Super bowl: why it’s worth watching, even if you don’t know anything about the NFL

On the night of February 4, Atlanta will host the super bowl-the final game of the National Football League (NFL). And this is not just a season finale in an obscure sport — it is one of the most notable events of modern media culture, which in its spirit is more like, for example, the Oscars than any other sports final.

On the one hand, the super bowl is one of the most important sporting events. Of course, on a global scale, American football still has too many competitors: the same world Cup, Champions League, top Boxing matches and the Olympic games are watched much more around the world, and, for example, the Asian games (similar to the Olympics on the Asian continent) and the cricket world Cup have huge ratings in individual countries and regions, which in absolute numbers gives a huge advantage. But if you look at the 20 most popular TV broadcasts in the US, 14 of them will come from the super Bowls. Last year was no exception. Learn more at

If you look at the purely athletic component, to explain the popularity of the super bowl (and the NFL as a whole) is simple: the season is short, there are few matches, and every game is of great importance. Only a few teams can afford the only time during the season to relax and give some players a rest-in the last week of the regular season, when the layouts for reaching the playoffs for many are already clear.

Naturally, this does not apply to any playoff game, and even more so to the super Bowl: there are no series (as is usual in the American leagues or the KHL) or doubles games at home and away (football European cups), when you can score on one bad game and win back the next, no “consolation finals” and “matches for bronze”. Every game is straight through, and the loser ends the season. There is only one winner, and it turns out that the losing finalist is not so far away from the team that finished the season last.

Of course, there are games when one of the teams dominates. If you remember the last seven super Bowls (that’s how many I saw on the air), then only one was boring.

2012: the Second meeting between the new York giants and the new England Patriots in the super Bowl, which ended with one of the most nerve-wracking endings in finals history.

2013: Then-young, now-disgraced quarterback Colin Kaepernick led the San Francisco Mariners to the finals, where they lost in the final seconds to the Baltimore Ravens, led by Joe Flacco, who had the best season of his career and, alas, no longer came close to that level of play. This game is remembered for the power outage at the stadium, the fact that the head coach had brothers Jim and John Harbaugh, and that was the last game for one of the best and one of the most controversial defenders in NFL history ray Lewis.

2014: the Seattle Seahawks destroyed the Denver Broncos 43-8 — that “boring” game.

2015: the new England Patriots were able to defend the lead over the Seattle Seahawks in the final seconds of the game thanks to an incredible interception near their own scoring zone.

2016: the Last game of one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, Peyton manning, who, at age 39, beat the Carolina Panthers with great difficulty (and much thanks to his defense).

2017: the new England Patriots lost hopelessly to the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 3-28 with less than a period and a half left in the game. With time remaining, they made the biggest comeback in super Bowl history and won in overtime by a score of 34-28. By the way, it was the first overtime in super Bowl history.

2018: the Philadelphia eagles, considered the underdog in every playoff game and inadvertently ozolotivshaya Chinese factory for the production of dog masks, led by reserve quarterback nick Foles won against the new England Patriots. Foles became the most valuable player in the super bowl, and one of Philadelphia’s” cheating draws ” in his performance became almost legendary.

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