We’re settling into a brand-new year, which means the biggest game on the planet is right around the corner. Super Bowl LIV, the 55th edition of the modern football era, is just a few short weeks away.
The NFL playoffs are underway, so the matchup for one of the most-watched sporting events on the planet is still being determined. After some entertaining matchups over the weekend, we’re down to just four teams left: the Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bill, Kansas City Chiefs, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After a tumultuous 2020 that saw just about everything stall out due to COVID-19 — including sports, music, restaurants, and so much more — fans and casual viewers alike are looking forward to some normalcy by way of the Super Bowl. Granted, it will be a very different scenario this year amid a raging pandemic, but the game will go on and, as of right now, the aim is to still allow some fans into the stadium.
When is Super Bowl 2021?
It all goes down on Sunday, February 7. Kickoff time is set for 6:30 p.m. Eastern and CBS will be broadcasting. The league is hoping to allow some 16,000 fans into the stadium but everything is touch and go given the nature of the pandemic. Always a production — with loads of highly anticipated commercials, complex halftime performances, and four quarters of action — the Super Bowl tends to march on for hours.
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Where is Super Bowl 2021?
Tampa Bay hosts this year’s Super Bowl contest, which will unfold at the 65,000-capacity Raymond James Stadium. As mentioned, just a fraction of the stadium will be occupied (if at all) but millions of Americans will catch the game on the big screen at home.
Interestingly, it could end up being essentially a home game for the Buccaneers if Tom Brady and Co. can advance through the playoffs. The talented quarterback is considered to be the greatest of all time by many and his move last year from the Patriots to the Bucs grabbed most of the football-related headlines.
Super Bowl 2021 Half-Time Show
The half-time show is often as good or better than the game itself. There have been some unforgettable performances at the Super Bowl over the years, from Prince to Beyonce. This year’s headliner is The Weeknd, who is coming off of one of the catchiest records of the year in After Hours. The Canadian R&B and dream pop maestro will undoubtedly put on a fantastic show in the wake of great live sets on iconic shows like Saturday Night Live.
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Latest Super Bowl 2021 News
Reigning MVP and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is stealing the headlines at the moment. During his team’s narrow victory over the Browns a few days back, he was sidelined with a concussion. Now, he’s going through the league’s concussion protocol, a series of steps that must be passed before it’s safe for the player to return to the field. In the event Mahomes can’t play this weekend, many sports pundits think the Bills actually have a shot at beating the Chiefs. They’ll have an even greater shot if quarterback Josh Allen continues his remarkable run and star receiver Stefon Diggs shows up on the big stage. It would be quite an upset and the first time the Bills have been to a Super Bowl since 1994.
The NFC Championship game is set, with the Green Bay Packers playing host to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers looked like a bonafide MVP candidate over the weekend, throwing for a pair of touchdowns and 296 total yards in his club’s 32-18 victory over the Rams. He’s set to go head-to-head with Tom Brady and the Bucs Sunday afternoon in one should be a battle for the ages. The two are considered to be among the best throwers the game has ever seen.
The Packers will enjoy pretty significant home field advantage given that snow and frosty conditions are expected for Lambeau Field this weekend. But it’s hard to count a Tom Brady team out as the seasoned veteran has tremendous playoff experience and a clutch mentality. His duel with Drew Brees and the Saints over the weekend was extremely entertaining and showed us again by he’s a legend. Brees, a fellow great, is expected to retire now that his team has been eliminated after 20 impressive seasons in the league.
Last year, a whopping 99.9 million people tuned in to the Super Bowl. This year, the number will likely be even higher with so many people stuck at home and eager for some real-time entertainment. And by this time next week we’ll know which two teams will face off in Super Bowl LIV.
Stay tuned to your favorite sports media outlet as the NFL, like so many pro sports leagues, has been subject to game delays and player disqualifications on account of the virus.
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