Everything You Need To Know To Enjoy The Super Bowl 55

by Johanna Roelich

This year marks the 55th year of the USA’s all singing all dancing sporting event of the year; the Super Bowl. The action kicks off  Sunday 7th February at 11:30PM (UK time) so grab some chips (A.K.A Crisps) a giant slushee, and a foam finger it’s going to be a goodun. We are aware that the Super Bowl can be a bit of a minefield for us brits. A few things don’t make sense on face value, they don’t really kick the ball which defeats the idea of football a bit. The half time show all just seems a bit much and well does anyone really understand the rules? Worry not fellow ‘soccer’ fans here’s what you need to know about the Super Bowl. 

What is it? 

The Super Bowl is the culmination of the NFL. Think of it a bit like the Championship Play off final. Two teams who have worked their socks off over the course of the season to battling it out to be crowned champions. 

Where does it take place?  

Unlike proper football, the states don’t have a national ground for their take on football. Instead the Super Bowl is hosted by a different city each year. Prospective hosts have to put in a bid and prove they’re worthy of taking on the event. This year the honour has gone to Atlanta and Mercedes-Benz Arena, who host the game for the first time. The ground has a capacity of 71,000 so it should be a full house for the greatest show on earth. 

Who’s playing?  

The game will be played between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, marking the first time the two teams have squared off in the Super Bowl. The Chiefs are looking to become just the eighth team in NFL history to repeat as Super Bowl champions. They beat the San Francisco in Super Bowl LIV to claim their second Lombardi Trophy.

The Buccaneers will be making just their second Super Bowl appearance in team history, whereas this will be the Chiefs’ fourth appearance. Before winning it all in 2019, the Chiefs fell to the Green Bay Packers after the 1966 season during the Super Bowl, then won their first title with a 23-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV.

Key Players? 

Buccaneers well-known quarterback Tom Brady, is making his 10th Super Bowl appearance, an NFL record. This will be his first outside of New England, where he spent the first 20 seasons of his career with the Patriots.

Brady, who already owns an NFL-record six Super Bowl rings, would become the first player to ever win seven NFL championships with a victory in Super Bowl LV. Three others — Packers linemen Fuzzy Thurston and Forrest Gregg and defensive back Herb Adderley — have won a combined six NFL championships or Super Bowls in their careers. If we’re counting All-American Football Conference championship wins, Brady can match Otto Graham for the most titles with his seventh win.

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who won Super Bowl MVP in the Chiefs’ last title, is looking to become the youngest QB in NFL history to win multiple Super Bowls. He won in 2019 at age 24 and is looking to do it again at 25.

The Rules? 

Ok so we’re not quite as clued up on this one. One thing’s for sure though there’s four quarters and a load of fast paced, high powered action. You’ll be on the edge of your seat from start to finish and if you’re lucky you’ll pick up a few of the regulations along the way.  

Halftime Show

Every year, one of the biggest acts in music takes the country’s biggest stage after the first two quarters of the game.  This year’s halftime performer will be The Weeknd, who will perform for the standard 12-13 minutes.

The Weeknd, snubbed at the Grammys this year, has three No. 1 albums to his name with several No. 1 singles, including “Blinding Lights,” “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face.”.

Let’s take a look at the performers at the Super Bowl halftime over the course of the last decade. 

  • 2020: Jennifer Lopez and Shakira
  • 2019: Maroon 5, Travis Scott, Big Boi
  • 2018: Justin Timberlake, The Tennessee Kids, University of Minnesota Marching Band
  • 2017: Lady Gaga
  • 2016: Coldplay, Beyonce, Bruno Mars
  • 2015: Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott
  • 2014: Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • 2013: Beyonce
  • 2012: Madonna
  • 2011: The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash
  • 2010: The Who

Where to watch it? 

Play will begin at 11.30pm UK time and will go through to around 3am – providing there’s no overtime drama. You’ll be able to watch all the action live on the BBC both on TV and Iplayer, Sky and NOWTV.

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