The biggest game of the football season takes place on Sunday, when Super Bowl XLVII will be played in New Orleans. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 EST and it will be broadcast on CBS.
Scroll through the gallery for a look at some key details you should know about the game. Next
Ray’s last game
If you have a pulse, you probably know who Ray Lewis by now. In literal terms, he’s a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens. You may have also heard this will be Lewis’s final game, as he announced before the playoffs he’d retire after this season. That news has led to plenty of fond sentiments but also a good dose of ribbing. Saturday Night Live even parodied him. Not sure who Lewis is? Just look for the guy crying, praying and dancing on the sidelines. Next
A Super place
This year's Super Bowl will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. There have been 9 previous games played in New Orleans and historically, Super Bowl games that take place there aren't close games; only one of them was decided by fewer than 10 points.
The last time the Super Bowl was held outdoors in New Orleans was in 1975. It was recorded as the coldest Super Bowl game at a chilling 39 degrees, as well as the second-lowest scoring Super Bowl game in history: the Pittsburgh Steelers bowled over the Minnesota Vikings to win 16-6.
The next time the Super Bowl was in New Orleans, in 1978, was the first Super Bowl in the Superdome. Next
Defense is the key
Need a quick football primer so you know what you're talking about Sunday? To sum it up in a few words, the game comes down to one of the best defensive teams in the league (the 49ers) facing another pretty good defensive team. Linebacker Patrick Willis (pictured, making a tackle) and the 49ers were 2d in the NFL in points allowed, while Baltimore was 12th. The game should be physical and it could be low-scoring. The 49ers are slight favorites in Vegas. Next
If you haven't heard enough about the "Har-bowl" yet, sit tight. There'll be plenty more of it because this Super Bowl matches brothers—Jim and John Harbaugh—as head coaches of the opposing teams. The brothers' parents, Jack and Jacki Harbaugh, have stated that they won't be cheering for one team over another in the Super Bowl.
"I'm going to be neutral in the game. I know one is going to win and one is going to lose, but I would really like [the game] to end in a tie. Can the NFL do that?” Jacki said.
John coaches the Ravens, who beat Jim’s 49ers, 16-6, in a regular-season meeting between the teams in the 2011 season. Next
The Vince Lombardi Trophy isn't the only thing at stake in the Super Bowl. Last year, the Giants each took home a $88,000 bonus for winning the championship while New England got $44,000 extra each, and the player shares are the same this year. Compare that to the first Super Bowl in 1967: the Green Bay Packers came home with $15,000 extra and the losers, the Kansas City Chiefs, got $7,500. Next
A trend in the making?
Colin Kaepernick, the 25-year-old second-year QB for the 49ers, will start the tenth game of his professional career in the Super Bowl, but that's not the only headline in his agenda. Kaepernick filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office in mid-January to trademark his signature touchdown celebration "Kaepernicking."
You may see him kissing his right bicep during the Super Bowl, but if you do it in the future, you might have to pay him royalties. Next
Joe Flacco is great ... sort of
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, on the other hand, is playing for a big contract, and he'll probably get it. Flacco called himself "an elite quarterback" last summer, and his agent said recently that Flacco is among the top five quarterbacks in the league. Known for riding his defense to victories, Flacco has never proven himself to be on that level, but if he wins the Super Bowl ESPN will slobber over him anyway. Next
Randy Moss says he's the greatest
Speaking of self confidence, there's no lack of it in the other locker room, either. Former Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss said on Tuesday that he's the best wide receiver of all time, even though he plays for the franchise Jerry Rice used to play for. Moss is, at best, the 2d-best receiver on his own team at the moment. He's had some great years with the Patriots, setting all kinds of records during New England's 18-1 season in 2007. Next
The anthem singer
Singer Alicia Keys will sing her rendition of the national anthem for Super Bowl XLVII. Betting site Bovada believes that Keys' version of the song will run a total of 2 mintues and 15 seconds, beating Christina Aguilera's 1:53 in 2011 even after she missed a line. The reason for the lengthy anthem? Keys said she wants to perform the song "my style and my way." Next
How the Patriots fit in
Maybe you're a casual Patriots fan and don't quite now how to defend your team on Sunday. It's true that the Patriots lost to both Baltimore and San Francisco this season, but New England has won the Super more recently than both teams. The Patriots won it all in 2001, 2003, and 2004. Baltimore last won the Super Bowl in 2000, and the 49ers haven't won since 1994. Next
After lip-syncing the nationl anthem at the presidential inauguration on Jan. 21 and signing a $50 million contract to be the new face of the Pepsi brand, Beyonce is gearing up for her second Super Bowl appearance. The award-winning pop star sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houstonin 2004 and recently released a sneak peek playlist of some of the songs she will perform, including Destiny's Child hit "Survivor" with the other two members of her former pop group. Back to the beginning
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