After a long season, Super Bowl 51 week has ascended upon us. Kickoff will take place Sunday at the NRG Stadium in Houston with the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons squaring off to claim the Lombardi Trophy.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 23, 2017
The Super Bowl is the biggest game of the year for NFL fans (and people who really love hosting parties). Here’s everything you need to know—especially if you’ve cut your cable cord
What time is the Super Bowl?
Kickoff for Super Bowl 51 is tentatively set for 6:30pm ET, but the game historically starts at least a couple minutes after that, if you need to make a less-minute run to the store. The game will air on Fox and be called by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. Lady Gaga will headline the halftime show.
How to stream the Super Bowl
Fox Sports Go
You can livestream the game from the Fox Sports Go app on your laptop, tablet, or phone. Fox Sports Go also offers pre-game shows like Skip and Shannon: Undisputed Super Bowl Special if you want to debate the day’s hot topics and get help with your game day predictions. The pre-game show starts at 2pm ET and will stream up until the kick-off at 6:30pm ET.
For viewers who are more interested in the commercials than the game itself, Fox is integrating a mix of local and national ads into the stream, so you won’t miss out on the fun. The only catch is a cable provider will be necessary in order to log-in, but surely you know someone with an account you can invite over for the big game.
All Verizon Wireless customers are able to livestream the Super Bowl with the NFL Mobile app. The app is exclusive to Verizon and allows you to watch the whole game for free without data charges if you’re connected to Wi-Fi. However, the app won’t allow viewers to Cast or Airplay the game onto the TV, so keep that in mind if you have a group over.
Whether you are in it for the sports, Lady Gaga’s halftime show, or the vast array of wings and beer, Sunday is going to be a good day for football.
Super Bowl commercials
Super Bowl commercials are a million-dollar show in itself. Some ads make their debut between breaks, but a handful traditionally leak early on YouTube. Here are the best 2017 Super Bowl commercials we’ve seen thus far.
Budweiser’s pro-immigration ad just so happened to surface after President Donald Trump signed a controversial executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. The ad tells the story of Adolphus Busch’s pilgrimage to the U.S. before he created the famous “American” beer company Budweiser, reminding us that we were all once immigrants.
Avocados from Mexico
One of the most trendy fruits returns for another ad in the Super Bowl, except this time their secret society is revealed. The hypnotic ad plays with a subtle notion that our society has a hard time keeping secrets, and it gets a funny cameo from Jon Lovitz.
Squarespace’s fourth Super Bowl appearance stars actor John Malkovich, a jack of all trades who’s looking to start a new fashion line and possibly explore fishing. This is one website that would be worth bookmarking.
Snickers will debut its first live Super Bowl ad featuring Adam Driver, best known for his role as Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Adam in HBO‘s Girls. While the ad hasn’t fully leaked, it’s safe to say there may be a Westworld twist to it.