The entire globe will turn its collective attention towards the AFC champion Denver Broncos and the NFC champion Carolina Panthers as they gear up for Super 50, taking place Sunday, Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
The Panthers are led by quarterback Cam Newton and are now favored by six points over the Broncos, who will have Peyton Manning at quarterback in perhaps his final game. But before we even get to the game there will be hours of pre-game coverage to provide spectators around the world everything they’ll need to know about the 2015 NFL season and both of the potential championship teams.
This year, CBS will air seven consecutive hours of pregame coverage leading up to the big game. It’s the 19th time CBS will host the Super Bowl, the most all-time for any network.
Here’s the full schedule of CBS’s coverage throughout the day and leading up to Super Bowl 50. All times are Eastern.
11 a.m. ET “Super Bowl 50: Before They Were Pros”
The day begins with NFL Films’ “Super Bowl 50: Before They Were Pros,” a documentary featuring some of the NFL’s biggest stars from today and yesterday like Eli and Peyton Manning and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin traveling to high schools and speaking with today’s younger players about the impact football has had on their lives. Here’s a trailer for the program.
12 p.m. “Road to the Super Bowl”
Next up is another NFL Films production, “Road to the Super Bowl,” which creates a full narrative for the entire 2015 season and shows how the games played out and how Denver and Carolina wound up in the championship.
1 p.m. “Phil Simms All-Iron Team: Super Bowl Edition”
Before he heads to the booth to call the game, CBS and NFL analyst Phill Simms will host “Phil Simms All-Iron Team: Super Bowl Edition.” The program takes a look at how the Super Bowl’s changed over the last 50 years, and Simms will identify and examine a player or coach from each previous decade to personify that decade’s Super Bowl Era. The show will also feature all-time great broadcast Dick Enberg.
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. “The Super Bowl Today”
Retrospectives about the NFL’s growth and impact on the world in the Super Bowl age will be a running theme throughout the day, as well as during “The Super Bowl Today.” Acting as the main pre-game show, the broadcast will be on set near San Francisco’s famous Market Street and at the stadium, with CBS’ usual studio crew of James, Brown, Bill Cowher, Tony Gonzalez, Bart Scott, and Boomer Esiason working.
6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. “Super Bowl on CBS Kick-off Show”
As the game inches closer we next turn to “Super Bowl on CBS Kick-off Show.” Similar to its lead in, the show will feature several pre-game musical performance, as well as the performance of the national anthem, introductions for Denver and Carolina’s rosters, and a tribute to Super Bowl MVPs. The captains for both teams will meet for the coin flip.
6:30 p.m. Super Bowl 50
Kickoff is scheduled for this time, but allow for a buffer minutes after. Simms and long-time booth partner Jim Nantz will do broadcast duties from the booth of Levi's Stadium. It’s Nantz's sixth overall Super Bowl call, and Simms' eighth, the second-highest total of all-time behind only John Madden. Also, Tracy Wolfson and Evan Washburn will serve as sideline reporters.