At long last, it's another Super Bowl Sunday. While the Bengals and Browns have long since been retired into observers, they (and the rest of the football watching world) get to see the culmination of another year of NFL action. Tonight, at 6:30 p.m. EST (5:30 local time), the Baltimore Ravens of the AFC clash with the San Francisco 49ers of the NFC in Super Bowl 47. Kickoff should actually occur just before or after 6:30, and to make sure you're squared away, we've aggregated all the info on the big game you could possibly need: think the complete schedule of events on TV, where you can tune in and listen to the game on the radio if you have to work, what the current point spread is, whether to take the over or the under, as well as links to catch all of this year's Super Bowl commercials, what you should make food-wise for your big party, and what you can expect from this year's half time show.
You know, it's been 24 years since the Bengals fell prey to Joe Montana's timeless pass to John Taylor with just 34 seconds left in the game. It's tough not to think about what could've been if Cincinnati had been able to account for anything more than Stanford Jennings' 93-yard kickoff return and a trio of three pointers. The Browns have never been, but we all know that changes one year from today.
As divisional rivals of the Ravens, both teams are well versed with what John Harbaugh's side brings to the table. The Bengals kicked off the 2012-2013 season getting shellacked, 13-44, at M&T Bank Stadium, but got the better of the Ravens in their season finale, 23-17, to qualify for the playoffs as a Wild Card and the AFC's 6th seed. The Browns weren't so lucky, as in Week 4, they lost on the road in Baltimore 16-23, and then in early November were defeated at home by the Ravens, 15-25. Neither team saw this current iteration of 49ers in the flesh, though the Bengals lost to last year's version 8-13 (yes, that's a football score) in Week 3 while the Browns lost to the Niners at Candlestick, 10-20 in 2011 as well.
Another year, another trip to the Bayou for the football going public, however. The ruckus atmosphere that comprises downtown New Orleans is hosting the big game once again, with the very same Superdome that saw the now vacated 2011 Sugar Bowl serving as the site of the game. Way back in 1990, the 49ers won a Super Bowl in New Orleans, crushing the Denver Broncos 55-10 in Super Bowl XXIV. If you've never been to the Big Easy, the next time the Buckeyes play in a national semifinal in the city, you owe it to yourself to make it there. There's nothing quite like it.
You probably don't need a primer on this year's storylines (as they've been brow beaten into you for the better part of the last two weeks) but here's a quick run through: the two coaches in the game are evidently brothers (who knew?), Ray Lewis, some religious guy who uses deer antler extract spray to give him self supernatural powers or something is calling it a career after the game, Colin Kaepernick and the pistol are taking the NFL by storm, and Randy Moss is straight cash homey as ever.
If you're lucky enough to be going to the game, one: we hate you. Two, here's a helpful guide to the city from SB Nation's Saints blogger at Canal Street Chronicles. If you're "stuck" (like that's a bad thing) in ol' Columbus town, here's a list (courtesy of Yelp) of the best sports bars in town to watch the big game at.
If you're into gambling (and on a day like today, you'll get a pass for pretending), SB Nation's Joel Thorman has a list of 5 prop bets you absolutely must check out for today's game.
If the name Jon Bois doesn't mean anything to you, it's time to fix that. You won't want to miss his essential three worst Super Bowl parties you've ever been to.
Ever participated in a Super Bowl squares game? If not, you're missing out. Click that link to get the lowdown on how to set one up for your Super Bowl party.
Below we've got a round up for the best resources/links for tonight's contest. Anything in particular you're looking forward to? What annual Super Bowl tradition is your personal favorite?
- Baltimore Ravens (10-6 regular season) vs. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1 regular season)
- Date: Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013
- Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana
- Kickoff time: 6:30 p.m. ET
- TV channel: CBS (1010 HD/10 SD on Time Warner Columbus/Delaware, 201 HD/10 SD on WOW!, 10 on DirecTV, and 10 on DISH) – or if you're an expat, BBC, Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, and CTV in Canada will be featuring the game. A full list of international broadcasters is available here.)
- Live stream: CBS.com starting at 6 p.m. EST. This is notable for a couple of reasons: one, this is the first ever a network will stream the entire half-time show live online, and two, this is the first time in football history you'll be able to switch to an alternate feed and watch the vaunted All-22 broadcast that coaches watch when breaking down film. If you're into Smart Football at all, I can't think of a more perfect second screen.
- Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, sideline reporters Steve Tasker and Solomon Wilcots
- Dial Global radio announcers: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason
- Point spread: 49ers -4
- Money line: Ravens +160, 49ers -190
- Over/under: 48.0
- Picks: 49ers
- Super Bowl prop bets
- Previews of the Super Bowl commercials
- Super Bowl recipes and snack ideas for your Super Bowl party
- National anthem: Alicia Keys – you won't want to miss the prop bets on this
- Super Bowl halftime show: The incomparable Beyonce