Friday 17 November 2017

Super Bowl 2017: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and will New England Patriots or Atlanta Falcons win?

General overall view of New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons helmets and NFL Wilson official Duke Super Bowl LI logo football at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
General overall view of New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons helmets and NFL Wilson official Duke Super Bowl LI logo football at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

What is it?

It's Super Bowl LI, baby!

The 2017 edition of the NFL game to decide which team is best at American Football, and will get to take home the Vince Lombardi trophy.

When is it?

Today!

What time does it start?

23:30 GMT. Due to the satisfyingly thorough time-span of your average NFL 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.

Best book the Monday off work now.

What TV channel is it on?

You've got options. BBC or Sky Sports. Coverage starts on BBC One at 23.20. You'll get an extra hour and twenty minutes of build-up over on Sky Sports, where the game is being shown on not one, not two but three channels: Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 3 and Sky Sports Mix.

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.

This was also the venue for the entirely unintentional wardrobe malfunction which showed the world Janet Jackson's excellent taste in jewellery.

Who will be playing?

The New England Patriots, who will probably be familiar to you if you've watched more than one of these matches in the past 10 years. Far less familiar are the Atlanta Falcons, who have never won the big prize.

The Patriots comfortably beat Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game on Sunday 22 January, after overcoming the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium the previous Sunday.

The Falcons saw off the Green Bay Packers in astonishing style to clinch the NFC title.

Has either team won the Super Bowl before?

Yes, the Patriots have taken home the Vince Lombardi trophy four times previously, most recently in 2014 when they beat the Seattle Seahawks.

The Atlanta Falcons have only reached this stage once before, in 1999, when they lost to John Elway's Denver Broncos in Super Bowl  XXXIII.

You can read a definitive list of every team to have ever won the Vince Lombardi trophy right here.

Who should you support?

That's completely up to you, but here's a handy quiz which may help you to decide:

Who's performing at the half-time show?

Lady Gaga. Enormous:

You may remember that Gaga performed the national anthem at last year's Super Bowl, and did it tremendously.

Can you help me to understand why it's called Super Bowl LI?

Yes.

Roman numerals are back in play, after being unceremoniously dumped for Super Bowl 50 last year. Given that "L" is 50 in Roman numerals, and "I" is one it's fair to assume that the NFL has chosen the correct mix of archaic letters for this year's event.

With the exception of last year's dalliance with Hindu-Arabic numerals the league has used Roman numerals every year since Super Bowl V in 1971.

Who's going to win?

Here are the latest betting odds:

New England Patriots: 4/6

Atlanta Falcons: 5/4

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