With the start of the new year, all sports enthusiasts and connoisseurs of great entertainment eagerly await the first highlight. On Sunday, 3 February the world’s largest single sporting event takes place: the Super Bowl. Not every viewer is a fully briefed football aficionado though.

For the benefit of all those who do not want to miss the big event on television or are planning to go to a Super Bowl Party, read on for key information about the Super Bowl and the basic rules of American football.

There is no stopping America when it comes to American football. Because football is not only the most popular sport in the US, but a real affair of the heart and the pride of an entire nation. Every year, the enthusiasm for the sport builds to fever pitch with the grand finale known as the Super Bowl – and even Germany, champion in another type of football, is captivated by it.

American football rules for beginners

A basic knowledge of the rules of the game is helpful to thoroughly enjoy this major sporting event. Here are the most important rules to make cheering your favourite team on even more fun.

Basically, American football is about scoring points by getting the ball into the opposition’s end zone. A number of steps need to be taken to achieve this. The offense has four attempts to advance at least ten yards on the field. There are two ways to move the ball, it can be carried or thrown.

 

Touchdown

If the offense is successful, it gets another four chances to gain another ten yards. The play ends either when the offense manages to get the ball into the opponent’s end zone – this is called a touchdown which scores six points – or the opposing team’s defense manages to prevent the offense from gaining the ten yards.

In this case, the attack changes sides and the opponent’s offense receives the ball with a drop kick, the punt.

 

Field Goal

However, if the offense is close enough to the opposing end zone by this time, it can instead try to score a field goal and kick the ball through the goal posts, rather than hand it to the other team.

This scores three points. After a touchdown, the attacking team has the opportunity to score an extra point with a similar kick from in front of the goal posts.

Points of interest

Since 1967, the accolade of the nation’s best American football team has been decided in America in a final duel, and the NFL’s final game took on the name Super Bowl in 1969.

So, this year is the 53rd final of the American Football League. The reigning champions are the Philadelphia Eagles, who claimed the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy last year.

The reigning champions are the Philadelphia Eagles, who claimed the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy last year. The victors will be decided in less than three weeks at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, the home stadium of the Atlanta Falcons.

Which teams will be fighting for the title, however, won’t be decided until after the Conference Finals on 20 January.

The NFL consists of 32 teams and is divided into two Conferences, the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC).

The season starts in September and culminates in the Super Bowl in February. The regular season consists of 17 games followed by the play-offs.

Finally, the winners of the two Conferences compete against each other in the Super Bowl to determine the best team in the country.

Although an NFL team squad consists of 53 players and 11 of these are on the field at any time, the quarterbacks are the superstars and figureheads of American football. The reason why they get all this attention is their central role as game-makers in offense.

Because unlike in the other kind of football, for example, every single play move in American football is planned in detail and stipulated by the coaches. The quarterback then tries to implement this plan on the pitch and passes the ball to his teammates.

At the same time, the opposing defense tries to disrupt the moves, prevent the quarterback from passing the ball and to stop the offense from getting into clear space.

The opposing defense tries to gain possession of the ball and the right of attack, known as a turnover. This can be achieved, for example, via an interception, where the defense team manages to catch the quarterback’s pass.

  • A game has a net playing time of 60 minutes. This time is divided into four quarters, each lasting 15 minutes. After the second quarter, there is a half-time break of 12 minutes.
  • However, the clock countdown is stopped each time the game is interrupted, so an American football game usually lasts very much longer, leaving you plenty of time to make yourself comfortable in front of the TV.
  • An American football pitch is 100 yards long and 53 yards wide. This makes the field about 91 metres long and 48 metres wide.
  • There is a 10-yard end zone at each end with the goal posts, shaped like a big U, which the ball gets kicked through.

Super Bowl Party

Flags for the straws

The Super Bowl is a very exciting event where everything seems to be happening at once, so it's even more important to know what’s happening on the table at least! Our stylish straw flags which you can print out yourself are just the thing here.

Simply download the attached file, either enter the name on the computer before printing or fill it out by hand afterwards using a marker pen or similar, cut it out, glue it onto the straw and it's clear which drink is whose.

On top of that, the flags look great and are an apt decoration!

Download file

Football glasses

To be properly prepared for the Super Bowl, the right decoration is the be all and end all. But do you really have to buy a whole set of expensive glasses just to use once a year? A bit of white tape will get round this problem quickly and stylishly!

What you need: glasses, white tape, scissors

  1. Stick 4 cm-long strips of the white tape around the glass (the number will vary depending on the height of the glass) and then put one vertical strip of tape over these
  2. Fill it up and enjoy!
    Tip: The glasses look best filled with dark drinks such as cola, malt beer or iced tea. You can prepare your other containers such jars and bowls in the same way too, of course!

Popcorn containers and snack bowls

Sweet or salty, classic or your own creation – popcorn is a must at the Super Bowl! These practical snack containers to print out yourself can be used for other snacks too of course.

A real attention-grabber on your buffet table, TV table or wherever you want it – the Super Bowl snack bowl is bound to be a big hit!

It offers space for snacks of all kinds and if you use an inner coating of book binding foil or carefully line it with aluminium foil, it can even hold dips with ease. Both practical containers are simple to make yourself!

You need: paper and/or cardboard, glue, scissors, our crafting template and optionally, book binding foil or aluminium foil.

