NEW ORLEANS, LA (MorichesDaily) — After weeks of hype, Super Bowl XLVII game day is here. The story lines run deep in Super Bowl XLVII.
Brothers Jim and John Harbaugh meet for the title, the first time that has ever happened.
Joe Flacco and Colin Kaepernick are aiming to join the elite conversation at quarterback.
It will be Ray Lewis’ final game in the NFL, a chance for him to have his Jerome Bettis moment — in New Orleans.
The San Francisco 49ers will be looking for a record-tying sixth Super Bowl championship while the Baltimore Ravens will be looking to send Ray Lewis into retirement with the second title in franchise history.
Here’s what you need to know to watch the big game:
Super Bowl XLVII — Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers
Game time: Kickoff is scheduled for Sunday at 6:30 pm ET/3:30 PT.
Location: Superdome, New Orleans, La.
Line: San Francisco -3.5 points, over/under 47.5
Where to watch/listen: The Super Bowl will be televised on CBS (check your local listings) and will be streamed live on Yahoo! Sports with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms handling the broadcasting duties.
Kevin Harlan and Boomer Esiason will broadcast the game on radio for Dial Global (check your local listings) and on Sirius XM channel 88. Univision Radio will broadcast the game in Spanish.
Pregame show: CBS will feature 7 1/2 hours of pregame coverage starting with “Road To The Super Bowl” at 11 a.m. ET. Highlights include a Scott Pelley interview with President Barack Obama. The NFL
Network will also feature a live pregame show from New Orleans starting at 9 a.m. ET and will include former quarterback Brett Favre in his first broadcasting venture.
National anthem: Alicia Keys
Halftime show: Beyonce
It won’t be the first Super Bowl appearance for Beyonce, 31. She sang the national anthem at the 2004 game.
Beyonce, whose hits include “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” has won 16 Grammy Awards.
Beyonce headlines what should be an electric show. And hopefully we’ll hear her live this time after the lip-syncing fiasco during Barack Obama’s inauguration.
History favors the 49ers on the big stage. They are 5-0 in the big game, but this will be their first appearance since the 1994 season (Super Bowl XXIX), when they thumped the Chargers. The Ravens have only been to one big game, back in 2000, but they too are undefeated — 1-0 in their only appearance, crushing the Giants in XXXV.
Locally, this game is viewed as another triumph on New Orleans’ road to recovery after Hurricane Katrina. The Super Bowl has been played here nine times previously, but not since 2002 — the longest drought ever for the city. In 2005, Katrina heavily damaged the site of today’s game, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and the stadium was further trashed when it served as an evacuation center for thousands of refugees.
Many called for the Superdome to be demolished at the time. Now it’s back at the center of the sports universe, ready to host Super Bowl XLVII.