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Cheatsheet: All You Need To Know Ahead Of The Super Bowl

Millions of people all around the world tonight will transform into American Football fanatics as Super Bowl LIII takes place in Atlanta, Georgia. 

To help you on your way, and to save you from some furious internet searching, we have compiled a cheatsheet ahead of tonight’s game.

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Who Is Playing? 

The Los Angeles Rams face the New England Patriots.

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What Time Is It At? 

The game will kick off at 6.30pm local-time (11.30pm GMT) tonight at Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta.

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Where Can I Watch It? 

For anyone in Ireland and the UK wanting to tune into all the action, coverage begins on BBC One at 11pm.

For US-based fans, it is being broadcast live on CBS while it can also be streamed online at CBSSports.com or the CBS Sports app.

You can find a list of global broadcasters here.

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Who Are The Patriots?

The New England Patriots are on the hunt for their sixth Super Bowl title which would match the Pittsburgh Steelers’ record. Quarterback, Tom Brady, and coach, Bill Belichick, have been involved in all nine Pats appearances in the Super Bowl. If they win, Belichick will become the oldest coach to win it at 66.

All eyes will be on 41-year-old Tom Brady this evening, who is considered the greatest quarterback of all time. He has had a relatively quiet season by his standards with 29 touchdowns and a passing completion rate of almost 66 percent. It is his experience, combined with Belichick’s, that is expected to see them across the line tonight.

Other players to keep an eye out for are tight end, Rob Gronkowski, wide receiver Julian Edelman, running backs, James White and Sony Michel, and defensive end Trey Flowers.

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Who Are The Rams?

The Los Angeles Rams, previously the St Louis Rams, are appearing in their fourth Super Bowl, having won it in 2000, beat the Tennessee Titans 23–16. While Belichick would become the oldest coach to win the Super Bowl if the Pats were victorious tonight, Rams coach, Sean McVay, would become the youngest at 33.

This is only the third season in the league for quarterback, Jared Goff having been picked in the 2016 draft. The 24-year-old has made 32 touchdowns so far this season.

The Rams enjoyed a stellar start to their campaign, winning their first eight games before a run of three defeats. Their playoff win over New Orleans Saints last month was embroiled in controversy when there appeared to be pass interference by the Rams. The incident went unpenalised but if it had been, the Saints could have kicked a game-winning field goal just before running out the clock. A judge ruled earlier this week that there would be no replay of the game.

Their notable players include defensive tackle, Aaron Donald, and running back, Todd Gurley.

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Who Is Performing At Half-Time? 

What’s become just as popular, if not more popular, than the game itself is the half-time show. The NFL apparently had difficulty securing an act this year with stars like Rihanna and Cardi B turning down the gig in a show of support to Colin Kaepernick.

Maroon 5 officially confirmed just weeks ago that they would perform with two guests, rapper Travis Scott and Big Boi of Outkast.

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Who Are The Favourites? 

Patriots are favourites to win at 4/5.

 

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Author: Marisa Kennedy

Marisa is a Digital Journalist with Pundit Arena. You can contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter