The 2018 NFL season comes to an ever-epic crescendo this weekend as the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles take to the field in Minnesota for Super Bowl LII. But if you’re only about American Football once a year and need a quick briefing before Sunday’s game, here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Super Bowl.

Super Bowl LII 2018 Preview

Let’s start with a couple facts that show the grasp a Super Bowl Sunday has on those over the Atlantic;

Super Bowl Facts

  • Out of the top 20 most watched broadcasts ever in the US, 19 of them are various Super Bowl games over the years.
  • The average cost of a 30-second ad has doubled since 2002, starting at a very humble $2.3 million to the new norm of $5 million.
  • January 15th 1967 was host to the very first Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. The score was Green Bay, 35 and Kansas City, 10.
  • The first two games in 1967 and 1968 (known as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game) weren’t broadcasted live, and the only known footage of them was thought to have been erased. (According to NFL Films’ Steve Sabol, “they were erased to film soap operas.” Luckily, a single fan was found to have recorded the events, thus continuing its legacy.
  • Americans will drink an estimated 325.5 million gallons of beer, devour 1.25 billion chicken wings and according to the California Avocado Commission, 139 million pounds of avocados will be consumed, largely in the form of guacamole. (Not bad for a Sunday.)
  • Approximately 1.5 million people will call in sick to work the day after the big game.

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2018 NFL Season

Last year’s Super Bowl between the Atlanta Falcons and New England was the first to go into overtime with many considering it to be the greatest sporting comeback ever. And this season has brought its own surprises too, with the most notable being Average Joes very own David Saunders winning our fantasy football league! Other, lesser shocking events are the prominence of the Jacksonville Jaguars who made the AFC Championship game, and the Cleveland Browns ending the season without a win – sorry, Browns fans…

Super Bowl LII Preview

As we turn our attention to Sunday’s game, we look at those that are leading the offence on both teams. Tom Brady has played in 36 post season games, Nick Foles has played 3, with two of them being the games that lead the Eagles to their first Super Bowl since 2004 (where they coincidentally also faced New England Patriots). So, of course, Philadelphia are considered underdogs for this contest. I’m sure that’ll sit just right for them though as all the hype and pressure happens to be on New England.

Eagles game plan will be the same as many when facing Tom Brady and Bill Belichick; keep the ball out of #12’s hands. One thing ever-present with the Patriots is that they always find a way to win. We saw Jacksonville be successful by getting pressure on the QB and Eagles will be aiming for the same thing.

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Super Bowl Half Time Show

Another major draw for the Super Bowl is its halftime show. Justin Timberlake will be returning to perform this year. These shows have enticed the biggest stars to grace any stage, such as Michael Jackson who played the very first back in 1993, as well as Diana Ross, Rolling Stones and Prince. It’s much more than just a game when you package it all together. Much bigger than just the players on the field.

Our Super Bowl Tips

Prep your excuse for why you can’t go into work the next day, practice your best celebrating without making any noise so as to not wake others that live in your home, and enjoy what is sure to be one hell of a ride.

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If you’re in London and fancy watching the game among other gridiron nuts, here’s some of the best places to watch the Super Bowl in the capital.

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