Super Bowl 2012: 7 Things We're Most Excited to See
The suspense of a two-week break is proving too long for fans waiting to see an epic rematch between Tom Brady and Eli Manning. However, many fans tune in for not only the game, but also for events and people surrounding it.
Here's a look at some of the most exciting things that fans will see on Super Bowl Sunday.
Giants Pass Rush
Yes, ultimately most fans will tune in to catch the action going on between the numbers.
And with that being said, perhaps the most dynamic pass rush in the league will be on display in the New York Giants.
The Giants lead all playoff teams with eight sacks this postseason.
Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul headline a pass rush that has been known to harass Tom Brady in the past, and are looking to do the same in Super Bowl XLVI.
The speed with which the Giants linemen play will be exciting to watch on Sunday.
There has been no bigger story leading up to Super Bowl XVLI then Rob Gronkowski and his injured ankle.
And for good reason.
Gronkowski set the single-season receiving and touchdown record for a tight end, and was a favorite target for Tom Brady.
"Gronk" was injured in the AFC Championship game on a tackle by Bernard Pollard, and his status for the Super Bowl has been relatively unclear.
However, according to ESPN, it appears as though Gronk will play, but the question will be how much he will be able to produce.
If Gronkowski can be the same player he was all season for the Patriots, the Pats will have a great shot at winning their fourth Lombardi Trophy.
Tom Brady vs. Eli Manning
It has been talked about all week leading up to the Super Bowl.
Tom Brady vs. Eli Manning. Who's better and who will come out on top in Super Bowl XVLI?
Brady certainly has the better track record and threw for over 5,000 yards in the regular season. But Manning has had his offense clicking on all cylinders and is on a roll.
With two suspect secondaries, Brady and Manning should be able to move the ball against each other's defenses, but the key will be who can score touchdowns and not settle for the field goals.
This matchup is sure to live up to the hype.
Madonna's Halftime Show
Like her or not, Madonna was, and continues to be, one of the most recognizable names in the world today.
And this worldwide star will be performing on football's biggest stage during halftime on Sunday, which will draw viewers who wouldn't normally watch the game.
If there were any concerns out there about potential "wardrobe malfunctions", Madonna put those fears to rest via Today Entertainment.
And although she wouldn't get into details, she did add this about her halftime show: "I really don't want blow the surprise. I want people to be knocked out of their seats from beginning to end."
She did add that she will be singing three of her older songs, so fans can expect a dazzling performance by the pop star on Sunday.
Kelly Clarkson's National Anthem
On the heels of Steven Tyler's "unique" rendition of the National Anthem in the Patriots-Ravens AFC Championship game, Kelly Clarkson was bestowed the honor of performing the Anthem on football's biggest stage.
Fans are always excited to see the National Anthem. It unifies all Americans. Plus, they want to see if the singer will mess up the words.
Either way, fans will watch the National Anthem Sunday and get ready to kick off the Super Bowl the right way.
Super Bowl Commercials
From Mean Joe Greene's Coca-Cola commercial to the E-Trade Baby, Super Bowl commercials are many times the highlight of a fan's viewing experience.
Sometimes they are the funniest commercials that a company will put out all year, but of course, it costs them.
This year, a 30-second Super Bowl ad will run a company $ 2.8 to $ 3 million, according to Trenski.com
And with all that money being spent, fans can expect great quality in return. There will be at least one commercial that fans will be talking about around the water cooler on Monday, perhaps more than the game itself.
Over Under on How Many Times Peyton Manning Is Shown on Camera
That is huge news for Colts' fans and the NFL as a whole.
However, this is terrible timing to announce his clearance to resume his playing career. His little brother is set to take on Tom Brady and the Patriots and vying for his second Lombardi Trophy.
With this recent announcement, the networks are sure to show Peyton in the press box at least 25 times.
Now, he is one of the faces of the NFL, so it's natural to think the networks would relish the opportunity to talk about and show Peyton at any opportunity on the heels of this announcement.
However, it will take away from little brother Eli's big game.