As February rolls around, there’s really only one global event on people’s minds, sporting fans or not: the Super Bowl. Whether you watch the NFL religiously for an entire season, or just jump on the Super Bowl bandwagon, this sporting spectacle is indeed one of the biggest of its kind – in America alone, data analytics firm PredictHQ recorded that over 117 million people will tune in to see who will clinch Football’s most prestigious award.

So, whether you’re watching from home, heading to your local pub for some chicken wings and beer or perhaps hosting you’re own Super Bowl party, we’ve got the low down for you as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII.

Super Bowl LVII

Where will the match be played?

The Super Bowl LVII will this year be helf at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Why is the Super Bowl such a big deal?

Think of it this way: after a gruelling 18-week season, only two teams are left standing to take away the championship trophy. It’s a big deal for the NFL as America’s leading sporting code; it’s a big deal for the players and teams who put everything on the line throughout the season and during the playoffs to reach a Super Bowl championship; and it’s a big deal for fans who get to enjoy one last spectacle before the long offseason.

When is kick-off?

The decider is scheduled for kickoff on Monday, February 13 at 10:30am (AEDT) time

How/where can I watch it?

In America, Fox and Fox Deportes has rights to the coverage of the Super Bowl. In Australia, the match will be broadcast on Seven, ESPN and Kayo.

Players to watch (Chiefs)

Patrick Mahomes and his Kansas City Chiefs outfit may very well be the new Tom Brady and New England Patriots… that’s how influential this  27-year old Quarterback is. Looking at his stats, what Mahomes and the Chiefs have achieved in his first five years as a starting QB is incredible. He’s yet to miss an AFC Championship, and Super Bowl LVII marks his third Super Bowl appearance but most definitely not his last.

Players to watch (Eagles)

Naturally, if your quarterback is ON, you have a good chance of winning a Super Bowl. Thus, Jalen Hurts, the Eagles’ Quarterback, is another player to watch this Super Bowl. No one thought Hurts, a second-round draft pick, would become this good, proving many a pundit wrong. The 24-year old is making his first Super Bowl appearance and fans will expect the speedy, strong and effective passer to really bring his A game.

Hurts is supported by the league’s best offensive line, as well as brilliant wide receivers in A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith. It’s all a matter of whether it can come together for the players come Super Bowl Monday.

Who’s going to win?

It’s a tough one to decide. Both teams have some great players, and have evidently proven themselves throughout the season. But the Super Bowl brings out the best (and worst) in players, so it’s really a matter of who shows up and who wants it more come game day.

This Super Bowl will also be the first time in NFL history that two brothers will face off against eachother in a Super Bowl: Jason Kelce (Eagles) and Travis Kelce (Chiefs), both players elite in their own right.

TAB currently has the Philadelphia Eagles as favourites to win the game, but only marginally – paying $1.80 head-to-head compared to Kansas City’s $2.00.

We think there might be an upset, and are hedging our bets for the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl 23 – 20.

What do you win?

The Vince Lombardi Trophy. Named after the coach of the Green Bay Packers, the Vince Lombardi trophy has been crafted by Tiffany & Co since 1967 – a testament to the inimitable technical skill and artistry of Tiffany’s craftsmanship.  The winning team is also gifted Super Bowl championship rings.

What’s happening for the Half-Time show?

Let’s face it: many watch the Super Bowl purely for the infamous half-time show itself. The thing is, you never know what to expect. Some years it’s a flop (remember when The Black Eyed Peas butchered their performance in 2011?), and other years it steals the spotlight (i.e Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige at last year’s Super Bowl).

The halftime show this year will be headlined none other than nine-time Grammy award winner Rihanna, as the NFL reverts back to the traditional setup of having a singular act at halftime.

And what about the ads?

Perhaps just behind the Half Time show and the Super Bowl itself lies interest in what advertisements will be shown throighout the Super Bowl. Renowned for their cinematographic quality, unpredictability, wit and use of special effects – coupled with a wide array of celebrity cameo appearances – the Super Bowl ads often go viral.

But they don’t come cheap. According to Fox, the broadcaster is asking for $6-7M USD per 30-second commercial.

Unfortunately for us Australians, we’ll have to catch the Super Bowl ads when they hit YouTube, as Australian broadcasters don’t carry the American Super Bowl advertisements.

Some Super Bowl ads to watch out for this year include:

  • Popcorners: Breaking Good – featuring Bryan Cranston (aka Walter White) and Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman) who will revive their epic Breaking Bad characters one last time
  • Bud Light: Easy to Drink, Easy to Enjoy – this year’s Bud Light ad will feature Miles Teller, wife Keleigh, and their dog, Bugsy, for a very common real-life scenario
  • Workday: Rock star – Workday will bring back a host of rock legends for their ad, like Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Clark Jr., Joan Jett, Billy Idol and Paul Stanley