(CNN Spanish) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States (CDC, for its acronym in English), recommended that people stay home to watch Super Bowl LV, the final of American football on Sunday, February 7. This is what you need to know to enjoy the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The protagonists of Super Bowl 2021
It is an unprecedented final due to the confrontation between the two teams for the first time in a Super Bowl, but also because it is the first in which one of the qualifiers plays in their own stadium.
Tom Brady in his first year with the Buccaneers will be looking for his seventh championship ring, after a historic stint with the New England Patriots.
For their part, the Kansas City Chiefs, led by their star Patrick Mahomes, want to reach the second consecutive title and the third in their history. If successful, they would repeat Brady’s feat with the “Pats” in the 2004 and 2005 Super Bowls.
In addition to the Patriots, six other teams have won two consecutive championships:
- Green Bay Packers: 1966-1967
- Miami Dolphins: 1972-1973
- Pittsburgh Steelers: 1974-1975, 1978-1979
- San Francisco 49ers: 1988-1989
- Dallas Cowboys: 1992-1993
- Denver Broncos: 1997-1998
- New England Patriots: 2003-2004
The color of uniforms: tradition and superstition
The rule dictates that one team will play colored and the other will play white. In this case, the Chiefs will play with their traditional red color on the jersey and the Buccaneers will do it in white, even if they play in their stadium where they always do with the colored uniform.
The white uniform has been created the superstition of bringing the luck of a champion, since in the last 16 years, 13 teams that have played in white have lifted the Vince Lombardi trophy.
The exception was the Chiefs last year by beating the 49ers, the Eagles in 2017 in Super Bowl LII against the Patriots and the Packers in 2011 by beating the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.
Super Bowl LV: time and date
Super Bowl 2021 will be on Sunday, February 7, 2021 and this is the time of the kickoff at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa:
- United States: 6:30 pm ET
- Mexico City, Mexico: 5:30 pm
- Bogotá, Colombia: 6:30 pm
- Buenos Aires, Argentina: 8:30 pm
- Santiago, Chile: 8:30 pm
- Lima, Peru: 6:30 pm
- Caracas, Venezuela: 7:30 pm
- Madrid Spain, Spain: 12:30 am (Monday, February 8)
How to watch the Super Bowl live
The kickoff at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa will be at 6:30 pm ET and the network in charge of the live broadcast will be CBS, as well as on its website CBSSports.com, its platform CBS All Access, the NFL and Yahoo Sports app.
Other options are also Locast, AT&T TV, YouTube TV, FuboTV and Hulu Plus Live TV.
In Mexico, Super Bowl LV can be seen live on Channel 5, ESPN, FoxSports, Azteca Deportes, and NFL Game Pass. In the rest of Latin America, the game between the Chiefs and the Buccaneers can be seen live through ESPN Deportes and its ESPN app, but it may vary a bit depending on the country.
Last year’s Super Bowl LIV averaged 102 million viewers across various channels and broadcast signals, according to the Fox network. That number increased from the big game of 2019, which averaged roughly 100 million viewers on CBS and on streaming media.
The Super Bowl is the most watched show of all year and the record is in the 2015 edition with an audience of more than 114 million according to Nielsen records.
Nielsen does not count those who watch outside the home, such as in bars and restaurants, that this year due to the pandemic they will have restrictions in several cities in the United States and it is expected that the audience may increase due to the same situation of the pandemic.
Halftime show and the great appeal of commercials
Although the game turns out to be one of the main attractions to sit in front of the television, we must not leave aside other great attractions that add to the show; the commercials and the halftime show.
In the commercial strip, companies want not only to expose their brand in the most watched event on television in the United States, but they also seek to leave their mark with creative messages that extend beyond the grand finale.
This 2020, due to the pandemic, changes will be seen in traditional advertisements and traditional brands such as Budweiser will not appear.
Driving the halftime party will be Canadian singer The Weeknd, while Amanda Gorman, America’s first young poet laureate, who gained national recognition at the inauguration of US President Joe Bien, will recite a previous original poem. to the match.
Gorman’s poem will highlight three people the NFL will honor at the event as honorary captains for “serving as leaders in their respective communities during the global pandemic.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.