For two weeks, we've talked about it. Now it's here: Super Bowl XLVII. Still, there's plenty of room to talk about it some more before the game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET. The San Francisco 49ers are set to take on the Baltimore Ravens, as the former looks for its sixth Lombardi Trophy, while the latter is looking for just its second. So where did these teams come from?
The 49ers started being good a season ago, when Alex Smith saw his career revitalized en route to the NFC Championship Game. Unfortunately, turnovers and blunders on special teams sunk the 49ers against the New York Giants that day, and it was back to the drawing board.
Now they've got Colin Kaepernick at quarterback, and they're as dangerous as ever. Kaepernick essentially bested the Green Bay Packers single-handedly, running for almost 200 yards and accounting for four touchdowns. He then didn't give up after being down multiple touchdowns to the Atlanta Falcons, and led his team to victory there.
The Ravens have been a playoff contender for the last five years or so, but they continually fell short of the big game. Last year, they lost to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. This year, they won the AFC North, but had to play in the Wild Card round.
There, they dominated the Indianapolis Colts, and went on to play the Denver Broncos in the Divisional round. That game went into a double overtime, and a Peyton Manning interception set up the game-winning field goal that sent the Ravens back to New England. This time, they took the Patriots out, 28-13, to advance to the Super Bowl.
San Francisco is favored to win it all, but only slightly. Both teams look to be relatively healthy, so this should be a good one, folks.
Sunday, Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m. ET
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.
CBS will carry the game, so you should be able to catch it wherever you happen to be — provided there's one of those moving picture boxes.
In the UK, the BBC and Sky Sports will have the game. In Canada, CTV will simulcast CBS' coverage. Wikipedia also has some other countries listed for those interested.
You'll be able to catch the CBS broadcast of Super Bowl XLVII live on CBS Sports' official website. That should cover most users. If you are outside of the United States and you use NFL Game Pass, that should offer the game, as well.
You can listen to the nationwide broadcast with Kevin Harlan and Boomer Esiason, or if you're in local markets, the top stations there will carry the broadcast. WIYY and WBAL in Baltimore will feature Gerry Sandusky, Stan White and Qadry Ismail, while in San Francisco, Ted Robinson, Eric Davis and Rod Brooks will combine for the KSAN-FM and KNBR broadcast.