Everything You Need to Know About Tonight’s Super Bowl LIII
Gameday has finally arrived, and the NFL's week-long celebration comes to a climax tonight when the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots take the field in Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII. Here's everything you need to know.
Los Angeles Rams (13-3) vs. New England Patriots (11-5)
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Kickoff 5:30 PM Central Time
Tonight is a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002 when the Patriots, behind first year starter Tom Brady, beat the St. Louis Rams 20-17. With a win tonight, Brady would collect his sixth Super Bowl ring -- which would be the most by any player in NFL history.
The Patriots advanced to the Super Bowl this year by defeating the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs after a first round bye. The Rams also got a pass in the first round, before beating the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints in the post-season.
New England will be playing in their record eleventh Super Bowl -- and a win would be the team's sixth, tying them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most all-time. Vegas has the Patriots as 2½ point favorites.
National Anthem Performer: Gladys Knight
Halftime Performer: Maroon 5
Today represents the Rams' fourth Super Bowl appearance, losing two of the previous three -- with the lone win coming against the Tennessee Titans on January 30th, 2000 (also played in Atlanta).
The average price paid for a 30-second commercial during tonight's game is more than $5 million, with more than $500 million spent on game-day advertising (that includes pre-game, post-game, the whole ball of wax).
And last, but not least -- the National Chicken Council expects Americans to eat 1.35 billion chicken wings during tonight's game. That's billion with a 'B!' Get the cluck outta here!
Tip of the Day: No double-dipping the snacks during flu season!