The Super Bowl is upon us, which means you’ll join millions worldwide as they tune in to watch one of the biggest sporting events of the year.
With the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the San Francisco 49ers, we’re set for an epic clash between a Mahomes-led dynasty that has gone all the way to the Super Bowl four times in the past five seasons and a team reminiscent of a 49ers team from the 1980s that won the Super Bowl in ‘81, ‘84, ‘88 and ‘89.
But can the 49ers claim the prize that’s alluded them since the 1994 season?
Whether you’re watching live inside Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders, the comfort of your couch or your local sports bar, we’ve got all your questions covered – when’s the kick-off, who’s performing in the halftime show, what’s going on with Taylor Swift, Kelce and Joe Biden and most importantly, who’s going to win the big game?
Find out everything and more as we explore Super Bowl LVIII!
What time does the 2024 Super Bowl start
The biggest NFL game on the planet will officially begin at 10:30am (AEDT). Check out all the details you need to watch and stream Super Bowl LVII.
Kayo and ESPN will cover pre and post-game, with Chris Fowler, Dan Orlovsky, and Louis Riddick calling the game exclusively inside Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
Channel 7 (7mate or 7Plus, depending on your location) will have free-to-air coverage from 9:00am (AEDT).
Super Bowl kick off time around Australia
• Melbourne, Sydney (AEDT): 10:30am
• Adelaide (AECT): 10am
• Brisbane (AEST): 9:30am
• Perth (AWST): 7:30am
Brock Purdy of the San Francisco 49ers boasts 31 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, with an impressive six games surpassing the 300-yard mark.. Picture: Getty
Where is Super Bowl LVIII
In Las Vegas, Nevada at the home of the Las Vegas Raiders, Allegiant Stadium. The game will kick off at 3:30pm local time. Those on the US East Coast will be watching at 6:30pm. That’s just before midnight at 11:30pm UK time.
Betting odds for Super Bowl LVIII
The San Francisco 49ers are slight favourites to win the game according to TAB, paying $1.80 head-to-head compared to Kansas City’s $2.00
Predictions from Super Bowl LVIII
Football writers from FOX Sports US have put together in-depth predictions for the big game, with seven out of the eleven predicting a Chiefs victory over the 49ers.
Patrick Mahomes’ exceptional quarterbacking abilities and the team’s offensive weapons, like Travis Kelce and Rashee Rice, are expected to give them an edge in point scoring. Additionally, the Chiefs’ experience in winning Super Bowls and coach Andy Reid’s strategic prowess provide a strong foundation for success.
The Chiefs’ combination of offensive firepower, experience, coaching, and defensive capabilities gives them an advantage over the 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII.
Super Bowl LVIII signage outside of Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Picture: AFP
Workers paint a Super Bowl LVIII logo on the field outside of Allegiant Stadiu. Picture: AFP
The field during Super Bowl LVIII Opening Night at Allegiant Stadium. Picture: AFP
Usher Halftime Show
Fresh off his My Way tour in Las Vegas, R&B legend Usher will take centre stage at Allegiant Stadium around 12pm (AEDT) for the Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show. However, he may find himself upstaged by country music star Reba McEntire, who will be singing the national anthem.
Other stars set to appear include Post Malone, who will join McEntire during the pre-game festivities; Andra Day, who has been enlisted to perform Lift Every Voice and Sing, the unofficial Black National Anthem; and Grammy-award winning DJ Tiësto, who will perform a set pre-game during the players’ warm-up and during “featured breaks” throughout the big game.
Fresh off his My Way tour in Las Vegas, R & B legend Usher will take centre stage at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas for the Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show. Picture: Getty
Aussies in the Super Bowl
Perth tradie turned San Francisco 49ers punter Mitch Wishnowsky dreams of becoming the first Australian to win the Super Bowl. Could this be the year a Super Bowl trophy is held by an Aussie? Or will he come home disappointed like Mat McBriar and Ben Graham before him?
49ers and Chiefs record at the Super Bowl
The Chiefs and 49ers square off in their second Super Bowl showdown, with Kansas City edging out a victory in their last decider, Super Bowl LIV, 31-20.
It’s a high-stakes moment for the Chiefs, marking their fourth Super Bowl appearance in five seasons, a feat matched only by the 2014-18 Patriots and 1990-93 Bills.
Last year’s triumph over the Eagles in Super Bowl LVII fuels their desire to become the first back-to-back champions since the 2003-04 Patriots.
With recent victories over the 49ers and a tough loss to the Buccaneers, the Chiefs are determined to seize another championship. Meanwhile, the 49ers, appearing in their second Super Bowl in five seasons and third in the past 12, are hungry for redemption after their previous defeat against the Chiefs.
Holding a slight lead in all-time Super Bowl victories, the 49ers aim to reclaim their dominance against a formidable opponent.
Quarterback Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers (L) and Quarterback Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs (R), two players to keep your eyes on during Super Bowl LVIII. Picture: AFP
Patrick Mahomes celebrates during the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl LVII victory parade. Picture: AFP
Brock Purdy reacts as he holds the George Halas Trophy after defeating the Detroit Lions 34-31 in the NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium. Picture: Getty
What’s happening with Taylor Swift, the Republican Party and Donald Trump?
What started as a relationship adored by millions around the world has quickly transformed into something entirely different.
Taylor Swift is dating one of the Chiefs’ star players, Travis Kelce.
However, the controversy has less to do with who’s dating who and more about what this couple represents politically: an endorsement for the Democratic Party and Joe Biden as President of the United States.
It was Jack Lombardi, a right wing influencer who unsuccessfully ran to be a Republican congressional candidate in 2022, who first expressed his dissatisfaction with Taylor after the Chiefs ran over the Ravens to qualify for the Super Bowl.
Taking to Twitter/X, Mr Lombardi wrote: “With all the unneeded and unwanted Taylor coverage at the games. KC’s journey to the Super Bowl – totally scripted. Next … Travis and Taylor together at the Super Bowl, appearing happy, and in love. Then KC wins. And then later announcing their support for Biden.”
Who knew the Super Bowl would be so political this year?
Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs speaks to the media ahead of Super Bowl LVIII. Picture: Getty
Travis Kelce celebrates with Taylor Swift after a 17-10 victory against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game. Picture: Getty
Wait, how is Taylor Swift going to make the Super Bowl? Isn’t she performing in Japan the day before?
Don’t worry, Swifties. The Japanese Embassy in the US has assured fans that she can indeed travel from Tokyo to Las Vegas in time for Super Bowl 2024. In a cheeky statement released on Twitter/ X, the embassy said that “despite the 12-hour flight and 17-hour time difference, the Embassy can confidently Speak Now to say that if she departs Tokyo in the evening after her concert, she should comfortably arrive in Las Vegas before the Super Bowl begins.”