What time is Super Bowl 2021 kickoff? Live stream, TV channel info and more for Chiefs vs. Buccaneers

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After two weeks of anticipation, Super Bowl 55 is finally here as the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Florida.

Every aspect of Super Sunday will be analyzed in great detail, from the national anthem to the halftime show to the television commercials that will run during the game.

The two teams met on this same field during the regular season, with the Chiefs holding on for a 27-24 victory. This time, the stakes are much higher, with the Lombardi Trophy on the line, as well as potential bragging rights in the battle between generational quarterbacks in Tom Brady of the Buccaneers and Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs.

Since the game is being played as the COVID-19 continues to rage across the country, both teams will have travel plans and logistical processes unique to this season. Attendance will be limited to 25,000 fans, 7,500 of which will be vaccinated healthcare workers.

USA TODAY Sports will have live coverage of the game and all the happenings from Tampa, and we’ve also answered some key questions about the matchup for anyone looking for last-minute information:

What time does Super Bowl 55 start?

The game is scheduled to kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Where will Super Bowl 55 be played?

Super Bowl 55 will be played in Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, marking the first time a team will play the championship game in its home stadium.

How can I watch Super Bowl 55?

Super Bowl 55 will be broadcast on CBS. The game will also be available for live streaming on CBSSports.com and through the CBS Sports app. 

Streaming services are also available through fuboTV.

Who are the announcers on CBS for Super Bowl 55?

As part of the CBS broadcast team, Jim Nantz will serve as the play-by-play announcer and Tony Romo will be the analyst.

There will be three sideline reporters for the game: Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn and Jay Feely. Former NFL official Gene Steratore will be the rules analyst.

What are the odds for Super Bowl 55?

The Chiefs opened as the favorites in the matchup, and are favored by 3 points, according to BetMGM.com, with the over/under at 56.5 points.

What is the weather for Super Bowl 55?

The weather forecast at kickoff calls for partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid 60s with a 5%-10% chance of rain, according to NFLweather.com. As the game progresses, temperatures should fall to around 60.

Who is singing the national anthem at Super Bowl 55?

Jazmine Sullivan, an R&B star, and Eric Church, a country singer, will join forces to sing the national anthem before Super Bowl 55. Additionally, singer H.E.R. will perform “America the Beautiful.”

Warren “WAWA” Snipe, a deaf rapper and recording artist, will perform both those songs in American Sign Language.

Who are the Super Bowl 55 halftime show performers?

The Weeknd will headline the Super Bowl 55 halftime show. This marks the second act that Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter’s company, Roc Nation, will have curated and produced.

Who do the experts think will win?

USA TODAY Sports’ team of NFL reporters and editors are split, with five of them picking the Chiefs to repeat as champions and two going with the underdog Buccaneers. However, they all agree it should be a high-scoring game.

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