It’s a battle for the ages this Sunday, February 1 as the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks take on perennial winners the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX live from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
News For Shoppers has everything you need to know to watch the game including game time, free live streaming options, half-time show info and predictions.
Game Time: 6:30 P.M. (EST)/5:30 (CST) on NBC. Bob Costas will be hosting while AL Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will be calling the play-by-play. Michele Tafoya will be reporting from the sidelines.
Pre-Game coverage will also air on NBC from 1 P.M. (EST) through 6 P.M. (EST) and will include interviews, analysis and predictions with Bob Costas, Dan Patrick and the “Football Night in America” crew.
Free live streaming is available through several outlets:
Fans can stream the game for free on their PC’s, Chromebook or Mac through NBCsports.com/liveextra only starting at noon.
NBC has exclusive rights to stream the game on desktops and unlike in years past this year users can access it WITHOUT having to log-in using a participating cable provider.
NBC will include the half-time show in their stream this year.
For free live streaming on your iOS, Android or Windows 8 tablet you can use the NBC Sports Live Extra app (again no log-in is required).
NBC is giving users of this app over 11 hours of coverage, including the pre-game, half-time show and for the first time ever they will be including the Super Bowl commercials.
Smartphone users looking for live streaming only have one option: the NFL Mobile App and unfortunately the game will only be available for streaming to Verizon customers.
Verizon customers with the “More Everything” shared plan can access it for free. Verizon customers without the plan will have to pay a $5 fee.
Streaming will include Super Bowl commercials, but due to right restrictions streaming via a HDMI cable to a TV is unavailable.
Fans interested in seeing highlights of the game after it airs can watch them via the NFL’s new YouTube Channel.
The half-time show, which is one of the highlights of the game next to all the commercials will feature Katy Perry.
Perry’s performance is slated to last for 12-minutes and she confirmed during Media day that she will have a surprise guest performing with her who is a “powerful female”.
Many believe the mystery guest will be Beyonce since they were recently spotted sitting together at an event with Miley Cyrus.
Despite the distraction of Deflate-gate ( the Patriots have been accused of letting air out of some of the balls during the AFC championship game), this should be a real grudgematch as both teams have a lot at stake.
The defending Champion Seahawks are trying to win back-to-back Bowls, something that hasn’t been done since 2004-2005 by none other than the Patriots.
Plus, a win would cement Russell Wilson’s reputation as one of the leagues elite QB’s, a remarkable feat considering this is just his third year in the league.
The Patriots, meanwhile are not only trying to distance themselves from Deflate-gate but dispel the notion that they are on the decline and not hte team they once were.
A win here would be number four for coach Belichick and QB tom Brady, making them one of the most successful pairs ever.
This game is going to center around defense- if Seattle’s legion of Boom can get to Brady and stop the offensive line they will have an easy time repeating.
Seattle wins a close one: 24-17.
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