NFL fans down under are excited that just two sides are now left to decide the greatest prize in American Football, Super Bowl 53, which airs on 4 February, 2019 (AEDT).
Entering the 2018-19 season the Philadelphia Eagles were the reigning champs, but we will have a new champion given the final is between the LA Rams and New England Patriots, and you won’t miss a minute when watching the Super Bowl on Free to Air TV or streaming the action live to a mobile device.
Super Bowl 53 Preview
The Patriots were once again one of the more dominant teams during the regular season earning the number two seed in the American Football Conference (AFC). This represented the 17th time in 19 years under Bill Belichick that they posted double digit wins during the regular season. During this year’s playoffs the New England Patriots comfortably beat the Chargers 41-28, with their first half being as good as you’ll see at the pointy end of the season. Then in the AFC Championship, they had to overcome adversity at numerous stages during the game, but they got the win in overtime and advanced to their third straight Super Bowl, a record only matched by the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills. Tom Brady is the main reason why the Patriots have been so good for so long, and if they are to win the Super Bowl, he will no doubt play a MVP role.
For the Los Angles Rams, it’s been an unforgettable journey to get the big dance. For several years they struggled to put a winning record on the board, so they hired Sean McVay, the youngest coach in NFL history, and the success was almost instant. This year they sported a 13-3 record, sitting alongside the Saints in the NFC, and it was those two teams that played out a thrilling NFC Championship game, with the Rams getting the verdict in an epic. The Rams QB, Jared Goff, has been outstanding the last couple of years but this is a whole new beast as he is now on the world stage and facing the legend that is Tom Brady, arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history. The key to the Rams will be their offense. They ranked second overall in the NFL for both points scored and yards gained, but clearly will need to play their best game yet in order to beat the Patriots.
Super Bowl on ESPN of Australia
ESPN, the original home of the NFL in Australia, will broadcast every Thursday night, Sunday night and Monday night regular season contest, Live and in HD, along with two marquee Thanksgiving day matches, as well as every playoff game and one of the world’s biggest sporting events, Super Bowl 53 on February 4, 2019, for up to 64 live events.
In Addition to televising these live games, ESPN of Australia (Foxtel) will typically offer these same matches with NFL TV replays airing later that same day.
Stream the Super Bowl on Kayo Sports
The other option for watching the Super Bowl live online in Australia would be to utilise the 14 day Kayo Sports free streaming trial, which has no lock-in contract and is available to be used across two devices if you’re looking to share.
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Watch the Super Bowl on Free to Air
The 2019 NFL Super Bowl Free to Air offering will be broadcast via 7mate, and the Seven Network streaming service will televise up to two live Sunday afternoon games, which generally air starting between 3:00 am and 7:00 am Sydney time on Monday morning, as well as select Sunday Night contests which will be shared with ESPN.
NFL 2019 Super Bowl Live TV (AEDT)
Monday 4 Feb LIVE: Rams v Patriots at 10.30am (7Mate/Kayo/Foxtel)
Monday 4 Feb replay: Rams v Patriots 4.30pm-7.30pm (Kayo/Foxtel)
TV fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences.
NFL 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show
At around 12pm AEDT, the world-renowned halftime show will kick off. Every year, the NFL brings in some of the world’s biggest music stars to perform, and this year is no different. Three-time Grammy-award winning band Maroon 5 will headline, while a range of quality guest artists including rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi will also make appearances on stage. Typically, halftime in an NFL game lasts only 12 minutes, but you can expect upwards of 30 minutes of halftime entertainment during the Super Bowl.
Watch or Stream the Super Bowl Live
While you can find NFL Free to air action on Channel 7, the best prime time coverage will be shown on ESPN of Australia (Foxtel and Kayo Sports), to include every Thursday night, Sunday night and Monday night contest airing Live, along with replays of the biggest match-ups on their broadcast schedule and the option to watch the Super Bowl live online.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to review either the Foxtel from Telstra Sport combo pack or the Kayo Sports streaming trial. With the Sports Combo you can watch popular TV including the NFL on ESPN live at home, and if you have to be out and about you can stream the Super Bowl free using Foxtel Go within minutes of signing up.
AFC Teams to Watch
The AFC Conference in the NFL could well be dominated by just a few sides, most notably the airing of the Patriots as they go for a record-breaking eighth consecutive Conference Championship game. The biggest obstacles to their chances appear to be the Jacksonville Jaguars, led by five Pro-Bowlers on defence, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will once again rely on QB Ben Roethlisberger, WR Antonio Brown and RB LeVeon Bell, and if their games air on ESPN of Australia you can watch the NFL online with Foxtel Now from Telstra.
NFC Teams to Watch
The Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and St. Louis Rams look to be the class of the NFC. The Eagles are the defending Super Bowl champs and showed no obvious weaknesses, and will also be expecting QB Carson Wentz to be available. The Rams were a dangerous but young team last season, and this year have added even more pieces to their roster, including WR Brandin Cooks, as well as defenders Ndamukong Suh, Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters. The Saints represented the NFC in the Divisional round, and would have advanced if not for arguably the most spectacular finish in NFL Playoff history, when Case Keenum hit Stefon Diggs for the 61-yard game-winning touchdown with no time left on the clock.