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Super Bowl 2021 Date, Halftime Performers, How to Watch, and More
Something about the fact that the Super Bowl is happening this Sunday is both extremely jarring and comforting to behold. On the one hand, the last Super Bowl feels like a fever dream, a mirage of a memory right before March 2020. Who played? What happened? What was the world like back then, centuries ago?
On the other hand, despite the ethical questions at the center of the NFL’s handling of the pandemic, many fans across the nation look forward to and indeed rely on the tradition of crackin’ open a cold one, feasting on some hot wings, and watching the big game every first Sunday in February.
And while that tradition may look a little different this year (as is the case with, well, everything now), many of the greatest parts of the NFL championship will remain the same—the national anthem performance, the commercials, the exciting halftime show. Luckily for all of us, there are plenty of ways to get in on the Super Bowl action safely from home. Whether you’re a diehard fan or all you know is that Tom Brady is playing, here are all the details you need to know about Super Bowl LV, including who’s playing, which stars you can expect to see, and all the ways to watch the game.
Who’s Playing and When Is the Super Bowl?
The Kansas City Chiefs will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa this Sunday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m. ET to decide the champion of the NFL this season. For those with cable TV, the 55th Super Bowl will air live on CBS and ESPN Deportes, with CBS pre-show coverage beginning at 2 p.m. ET.
How to Watch Super Bowl LV Online
If you don’t have cable TV, you’ve got options: you can stream the game for free on CBSSports.com, on the NFL app, the CBS Sports app, the Yahoo Sports app (check out their Watch Together feature for an in-app viewing party with friends), or the ESPN Deportes app. You can also stream on CBS using your all-access subscription or TV provider login.
Who Will Perform the Halftime Show?
Esquire cover star the Weeknd will perform the Super Bowl halftime show at around 8 p.m. ET on Sunday night. Despite concerns that the most-watched televised concert performance would have to be pre-recorded, The Weeknd will perform the show live at the Tampa stadium. The Weeknd personally contributed $7 million of his own money toward the show’s production in order to do justice to his complete “cinematic” vision, which promises to be truly spectacular.
But this year’s Super Bowl star power doesn’t end there: Amanda Gorman, the Biden inaugural poet who captured America’s hearts (and an IMG modeling contract!) with her touching and impactful performance, will perform an original poem shortly before the game begins at 6:30 p.m. ET. Plus, Grammy-nominated R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan and country singer Eric Church will sing the national anthem to start everything off.
Anna Grace Lee
Anna Grace Lee is an editorial fellow at Esquire, where she covers pop culture, music, and entertainment.
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