Super Bowl XLVIII extra points

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Chilly reception

For the first time, the Super Bowl is being held in an open-air stadium in a cold-weather climate.

The forecast for Sunday’s game in East Rutherford, N.J. is for it to be mostly cloudy with a high of 46 degrees and a kickoff temperature in the low 40s to upper 30s.

The coldest outdoor Super Bowl kickoff temperature in NFL history was 39 degrees in Super Bowl VI at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans on Jan. 16, 1972. Dallas beat Miami 24-3.

Olympic-type coverage

Olympic gymnast Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas, who won two gold medals for the United States in 2012, has joined Inside Edition as a special correspondent for Super Bowl XLVIII.

The Olympian will be reporting live from New York and New Jersey alongside correspondent Megan Alexander.

Douglas said her favorite team is the New England Patriots, who lost to Denver in the AFC Championship Game.

The voices

World-renowned soprano Renee Fleming will sing the national anthem.

Known as “the people’s diva,” Fleming is a four-time Gammy winner making her Super Bowl debut. Actress Amber Zion will perform in American Sign Language the national anthem.

Bruno Mars will perform at the halftime show. He has invited the Red Hot Chili Peppers to join him. The Super Bowl halftime show is the most-watched musical event of the year.

Phillip Phillips and The Band Perry will perform at the NFL Tailgate Party as part of the pregame show.

Nice ring to it

One of the great rewards of being a Super Bowl champion is the ring.

Last year’s champion, Baltimore, has a 10-karat white gold ring with yellow-gold highlights boasting 243 round-cut diamonds for a 3.75 carat weight and weighs 380 grams (13.4 ounces). The Ravens’ logo, outlined with 40 diamonds, is featured on the ring’s face in front of two Lombardi Trophies, representing the franchise’s two NFL titles.

The ring includes the Super Bowl XLVII logo and the year 2012, set with 39 diamonds, on the right side. On the left side is the person’s name, the Ravens shield, the Maryland flag and the words “Play Like a Raven,” a Baltimore slogan.

Orange crush look

The AFC champion Denver Broncos will be the home team in Super Bowl XLVIII and will wear their orange jerseys. Denver switched back to the orange jerseys before the 2012 season and has amassed a 14-2 regular-season home record to go with a 2-1 postseason mark for an overall winning percentage of .842 since the change. The team has worn orange jerseys in three other Super Bowls in its history, all losses.

Super BowlOpponentJerseyResult
XIIDallasOrangeLost 27-10
XXIN.Y. GiantsWhiteLost 39-20
XXIIWashingtonOrangeLost 42-10
XXIVSan FranciscoOrangeLost 55-10
XXXIIGreen BayBlueWon 31-24
XXXIII AtlantaWhiteWon 34-19
XLVIII SeattleOrangeTBD

Blue look

The Seahawks will don their road white jerseys matched with blue pants. Seattle wore all blue in Super Bowl XL, when it lost 21-10 to Pittsburgh. Since transitioning to their Nike uniforms in 2012, the Seahawks have worn six uniform combinations. Here’s a look at how they’ve fared during the regular season:

White jersey/blue pants2-1
*Blue jersey/blue pants15-1
Gray jersey/gray pants3-0
White jersey/gray pants0-3
Blue jersey/gray pants2-1
White jersey/white pants2-2

*All games played at CenturyLink Field in Seattle

Future Super Bowls

XLIX: Feb. 1, 2015, Univ.of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

L: Feb. 7, 2016, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.*

LI: Feb. 5, 2017, Reliant Stadium, Houston*

* Tentative date

The trophy

Here’s a look at the Vince Lombardi Trophy, awarded to the Super Bowl XLVIII champ:

Weight: 7 pounds

Height: 22 inches

Man-hours to complete: 72

Material: Sterling silver, including nuts and bolts

Year designed: 1966

Sketched by: Oscar Riedener, former Tiffany vice president of design

Crafted by: Hand

Made in: Parsippany, N.J.

Made by: Tiffany

Engraving: After the trophy is presented, it goes back to Tiffany, where the Super Bowl team names and the final score are engraved onto the base, then is returned to the team for permanent possession.

Beer hype

Anheuser-Busch will debut five new ads during the Super Bowl XLVIII broadcast on KDFW/Channel 4. Iconic brands Bud Light and Budweiser will represent Anheuser-Busch in 3.5 minutes of creative spots.

Bud Light, the official beer of the NFL, will launch its new campaign, “The Perfect Beer for Whatever Happens.” The campaign kicks off with two corresponding “Epic Night” units — totaling 90 seconds and telling one cohesive story across two ad blocks — featuring top celebrity surprises when they are least expected.

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