Super Bowl LV tonight concludes the NFL’s 101st season with the 55th Super Bowl, but can also be considered the 51st modern-era NFL championship game (post-merger). The NFC champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play against the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs.
Let’s be honest, most folks are just happy the Packers aren’t playing.
That said, I’m guessing a lot of our regulars (readers and commenters) are Chiefs fans to some degree, as they are the “local” team in relation to our beloved Jayhawks. And I’m guessing that means that most of those folks will be spending most of their day over at Arrowhead Pride, but if it gets too crowded over there, you’re obviously welcome here.
How to Watch
Sunday, Feb 7, 5:30 p.m. CST
Tampa, FL: Raymond James Stadium
TV: CBS (check your local over the air station or cable affiliate)
- Jim Nantz (Play-by-Play), Tony Romo (Analyst), Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn, and Jay Feely (Reporters), Gene Steratore (Rules Analyst)
Radio: Westwood One
- Kevin Harlan (Play-by-Play), Kurt Warner (Analyst), Laura Okmin and Tony Boselli (Reporters)
Last year, Patrick Mahomes became the first Big 12 quarterback to start a Super Bowl.
Not that Texas Tech was ever a Big 8 school, but just FYI, the (old) Big 8 hasn’t seen a QB start a super bowl since Nebraska’s Vince Ferragamo did it in Super Bowl 14. (I’m not counting Troy Aikman, since he transferred to UCLA after three seasons at Oklahoma. And to be fair, Ferragamo himself transferred from Cal to Nebraska.)
Since their formation in 1976, Tampa Bay has played in just one other Super Bowl, beating the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII (2002).
This will be the Chiefs’ fourth Super Bowl appearance and second in a row - also just their second since the afore-mentioned AFL–NFL merger in 1970 (aka the modern-era). The Chiefs are 2–1 in their three prior Super Bowls.
Kansas City has won five consecutive AFC West titles and been to the playoffs in six consecutive seasons.
The cost for a 30-second commercial is reported to be in the $5-5.5 million range this year, slightly down from last years $5-5.6 million.
This matchup features two quarterbacks with the largest age gap ever to play in a Super Bowl; Mahomes (25 yrs old) and Brady (43 yrs old) were born 18 years and 45 days apart.
Tom Brady is going for his 7th Super Bowl ring. He is 6-3 as a starter in his nine Super Bowls.
Brady has thrown just 6 INTs in his previous 9 Super Bowl appearances. He threw 3 INTs in the NFC Championship game and two more in the regular season matchup against the Chiefs back on Nov 29.
Sarah Thomas will be the first female official to join a Super Bowl crew.
Question of the Day
You have been virtually invited to the RCT Super Bowl Zoom Party, which is obviously the coolest socially-distanced party regardless of where you live. What dish are you making to show off, and what drink are you washing it down with?