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Your Guide to Super Bowl 2017

Posted by Kevin MacCauley | Feb 4, 2017 1:00:30 AM

Stats to Know & Your Game Day Schedule!

Every year, I find it's hard to find a place with comprehensive TV Guide quality information on Super Bowl events. So we put together this personal Guide to Super Bowl 2017 for avid fans like ourselves!


Here's a complete overview of Super Bowl game day from start - to finish!

Considering the Super Bowl is an all-day media experience, make sure you sleep up the night before to keep yourself going from the coin toss all the way until the final Lombardi trophy presentation.


Overview of This Year's Game

If you've been busy lately, you may have missed some of the details on the contenders, their season stats, and other records. And if you were really off in another world, perhaps you didn’t know the Atlanta Falcons made it into this year's Super Bowl for only their second time.

The Falcons will match up against the New England Patriots, who are on their fifth trip to the Super Bowl, with all eyes on Tom Brady to perform. The game's being held at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

As many point out, if Brady were to win the Lombardi trophy, it could become a slightly awkward moment. It's just a year after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell punished Brady with a four-game suspension due to Deflategate.

Nevertheless, you’ll have an exciting game in store Sunday considering both teams’ outstanding records. The Atlanta Falcons scored at least 33 points in their last six games of the season. For the New England Patriots, they've managed 46 total first-downs all season, including eight touchdowns.

And Patriots coach Bill Belichick has a record of his own: This is his seventh Super Bowl, breaking Don Shula's record.

With a setup for a great game, here's the schedule from morning until evening.


Date: Sunday February 5th, 2017

The Pre-Game Shows

Once again, Fox Sports has the exclusive rights to broadcast Super Bowl LI, with programming starting already at 8 a.m., Pacific Time. The first show is a "Road to the Super Bowl" special, running for an hour.

From 9 to 10 a.m. Pacific Time, you'll find a little more filler with "Skip and Shannon: Undisputed Super Bowl Special", telling the biggest stories from this year's event. Skip and Shannon are popular sports hosts Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe.

The actual Pre-Game show from Houston doesn't start until 10 a.m. Pacific Time with preview analysis for another hour. It's followed by four hours of interviews and profile pieces (per usual).

Kickoff occurs at the usual time of 3:30 p.m. Pacific and 6:30 p.m. Eastern.

The Commercials

Many of the top Super Bowl commercials this year have early released previews online and on TV, a growing trend. Some of the highlights to look out for include a Buffalo Wild Wings commercial involving Brett Favre in a "Men in Black" theme.

Snickers is back in action as well, this time doing a live commercial with Adam Driver playing Kylo Ren.

Already showing online recently is Budweiser's new commercial with an immigrant story, detailing Adolphus Busch's arrival in America to start his beer company.

Halftime Show

Lady Gaga is the musical performer this year, with no doubt, some surprises in store. Everybody's watching to see if she'll make a political statement, whether outright, or through more subtle means. The last time we saw a halftime show in Houston, it was during the infamous Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake wardrobe malfunction/dysfunction.

With the second half usually starting immediately after the halftime show (typically around 5:45 p.m., Pacific), you'll still have two hours to catch more coverage if not near a TV.


Alternative Ways to Watch

For fans who don’t have cable, you won't have to worry about missing the Super Bowl! Since Fox is an over-the-air broadcast network, you can watch in high-def easily with a digital antenna.

As for online broadcasts, you have several options for the first time this year. Fox Sports Go is going to stream the game for free online, but only if you have a cable subscription.

Also, Verizon customers can stream the game live on their phones through the NFL Mobile app.

NFL Game Pass is going to show the game as well, though not until after midnight.

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Written by Kevin MacCauley

Kevin is the CEO at Upper Hand, a sports software company aiming to simplify front and back-end office tasks, by providing cutting-edge marketing and registration tools, and business intelligence, that enable unsurpassed performance for sports businesses across the nation.