It is T-minus 18 hours until the biggest sporting event on the American calendar kicks off. Captivating the entire country and budding enthusiasts across the globe, the Super Bowl LIII is set to be one for the ages. A rematch of the 2002 Super Bowl which saw the Los Angeles Rams face an upsetting defeat against Tom Brady’s New England Patriots, the 17-year comeback will be worth tuning into.
The Rams held the best record in the NFL this year, only loosing a total of three games across the season, but how will they fair against the annual championship regulars? This year marks the Patriots’ third consecutive year appearing in the annual game and copping five wins during the Brady/Belichick era, so the only question we beg to ask: How can we witness this momentous occasion?
We’ve reigned in SportsBet.com.au US Sports Trader, Dominic Court to give his expert insight into tomorrow’s game. Keep scrolling for everything you need to know about the Super Bowl LIII.
wHEN and where IS THE SUPER BOWL AIRED?
Broadcast live on CBS in the US as well as on ESPN, Croc Media or the Seven Network in Australia, the Super Bowl will air from 10:30 am AEDT on February 4, direct from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Atlanta.
WHO IS PREDICTED TO WIN?
Unlike past years, it is hard to predict who will win this nail-biter game. The favourite currently is the New England Patriots, but if you’re anything like me, I always vouch for the underdog.
THE PLAYERS TO WATCH…
New England Patriots
Tom Brady: “New England Quarterback, five-time Super Bowl winner, four-time Super Bowl MVP, [he has a] good chance to get another….probably the best NFL Quarterback ever. [He is] hard to bet against even at the ripe old age of 41,” says Court.
Sony Michel: “New England Running back. The Patriots offensive line has been huge for the success of Michel and Brady this year who have both been great. A New England RB has scored the first touchdown of the game in their last four consecutive games, three of which being Sony Michel. Especially with the Patriots new found tendency to take the ball from the opening kick-off, I think Michel is a good bet to score the first touchdown.”
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Los Angeles Rams
Todd Gurley: “Rams Running Back. Gurley has been battling a few injuries of late but having an extra week to get healthy for the Super Bowl will only help him. I think the Rams will reward their best offensive player by feeding him the ball and taking the pressure off their young quarterback, managing the clock and keeping the ball out of Tom Brady’s hands. Through the first 12 games of the season Gurley was averaging 97.9 rushing yards per game and the Rams went 11-1 through that period,” Court had also pointed out.
Aaron Donald: “Rams defensive tackle. If the Rams win this game I think getting to Brady and stopping the running game will be the key. Donald is the best defensive player in the competition and had the most sacks in the NFL this year. If the Rams can shut down Brady, I think it could be this man who is rewarded with the MVP.”
what about the half-time show?
Late last year, it seemed that the NFL was struggling to find talent for the halftime amidst its ongoing controversy with former quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. Just weeks ago, the NFL finally confirmed Maroon 5 to perform along with Travis Scott and Big Boi.
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and how can we watch the iconic commercials?
If you’re not here for the football, you’re most likely checking out the epic commercials that hit the screen during the game. Unless you’re in the States, you’ll have to wait for some of the commercials to surface online. Fear not however, as you can see teasers online now. Expect appearances from Cardi B for Pepsi as well as Chance the Rapper for Doritos and in the meantime, you can check out the best Super Bowl ads from all-time here.
The countdown is on. Stay tuned for more.