The countdown has begun. Now less than a week away, football fans across the country can’t wait for Super Bowl LI. The New England Patriots will take on the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX.
The football game itself is setting up to be a classic. However, Super Bowl Weekend is much more than just football these days. It has become such an event that fans of food, music and pop culture can enjoy the game.
As a result, this Super Bowl preview will cover all the bases, so even the casual fan will have some talking points for the big game.
As far as the game is concerned, this is a match up that should live up to the hype. Matt Ryan and Tom Brady are some of the most cerebral quarterbacks that the NFL has ever seen. They both have an incredible attention to detail, and expect the most out of the rest of their team. Both quarterbacks are fresh off of dominating performances, and their confidence couldn’t be any higher.
On the other hand, the two head coaches in this game come from extensive defensive backgrounds. Dan Quinn, head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, was the defensive mastermind that guided the Seattle Seahawks to a win in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Quinn has put together a formidable defense during his tenure in Atlanta. Fresh off of shutting down Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta’s defense features young talent that has shown they can be fearless. Look for Vic Beasley and Ricardo Allen to be disruptive forces all night.
Bill Belichick is a man that needs no introduction. His defensive game plans have stifled the best quarterbacks in the game, and he plans to do the same to Matt Ryan. One of the most pivotal players in this Super Bowl will be Malcolm Butler.
The hero of the Pats’ Super Bowl win in 2015, Butler has proven he is much more than just that one play. If Butler can lock down Julio Jones, the Pro Bowl wide receiver on the Falcons, then there will be an immense amount of pressure lifted off of the rest of New England’s defense.
This football game could turn in to a chess match very quickly, with the smarter and more patient team emerging victorious.
Almost as important as the game, food during Super Bowl Sunday is sacred. From chips and dip to five course meals, there are a bunch of different ways to have a delicious menu for the big game.
Whether you want to order take out or make all of the food in your own kitchen, you better come prepared. If you’re relying on a restaurant to provide the food for your party, be sure to call ahead days in advance as you won’t be the only one with that plan.
Some of the highlights that are sure to get rave reviews include: buffalo chicken dip, chili, buffalo wings, pizza and nachos.
If you’re looking for a challenge, steak, a stuffed grinder or even lasagna is the way to go. People will appreciate the extra effort, and the more well-rounded the menu is, the better the party is.
Need last minute ideas or inspiration? TicketNetwork has a variety of options for chefs of all skill level. Check out the top tailgate foods right here.
A focal point of every Super Bowl is the halftime show. A once forgotten performance due to numerous duds, the halftime show is back. Thanks to the likes of Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars, fans are no longer leaving the couch during halftime.
This year, another intriguing performer takes the stage during halftime. Lady Gaga will be performing this year in Houston, but she will likely be joined on stage by another high-profile artist. There has been a growing trend where the headlining act of the Super Bowl always has a special guest up their sleeves to enhance their performance.
Lady Gaga has the intensity and energy to match Beyoncé on stage as well as the creativity to match Perry’s popular performance. No one has any idea what to expect when Gaga hits the stage, but leading candidates to join her while she is up there include Tony Bennett or Elton John.
To kick off the festivities in Super Bowl LI, a trio of actresses from the critically acclaimed Broadway show, Hamilton, will sing “America, the Beautiful,” while country star Luke Bryan is slated to sing the National Anthem.
Last but not least, the commercials are a crucial part of the Super Bowl. The commercials bring in mass amounts of viewers that would otherwise change the channel the second they see football on TV.
Doritos, Bud Light, Geico and countless car companies will take center stage during commercial breaks. Besides the game, commercials are the biggest talking points for family, friends and co-workers the next day.
A popular commercial can launch a successful campaign for the rest of the year so every company saves their best idea for the Super Bowl. A simple 30-second spot can cost up to $5 million dollars.
Whichever aspect of the game is your favorite, there is no doubt that the Super Bowl is a celebration on a national scale.
Buckle up for a wild ride in Super Bowl LI, as kickoff is just the beginning of one of the best nights in sports.