The 51st Super Bowl will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, Feb. 5. The game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots will be televised on Fox Sports.
NFC champion Atlanta has never won a Super Bowl. AFC champion New England has won four previous Super Bowls – with all of the victories directed by current Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Brady was also New England’s quarterback the last time the Super Bowl was played in Houston, following the 2003 NFL season. New England edged Carolina in that Super Bowl, 32-29.
Last year’s Super Bowl – in which Carolina lost to Denver 24-10 – lasted three hours and 43 minutes. The extended halftime show always makes the game run longer than a typical NFL contest (this year’s halftime show will be headlined by Lady Gaga).
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If this year’s Super Bowl runs exactly as long as Super Bowl 50 did, it will end at 10:13 p.m.