Super Bowl XLVII For Dummies: A Big Game Primer For The Football Illiterate

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The Super Bowl is this Sunday and whether you’re a huge fan of the NFL or you don’t know who is playing in the game, you’ll probably find yourself in front of the tube with friends and family this weekend staring at the game. If you are looking forward more to the commercials than the game, we thought we’d put together a guide to help you get through the pain of all the game play on Sunday.

This year is Super Bowl XLVII.  Those letters are called Roman numerals.  They mean 47.

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(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

(That trophy goes to the winner of the game. It’s called the Lombardi Trophy.  It’s named for Vince Lombardi.  He was a football coach.)

The game is being played in New Orleans at the Superdome.

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(Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

It will be the 10th Super Bowl held in New Orleans at the Superdome since 1970, tying New Orleans with Miami for the most by a single location.

The teams playing are the San Francisco 49ers

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(Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

and the Baltimore Ravens.

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(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The 49ers will be wearing red jerseys and gold pants with a gold helmet

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(Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

The Ravens will be wearing white jerseys with black pants and a black helmet.

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(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Coaches – 49ers – Jim Harbaugh

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(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Giants – John Harbaugh

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(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Harbaughs are brothers. John is the oldest (50) and brother Jim (49) is 15 months younger. This is the first time ever that coaching brothers have squared off in the Super Bowl.

Starting Quarterbacks – 49ers – Colin Kaepernick #7

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(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Ravens – Joe Flacco #5

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(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

A touchdown (the ball carried or caught in the end zone) is worth 6 points.

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(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

A field goal (ball kicked through the uprights) is worth 3 points.

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(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

An extra point (kicked like a field goal only after a touchdown is scored) is worth 1 point.

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(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

When the quarterback gets tackled with the ball it is called a sack.

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(Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

The game is on CBS (check your local listings or cable provider). Click here for online coverage.

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(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Members of the CBS Sports Super Bowl crew include (back row) Shannon Sharpe, Bill Cower, James Brown, Boomer Esiason, Jim Nantz- (front row) Dan Marino, Sean McManus and Phil Simms.

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(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Beyonce will be playing the half time show. No word yet on whether lip-synching will be involved.

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(Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

She’s expected to be joined by her former group, Destiny’s Child.

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(Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect)

A few phrases you can say during the game to make yourself feel smart:

If a flag is thrown and holding is called say “Come on ref, that wasn’t holding”

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If a defender touches a receiver before he catches a pass say, “That’s pass interference!”

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(Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Enjoy the game! And the commercials!

Thanks to our friends at KLUV for the inspiration!

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