Super Bowl 2019, LA Rams vs New England Patriots: What time is kick-off today, who is the half-time performer and how to watch in UK
What is Super Bowl 53?
It’s the Super Bowl – this year between the LA Rams and New England Patriots – the cherry on the top of the cake that has been the 2018/19 NFL season.
This is the biggest game in American sport, one of the most-watched matches in the TV sporting calendar, and the night when it really pays to know your zone-read offense from your muffed punts.
(Please note: Knowing what these things mean may or may not have any impact on your enjoyment of the game).
This year’s event is the 53rd time the game has been staged, so, in accordance with Roman numerical tradition, it will be known as Super Bowl LIII.
As is also traditional, the game will pit the winners of the AFC (New England Patriots) and NFC (LA Rams) conferences against one another in a game of four quarters of 15 minutes which somehow conspires to take about four hours.
The winner will take home the Vince Lombardi trophy but also earn the right to douse their coach with a big bucket of luridly-coloured energy drink and have their excitable quarterback shout the phrase “I’m going to Disneyworld” into the microphone of an accommodating broadcast journalist:
When does the Super Bowl kick-off?
This year’s game takes place on Sunday 3 February 2019.
What time is kick-off in the UK?
Kick-off is due at 23.30 GMT, 18.30 local time.
What TV channel is it on?
You have a choice. You can stay in the company of the hardest-working man in NFL broadcasting Neil Reynolds, who has guided us through the vast majority of the season on Sky Sports. Or you can switch it up and try the scrappy underdog that is BBC One.
Where is it being held?
Atlanta, Georgia has the honour. The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the home of the Falcons, hosts the game.
It seats 71,000 and is quite the building:
Which teams will be playing?
The New England Patriots and the LA Rams. The Patriots will feature in their third straight Super Bowl, their fourth in five years, largely thanks to the brilliance of Tom Brady.
The five-time NFL champion guided the Patriots 75 yards after winning the overtime coin toss, and running back Rex Burkhead’s 2-yard touchdown lifted New England past Kansas City 37-31 for the AFC championship Sunday night.
The drive against an exhausted defense was reminiscent of when the Patriots beat Atlanta in the only Super Bowl to go to overtime two years ago.
New England (13-5) benefited from two critical replay reviews and made its ninth Super Bowl with Brady at quarterback and Bill Belichick as coach.
Awaiting them in Atlanta are the Los Angeles Rams, who won 26-23 in overtime in New Orleans for the NFC championship game.
The Rams last made the Super Bowl in 2002 while based in St. Louis, losing to the Patriots, the first time Brady won the big game.
Who is the half-time performer?
Super Bowl 2019 will be headlined by Maroon 5, singers of songs including Moves Like Jagger:
They will be joined by Travis Scott and Big Boi, in a frankly welcome nod to Atlanta’s status as a hip-hop hotbed. Big Boi, who is half of Outkast, was born and raised in the host city.