Super Bowl 2012 Kickoff Time Live Coverage: When and How to Watch Online for Free

 
on February 05 2012 5:00 PM
Super Bowl 2012 Vince Lombardi Trophy
Super Bowl pre-game show 2012 started on NBC at 12 p.m. today, and excitement is building in Indianapolis toward the big game, which doesn't kick off until 6:30 p.m. EST. Reuters

More than 100 million Americans will watch Super Bowl 2012, the biggest game of the season, on Sunday evening as the New England Patriots (15-3) will battle the New York Giants (12-7) for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

The Giants defeated the San Francisco 49ers (13-3) in the NFC Championship, while the Patriots, enjoying a dominant season, beat the Baltimore Ravens (23-20) in the AFC Championship.

The game will be a cracker as the Patriots, led by Tom Brady, will be seeking a revenge win over the Giants, led by Eli Manning. The Giants eked out a 17-14 upset win over the Patriots in Super Bowl 2008 and ended their winning streak and dream of joining the 1972 Miami Dolphins as the only unbeaten team in NFL history.

Super Bowl XVLI will see a faceoff between the Patriots' dangerous offensive line and the Giants' ferocious defensive front. The focus will be on the battle between Brady and Manning, and between coaches Tom Coughlin and Bill Belichick.

The game will kick off at at 6:30 at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis. And, if you're in the mood of watching the game from the comfort of your home with your friends, you're in luck.

For the first time in history, the big game will be streamed live online for free. Yes, it means you don't have to see the game online via illegal sites.

You can watch Super Bowl live coverage online legally and for free on NBCSports.com or NFL.com. Yes, you heard us right - you can watch it for free on NBCSports.com. And that's not all, you can also get up close and personal, thanks to the four unique camera angles, and DVR-like pause and replay functions NBCSports.com is offering.

In cooperation with NBC, the NFL is also offering an All Access page with HD-quality video and DVR-like pause and replay controls for those streaming online.

The Super Bowl fan also gets to watch the game from multiple online-only camera angles. And, as bonus, there's sideline reports, live chats and exclusive content.

However, if your Internet speed can't support live streaming, don't worry. You can still get live play-by-play information on Sunday via ESPN Super Bowl Central.

And if you're watching it on the telly, click here to find your local station.

Viewers in Canada can watch the game live via Bell's mobile apps.

Be it for the love of the game or the entertainment (American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson will perform the National Anthem while the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show will be headlined by a performance by Madonna, and imagined by Cirque du Soleil and Jamie King), get ready for the biggest excitement of the season.

The game kicks off at 3.30pm (PT)/6.30pm (ET). Pre-game coverage begins at 11am (PT)/2pm (ET).

Have a blast! And, don't forget to leave your predictions in the comments section below.

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