Super Bowl Kickoff Time 2013: Essential Guide to NFL's Biggest Day

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIFebruary 2, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 01:  A general view of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome prior to Super Bowl XLVII on February 1, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Super Bowl Sunday is a day for everyone to enjoy. Casual fans, diehards, non-fans and everyone in between will be tuning in to CBS to catch the 2013 Super Bowl from New Orleans.

It’s a day that transcends the game of football and unites us all, for at least one day, in a spectacle celebration that engulfs us.

Trying to resist is futile. Chances are, if you’re breathing on Feb. 3 you will be inundated with the commercials, predictions and highlights that will fill the airwaves and interwebs.

So you should be prepared, right?

Take a look at some essential information to guide you on your way.


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

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

Watch: CBS

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Listen: Sirus XM Radio: 88


Top Storylines and Keys to the Game

Is Joe Flacco an Elite QB?

The debate is currently raging around the country as to whether or not Joe Flacco has earned himself a place among the elite quarterbacks of the NFL.

You decide.

Flacco has won a playoff game in each of his first five seasons in the NFL and has accrued seven road playoff wins during that span. Those seven road wins are the most in NFL history by a quarterback.

Despite those impressive feats, Flacco is knocked as being a product of a successful franchise and not the player responsible for the team’s success.


San Francisco’s Defense

The San Francisco 49ers boast the NFL’s second-ranked scoring defense, allowing just 17.1 points per game. That’s thanks to their fourth-best rush (94.2 yards per game allowed) and pass (200.2 yards per game allowed) defenses that have stifled teams this season.

Interestingly, if the 49ers can score 20 points against the Ravens they will be in a great position to win the ballgame. They are undefeated in such games since Jim Harbaugh took the reins of the team in 2011.

Baltimore has struggled against physical and smash-mouth competition. If they can slow down the new-look Colin Kaepernick-led 49ers offense, they may be able to keep things close enough to stand a chance against this defense.


Harbaugh Bowl

San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh is taking on Baltimore’s John Harbaugh, his older brother, for the right be crowned an NFL champion.

This matchup marks the first time brothers have coached against one another in a Super Bowl.

The last time these two brothers met, John’s Ravens won a Thanksgiving night matchup in a low-scoring 16-6 victory.

Will Jim get his revenge on the international stage and hoist the Lombardi Trophy when all is said and done in New Orleans?