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On Sunday, February 2, the 54th Super Bowl will take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The game, which begins at 6:30 pm ET, will see the San Francisco 49ers square off against the Kansas City Chiefs. You can watch it on FOX or stream it via the FuboTV channel available on most smart home TVs and streaming devices. Here’s everything you need to know to get ready for the big game.
Who will win?
Often, sportscasters will spend the weeks leading to a major sporting event determining the team likeliest to win. Those in the know say that this year’s outcome is among the hardest to predict in Super Bowl history, with the Chiefs leading the 49ers by just one point among key oddsmakers. This minuscule difference in odds means that the Super Bowl is almost equally likely to swing in either team’s direction. That said, some major sports publications predicted a Chiefs win before the teams playing the Super Bowl were determined.
How did this year’s postseason go?
Of course, the Chiefs and the 49ers weren’t just picked out of a hat to play the Super Bowl – they had plenty of work to do to get where they now are. Most recently, in the January 19 conference championship games, the Chiefs trounced the Tennessee Titans 35-24 and the 49ers emerged victorious over the Green Bay Packers 37-20.
These four teams and eight other teams, including 2018 Super Bowl champions the Philadelphia Eagles and 2019 champions the New England Patriots, competed in the January 4 and 5 Wild Card round. However, neither of these recent winners made it to the January 11 and 12 Divisional round, in which the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, and Baltimore Ravens were eliminated.
What makes this Super Bowl special?
Although the Super Bowl is often the most-watched event nationwide in any given year, no two Super Bowls are exactly alike. This year’s Super Bowl, for example, is the first Super Bowl match between the Chiefs and the 49ers. It’s also the Chiefs’ first Super Bowl appearance in five decades. The 49ers have played the Super Bowl more frequently, losing to the Baltimore Ravens in 2012 (this year, the Ravens lost in the Divisional Round to the Titans, whom the Chiefs beat to face the 49ers).
Will there be a Puppy Bowl this year?
Despite the immense popularity of the Super Bowl, not everybody watches it, and many of these football naysayers want an alternative viewing option for Super Bowl Sunday. That’s how the Puppy Bowl got started 15 years ago, and Animal Planet will broadcast the event’s 16th edition starting this Sunday at 3 pm ET. This year’s 96 puppy participants come from 61 shelters across 25 states, and as in past years, they’ll frolic and compete atop a mock football field to mimic the Super Bowl. The Puppy Bowl tends to pull in 10 million viewers per year, though most Super Bowls pull in over 110 million viewers.
Will you be watching the Super Bowl, the Puppy Bowl, or neither this Sunday? Sound off in the comments!