Super Bowl 2018: Date, Location, Kickoff Time, Odds, Logo, Halftime Show News

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2018

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 02:  A detail of the New England Patriots logo reflected in the Vince Lombardi trophy during a press conference with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Chevrolet Super Bowl  XLIX MVP Tom Brady following the Patriots Super Bowl win over the Seattle Seahawks on February 2, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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It may seem like the Hall of Fame Game kicked off the preseason just last week, but there is only one game remaining in the 2017 NFL season.

While the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will play for the Lombardi Trophy on the field, the Super Bowl is just as much an event as it is football game. Entertainers such as halftime performer Justin Timberlake and Pink—who is singing the national anthem—take center stage, and the commercials draw just as much, if not more, buzz than the players.

With that in mind, here is a look at some of the information surrounding this season's title clash.


2018 Super Bowl

Date: Sunday, Feb. 4

Location: U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Kickoff Time: 6:30 p.m. ET


Odds: Patriots -5.5, per Joe Osborne of OddsShark, as of Sunday at 10 p.m. ET

Logo: The NFL shared the Super Bowl LII logo in a tweet it sent out during the playoffs:


Halftime Show News

Timberlake will have his hands full following Lady Gaga, who thrilled with a memorable performance during halftime of last year's Super Bowl.

The NFL announced the former N'Sync member would headline halftime in October, while Timberlake also shared the news in an announcement video featuring Jimmy Fallon:


Minnesota. @SuperBowl LII. February 4, 2018. @jtimberlake! #PepsiHalftime #SBLII https://t.co/XreajJiHJu

Justin Timberlake @jtimberlake

I DO have the time. Half the time...#PepsiHalftime #SBLII @Pepsi @NFL @JimmyFallon @FallonTonight https://t.co/4Z4Dz29l3X

Choosing Timberlake for the halftime show was notable beyond the fact he is immediately recognizable as a 10-time Grammy Award winner. He also performed at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004 and was part of Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction.

He will have new music to promote this time around considering his album Man of the Woods will be released Feb. 2, two days before he performs. He also released a single called "Filthy" and figures to unleash a medley of his older hits—perhaps as far back to his N'Sync days—and new songs to a massive audience.

"With Timberlake filling 13 minutes of stage time, longtime fans of the singer can certainly look forward to a walk down Timberlane, with several hits off of FutureSex/LoveSoundsJustified and The 20/20 Experience almost certainly on the setlist," Alex Ungerman of ET wrote.

Timberlake also performed in the 2001 Super Bowl with N'Sync, and Candy Woodall of Penn Live noted that three halftime shows will be the most of any entertainer.

For his part, the singer wants the audience to dance.

"What I really want to do is take the opportunity to put together a performance that feels like it unifies," Timberlake said, per Woodall. "I feel like that would be the ultimate accomplishment, and then the icing on the cake is at some point within that 12 minutes that everybody is shaking their booty."


Game Prediction

It is hard to ignore what the Eagles did Sunday in a dominant 38-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game.

Nick Foles was particularly impressive with 352 passing yards and three touchdowns against a defense that led the league in points and yards allowed this season. However, going up against the mighty Patriots will be a different story.

New England is the gold standard in the NFL and has won two of the last three Super Bowls and five overall since Bill Belichick took over prior to the 2000 season. It proved yet again in Sunday's AFC Championship Game it is never out of a postseason contest when Tom Brady overcame a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars with two touchdown passes to Danny Amendola.

The thought here is Brady will pick apart an Eagles secondary that finished 17th in the league in passing yards allowed during the regular season and earn the sixth Lombardi Trophy of his career.


Prediction: Patriots 31, Eagles 17