What is it?
It’s Super Bowl LI, baby!
The Super Bowl 2017 edition of the NFL game to decide which team is best at American Football, and will get to take home the Vince Lomardi trophy.
When is it?
Sunday 5 February 2017.
What time does it start in the UK AND USA?
23:30 GMT. Due to the satisfyingly thorough time-span of your average NFL match, and a far higher amount of bells, whistles and half-time entertainment than normal you can expect it to be wrapped up by about 03:30. In USA Sunday, February 5, 3:30 PM.
What TV channel is it on?
You’ve got options. BBC or Sky Sports. Coverage starts on BBC One at 23.20. You’ll get an extra hour and twenty minutes of build-up over on Sky Sports, where the game is being shown on not one, not two but three channels: Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 3 and Sky Sports Mix. In USA Channel Will be on FOX Sports.
Where is it being held?
Houston’s NRG Stadium has the honour. It’s a 71,795-capacity stadium and home to the Houston Texans.
The Stadium has hosted the NFL’s showpiece once before, Super Bowl XXXVIII in which the Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers 32-29.
This was also the venue for the entirely unintentional wardrobe malfunction which showed the world Janet Jackson’s excellent taste in jewellery.
Who will be playing?
The New England Patriots, who will probably be familiar to you if you’ve watched more than one of these matches in the past 10 years. Far less familiar are the Atlanta Falcons, who have never won the big prize.
The Patriots comfortably beat Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game on Sunday 22 January, after overcoming the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium the previous Sunday.
The Falcons saw off the Green Bay Packers in astonishing style to clinch the NFC title.
Has either team won the Super Bowl before?
Yes, the Patriots have taken home the Vince Lombardi trophy four times previously, most recently in 2014 when they beat the Seattle Seahawks.
The Atlanta Falcons have only reached this stage once before, in 1999, when they lost to John Elway’s Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII.
Who should you support?