  1. Either print the original directly onto cardboard or print it out, spread it evenly with adhesive and stick it onto cardboard (you need to do this twice for the popcorn box!).
  2. Cut out and fold along the dotted lines. Apply glue to the shaded areas and glue these together. You can secure the glued areas with paper clips or clothes pegs to prevent the flaps coming apart while drying.
  3. Fill up and enjoy!

Tip: If you want to use your containers more often or if your snacks are particularly greasy, you can seal the empty container with book binding foil, for example, before gluing it together. After that you will need to use all-purpose glue to hold everything together! Alternatively, you can line them with aluminium foil.

Make popcorn yourself in a pot

Popcorn is the all-time classic when it comes to exciting TV entertainment and is of course ideal for your own Super Bowl Party - inexpensive, versatile, easy to make and delicious at the same time!

You don't need a lot of stuff, just corn grains and oil and if you want some salt, sugar or other things to spice the popcorn. There are many possibilities for every taste. Cover the bottom of the pot with the oil and heat it up.

If you like the popcorn sweet, stir in some sugar now to make sure you get a layer of caramel around the grains. Then turn off the stove, fill in a handful of grains and quickly mix them with the oil! Be careful, because now the popping starts!

That's why the pot is now covered with the lid and shaken from time to time so that the oil is always evenly distributed. The stainless steel roaster with high-dome lid is perfect for this purpose so that there is really enough popcorn available for the Super Bowl Party. After the popping has stopped, you can spice the result up to your needs and enjoy it right away!

Fun facts about the Super Bowl

Every year the Super Bowl is an event packed full of superlatives. So we thought we would pull together 10 fun and fascinating facts about this sporting extravaganza. They will amaze you, and what’s more, our Super Bowl facts will help you impress everyone with your knowledge at every Super Bowl Party.

  • The Super Bowl draws more than 100 million people to their TVs in the US alone. It is also an incredible export hit around the globe with a billion people around the world watching the NFL final.
  • About 1.3 million people watched the Super Bowl in Germany last year.
  • The event is also an unparalleled event in terms of food consumption. Americans consume about 1.3 billion chicken wings as well as over 3.5 tons of guacamole during the Super Bowl.
  • Pizza is also a Super Bowl snack of choice – as proven by the fact that pizza delivery services generate a third of their annual sales on this day alone.
  • Who would have believed it? Today, a 30-second Super Bowl commercial costs about $5 million. In 1967, it was about $40,000.
  • The first title was won by the Green Bay Packers under their coach Vince Lombardi. The winner’s trophy bears his name in his honour.
  • What has the exclusive jeweller Tiffany & Co. got to do with the Super Bowl? Yes, you guessed it, the Vince Lombardi Trophy is designed and manufactured by this jeweller.
  • Straight back to work after the big party? Some transatlantic workers take a different view, with 10 per cent of Americans reporting sick on the Monday after the Super Bowl.
  • The video wall at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where the Super Bowl is held, measures about 5,853 square metres. This makes it the biggest sports stadium video wall ever and means that there’s no reason for anyone to miss any of the game’s highlights!
  • There are even two Germans who have achieved what all NFL players dream of: a Super Bowl title. Markus Koch was the first German to win the Championship in 1988, Sebastian Vollmer even won it twice in his career (2014 & 2016).

Baked nachos as a Super Bowl snack

American snacks are the perfect accompaniment to this type of event, and they are guaranteed to put every viewer in the right frame of mind. When selecting your snacks, make sure that the Super Bowl food is easy to eat in front of the TV.

The late start (e.g. 10:45 pm on the Pro7 channel) means it is also a good idea to choose dishes that can be prepared without much fuss and relatively quickly. Finger food or snacks such as hot dogs, home-made pizza, chicken wings or chilli cheese fries are perfect.

Here is a finger food recipe that is not only easy to make, but also brings American Super Bowl traditions into your living room: gratinated nachos with minced meat and avocado. After all, Americans also love eating nachos and guacamole while watching a game of football.

Whether you enjoy watching the Super Bowl with your partner on the sofa or celebrating a Super Bowl party with all your friends – the right food is an absolute must-have.

  Recipe for 6 persons
1 ½ onions
3 cloves of garlic
3 tbsp. oil
650 g minced meat
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chilli powder
1 tsp. paprika powder
250 g cheddar
350 g nachos
300 g kidney beans
1 ½ avocados
3 tomatoes
6 spring onions
  Pepper
  Salt

Preparation

  1. Peel the onions and thinly slice them.
  2. Peel the garlic and crush it in a press.
  3. Place baking paper onto a baking tray.
  4. Preheat the oven.
  5. Heat some oil in a nonstick pan. Put the minced meat in the pan and sauté. After a few minutes, add the onions and sauté some more. Season with the cumin, chilli and paprika powder, salt and pepper.
  6. Grate the cheddar.
  7. Now spread out the nachos on the baking tray. Evenly sprinkle half of the cheese over the nachos.
  8. Next, distribute the minced meat over the nachos, followed by the kidney beans.
  9. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the tray.
  10. Place in the oven and bake until the cheese has melted.
  11. In the meantime, halve the avocado and remove the pit. Scoop out the flesh and cut it into slices or cubes.
  12. Wash and dry the tomatoes, then cut them into small pieces.
  13. Also wash the spring onions, pat it dry and finely chop it.
  14. Wash the cumin, spin it dry in the finecut and roughly chop it.
  15. Before serving the gratinated nachos, garnish them with the avocado, tomatoes and spring onions.

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