Super Bowl Start Time 2013: Previewing NFL Matchup and Halftime Performances

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 20:  (L-R) Vernon Davis #85 and Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrate after Kaepernick threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Davis in the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on January 20, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The best day in professional sports is almost upon us, as Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers is just five days away.

With a Super Bowl matchup with more storylines than an entire NFL season and one of the most likable halftime performers, Super Bowl XLVII has all the makings of an instant classic.

Here's your preview for all of Sunday's action.


Start Time: Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.

TV Info: CBS

Live Stream: CBS Super Bowl

Spread: 49ers (-3.5) via Bet Online

Over/Under: 47 (Bet Online)


Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers

From the "Harbaugh Bowl" to Ray Lewis' last game, there are a multitude of storylines to get lost in leading up to Super Bowl XLVII.

How about focusing on the game itself?

This matchup will feature two of the best defenses in the NFL, as the 49ers owned the third-best defense during the regular season while the Ravens have forced eight turnovers during the postseason.

Baltimore's defense will have its hands full against Colin Kaepernick and the Niners read-option offense, which has been crucial in San Francisco's trip to Super Bowl XLVII.

Don't get it twisted though, because Joe Flacco is playing the best football of his life and has the Ravens in prime position to win this game.

Flacco has thrown eight touchdowns to zero interceptions during the playoffs and will have an opportunity to break NFL great Joe Montana's postseason record for most touchdowns in a postseason without an interception (11).

One of the biggest matchups to watch in this game is the 49ers defensive line vs. Baltimore's offensive line.

The Ravens O-line has been playing exceptionally well during the playoffs while Aldon Smith has struggled reaching the QB due to injuries to his counterpart Justin Smith.

All eyes will be on Kaepernick and his dynamic quarterback play on Sunday, but don't count out Flacco and the Ravens.


Halftime Performance

Say my name, say my name. Destiny's Child is back.

While Beyonce will be the front-and-center halftime performer, Us Weekly reports that Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams will join Beyonce midway through the halftime show.

Us Weekly notes that the group will release a greatest hits album a few days before the Super Bowl and that they have a new single out titled "Nuclear," which you can listen to below:

A fan account for Beyonce tweeted out this promotion picture for Beyonce's Super Bowl performance:

Beyonce has come under fire of late for having possibly lip-synced the national anthem at President Obama's second inauguration (h/t CBS News), but either way, this is a halftime performance for all ages.

Beyonce is one of the most respected women in the entertainment business and is rewarding her fans, as she'll be joined on stage by 50 fans at one point, according to Pepsi.

With one of the closest Super Bowl matchups in recent years and a great selection for halftime performance, this should be one of the best all-around Super Bowl days ever.

And please, do not forget about those fuzzy canines in the Puppy Bowl.


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