When the San Francisco 49ers square off with the Baltimore Ravens to decide who walks away with the Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl XLVII, the NFL will be trying to top the monumental 111.3 million U.S. TV viewers it had in 2012.
This game has plenty of storylines—brothers Jim and John Harbaugh squaring off, and Ray Lewis' last game, among others—and the matchup will have no problem drawing in the casual fan.
Add in a halftime show featuring Beyonce, which should bring in a different demographic, and this year's Super Bowl has a great chance of topping last year's numbers.
Game Info: San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens
When: Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.
Betting Information (via Covers)
While both teams come into the Super Bowl best known for the play of their defenses, it has been the offensive units that have brought these franchises to the NFL championship game.
The Ravens and the 49ers each scored 28 points in their respective conference championship games, and they will have to put up similar numbers to walk away with a big win on Super Sunday.
Take the over here.
Spread: San Francisco (-3)
The San Francisco 49ers come into this matchup as the favorite, but these two squads have so many similarities that it could easily be an even closer spread. If you’re looking to bet for the big payoff, take the Ravens.
Baltimore has a potent offense that has played well all postseason, and Joe Flacco has looked like a top-tier quarterback throughout.
San Francisco might win the game, but the Ravens will cover the spread.
According to NFL.com, Grammy-award winner Alicia Keys will kick off the festivities with her rendition of the National Anthem, and the song will be broadcast by CBS prior to the game.
Super Bowl halftime shows are notorious for guest appearances and unique collaborations, and it will be fun to see who, if anyone, joins Beyonce.
With good and bad results, the Super Bowl has featured some over-the-top performances over the years. Where will this one rank?