Super Bowl XLVII is quickly approaching, as the San Franciso 49ers will take on the Baltimore Ravens for the 2013 championship.
The Ravens defeated Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. The 49ers picked up a road victory in the NFC Championship Game, beating the Atlanta Falcons for the right to play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Not only is the Super Bowl the most important football game of each year, but it’s also the highest-rated television show of the year. Last season’s Super Bowl was the highest-rated television show of 2012, drawing roughly 111.3 million viewers. There’s a good chance that the upcoming Super Bowl will be seen by even more people.
The Super Bowl is much bigger than the game itself. The events surrounding the two teams on the field are a large part of what make it so popular. Between the commercials, musical acts, and events in the two weeks leading up to the game, the Super Bowl is popular even among those who have little interest in the NFL.
On Friday afternoon, it was announced that Alicia Keys would perform the national anthem before the start of the game. The R&B singer released “Girl on Fire” in November, which became her fourth No.1 album in the United States. Kelly Clarkson performed the song at the game in 2012.
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Another female R&B singer will headline the halftime show. Beyonce will perform on the field after the second quarter. The 31-year-old also performed at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004. There has been speculation that her husband, Jay-Z, could join her on stage, as well as the rest of Destiny’s Child, since the group recently announced they would be releasing new music.
For the second time in history, there will be a free live stream available online for the Super Bowl. Viewers will be able to watch the contest at nfl.com and cbssports.com.
When: Feb.3, 2013
What Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana