Super Bowl 2012 Kickoff Time and 5 Other Facts for Giants vs. Patriots

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on against the Baltimore Ravens during their AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Super Bowl XLVI has finally arrived, as the New York Giants and New England Patriots partake in their final preparations for the biggest game of the year. 

These teams have worked hard all season long to get here, and now they will throw it all out on the line, hoping to win another Super Bowl. 

Of course, for some players, this is their first shot at a Super Bowl, and it could be their last. Some of the greatest players ever in the NFL weren't lucky enough to play in the big game, which is why everyone cherishes this moment so much. 

That being said, here are five facts you need to know about Super Bowl XLVI. 

When: Sunday, Feb. 5 at 6:29 p.m. ET 

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.

Watch: NBC 

Live Stream 

This year, for the first time ever, the Super Bowl will be streamed LIVE online at NBC Sports for your computer or mobile device through NFL Mobile

Spread 

According to VegasInsider, the Patriots are favored at -3.

The last time these two teams played was in Week 9, and the Giants won that game by four points. When they met in Super Bowl XLII, the Giants won by three points. 

Expect another close game this Sunday, as both teams know each other very well. They're evenly matched, and that's why it's going to be a fantastic game that comes down to the wire. 

Over/Under 

According to VegasInsider, the over/under is set at 54.5, which may seem rather high. In Week 9, the total score was only a 44, so expect many to take the under for this game. 

However, I think it will go over as both Tom Brady and Eli Manning have their offense rolling tonight. Then again, anything can happen, so nobody truly knows how it will go down. 

Vegas is pretty crafty at times, and their high over/under total will cause several people to bite at it. 

New York Injury Report 

*According to CBSSports.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot): Probable

WR Hakeem Nicks (shoulder): Questionable 

DE Osi Umenyiora (knee,ankle): Probable

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 01:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots answers questions from the press during a media availability session for Super Bowl XLVI at the University Place Conference Center & Hotel on February 1, 2012 in Indianapolis,
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CB Corey Webster (hamstring): Questionable

New England Injury Report 

*According to CBSSports.

WR Deion Branch (knee): Questionable

WR Wes Welker (knee): Questionable

TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle): Questionable

LB Brandon Spikes (knee): Questionable

OT Sebastian Vollmer (back, foot): Questionable

OG Logan Mankins (knee): Questionable

According to NBC Sports' Mike Florio, a league source said Gronkowski will see the field of play. 

"Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will play Sunday despite a high ankle sprain suffered against the Ravens in the AFC title game."

This is big news, but of course, this shouldn't be much of a surprise. Sure, Gronkowski may be in a lot of pain, but this is the biggest sporting event of the year and the biggest game of his young career, meaning there's no way he's going to miss it.

As long as he's able to stand and at least jog, Gronkowski will be on the field. 

Entertainment 

Kelly Clarkson will sing the national anthem, which will hopefully be better than last year's talent.

Christina Aguilera sang it last year, but she messed up on some of the words and it didn't sound all that well. It shouldn't be a problem this time around, but since it's the Super Bowl, the nerves are definitely flowing. 

Madonna will perform the halftime show, and once again, the hope is that it will be better than last year when the Black Eyed Peas took the stage. 

Of course, that's something we shouldn't count on. What we do know is that Madonna has promised no wardrobe malfunctions, so that's nice. And if that's something you were hoping for, well that's just wrong. 

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