Super Bowl LV will mark the conclusion of a remarkable 2020 NFL season. The Kansas City Chiefs, who entered the playoffs as the top seed in the AFC, will look to become the eighth franchise to win in consecutive years.
We will find out which two teams will face off on January 24, 2021, with both the NFC Championship and AFC Championship games taking place two weeks before the Super Bowl. The winner of each game will become their conference’s champion and Super Bowl representative.
When is the 2021 Super Bowl?
Super Bowl LV will take place on February 7, 2021. The game will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
Where is the game being played?
This will be the third time that Raymond James Stadium has hosted a Super Bowl. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will hope to make it a home game. If they are able to do so, they will become the first team ever to play for the NFL’s top prize in their home stadium.
Their quarterback, former New England Patriots star Tom Brady, is looking to win his seventh Super Bowl. He has already won more rings than any player in NFL history, but winning with the Buccaneers, away from Bill Belichick and the Patriots dynasty, could be his most impressive yet.
It will also be the second year in a row that the sporting event has been played in Florida. In 2020, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens to win Super Bowl LIV.
This year’s game was originally awarded to SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California. However, construction delays to the new home of the Rams and Chargers caused the NFL brass to step in. The city of Inglewood and SoFi Stadium will instead host Super Bowl LVI in 2022.
What time and channel is the Super Bowl on?
Super Bowl 55 will broadcast live on CBS with Jim Nantz and Tony Romo set to announce the game. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 pm EST.
The game will be broadcast worldwide and last year’s matchup was available in over 180 countries. If you’re planning on watching from outside of the USA then you should check your local listings for further details.
Super Bowl 55 Halftime Show
The halftime show will be headlined by The Weeknd. No further acts have been announced at this time and it’s unclear whether he will be joined by anybody.
The Canadian singer has topped the Billboard Hot 100 with five different hits over the course of his career — The Hills, Can’t Feel My Face, Starboy, Heartless, and Blinding Lights. His last three albums have also reached number one on the Billboard 200.
Will there be fans in attendance at the Super Bowl?
The NFL announced that they will allow 22,000 fans to attend this year’s Super Bowl. Raymond James Stadium’s normal capacity 65,618 although it is able to be expanded temporarily, as it was for the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship. 74,512 fans watched the Clemson Tigers defeat the Alabama Crimson Tide.
With 22,000 fans, the NFL will be allowing roughly 33% capacity. Included in the group of 22,000 fans will be 7,500 vaccinated health care workers, mostly from the local community, who will be invited as guests.
Which teams made the playoffs?
After the 17-week regular season, 14 teams qualified for the playoffs. The 14 playoff teams are:
- Baltimore Ravens
- Buffalo Bills
- Chicago Bears
- Cleveland Browns
- Green Bay Packers
- Indianapolis Colts
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Los Angeles Rams
- New Orleans Saints
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Seattle Seahawks
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Tennessee Titans
- Washington Football Team
The playoffs for the 2020 season will look somewhat different from previous seasons. In recent history, 12 teams have made the bye, but that expanded to 14 in 2020. Consequently, only one team from each conference will have a first-round bye. The other 12 teams face off on Wild Card Weekend, with the six winners progressing to the Divisional Round. From that point on, the playoffs follow a similar format to previous seasons.
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