The 2021 Super Bowl will kick off at what’s become a standard start time for the NFL’s final game of the season. Get your televisions or live streams to CBS at 6:30 p.m. ET to make sure you don’t miss a moment of Chiefs vs. Buccaneers from Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.
You could be tuning in to the greatest quarterback matchup in Super Bowl history. On one side is six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, but he’s not wearing his familiar Patriots colors. He migrated south for the 2020 season, abandoning Bill Belichick in New England and joining Tampa Bay. He and the Buccaneers were only good enough for a wild-card spot in the regular season, but they’ve won three playoff games on the road to get a home Super Bowl.
Opposing Brady is Patrick Mahomes, only the reigning Super Bowl MVP who hoisted the Lombardi Trophy about a year ago. Any discussion of what modern QB could rival Brady as the greatest of all time starts with Mahomes, who may have the most arm talent in NFL history. The third-year starter won MVP in 2018 and Super Bowl MVP last year. He’s pretty good himself.
The star-studded nature of this game doesn’t end with the quarterbacks, of course. Mahomes’ top weapons are Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, while Brady’s offense is loaded with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones. Whichever defense can slow down a legendary quarterback could have the advantage.
So don’t miss a moment of the action. We have all the information below about when you need to lock your TV on what should be a highly entertaining matchup.
What time does the Super Bowl start 2021?
Date: Sunday, Feb. 7
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Super Bowl 55 between the Chiefs and Buccaneers kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET, which has become the usual time for Super Bowls. The game will be played on Sunday, Feb. 7, which is two weeks after the conference championship games determined that Kansas City and Tampa Bay would play in the season’s final game.
You should be able to find Super Bowl coverage all over your cable channels throughout the day, including morning coverage on NFL network and extended pregame shows on CBS before kickoff.
What channel is the Super Bowl on today?
TV channel (national): CBS
TV channel (Tampa Bay): WTSP
TV channel (Kansas City): KCTV
The 2021 Super Bowl will be broadcast on CBS, which has actually flipped its turn in the three-network rotation with NBC. NBC wanted to trade to broadcast the 2022 Super Bowl to pair its advertising with its 2022 Winter Olympics coverage.
This will be the 21st Super Bowl on CBS, the most of any channel. It will also be the last during the current broadcast agreement that expires after 2022 and featured the three-network rotation of CBS, NBC and Fox, which broadcasted last year’s game.
On the CBS call will be the network’s No. 1 NFL broadcast team. That means Jim Nantz on the call for his sixth Super Bowl and joined in the booth by Tony Romo, who will be calling his second.
There’s a heavy crew of additional reporters joining Nantz and Romo, with Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn and Jay Feely all serving as sideline reporters for the broadcast. CBS will also have Gene Steratore, a long-time league official, to provide rules analysis during the game.
There are plenty of options for live-streaming the Super Bowl. The easiest is to use NFL Digital (NFL app on phone, tablet, connected TV devices or NFL.com) and/or Yahoo Sports (Mobile web and app), which will both be streaming the game for free.
CBS is on offer on all the major subscription streaming services, as well. That includes Sling, Hulu, YouTube TV, fuboTV and AT&T Now. CBS will also be streaming the game for free on the CBS Sports App and CBSSports.com, along with on CBS All Access for those who already subscribe.
For fans watching in Canada, Super Bowl 55 can be streamed live with DAZN, and new DAZN users can sign up with a 30-day free trial.