By the time the 2020 Super Bowl starts with kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET on Fox, TV and live stream services will have provided fans the final servings of analysis for 49ers vs. Chiefs in Super Bowl 54 at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium. Which is to say kickoff time for the actual game will be welcome.
Kickoff arrives Sunday evening after weeks of 49ers vs. Chiefs-related chatter. We all know by now how San Francisco, a one-point underdog against Kansas City in Super Bowl 54, is searching for its record-tying sixth Super Bowl title. The 49ers with a win also would become just the second team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl after finishing the previous season with four or fewer wins, joining the 1999 Rams. Coach Kyle Shanahan and his father Mike would become the first father and son head coaches to win Super Bowls.
The Chiefs are looking for their second such title after a 50-year drought since their last Super Bowl appearance. Coach Andy Reid would win his first Super Bowl and earn his 222nd career victory, including postseason. Only five coaches in the history of the league have more. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes would become the second youngest quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl (Ben Roethlisberger, Super Bowl 40).
As the hours count down to kickoff time on Super Bowl Sunday, here is all the TV and live stream info you need to watch the Super Bowl in 2020.
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What time does the Super Bowl start 2020?
Date: Sunday, Feb. 2
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Super Bowl 54 between the 49ers and Chiefs kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET, which has become the customary start time for Super Bowls, on Sunday, Feb. 2. But what has become excessive pregame coverage begins long before that.
On Super Bowl Sunday, NFL Network will show more than 11 hours of live pregame and postgame coverage, starting at 9 a.m. ET with an 8.5-hour edition of “NFL GameDay Morning.” Featured on the show at various points will be coverage from Rich Eisen, Kurt Warner, Michael Irvin, Steve Mariucci, Colleen Wolfe, Steve Smith Sr., Michael Robinson, Joe Thomas, Ian Rapoport, Cynthia Frelund, Mike Garafolo, Tom Pelissero, Stacey Dales, Steve Wyche, James Palmer, Melissa Stark, Andrea Kremer, Kyle Brandt, Rhett Lewis, Brian Billick and Shaun O’Hara.
ESPN’s pregame coverage will begin at 10 a.m. ET and end at 2 p.m. ET.
As for the TV channel that will broadcast the Super Bowl, Fox’s pregame coverage will begin at 2 p.m. ET. The show, featuring the award-winning group of Curt Menefee, Jimmy Johnson, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Terry Bradshaw and Jay Glazer, also will include performances by Pitbull, Dan + Shay, DJ Khaled, Demi Lovato and Yolanda Adams.
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What channel is the Super Bowl on today?
TV channel (national): Fox
TV channel (San Francisco): KTVU
TV channel (Kansas City): WDAF
Super Bowl 54 between the 49ers and Chiefs will be broadcast nationally by Fox. The network of course will feature it’s No. 1 broadcast team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in the booth and Erin Andrews and Chris Myers on the sidelines. Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino are Fox’s NFL rules analysts.
As for radio broadcasts, the 49ers call of Super Bowl 54 can be heard on Sirius channel 82 and XM channel 226, and the Chiefs call can be heard on Sirius channel 83 and XM channel 225. The national, Westwood One radio broadcast will feature Kevin Harlan and Kurt Warner on the call.
Beginning with the deal the NFL reached with networks in 2006 and continuing with their latest deal in 2014, CBS, Fox and NBC — the league’s three primary broadcast partners — have rotated Super Bowl broadcast rights over the last 14 years.
In 2020, it’s Fox’s turn to broadcast the Super Bowl, marking its last Super Bowl broadcast of the current TV rights deal. This will be the ninth time Fox has shown the Super Bowl. (CBS has the most Super Bowl broadcasts with 20.)
The NFL’s current agreement with its network partners is set to expire in 2022 after Super Bowl 56. With ratings up for the 2019 season, the league could become aggressive in negotiations this year and push to get a new deal in place by 2021, which would set the Super Bowl broadcast schedule beyond 2022 and into the near future.
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Super Bowl live stream
Cord-cutters shouldn’t have a problem finding a live stream for Super Bowl 54. Sling, Hulu, YouTube TV, fuboTV and AT&T Now all carry Fox. For those who don’t subscribe to any of those TV streaming services, 49ers vs. Chiefs will be free to stream via NFL Digital (NFL app on phone, tablet, connected TV devices or NFL.com) and/or Yahoo Sports (Mobile web and app).
Another option: Anybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can access the game via Fox Sports Go.
For fans watching in Canada, Super Bowl 54 can be streamed live with DAZN, and new DAZN users can sign up with a 30-day free trial.
Super Bowl 2020 odds, picks, predictions
The 49ers opened as 1 1/2-point underdogs against the Chiefs in Super Bowl 54. That line has since dropped to -1 for what many expect to be a close, high-scoring game.
