Kaila Morales |Staff Writer|
We are just days away from the annual NFL Super Bowl kickoff.
Feb. 7, marks the 50th anniversary of football’s biggest game, which will take place at the San Francisco 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium this year.
Each year the Super Bowl sets a new record for overall viewers.
With last year’s ratings at 114.4 million, the ratings are likely to increase for this year’s game, according to International Business Times.
Before you turn on your T.V. at 3:30 p.m. to CBS, here’s what’s to expect.
Let’s start off with who’s playing, we have five-time league MVP Peyton Manning leading the Denver Broncos and first time NFC champion Cam Newton with the Carolina Panthers.
Both Manning, who has been playing for 18 years, and Newton who has been playing for five were first round picks in the NFL draft.
This will be the second time that the Panthers have appeared in the Super Bowl
The Panthers first appearance was in 2003 where they lost to the New England Patriots.
This marks the eighth Super Bowl for the Broncos and could be the last for quarterback Manning, who could possibly retire after this year. Manning who has confirmed that his retirement status will remain undetermined until after the game.
If Manning can pull out the win, he would become the first Quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two different teams.
This will be the third consecutive season in which the No. 1 playoff seeds in each conference advanced to the Super Bowl.
This is also the first time that it has happened since the NFL started naming the No.1 playoff seeds back in 1975.
Both teams have a really strong defense, making Sunday’s game the battle of defenses.
Although the actual game is a large factor in Super Bowl Sunday, what would the Super Bowl be without the entertainment aspect! Over the years the commercials and the halftime shows have played a huge role in football’s biggest game.
It’s safe to say that the Super Bowl is probably the only time where people actually pay attention to the commercials and don’t just fast forward through them.
“Every year I look forward to the commercials, to see what new ideas companies have to promote themselves,” said student Tomas Solis.
It is said that the estimated cost of a 30-second advertisement is $5 million according to Time Magazine.
To start things off, Lady Gaga will show her American pride by singing the National Anthem.
As for halftime, we always look for a show within the show. Those who aren’t big fans of football will usually tune in.
This year, the well known band Coldplay will pair up with the proclaimed “Queen B,” Beyonce, to put on a show.
The two artists have recently collaborated on two songs, “Hymn for the Weekend” and “Up&Up,” which are both featured on Coldplay’s latest album.
We also have an exclusive insider that Grammy-nominated country musician Sam Hunt, will be performing along with the legendary Seal during the Super Bowl 50 Tailgate Party.
Who knew there was a pre show party before the actual party, “Super Bowl should be made into a holiday,” said student Donny Roppolo
With family, friends, drinks and hopefully a whole lot of delicious food!
Its estimated that Americans will eat a total of 1.3 billion chicken wings for the Super Bowl according to a Fortune article written by Michael Addady.
“My friend is a die hard Broncos fan, so we’re planning on grilling and drinking all day at his house and enjoy watching the game together,” said student Evan Peckels.