The Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles are set to meet in Super Bowl 52 on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig and AP Photo/Eric Gay)The Super Bowl is the world’s biggest annual sporting spectacle –but it’s fair to say that it leaves many of us here in scratching our heads.
After all –how many of us have up to four hours spare on a Monday morning to devote to a sport we don’t really know all that much about?
We know gridiron as the stop-start sport Americans play, covered head to toe in pads and helmets.
We know the Super Bowl as the event in which the half-time entertainment often delivers the global headlines, while the match itself often plays second fiddle.
Here’s a quick rundown of everything you need to know for the day.
When is the game?The game is this Sunday in America, but due to the time difference coverage will kick off at roughly 10.30am (AEDST). The match is on at U.S. Bank Stadium in MinneapolisMinnesota, United States.
Where can I watch it?Unless you’re planning to fly to America and watch the game there, the Super Bowl will be screened live on both 7mate and pay channels.
Who is playing?The New England Patriots will be up againstthe Philadelphia Eagles.
Have you got a spare 30 minutes, here is the ‘abbreviated’ analysis of the upcoming game.
How does the game work?While it’s finer points are extremely complicated, we will try and keep it simple.
In basic terms, a team has four plays called “downs”to advance 10 yards or more upfield.
If they succeed, they are given a fresh set of four downs.
The aim is to score a touchdown by catching the ball in the endzone or by running it into the endzone.
If they fail, they usually kick the ball away and make their opponents start their own attack as deep as possible.
If they are near enough to the goal line, they will probably attempt a field goal on that fourth down.
Field goals are usually attempted within about 50 yards and are worth three points.
A touchdown gives you six pointsand there is an extra point for a kicked conversion.
On the odd occasion, a team will elect to have one play to attempt to score what is effectively a second touchdown, which gives two points.
A lesser-seen safety – when a player is tackled in their own endzone – gives the opposition two points.
Who is playing at half time?Justin Timberlake is making his return to the Superbowl stage, minus that awkward wardrobe malfunction (scroll down if you somehow missed that 2004 faux pas).
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