Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Super Bowl XLVIII facts

SUPER BOWL XLVIII

Who: Denver Broncos (15-3) vs. Seattle Seahawks (15-3)

When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

TV/radio: Ch. 13, 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

Latest line, O/U: Denver by 21/2; 47

Official web site: superbowl.com

Weather: Current forecasts call for a high of 37 degrees with a 60 percent chance of precipitation. Expect temperatures to drop as the game extends into the evening, with wind gusts near 10 mph. The overnight low is expected to be 27.

Team colors: The Seahawks are the visiting team and will wear white shirts and blue pants, the same combination they wore when they beat the Giants 23-0 on this same field during the regular season. The Broncos are the home team and will wear orange.

Entertainment: Phillip Phillips and The Band Perry will perform at the pregame show, along with the cast of the musicals Jersey Boys and Rock of Ages. World-renowned soprano Renee Fleming will sing the national anthem. Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform at halftime.

Announcers: Play-by-play broadcaster Joe Buck and three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Troy Aikman call the game. Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews will serve as sideline reporters.

A first: This will be the first Super Bowl played outdoors in a cold-weather environment (previous games in Pontiac, Mich., Detroit, Minneapolis and Indianapolis were played in domed stadiums).

Transportation: Officials are counting on mass transit to move about 80,000 fans in and out of MetLife Stadium on Sunday. Fewer than 15,000 of the normal 28,000 stadium parking spaces are available and must be reserved for $150 each. As of Saturday, some were being sold on eBay for up to $400.

Fun Facts: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell plans to sit outside in the stands for the game … More than 164 million viewers in the United States watched last year's Super Bowl, the most-watched TV program in history. … Two reasons to bet on the Seahawks: The NFC is 5-1 against the spread in the past six Super Bowls, and the underdog is also 5-1 in those six games. … This year's Media Day on Tuesday, normally held at the football stadium, will be held indoors at the Prudential Center (home of the NHL's New Jersey Devils). … The Super Bowl will be televised live in more than 180 countries and territories in more than 25 languages, including 10 from the stadium: Chinese, Danish, English, French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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