February 26, 2024

2024 Super Bowl Predictions, Viewing Guide: Expert Picks, Kickoff Time, Halftime Performers, How to Watch

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What a matchup! The Leaders playing in the Super Bowl for the fourth time in five years. You know the names by now: Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Andy Reid. They already are among the all-time greats in their respective roles, and this season has proven that they won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

While the offense may have big names, it’s the defense that has been (by far) the better unit this season. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has earned the adoration of his players, who wore “In Spags We Trust” shirts after defeating the Raven in the AFC Championship. This could be Spagnuolo’s best defense, and that’s saying something considering he’s had three Super Bowl-winning units. So, get acquainted Chris Jones, Trent McDuffie, L’Jarius Sneed and much more.

The 49ersare now back in the big game for the first time since 2020 when they lost to… the Chiefs. History says Super Bowl rematches are even better than first encounters, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that were true again. Like Kansas City, San Francisco has many remnants of that meeting, including George Kittle, Nick Bosa, Trent Williams, Fred Warner and coach Kyle Shanahan.

But there are two important names were not in that team: Brock Purdy And Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey came to San Francisco last season; now he has the chance to be the league’s first top rusher to also win a Super Bowl this millennium. Purdy, meanwhile, arrived months earlier with far less fanfare — as the last pick (“Mr. Irrelevant”) in the 2022 draft — and began his career as a third stringer. A year and a half later, he enters a Super Bowl with a chance to lead the Niners to the ring. Cody Benjamin, reporting from Las Vegas, has a wonderful article about the unlikely hero of the 49ersand Dennis Dodd looks at his ill-fitting “game manager” label.

Our NFL writers have been doing a fantastic job over the past two weeks and I highly recommend checking out all of their work here. As for some of my favorites…

Make sure you finish reading early, because you’ll want to sit in front of the TV for all the goodies we bring your way…

📺 Watch Super Bowl LVIII

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Don’t be the person who can’t find the game. Here are the details:

  • Date: Sunday February 11 | Time: 6:30 PM ET
  • Place: Allegiant Stadium – Las Vegas
  • TV: CBS, Nickelodeon
  • Current: Available via Paramount+ on all platforms, or log in with your TV provider at CBS.com or CBS Sports apps

Today’s game will mark the first time since Super Bowl I that the event will be broadcast by two different networks. CBS will carry the traditional version under the direction of Jim Nantz — Hello friends! — and Tony Romo, while Nickelodeon will launch an exclusive kid- and family-friendly version. (Hello SpongeBob! ¡Hola, Dora!) The CBS broadcast will also be available to stream via Paramount+, which can be streamed on supported devices.

Even though kickoff is set for 6:30 PM ET, don’t be that person who tunes in right before the game. We have there’s plenty of great pre-game coverage ready for you at CBS Sports headquartersand here is the schedule live on CBS.

  • 11:30am – NFL Slimetime — Hosted by Nate Burleson and Young Dylan.
  • Afternoon – Road to the Super Bowl — NFL movies
  • 1:00 PM – You’re watching live!
  • 2:00 PM – The NFL today — Anchored by James Brown with analysts Phil Simms, Bill Cowher, Nate Burleson, Boomer Esiason and JJ Watt.
  • 6:00 PM – Super Bowl on CBS Kickoff Show — Singing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “America the Beautiful”; coin toss and team introductions.
  • 6:30 PM — SUPER BOWL LVIII — Jim Nantz and Tony Romo call the shots with Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn, Jay Feely and Gene Steratore. (Armando Quintero and Benny Ricardo on SAP coverage in Spanish.)
  • Following the Game: The NFL Today Postgame Show — Jim Nantz will present the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the champions.

Whichever way you look, it will be so a lot cheaper than going in person …and you can also see great commercials. We have a sneak peak.

💰 Super Bowl LVIII Betting Guide

Claire Komarek, CBS Sports

All our experts have made their choice, and there’s still plenty of time to make yours. CBS Sports and our friends at SportsLine are here to help. Let’s see.

I’m not much of a gambler myself, but my NFL friends came to the rescue with one props guide like 58(!!!) bets for Super Bowl 58. Here are my five favorites, including one long shot:

  • Jared Dubin: 49ers win first half, Chiefs win game (+525, Caesars). “The Chiefs have not led at halftime of any of their three Super Bowl appearances in this era (they were tied with the Niners and trailing both the Buccaneers And Eagles), so if you think the Chiefs will win, this is a better value than just going on the money.”
  • Team to score last and also win the game: Yes (-245, FanDuel). “Not a profitable number, but this prop has had success in ten consecutive Super Bowls and 17 of the last 18.”
  • 49ers Total Points: Under 24.5 (-125, Caesars). “The Chiefs have allowed just 16.8 points per game this season. Only one team (PackersWeek 13) scored 25 or more points against this defense all year.”
  • Today was a fairytale: Kelce scored a TD and Chiefs won (+240, DraftKings). “Kelce has scored a touchdown in eight of the last nine playoff games. If you have the Chiefs winning, this is a good bet.”
  • Deebo Samuel scores one rushing and one receiving touchdown: Yes (+3000, FanDuel). “Samuel hit this prop twice in the regular season.”

Our friends at SportsLine have their 58 best bets, as well as…

Plus, what critical X-factor makes one side of the Chiefs vs. 49ers is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Chiefs vs. 49ers spreading the hits hard, all from the expert who is a great 22-5 in the picks involving San Francisco, and find out.

🎤 Stars will shine in Las Vegas

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Now you know how to look, how to bet, and how to sound smart when talking about the game with your friends and family. Now let’s get to know the people performing Sunday night.

As for a singer who will not performance (or so I think?!) Taylor Swift will be there. Did you think you could escape all the mentions of Taylor Swift? Come on. It’s the Super Bowl! And she’s Taylor Swift! We had to get at least one in.

🔥So…who will win the Super Bowl?

Thanks for asking! I told you on Friday It wouldn’t be until kick-off before I shared my pick. But for all of you, I won’t put it off any longer.

Purdy could be one of the most unlikely Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks ever. Mahomes was able to continue his march to GOAT status. I just trust Mahomes a little more. I trust Kansas City’s defense a little more. I trust the special teams of the defending champions a little more. Ultimately, I have to do what I trust. Harrison Butker strikes one as time goes by — Leaders 23, 49ers 20.

If I’m right, feel free to shower me with praise. If I’m wrong… well, I’m just someone with a newsletter — speaking of, don’t forget to check out Monday morning’s newsletter where we’ll cover every aspect of Super Bowl Sunday!

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