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The SuperBowl: What you need to know

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It’s Superbowl Sunday this weekend; the only weekend when people who usually don’t follow the NFL tune in to the biggest game of the year to see what the fuss is about.

SuperbowlBefore you tune it to see the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks battle it to become the next Superbowl champion here is a few things you need to know.

The Game

The most common question is 'what exactly are the rules of the game?' It’s simple really; kind of.

Each offense has four downs (or attempts) to gain 10 yards for a new set of downs; with the ultimate goal of reaching the other team’s end zone to score a touchdown worth six points and one more depending on the point after attempt.

The offence can do this by either running or passing the ball via Running Backs and Wide Receivers. If the offence fails to make 10 yards they punt the ball on the 4th down and the opposing teams offence take the field. Or if they are close enough to the end zone they can opt for a field goal worth three points.

See. Simple!

Path to the SuperBowl

Every one of the 32 teams in the NFL have an equal opportunity to play in the SuperBowl.

They begin the season with a 16 game schedule, playing teams within their division and other teams based on their previous season’s record. Then the top teams enter the play offs, equal to the last 16 format in the Champions League and FA cup and progress from there.

The difference being that there are two conferences in the NFL; the AFC and NFC; the winner of each conference then play in the SuperBowl.

The Teams

The Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots will play in Superbowl 49 in Arizona and they couldn’t be more different.

The New England Patriots are no stranger to playing in the SB, appearing in six since 2000; when they drafted Tom Brady. This is the most appearances in a SB by any Quarter Back in the history of the NFL, which isn’t bad for someone who was drafted 199th overall in the NFL draft; which is the equivalent of being the fourth choice striker on a premiership team.

They are considered the best team of the on the NFL over the past 14 years.

The Seattle Seahawks are a team on the rise. They won last year’s SB, beating the Denver Bronco’s and the legendary Peyton Manning, and return this year looking to be only the fourth team to win back to back Superbowls.

Coach Pete Carroll and QB Russell Wilson are credited for turning the Seahawks fortunes around. Wilson, like Brady, was draft low down in the draft list and has proved to be a wise investment by Seattle. The Seahawks are making a strong case to become the best team in the NFL for the next 14 years.

What separates these two teams are the fans. Seattle fans are the loudest in the NFL and are called the 12th Man and even have the number 12 Seahawk jersey retired in their name. The level of noise always plays a role in the outcome of any Seahawk game.

The Half-Time Show & Commercials

Next to the game itself the half time show is almost as important. Much is always made of the 30 minute concert; the artist who performs get their very own press conference upon the announcement. This year Katy Perry will entertain the fans and audience during the break.

Of course the half time show once overshadowed the game itself. In 2004 Janet Jackson infamously had that infamous and 'controversial' wardrobe malfunction.

Much has been made of the commercials aired on Superbowl Sunday; companies push the boat out promoting their products to the 110 million people watching in the States; as well as the estimated one billion people who will watch worldwide.

However the most jaw dropping about the Superbowl is how much its costs for a 30 second advertisement; $4.5 million. Yes, that’s right companies shell out $4.5 million for 30 SECONDS of air time; very little in fact chose 30 seconds, often opting to go as long as 2 minutes.

Finally

Aside from winning a shiny new trophy, an all-expense paid party by the team owners and a nice bonus, every player and coach on the winning team receive a flashy, diamond encrusted ring that would be most rappers blush.

Then before next season begins they are invited to the White House for a ceremony with the President. Not too bad for a game that is often called rugby with pads.




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