Super Bowl XLVII: We give you a handy guide to events in New Orleans Superdome

By Paul Higham in New Orleans - Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 31/01/13 9:30pm

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Super Bowl XLVII: Big game in the Big Easy

Super Bowl XLVII: Big game in the Big Easy

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The Super Bowl is the day when America stands still and almost as one sits back to enjoy their biggest sporting event and one of the greatest in world sports - and with the sport growing in the UK here's your chance to brush up on the big game.

Here's our guide to becoming an instant expert in the Super Bowl including some amazing facts and figures.

The Game

Super Bowl records

MOST TOUCHDOWNS - Jerry Rice, (8) in four games for San Francisco and Oakland
MOST POINTS IN A GAME - shared by Roger Craig, Jerry Rice (twice), Ricky Watters, Terrell Davis (18)
MOST TOUCHDOWN PASSES IN A GAME- 6 San Francisco 49ers' Steve Walsh (1995)
MOST RUSHING YARDS IN A GAME - 204 by Timmy Smith of the Washington Redskins in 1988
MOST RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS IN A GAME - three by Terrell Davis of the Denver Broncos in 1998
LONGEST RUN - 75 yards for a touchdown by Pittsburgh's Willie Parker in 2006
LONGEST RECEPTION - 85 yards for a touchdown by Carolina's Muhsin Muhammad in 2004.
MOST INTERCEPTIONS - three by Oakland's Rod Martin in 1981
LONGEST KICK-OFF RETURN - 99 yards for a touchdown by Green Bay's Desmond Howard in 1997
LONGEST FIELD GOAL - 54 yards by Buffalo's Steve Christie in 1994

The San Francisco 49ers will face the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans for the Super Bowl title on Sunday. It's a tenth time the Crescent City has staged the event - tied for the most times with South Florida, and it will be held in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

It's the FA Cup, the Heineken Cup and Champions League final all rolled into one. In the NFL only one of the 32 teams can win, there's no 'concentrating on the league' or playing for a top-four finish - this is it, the winners have a successful season the losers don't - full stop.

The Teams

The San Francisco 49ers are just emerging again after a lean spell when they missed the play-offs for eight seasons in a row. They were a powerhouse of the 1980s and 1990s when they won five Super Bowls - a sixth would tie them with Pittsburgh for the most won.

The Ravens have won one Super Bowl in their new 17-year history. The Colts originally played in Baltimore but moved to Indianapolis, and the Browns moved from Cleveland to replace them in Baltimore, where they evolved into the Ravens - simple!

Players

Colin Kaepernick - the 49ers quarterback, has started only nine games before now, but his ability to run like the wind and throw like Hercules has made him an instant pin-up. Patrick Willis is the star of the defence.

Baltimore's Ray Lewis is a living legend, so all eyes will be on him come game time, but Terrell Suggs is probably the more influential defender these days. Watch out for Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin as the Ravens receivers, both can take spectacular catches.

Stats

111,300,000 viewers watched last year's Super Bowl - ironically 114m tuned in to watch Madonna perform at half-time.
There were 10,245 Tweets per second during Madonna's performance.
$3.75m is the average amount spent on a TV commercial.
Around 1.25m chicken wings will be eaten during the Super Bowl, with approximately 49.3m cases of beer sold to wash them down.
Unsurprisingly, this led to an estimated 7,000,000 employees missing work on the Monday after.

Why is it so big?

Unlike the other American sports, this is the only one which is a one-game shoot-out, not a best-of-seven series or the like, one game, an hour on field, for all the marbles, as they like to say. So the build-up to this one is immense, for an entire week Super Bowl fever just grows and grows.

Imagine the Champions League final with Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho being put up in front of the media every day for a week, and Rooney and Ronaldo waxing lyrical for five days, the build is unrelenting and nobody in this entire vast country is unaware of it.

All across America parties are held to watch the Super Bowl, and in the hosts city there are even more, with parties all over the city throughout the week - and the influx of fans and 5,000 media boosts the local economy by around $150m in visitor spending.

Storylines

Plenty in this one - the 49ers are coached by Jim Harbaugh and the Ravens are coached by his older brother John - that's the first time in history this has happened and it has gripped the media and fans' attentions in the build-up.

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is retiring after the game after 17 years of hard-hitting service in the NFL, so if the Ravens win he is almost a certainty to be named MVP (Man of the Match equivalent) even if Flacco throws five touchdowns.

Entertainment

Alicia Keys will sing the national anthem and Beyonce will perform at the legendary half-time show. The artists don't get paid for their efforts but considering that over 100,000 million viewers are watching then the publicity is well worth it!

Sadly not available all around the world, but the half-time commercials are a legendary part of the Super Bowl viewing experience - with the 30-second slots going for as much as a reported $3.8m this time around.

Facts and stats

NFL - The Basics

111,300,000 viewers watched last year's Super Bowl - ironically 114m tuned in to watch Madonna perform at half-time.

There were 10,245 Tweets per second during Madonna's performance.

$3.75m is the average amount spent on a TV commercial.

Around 1.25m chicken wings will be eaten during the Super Bowl, with approximately 49.3m cases of beer sold to wash them down.

Unsurprisingly, this led to an estimated 7,000,000 employees missing work on the Monday after.

Super Bowl records

MOST TOUCHDOWNS - Jerry Rice, eight in four games for San Francisco and Oakland

MOST POINTS IN A SINGLE GAME - shared by Roger Craig, Jerry Rice (twice), Ricky Watters, Terrell Davis (18)

MOST TOUCHDOWN PASSES IN A GAME - six, by San Francisco 49ers' Steve Walsh in 1995

MOST RUSHING YARDS IN A GAME - 204 by Timmy Smith of the Washington Redskins in 1988

MOST RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS IN A GAME - three by Terrell Davis of the Denver Broncos in 1998

LONGEST RUN FROM SCRIMMAGE - 75 yards for a touchdown by Pittsburgh's Willie Parker in 2006

LONGEST RECEPTION - 85 yards for a touchdown by Carolina's Muhsin Muhammad in 2004.

MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN A GAME - three by Oakland's Rod Martin in 1981

LONGEST KICK-OFF RETURN - 99 yards for a touchdown by Green Bay's Desmond Howard in 1997

LONGEST SUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL - 54 yards by Buffalo's Steve Christie in 1994

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