There is plenty of news and reaction to catch up on after a wild finish to Super Bowl XLIX. Here's a quick list of must reads following the Patriots' 28-24 win over the Seahawks last night:
Three things we learned from the Patriots' Super Bowl win
Seahawks players openly criticize final play call
Seahawks OC, Darrell Bevell, blames his wide receiver
NFL players react to final play call
Richard Sherman's reaction to game-ending INT is pure heartbreak
Brandon Browner got in Richard Sherman's face following the game-ending INT
Left Shark was the real Super Bowl MVP
Super Bowl fight at the end of the game
Tom Brady is just 'Gisele Bundchen's husband' in Brazil
While most think of Super Bowl Sunday for the showdown between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, there are hours of additional coverage before, during, and after the game. That coverage begins early Sunday and continues past the midnight hour.
Super Bowl XLIX and much of the coverage that brackets it can be found on NBC. The network last broadcast the Super Bowl three seasons ago when Eli Manning and the New York Giants knocked off the New England Patriots, 21-17, in a thriller. The league-owned NFL Network will also supply pre- and postgame coverage.
Super Bowl Halftime Show
Super Bowl Halftime Show
The game itself looks like a great matchup on paper. The Seahawks enter Super Bowl XLIX as the first team to make back-to-back trips since the Patriots did a decade earlier. Seattle's defense ranks atop the league in points allowed (15.9 per game), total yards allowed (267.1 per game) and in advance metrics like Football Outsider's DVOA (-16.3 percent unweighted, -19.8 percent weighted). But the Seahawks aren't just about defense. They possess the league's top rushing attack behind Marshawn Lynch and duel-threat quarterback Russell Wilson. Lynch galloped for over 1,300 rushing yards in 2014 along with a career high 13 touchdowns. Meanwhile, Wilson ran for 849 yards himself at a clip of over 7 yards per carry. That was by far the most in the league by a quarterback and 16th overall for any player.
Meanwhile, the Patriots return to the Super Bowl after a three-year absence with a more talented and healthier team. In their last trip, All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski was severely limited with an ankle injury. Perhaps because of that injury, Gronkowski was unable to come down with the football on the final play of the contest, a result that cost New England the game. Elsewhere, the Patriots have a much stronger ground game this time around with the colossal LeGarrette Blount plowing through defenses. Throw in an improved defense led by All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, and it isn't hard to see why many believe another Lombardi Trophy is headed to Foxborough.
After the game, NBC, ESPN and the NFL Network will break down the game, each with an All-Star cast of analysts and broadcasters.
NBC kicks things off with its Super Bowl pregame show at noon ET. As the network broadcasting Super Bowl XLIX, NBC's coverage is set to include a cavalcade of analysts and former players, including Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison from the station's popular Football Night in America. Former San Francisco 49ers and current Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is set to join the crew to break down the matchup as well. The group will discuss the action on the field as well as controversies such as DeflateGate and Marshawn Lynch's ongoing battles with the media. ESPN and the NFL Network will provide their own pregame coverage as well.
Update: Johnny Weir is wearing a Johnny Weir outfit during the Super Bowl pregame show.
Update: ESPN pays emotional tribute to Stuart Scott.
Update: Talking with Bob Costas on NBC's Super Bowl pregame show, John Harbaugh denies tipping off the Colts about Patriots' deflated footballs.
Update: The president once again gave a live interview on Super Bowl Sunday. Watch President Obama's interview with NBC's Savannah Guthrie.
Scoring and game updates
Update: Refs miss roughing the kicker call, ending Patriots' opening drive.
Update: Tom Brady throws interception to end promising drive.
Update: The Patriots take a 7-0 lead on the Seahawks after Brandon LaFell touchdown catch.
Update: Marshawn Lynch scores on short touchdown run set up by beautiful Chris Matthews catch. 7-7.
Update: Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski connect to put the Patriots up 14-7.
Update: Another long Chris Matthews catch leads to a Seahawks field goal. Seattle leads 17-14.
Update: Doug Baldwin moons the crowd after scoring a touchdown to give the Seahawks a 24-14 lead.
Update: Tom Brady connects with Danny Amendola for Super Bowl record breaking TD number 12, cutting the Seahawks lead to 24-21.
Update: Super Bowl score now 28-24, New England, after Julian Edelman TD catch.
Update: Tom Brady wins Super Bowl XLIX MVP.
SB Nation presents: Final thoughts on the unbelievable finish to Super Bowl XLIX
The Super Bowl halftime show will be headlined by pop star Katy Perry. Perry is the hit maker behind "Hot N Cold," "I Kissed a Girl," "Firework" and many other chart-topping songs. Singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz is set to join her onstage during the performance. As is usually the case, surprise guest musicians are likely to join the scheduled Super Bowl halftime show performers during the show as well.
Update: Notorious halftime show performer, M.I.A., wishes everyone a happy Super Bowl Sunday.
Update: Full Super Bowl halftime show recap.
For non-music fans, a popular halftime alternative is the annual Puppy Bowl. For a decade, Animal Planet has put adorable puppies into a model stadium and let them run wild with a pet-sided football toy. The "competition" on the field isn't the real attraction, though. All the puppies featured in the game come from animal shelters.
Follow along with our full 2015 Puppy Bowl coverage.
Update: We've got Puppy Bowl XI gifs!
Update: Here's your Puppy Bowl 2015 MVP.
Are puppies too vivacious and energetic for your liking? If so, the Hallmark Channel offers a feline alternative. The construct is largely the same, but with kittens and what appears to be multiple toy footballs. The Kitten Bowl debuted last year and garnered enough attention to warrant an encore.
Sportsbooks offer many intriguing prop bets for interested fans. As with every Super Bowl, you can wager on the length of the national anthem, what player will score the first touchdown, and the color of the Gatorade bath at the conclusion of the game. Nearly any type of bet you can conjure is available, but here are a few suggestions:
How long will it take Idina Menzel to sign the U.S. national anthem?
Who will the Super Bowl MVP mention first in his interview?
Does not mention any of the above 2/1
Which Color will Bill Belichick's hoodie be?
Blue 7/4: Bill Belichick is wearing a blue hoodie with full-length sleeves.
Bill Belichick Hoodie Type?
Sleeves Cut -150 (2/3)
Sleeves Intact +110 (11/10)
How to watch
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale
Super Bowl time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya
The Patriots are 1-point favorites according to OddsShark.