Most of SN’s experts are leaning with the underdogs in their predictions for Super Bowl 54, but not all of them.
Super Bowl odds (via SportsInsider):
Point spread: Chiefs -1
Over/under total: 54
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Super Bowl picks, predictions:
— Vinnie Iyer: The 49ers have the firepower to match the Chiefs’ explosive offense, either playing from ahead or behind, running or passing. They also have the better defense on all three levels with fewer positional weaknesses. Mahomes and his skill players will find their heavy share of success, but Garoppolo has equal support in a more favorable matchup to help him move the ball all the way through the end of the fourth quarter. The 49ers will finally get that sixth ring to match the Patriots and Steelers. Prediction: 49ers 34, Chiefs 31.
— Bill Bender: The Chiefs are 2-3 when they give up 150 yards rushing or more. Despite the fact that their run defense improved in the second half of the season, the 49ers present a different challenge with that rushing attack and defensive line. Kansas City did a good job limiting Tennessee on the ground in the AFC title game, but the 49ers present a more diversified offense. Jimmy Garoppolo will match Patrick Mahomes in the first half, but San Francisco’s secondary will force Kansas City to be more patient than they want to be. Ultimately, it’s the 49ers who will come up with the momentum-changing turnover, perhaps courtesy of Nick Bosa, and they will run out the final four minutes in rather anti-climactic fashion. Don’t be surprised if a defensive player is named Super Bowl MVP. Prediction: 49ers 30, Chiefs 26.
— Joe Rivera: The Chiefs managed to bottle up and hold Derrick Henry to just 69 yards in the AFC championship game. While their offense is getting the headlines — rightfully so — what Steve Spagnuolo has been able to mold the Kansas City defense into this season has been something. This game could come down to QB play, and if that’s the case, the nod has to go to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. The 49ers pass rush is legitimate, but it might also be negated by Mahomes’ ability to make otherworldly throws on the move, outside of the pocket. It’s going to be close, but it just feels like Kansas City’s year, and Andy Reid will finally get the elusive Lombardi Trophy. Prediction: Chiefs 31, 49ers 27.
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— Matt Lutovsky: It’s not easy to bet against Patrick Mahomes (or Andy Reid with an extra week to prepare), but the 49ers excel in two areas in which the Chiefs struggled most of the season: Running and throwing to tight ends. San Francisco’s pass rush is also the best the Chiefs will face all playoffs, which will at least make Mahomes work for every yard. There’s a clear path to winning for both teams, so any outcome won’t be surprising, but if San Francisco can control the ball and keep Mahomes off the field, it will have a big advantage. We’re betting the 49ers can do that. Prediction: 49ers 27, Chiefs 24.
— Zac Al-Khateeb: It seems the 49ers are clearly the better of the two conference champions entering Super Bowl 54, thanks in large part to the myriad ways they can beat opponents. San Francisco saw stellar play from both its defensive front and secondary, and it got such a good performance from running back Raheem Mostert that Jimmy Garoppolo only needed to throw eight passes in an NFC championship game that was over by halftime. Credit to the Chiefs for overcoming a double-digit deficit for the second consecutive week. But their offense, led by Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, will face a tougher defensive challenge vs. the 49ers than they faced against Houston or Tennessee. Kansas City can’t sell out to stop Mostert, either, or else Garoppolo — unlike Ryan Tannehill — will make them pay through the air. There will be splash plays by both the 49ers and Chiefs, but in the end, you have to go with the more well-rounded team. Prediction: 49ers 38, Chiefs 31.
— Tadd Haislop: Largely because of the Patrick Mahomes factor, we understand why Super Bowl 54 is being framed as a clash of spectacular offense in Kansas City and smothering defense in San Francisco. Mahomes also heavily impacts the point spread. Yet this Super Bowl narrative omits an important fact. As great as Kansas City has been all season offensively, San Francisco has been even better. Notably, the 49ers are doing it with a quarterback who completed just six passes in the NFC championship game and threw for only 208 yards in their two playoff games combined. When the 49ers have needed Jimmy Garoppolo to produce, though, he has delivered. The diversity on offense, coupled with dominance on defense, is why San Francisco has an edge over Kansas City. This isn’t a case of “defense wins championships.” It’s a case of defense wins championships — especially when complemented by superior offense and hampered by zero notable weaknesses. Prediction: 49ers 31, Chiefs 27.
— Mike DeCourcy: It’s just hard to imagine another professional defense getting trucked in the way Green Bay did throughout the NFC championship game. And it’s nearly as difficult to picture the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes responding as timidly as the Green Bay offense. This pick is not as comfortable to make as the recent College Football Playoff title game, which was like a wide-open layup, but the Chiefs offense appears to have the magic necessary to counter the impressive 49ers D. Prediction: Chiefs 28, 49ers 21.