The final game of the 2016-17 NFL season will be getting underway in just hours, ladies and gentlemen, as the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons will kick things off for Super Bowl LI. We know that you’re likely going to be watching the game, but we wanted to make sure that you had everything you needed in order to do it right.
The pre-game hype is well underway at most places, but if you’re just focused on the game itself, kickoff is set for approximately 5:30 PM Central. This game will be broadcast on FOX, live and in living color, from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be the announcing team for this one, so hopefully the background noise wherever you’re watching the game at will be enough to drown them out. For your sake. . .seriously, I’m only thinking of you here.
Want a map? Sorry, there’s no map. Turn on FOX at 5:30 PM Central. I’m relatively certain the game will be there.
For our men and women in uniform serving overseas, this one will be shown on the American Forces Network. Specifically, it will be on AFN Sports. They’ll be showing the various pregame festivities from FOX all day long, with kickoff set for 2330Z. That means you’re looking at kickoff happening at 0030L Monday morning if you’re in Central Europe, 0400L on Monday for everyone if Afghanistan, and 0830L Monday morning for folks in Japan and Korea.
For our Canadian friends, the game will be broadcast on a number of different networks. CTV will be showing the game on CTV, CTV Two, and TSN. The French-language version will be broadcast on RDS.
If you’re going to be watching from the United Kingdom, the game will be on both Sky Sports 1 and BBC 1. I’m not sure if the BBC version will be the same as last year, but last year’s BBC broadcast was commercial-free, with the network letting the analysts talk through what would be the commercial breaks. It was actually kind of cool. The action starts at 11:30 PM for everyone in the UK.
If you’re traveling and not able to watch the game on television, there will be plenty of radio coverage for you to pick from. Westwood One will feature Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, and a host of others. Check the list of affiliates to find one near you.
If you’re going the satellite radio route, you can get the feed from the Patriots’ announcers on either XM 225 or Sirius 81. For the Falcons’ announcers, you can tune to either XM 82 or Sirius 82. The Westwood One broadcast will be played on SiriusXM NFL Radio, which is Channel 88 on both the Sirius and XM dials. If you’d like your broadcast en español, tune to Channel 157 on either service.
The officiating team for this one will be led by Carl Cheffers, who is officiating the Super Bowl for the first time in his career. The Vikings saw Cheffers and his regular crew once this season, as they handled the Vikings’ Thanksgiving loss at Detroit.
Game’s gonna be indoors, folks. Nothing to see here.
The Patriots opened as a three-point favorite over the Falcons, and according to the SB Nation Odds Page, that number has held steady over the course of the past two weeks. The over/under for this one is at 58, a slight drop from the 58.5 that it opened at.
For folks in the United States, the game will be streamed on FOX Sports Go.
For the Canadian audience, the game will be shown on CTV.ca.
For other fans in the international audience, there’s NFL Game Pass.
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That’s all the information you should need to be able to watch or listen to Super Bowl LI this afternoon and evening, ladies and gentlemen. We’ll have our Open Thread up and ready to go at approximately 5:00 PM Central, half an hour before kickoff. We’ll see you then, folks!