing on the Super Bowl halftime stage, giving him the distinction of making the most appearances by an individual entertainer. He previously performed at Super Bowls XXXV (N'Sync) and XXXVIII (solo).

The 10-time Grammy winner's last Super Bowl appearance came in 2004, when he infamously pulled part of Janet Jackson's costume off (a 'wardrobe malfunction),  revealing her breast on national television and causing a major controversy.

Performing at the Super Bowl is one of the most coveted gigs in the business. Recent halftime acts including Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Madonna, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and U2.

It is always the most-watched music event of the year. In fact, last year's show was the most watched musical event of all time across all platforms and the most-watched Super Bowl halftime performance in history, reaching more than 150 million people.

Pink will perform the American national anthem before the big game.

Which teams are in the Super Bowl?

The New England Patriots, looking to win back-to-back Super Bowls, will face the Philadelphia Eagles, who are playing in the showpiece for the first time since 2005 when they lost to the Pats.

The Eagles, the number one seeds going into the play-offs following a 13-3 season record, were crowned NFC champions following a 38-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes to help lead his team to the Super Bowl just a few months after the Eagles lost start quarterback Carson Wentz to a serious knee injury.

Foles proved he can deliver in big games after some critics wrote off the Eagles's chances of winning the NFC title following Wentz's injury.

The Vikings would have been the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.

Tom Brady threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes earlier on Sunday evening as the New England Patriots made it three Super Bowl appearances in four year.

The New England Patriots overcame the Jackonsville Jaguars to set up a finale against the Eagles.

Brady had been an injury doubt going into the game after requiring stitches on a hand gash picked up in training  earlier this week but starred to help lead his side to another Super Bowl.

The Patriots will equal Pittsburgh's record of six Super Bowl triumphs if they win on 4 February in Minneapolis.

What are the odds?

(to win the Super Bowl)

New England Patriots 4/9

Philadelphia Eagles 2/1

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