Justin Houston is taking the Seattle Seahawks over the New England Patriots on Super Bowl Sunday. Houston, the Kansas City Chiefs LB, said that the key is for the Seahawks to get after Tom Brady and make him uncomfortable in the pocket. Houston knows of what he speaks considering the Chiefs did just that in a 41-14 beatdown of the Patriots in Week 4. I'm picking the Patriots to win ... but I don't really have a good reason. Both teams are so good and so evenly matched that it's tough to make a case that one team is clearly better than the other because they're not.
The Patriots and Seahawks meet in Super Bowl 49 on Sunday, a game that plenty of people predicted before the season. The Seahawks, Patriots, Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers were all popular Super Bowl predictions before the season so that the Patriots and Seahawks made it here can't be all that big of a surprise to anyone.
I'm just hoping this is as good of a game as the last time the Patriots played a Super Bowl in Arizona. That was back in 2008 when the New York Giants upset them 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII. That game was terrific, and viewers agreed as it set a (then) record for most Super Bowl TV viewers with nearly 100 million.
The Super Bowl halftime show will be performed by Katy Perry. We'll see if that makes it onto the best or worst Super Bowl halftime shows list. Idina Menzel will perform the National Anthem. Announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will be calling the game for NBC.
You'll want to track the Super Bowl commercials. This Budweiser Super Bowl commercial is one you should watch. It starts off really sad but gets good at the end. There's also Marshawn Lynch's Skittles press conference commercial.
Here's a quick rundown of the nuts and bolts for Super Bowl 49:
Date: Sunday, February 1, 2015
Kickoff time: 4:30pm MST (6:30pm EST/23:30 UTC)
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
Super Bowl score by quarter: Live SB Nation scoreboard
Live stream: NBC Sports Live Extra online and NBC Sports Live Extra app
TV channel: NBC. Full list of international television broadcasters is here. NFL Network will produce an international TV broadcast of the Big Game.
Radio: NFL on Westwood One (Choose your station here), with Kevin Harlan as the play-by-play announcer
Announcers: Play-by-play announcer Al Michaels and color analyst Cris Collinsworth; Michele Tafoya as sideline reporter
Officials: Bill Vinovich and his crew
Current odds: Patriots are slight favorites. Latest odds here.
Halftime show performance: Katy Petty and Lenny Kravitz
National anthem: Idina Menzel
America the Beautiful: John Legend
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