What you need to know about Super Bowl 50

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Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. at a game in September. (Credit: Travis Wise via Creative Commons)

By Alyssa Davis | Published Feb. 6, 2016

You purchased a jersey, you have the face paint ready and you stopped eating days ago to ensure maximum wing consumption at the Super Bowl party you’re attending.

You’re ready to look the part of a football fanatic, but do you have the knowledge to back it up? Here is a crash course in everything you need to know about Super Bowl 50.

When: Sunday, Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m.

Yes, this is rudimentary, but it had to be covered.

Where: Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Home of the San Francisco 49ers. This year marks the first that a Super Bowl will be played on this field.

Who: The young buck Cam Newton will lead the Carolina Panthers as they take on the veteran warhorse Peyton Manning and his Broncos.

Newton hopes to “dab” his team to victory after a nearly perfect season. The Panthers’ record is 15-1, with their only loss being against the Atlanta Falcons in week 16 of the regular season. They finished atop the NFC South.

There is much speculation that this could be Manning’s last year in the NFL. The 39-year-old signal caller started his career in 1998 with the Indianapolis Colts. This season he led the Broncos to a 12-4 record which put them atop the AFC West. Manning missed six games due to a tear in the plantar fascia in his left foot.

TV: Super Bowl 50 will be broadcast on CBS with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms in the booth and Tracy Wolfson sideline reporting. Coverage will start at 11 a.m.

Don’t party too hard the night before so you can wake up on time to watch the Super Bowl in all of its unofficial-holiday glory.

Odds: Carolina is favored by 4.5 points and the over/under is set at 45 points.

Halftime: Coldplay will be joined by Beyonce.

Coldplay recently collaborated with the queen B on two songs for its latest album.

Commercials: The cost of a 30-second advertisement is $5 million.

Chump change, am I right?

Now you have an arsenal of fun facts you can whip out to impress your friends with. You’re welcome.

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