Purdy, Mahomes, SpongeBob and Usher: A casual fan’s guide to Super Bowl LVIII

People cross a street at the Fremont Street Experience ahead of Super Bowl 58 Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024 in Las Vegas. The Kansas City Chiefs will play the NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
People cross a street at the Fremont Street Experience ahead of Super Bowl 58 Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024 in Las Vegas. The Kansas City Chiefs will play the NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Super Bowl matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs is set for Sunday night. Here are five things to know about the game, the entertainment and the commercials.

1. The teams: The 49ers come into the game with a 12-5 record. This is the first Super Bowl appearance for quarterback Brock Purdy, 24, who's in his second year in the NFL. The Chiefs, who were 11-6 in the regular season, are led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, 28, who is 2-1 in Super Bowl appearances since being drafted in 2017.

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2. Couch time: Kickoff is around 6:30 p.m. in Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium. The game usually lasts about 3 1/2 hours, which includes a 20- to 30-minute halftime show. It will air on CBS, which has scheduled the premiere of the new series "Tracker" at 10 p.m. Viewers can stream the game on Paramount+, and there's also ...

3. A slime version: Nickelodeon will air a slime-centric version of the Super Bowl, with SpongeBob SquarePants opening the show with a command performance of "Sweet Victory." The reprise is a nod to the 2001 episode of the cartoon, "Band Geeks," in which SpongeBob and friends form a band to play the halftime show at the Bubble Bowl, a fictional championship game.


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  photo  File Photo / SpongeBob SquarePants
 
 

4. The halftime show: R&B legend Usher, who spent several years of his childhood in Chattanooga, will perform the halftime show. Apple Music, the show's sponsor, has released a "Road to Halftime" video with behind-the-scenes content. The halftime performance also will be available after the show on Apple Music. Like his predecessors, Usher won't get paid for the halftime appearance, but the exposure makes it a lucrative gig. On Friday, the eight-time Grammy winner released "Coming Home," his first full-length album since 2016's "Hard To Love." He also announced plans for a Past Present Future tour starting in August to follow up his hugely successful 2 1/2-year residency in Las Vegas. The closest stop is Atlanta, where he'll play Oct. 17-18.

  photo  Usher arrives at the Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 25, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. / Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP/File
 
 

5. The ads: Viewers may loathe commercials for most of their TV watching, but the clever concepts, guest stars and high production values of Super Bowl ads are part of the reason nonfans watch the game. The going rate this year? $7 million for 30 seconds of air time. More than 50 advertisers will be vying for attention from the 100 million people expected to tune in. Last year's broadcast on Fox was watched by a record 115.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

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Contact Lisa Denton at ldenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6281.

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