Live coverage of the 2014 Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLVIII, for those who enjoy Roman numerals). Game analysis, all of the ads and everything you might want to know about the big game.
There’s no tailgating at the Super Bowl, which is … weird.
No tailgating thing at Super Bowl is way bizarre. Atmosphere outside stadium feels like parking lot a podiatrist's office in a strip mall.
— Jason Gay (@jasonWSJ) February 2, 2014
After weeks, and perhaps years, of angst about what the weather conditions would be for the first Super Bowl held in an outdoor stadium in a cold-weather site, it appears that all of the fretting was unnecessary.
Good fortune is on the NFL’s side, as almost always seems to be the case, for Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. It was, unofficially, 54 degrees in East Rutherford about three hours before the game’s scheduled kickoff, and skies were clear.
The coldest game-time temperature for an outdoor Super Bowl is 39 degrees, according to Pro Football Hall of Fame records. That was for Super Bowl VI at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. So the first New York-area Super Bowl might not even be the chilliest in the game’s history.
The mild conditions could be favorable to Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver offense in their high-profile matchup with the Seattle defense. The Broncos ranked first in the league in total offense during the regular season and the Seahawks had the NFL’s top-ranked defense. If Manning, who won his record fifth league most valuable player award Saturday after setting single-season NFL records for passing yards and touchdown passes, and the Broncos fail to get their passing game going Sunday evening, they won’t have the weather to blame.
So much for that Farmer’s Almanac prediction.
The Broncos are in the building. pic.twitter.com/WUkeq9gJtP— Chris Hall (@BroncosTV) February 2, 2014
The Denver Broncos’ quarterback got a favorable day from the weather gods, at least.
Peyton Manning should be pretty happy the temperature is above 40 today, based on the numbers. Here's why: pic.twitter.com/ztnveSJumu
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 2, 2014
From Kent Babb:
Journalists sitting in MetLife Stadium’s auxiliary press box are being grilled by large and unnecessary heat lamps, turning many bald spots red and overcooking the free food.
Robert Klemko, a Washington-area native who covers the NFL for MMQB.com, told us that the lamps are positioned about six feet over their heads. The problem is, the temperature is in the low 50s, and the heaters aren’t needed. Media members have begged league officials to turn off the heaters but no such luck so far. Klemko (@robertklemko) tweeted a picture a few minutes ago that looks like the last days of the planet Krypton.
They’re going to all end up looking like Mike Shanahan.
In an interview with Bill O’Reilly, President Obama says it will be 24-21.
“But I don’t know who’s going to be 24 and who’s going to be 21.”
The Fox broadcasting crew will be without Terry Bradshaw.
He is with his family in Louisiana after the death of his father on Thursday. Michael Strahan will replace him in the postgame interviews and Lombardi Trophy presentation.
So far, Twitter’s spotted a few high-profile members of the sports world at MetLife Stadium. Here’s a smattering…
Colts’ tight end Coby Fleener:
— Coby Fleener (@CobyFleener) February 2, 2014
Tigers’ pitcher Justin Verlander:
— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) February 2, 2014
Stanford head football coach David Shaw:
— David Shaw (@CoachDavidShaw) February 2, 2014
Jimmy Johnson and Aaron Paul:
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) February 2, 2014
It seemed like a good idea to send fans to MetLife Stadium through mass transit rather than letting them drive to the stadium, but it worked differently in the real world.
Thousands of passengers who arrived at the Secaucus Junction transfer station for the train to Super Bowl XLVIII were furious at overcrowded trains on a day that was warmer than anyone expected.
“New Jersey sucks,” some people shouted (via nj.com). Many had taken off their coats and layers of clothing. Fans were passing out and paramedics were called in. Part of the problem was that security officers were checking every bag. By 2:45 p.m., though, the checkpoints were overrun and people were pouring through unchecked, nj.com reports. Emergency workers had to push through to treat several people, according to the Associated Press.
NFL officials disputed the problems, though.
. @miklasz Not true. 75,000 through security at the stadium at 5 pm, hour and a half before kickoff. People are at Tailgate, stadium clubs— Greg Aiello (@gregaiello) February 2, 2014
For security reasons, fans were not allowed to drive to the game. Instead, tailgate tents were set up outside MetLife.