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It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday—Super Bowl 2021 to be exact––and fans of the Buccaneers and Chiefs are so ready. Broadcast on CBS, this is the network’s 21st Super Bowl—the most in NFL Super Bowl history.

This year’s Super Bowl is historic for a few other reasons: it’s the first time a team has played the Super Bowl in their own home stadium and it’s the first-ever female official to work a Super Bowl, according to NPR. Referee Sarah Thomas was also the first woman to officiate an NFL playoff game.

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Sure, the 22,000 in Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium seem pretty lucky this year. But as the big day approaches, fans everywhere are giddy-––even if we can’t go bonkers in a sports bar or attend our usual Super Bowl Party, staying home with family this year to watch the Big Game still has us pretty excited. Pass the chicken wings, please, and no double dipping!

The thing is, no sporting event is as super-charged with excitement as Super Bowl Sunday, the season finale of football. If you’re not into sports, the entertainment will keep you hooked. Before the game, Miley Cyrus is performing a special TikTok Tailgate for healthcare workers. Grammy award-winning artists Jazmine Sullivan (the R&B singer behind the hit song Bust Your Windows) and Eric Church will be singing the National Anthem and The Weeknd is performing the halftime show. The party doesn’t stop at the end of the game, either––check out all of the celebs headlining the after party here.

Super Bowl 2021 ads will no doubt have us belly laughing, rather than belly-aching about pandemic stress. Stay tuned for Mike Myers and Dana Carvey doing a Wayne’s World update for Uber Eats; Ashton Kutcher and wife Mila Kunis teaming up with Shaggy for a Cheetos commercial (get the details here); John Travolta and his daughter making a TikTok about backyard fun on lockdown; Post Malone for Bud Light (we’re surprised it’s not for Crocs); Amy Schumer for mayonnaise; Lil Baby for Rockstar Energy Drink; and Peyton and Eli Manning wearing matching pajamas for Frito-Lay.

For this year’s game, football fans everywhere are majorly anticipating the showdown between Tom Brady, hailed as greatest quarterback of all time – and the new greatest quarterback of his generation Patrick Mahomes.

Yet in the football community, a superstar emerges even before Game Day. The night before the Super Bowl each year, at the NFL Honors ceremony, the league announces the winner of the “Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.”

A prestigious award for NFL players that recognizes excellence both on and off the field

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