It is time! Super Bowl LV is here. You should all be excited -- we definitely are! Tampa will act as the Super Bowl's host city for the fifth time -- the fourth-highest total of any host city behind Miami (11), New Orleans (10) and Los Angeles (7). The first four Tampa Super Bowls certainly had some memorable moments -- tonight should be no different, especially with the Bucs making history as the first NFL team to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium.
The Los Angeles Raiders upset defending champion Washington, 38-9, the first time Tampa played host for Super Sunday in Super Bowl XVIII. Marcus Allen rushed for a then-Super Bowl record 191 yards and took home MVP honors. Allen's game-clinching touchdown run -- of 74 yards -- served as the longest run in Super Bowl history for 22 years. The Giants edged the Bills in the only Super Bowl that has been decided by a single point just seven years later.
In 2001, the Ravens defense capped off a dominant season by shutting down the Giants offense in Super Bowl XXXV. Then in 2009, James Harrison's 100-yard interception return and Ben Roethlisberger's last-minute touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes lifted the Steelers to a thrilling win over the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.
Of course, this year's Tampa Super Bowl is even more special for those who call the host city home, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will become the first team to ever host the Super Bowl at their own stadium. This will be the third Super Bowl played inside Raymond James Stadium. While that seemingly would provide them with an advantage in the big game, on the other sideline awaits the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. This should be one of the most exciting Super Bowl matchups in recent memory when Patrick Mahomes takes on Tom Brady. Mahomes may be the only quarterback who can give Brady a run for his money when it comes to the greatest of all time debate if he continues on his current trajectory.
And if you're wondering how to actually watch this year's Super Bowl, well, you came to the right place. You can watch the game FOR FREE on CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports App on your phone and connected TV devices.
How to watch Super Bowl LV
The AFC and NFC are currently tied with 27 Super Bowl victories. From 1984-96, the NFC won 13 consecutive Super Bowls over the AFC, a streak that was finally snapped after Terrell Davis led Denver to an upset victory over Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII. The AFC has won six of the previous eight Super Bowls, with the Patriots winning three Super Bowls over that span.
No team has repeated as Super Bowl champion since the 2003-04 Patriots. The Steelers and Patriots are currently tied with six Super Bowl wins. The 49ers and Cowboys are the only other franchises with at least five Lombardi Trophies.
Super Bowl LV is almost here, and you can watch it for free on the CBS Sports App.
How to watch pregame coverage
This year, CBS Sports is offering extensive access to pregame Super Bowl LV coverage.
CBS is providing viewers with seven hours of Super Bowl pregame coverage on Sunday, beginning with That Other Pregame Show (11:30 a.m. ET); followed by NFL Films special, Road to the Super Bowl (Noon, ET); Tony goes to the Super Bowl (1 p.m., ET), The Super Bowl Today (2 p.m., ET) and Super Bowl on CBS Kick-Off Show (6 p.m., ET).
CBS Sports HQ, the 24/7 streaming sports news network available for free across digital platforms, services and connected devices, will be live from Tampa during the week leading up to CBS Sports' live stream of the game. Beginning Monday, Feb. 1, CBS Sports HQ will deliver on-site programming and reports throughout each day, and on game day will stream live pregame coverage, plus postgame analysis and highlights.
Starting at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 7, CBS Sports' streaming coverage will also be available to viewers across an expanded lineup of platforms and devices, including unauthenticated at CBSSports.com and on the CBS Sports app for OTT devices and services, smart TVs and mobile devices.