The Super Bowl 2017 will be staged at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on February 5 between the winners of the AFC and NFC in the aftermath of the ongoing NFL playoffs.
After the Wildcard Weekend which saw the Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers emerge victorious, the Divisional Round of the playoffs will begin on Jan. 14.
While the Texans upset the Oakland Raiders, the Seahawks, led by a history-making performance from Thomas Rawls, made quick work of the Detroit Lions to book a berth in the next round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Steelers, led by their star-studded trio of Ben Roethlisbeger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell, proved too much for the Miami Dolphins in the other wild card playoff game.
The highly-anticipated showdown between the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants was dominated by superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who threw for 362 yards and 4 touchdowns while extending his streak of zero interceptions to seven games.
Super Bowl 2017: New England Patriots still favoured to win it all
The Divisional Round is now nicely set up. On Saturday (Jan. 14), the Seahawks will travel to the Georgia Dome to face the Atlanta Falcons, a team that returns to the postseason for the first time since 2012. Falcons star Matt Ryan, the frontrunner to win the MVP award, has been the league's best quarterback this season and looks primed to make a big impact against Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman & Co.
The New England Patriots, currently +180 favourites to win Super Bowl 2017, will kick off their postseason against the Texans. On Sunday (Jan. 15), the Steelers will face the strong defensive line of the Kansas City Chiefs, who conceded 30+ points only once during their successful regular season campaign. The Chiefs are 0-3 in the past after getting a first-round bye (1995, 1997 and 2003) but coach Andy Reid is determined to change history. Also, the Steelers beat the Chiefs 43-14 when the teams last met in Week 4.
And finally, the Packers will travel to the electrifying AT&T Stadium to face the top-seeded Dallas Cowboys on Sunday evening. If recent history is anything to go by, the Cowboys hold the edge, especially after a 30-16 victory over Rodgers & Co. during Week 6. Also, the Cowboys beat the Packers when the NFC powerhouses last met in the playoffs during the 1995 season. Following that victory, the Cowboys proceeded to win Super Bowl XXX. Will history repeat itself?
Super Bowl 2017 Betting Odds (per OddsShark):
New England Patriots (+180)
Dallas Cowboys (+475)
Green Bay Packers (+550)
Pittsburgh Steelers (+725)
Atlanta Falcons (+800)
Kansas City Chiefs (+900)
Seattle Seahawks (+900)
Houston Texans (+5000)
Super Bowl LI
Date: Sunday, February 5
Venue: NRG Stadium in Houston
Start Time: 6:30 ET, 3:30 PM PT, 9:30 AM AEST (Monday), 10:30 AM AEDT (Monday)
On TV: Fox (USA and Australia)
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go (Australia)
Halftime Show: Lady Gaga