Wait, There’s a Football Game, Right?

We thought that in the run-up to the big night, perhaps we should devote at least a few minutes to the sport and the sportsmen who allow us to enjoy all the great Super Bowl commercials. For the next little while, we’re going to be talking not about amazing beer commercials or car ads, but instead about… football. And specifically two football teams you’re going to be seeing when there aren’t commercials running on February 3rd. We’ll make this fast n’ easy for you, so you have a few talking points when a boring ad for local news is running on your CBS affiliate.

Here are the things you have to know!

  • This Super Bowl XLVII. That means 47. (Yes, you’re right Roman Numerals are kind of dumb.)
  • The game will be between AFC champions, the Baltimore Ravens, and the NFC champs, the San Francisco 49ers. (GO NINERS!!! Yeah, we’re not biased!)
  • John Sutter first discovered gold in the river near his mill in 1848, predicating the California Gold Rush that led to massive western migration, thus the term “49ers” for 1849. What does that matter in regards to the game? Well… nothing. We just thought you’d like to know.
  • The game will be the first match up of two brothers filling the opposing roles of head coach, with John Harbaugh at the helm of the Raven’s club, his brother Jim across the field in 49ers territory.
  • Beyoncé will headline the halftime show; we’ll see if she actually sings!
  • Ray Lewis, the longtime star player of Baltimore (and a terrifying man) has said this will be his last ever game in the NFL before retiring. We’ll see… we remember Bret Favre saying stuff like that.
  • The first ever Super Bowl was played in 1967. The Green Bay Packers won both Super Bowls I and II. And XXXI and XLV, if you were wondering. They lost XXII.
  • The team with the most Super Bowl wins are the Steelers, with 6. Greedy, greedy Steelers.
  • The End Zone is the place where you get a touchdown.
  • The ways to score in football are: Touchdown (6 points); Field Goal (3 points); Safety (2 points); Two Point Conversion (2 points); Point After (1 point).
  • If you watch the game on Sunday, February 3rd, know that you are one of about 110 MILLION others, worldwide.
  • We expect to get about 2.5 million visitors between Sunday and Tuesday – every one of them interested in nothing but the commercials!