Super Bowl XLVII: 3 things to watch

Russell Wilson, Seahawks, power rankings
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and Broncos counterpart Peyton Manning could post impressive numbers in Super Bowl XLVIII. Credit: Getty Images

Everything about Sunday’s game is big. The stakes are high, the winning team will be crowned as world champions and will enter the record books in the most elite of football company.  But these stakes are only equaled by the immense media attention leading up to the game and the massive world stage hosting the annual event.

Here are the three biggest reasons why Super Bowl 48 is going to be so super.

3 Things to watch: Super Bowl XLVII:

1.  The biggest audience ever

It is no secret that Sunday night, between 6:30 and 10 p.m., a larger group of people will collect to watch the Super Bowl than any other television event for the rest of the year.

Forbes magazine estimates that a record 111.3 million people will tune into the game.

With a 30-second spot going for around $4 million dollars, there is an incredible return on an investment for an advertiser on the broadcast.

This NFL season, regular season games were viewed by 5 percent more people than in 2012.

Then in the post season, nine of the ten playoff games boasted more than 30 million people watching, with the conference title games up 20 percent from last year.

It is no secret that the NFL is big business. But this weekend’s extravaganza will likely end a profitable season with a bang.

2. The world’s biggest stage

For 47 seasons, the Super Bowl has taken place in a temperate climate with a relaxed feel in a relatively small city such as Tampa or New Orleans.

This year, right across the Hudson River from the largest city in the country, a cold weather, east coast metropolitan Super Bowl threatens to change the way NFL championships are decided.  The game, which after record cold in the northeast appears to have reasonable weather expected, could open the door to games in other northern cities, like Philadelphia, should the event be a success.

The controlled environment of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta could be giving way to a tough testing Super Bowl that welcomes the elements as another factor in proving a team is the best in the game.

3. Big scoring potential

The scoring potential: There is no way to predict if Peyton Manning and the Broncos will be able to transfer their regular season scoring supremacy onto the field at MetLife Stadium.

Nor can one surmise that the Seahawks, the NFL’s No. 1 scoring defense, will be able to take advantage of a Manning “duck,” to help support Russell Wilson and the Seattle offense.

But one thing is for sure; the big play possibility in this Super Bowl is certainly a reason to watch.

Manning threw for a record 55 touchdowns this season. His team was the first ever to score more than 600 points in a season and the 37-year-old future hall of fame quarterback has only faced pressure on 22 percent of his throws.

This will likely not be the case against Seattle, a defense that is eighth in the league in sacks, and first in the entire NFL in points allowed, at just 14.4 ppg.

Something has to give, Sunday afternoon something will.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Mayor reveals new tech hub Digital.NYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed Digital.NYC on Wednesday, a new online platform aimed at connecting all things tech in New York City. The public-private partnership…

Local

Falling debris hits two men in Times Square

Two men were taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after being hit by falling debris from 110 feet above Times Square. Nancy Greco from the…

Local

Queens Assemblyman William Scarborough accused of misusing campaign…

Queens Assemblyman William Scarborough has been indicted on state and federal charges for allegedly withdrawing campaign funds as cash for personal use. Scarborough, a Democrat…

News

U.S. Secret Service director Pierson resigns under fire

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light.

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, Oct. 1: 'Criminal Minds,'…

The "Criminal Minds" team adds some supernatural assistance, as the "Ghost Whisperer" herself, Jennifer Love Hewitt, joins the show. She's playing an FBI agent, but you never know when someone…

Music

See the most popular Pandora station in your…

Who knew Bachata music was so popular?

The Word

The Word: Twilight just won't die

You thought our "Twilight" days were behind us, didn't you? Well think again. Series creator Stephenie Meyer (who would rather you not ask about "Twilight"…

Going Out

Which NYC restaurant lost its three-star Michelin rating?

A record 73 restaurants in New York City collected coveted Michelin stars on Tuesday as a mix of trendy spots and fine-dining stalwarts underscored the…

NFL

Rex Ryan fields more questions about Geno Smith,…

The idea Geno Smith will be replaced by backup Michael Vick appears to be all smoke, as the Jets are intent to ride with their second-round draft pick.

NFL

Will Beatty playing like franchise left tackle again…

Left tackle Will Beatty, who is the elder-statesman of Giants’ line, has turned around his season and become a consistent force on Manning’s blindside.

NFL

John Conner back with Jets for second stint

He'll be back. It's "Terminator 2" for the Jets, who brought back John Conner to the team on Tuesday after placing fullback Tommy Bohanon on…

NFL

Fantasy football: Ben Tate to break out, Larry…

Fantasy football: Ben Tate to break out, Larry Donnell will stay solid

Career

Creating a support system for minority women in…

When Kathryn Finney founded digitalundivided — an organization devoted to engaging minority communities with the tech world — she didn’t know quite what to expect.…

Sex

We can learn a lot from animals about…

There’s a lot we can learn about love from the birds and the bees — and the chickens, monkeys and squirrels that we share the…

Style

Saint Laurent

Our review of the Saint Laurent Spring '15 show at Paris Fashion Week.

Style

Céline: Paris Fashion Week Spring 2015

Our review of the Celine Spring '15 show during Paris Fashion Week.