Super Bowl XLVIII, the first outdoor cold-weather Super Bowl, is set for Sunday with the Seattle Seahawks facing the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium. Weather is not expected to be a factor in the game. Temperatures could climb as high as 49 degrees during the day and the thermometer is expected to read in the high 30s with light wind at kickoff time.
No host team has ever played in the Super Bowl. The New York Giants, hosting this season along with their MetLife Stadium co-tenants the New York Jets, hoped to become that team. The Giants, though, started the season 0-6 and were never a factor. The Giants, however, did play both Super Bowl teams at MetLife. They were crushed by the Broncos, 41-23, in Week 2 and whitewashed by the Seahawks, 23-0, in Week 15. For what it's worth the Seahawks have been using the Giants practice facility across the parking lot from MetLife Stadium, and they are impressed by the four shiny Lombardi trophies the Giants own.
The Seahawks are in the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history, and are seeking their first title. The Broncos are in the game for the seventh time, chasing their third Super Bowl title.
Here is a quick look at the basics for watching or listening to Super Bowl 48:
- Teams: Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos
- Date: Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014
- Kickoff time: 6:25 p.m. EST
- Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
- Super Bowl score by quarter: Live SB Nation scoreboard
- Live stream: FOX Sports Go (Sign-in is not required during the Super Bowl TV broadcast)
- TV channel: FOX (A full list of international broadcasters is available here)
- Radio: NFL on Westwood One (Choose your station here), with Kevin Harlan as the play-by-play announcer
- Announcers: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman; Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews are sideline reporters
- Officials: Terry McAulay and his crew
- Super Bowl Odds: Broncos by 3 (All odds are updated here)
- Halftime show performance: Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers
- National anthem: Renee Fleming
The Super Bowl and betting, of course, go hand-in-hand. We have a look at 48 prop bets you can make in honor of Super Bowl 48.
Who do you think will win Sunday's game? Big Blue View staffers have already offered their opinions. There is still time to vote in our poll, which right now is leaning heavily in favor of the Broncos.
There is also still time to enjoy the New York Super Bowl experience.
For the team perspectives, check out SB Nation's team sites. For the Seahawks, that means Field Gulls. For the Broncos, that means Mile High Report.