Super Bowl Sunday – All you need to know

We realise that a lot of our followers are big American Football fans, but every day as we coach flag football and bring more people into the game we realise that for many, the Super Bowl offers them their first experience of our great sport.

With the UK boasting the biggest viewing figures for the Super Bowl outside of the US and Canada, we thought for new people coming in to the game that a few facts may be of use – especially if you need to explain why you’re so bleary eyed on Monday morning!

When is it?

Super Bowl Sunday is on Sunday 5th February and will be played in Houston, Texas. With time differences the action should start around 11.30pm GMT.

Who’s playing?

This year the Atlanta Falcons will be going up against New England Patriots for Super Bowl LI.

What’s Super Bowl LI?

The Super Bowl championships are counted in roman numerals (apart from the 50th which was Super Bowl 50). This year’s one is the 51st Super Bowl.

Who are favourites?

Well both teams have showed great form coming in to the playoffs and in Matt Ryan and Tom Brady the two sides have not only very talented quarterbacks but ones who have been in great form all season.

However Super Bowl history would favour the Patriots. This is their ninth Super Bowl appearance, their seventh since Tom Brady became their quarterback in 2001 and he’s been there for their four previous victories. The Falcons have appeared in one Super Bowl before where they lost to the Denver Broncos in 1999.

How will they get on in Houston?

This will be the third time that Houston has staged the Super Bowl and the last time they did, in 2004, the Patriots beat their division rivals the Panthers 32-29.

Everyone talks about the half time show – is it that spectacular?

It’s one of the most talked about events of the year – certainly when you think of the global TV audience then there are a lot of people tuned in to see a big name perform. This year it’s Lady Gaga, who sung the national anthem ahead of the show last year.

Lady Gaga is known for outlandish stage shows but organisers will be hoping she doesn’t fall into the same wardrobe malfunction as the previous halftime headline in Houston did. Janet Jackson in 2004 offered a little more than just her vocal talents.

Is there much on in Houston ahead of the actual game?

If you just happen to be in Houston, then a free fan festival called Super Bowl LIVE is running from Discovery Green to Root Park from Jan. 28 to Feb. 5 and will include musical artists, exhibits and games. Cities really embrace the Super Bowl so there will be a lot of things going on.

Super Bowl parties – are they really a thing?

Completely and utterly! We know that people in the UK hold their own parties but they are huge in the States and make for one of the biggest junk food eating days of the year!

It’s hard to be exactly sure on figures but Pizzerias estimate that on Super Bowl Sunday they get a 60% increase on take out orders while as much as 11.2million pounds of  potato chips and 1.3 billion chicken wings consumed. So make sure you’ve got plenty of food  to get you through the whole game!

So tune in to BBC or Sky Sports on Sunday night to make sure you’re part of the action. Or keep up to date by following us on Twitter @afdlimited