There is no bigger sporting stage in the world than the Super Bowl. It is the night when legends are made, and winners are automatically engraved into franchise folklore. It is an event that gains viewers from around the globe, with some staying up until the early hours of the morning captivated by the action. But, what should all fans know ahead of Super Bowl LV?
When & Where Is Super Bowl LV
Super Bowl LV will be taking place at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The 55th Super Bowl, as tradition, will take place in early February on the 7th in 2021. There will be extra pressure on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season, as they will be hoping to reach the Super Bowl more than most, as it will be taking place in their home stadium. They have even brought in Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski to boost their chances of achieving that feat.
The host-selection process, which saw Tampa awarded the Super Bowl, wasn’t a clear-cut choice. As the vote made by the NFL owners saw the SoFi Stadium in California awarded the event. However, this decision was overturned after it was revealed that the stadium in California wouldn’t be ready in time to host the event due to delays with construction. The Raymond James Stadium was then awarded hosting responsibilities as the only host remaining in selection.
Will COVID-19 Have An Impact?
The one question that the sporting world will be asking between now and February will hinge around the question of whether COVID-19 will have an impact on whether the Super Bowl will be played. There have been a huge number of sporting events that have been postponed due to the pandemic, with the European Championships and Olympic Games both pushed back 12 months. Meanwhile, the NHL, NBA and MLS were all delayed indefinitely at the peak of the outbreak.
In truth, nobody really knows what the picture could look like by the time that the Super Bowl arrives in early 2021. However, it is hugely unlikely that there will be fans in attendance for the event due to the risk of infection. The NFL has also announced that the game could be delayed by three weeks if needed.
One of the most exciting parts of any Super Bowl is the half-time show, and there has already been a ban across the NFL on on-field entertainment. That will mean that the traditional half-time show that is watched by millions around the world may need to be changed if the same measures are still in place in February. The NFL have teased that half time entertainment for the Super Bowl could be recorded off-site should the current restrictions due to the pandemic still be in place.
Last Ten Super Bowl Games
There have been some classic Super Bowl games in recent history, with last year’s especially capturing the imagination as the Kansas City Chiefs fought back from a fourth-quarter deficit to beat the San Francisco 49ers in Miami. Here are the last ten Super Bowl winners and runners-up.
|Super Bowl LIV||Kansas City Chiefs||San Francisco 49ers||31-20||Hard Rock Stadium, Miami|
|Super Bowl LII||New England Patriots||Los Angeles Rams||13-3||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta|
|Super Bowl LII||Philadelphia Eagles||New England Patriots||41-33||U.S Bank Stadium, Minnesota|
|Super Bowl LI||New England Patriots||Atlanta Falcons||34-28 (OT)||NRG Stadium, Houston|
|Super Bowl 50||Denver Broncos||Carolina Panthers||24-10||Levi’s Stadium, California|
|Super Bowl XLIX||New England Patriots||Seattle Seahawks||28-24||University of Phoenix Stadium, Arizona|
|Super Bowl XLVIII||Seattle Seahawks||Denver Broncos||43-8||MetLife Stadium, New Jersey|
|Super Bowl XLVII||Baltimore Ravens||San Francisco 49ers||34-31||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans|
|Super Bowl XLVII||New York Giants||New England Patriots||21-17||Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis|
|Super Bowl XLVI||Green Bay Packers||Pittsburgh Steelers||31-25||Cowboys Stadium, Texas|
Assessing The NFL Conferences In 2020-21
As many will be aware, the Super Bowl is contested between the winners of the AFC and NFL Conferences. Both conferences look particularly hard to call this season, which means that there are a number of teams that could emerge as realistic championship contenders. But, which teams will be among the front-runners to reach Super Bowl LV next year?
The AFC Championship has provided the winners of the Super Bowl in six of the past seven seasons, and there are already a number of teams that could be in line to continue that excellent dominance. The Kansas City Chiefs remain the team to beat, not only in the AFC Conference but the NFL in general.
Kansas are the reigning Super Bowl champions, and outright favourites to reach the big game once again. The Chiefs have a young squad, and in Patrick Mahomes, they have one of the most naturally gifted quarterbacks there is in the NFL. But, there are a number of serious challengers.
The Baltimore Ravens enjoyed an excellent regular season last term and ended with a 14-2 record. They will once again be one of the teams to watch, as they look to get bets the playoff stage that they fell as last season. The Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers may also fancy their chances at a push towards the Super Bowl. Steelers endured a disappointing end to last season as they missed out on the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
However, the return of Ben Roethlisberger will certainly help their chances. New England Patriots will also be a team that will be hard to write off, even if they no longer have Tom Brady.
The NFC Conference may be seen as the more competitive one out of the two, as there are realistically eight teams that could be vying for a spot in the Super Bowl. The Seattle Seahawks will be at the front of that cue, as they look to build on their performances from last season.
They ended the regular season with an 11-5 record but were ultimately knocked out in the Divisional Playoffs by the Packers.
Meanwhile, the Packers and Buccaneers may also feel as though this is their year for a Super Bowl push. The Buccaneers added Super Bowl royalty in the forms of Brady and Gronkowski to their roster, while the Packers finished top of the NFC North last season before losing in the NFC Championship game to the 49ers.
New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys will also be among the chasing pack. The last side to win the Super Bowl from the NFC Conference was the Philadelphia Eagles back in 2018, but they look to be a long shot to repeat that feat this season.
Super Bowl LV Prediction
It’s still early days in the NFL season, and a lot could change between now and February. The post-season often springs a lot of shock results, as teams that have been heavily fancied fall when the pressure is really on.
The Seahawks, Packers and Buccaneers will be the leading contenders from the NFC Conference, but there is something special about the Chiefs, and the experience they had of winning their first Super Bowl as a team last season will drive them towards becoming the first team to achieve back-to-back titles since the New England Patriots in 2005.
Next Four Host Cities For The Super Bowl
It has already been decided who the next three host cities will be following Tampa in 2021. The votes determine the host cities well in advance so that the planning can begin for the huge occasion. It also gives fans of the sport ideal time to plan their trip to see the game, and you will be able to see the next four host cities below, including the Super Bowl LV hosts.
|Super Bowl LV||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa|
|Super Bowl LVI||SoFi Stadium, California|
|Super Bowl LVII||State Farm Stadium, Arizona|
|Super Bowl LVIII||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Louisiana|
The Super Bowl will be taking place at the Raymond James Stadium Tampa
The teams that will be competing in the Super Bowl will be determined by the NFC and AFC Conference playoffs in early 2021.
Half-time entertainment is a huge part of the Super Bowl, but the act that will be performing hasn’t been announced yet.
Super Bowl LV will be broadcast live and exclusive on CBS in the United States.