You won’t have to look hard to find Chiefs vs. Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55 on your television. And it’s even got a nice, relatively early start time so that the kids can stay up for the whole thing before going to school the next day.
Just tune your TV set to CBS by 6:30 p.m. ET to see Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes face off in maybe the greatest Super Bowl quarterback matchup in NFL history. There are certainly riveting dueling narratives for the game. On one side, Brady’s Buccaneers are playing at home in Tampa at Raymond James Stadium in Brady’s first year away from the Patriots. On the other side is last year’s Super Bowl MVP Mahomes and the reigning champion Chiefs.
Mahomes and the Chiefs only lost one game all season, way back on Oct. 11 to the Raiders. Since then, they’ve made relatively light work of the entire NFL as Mahomes has continued to thrive in his third year as a starter in the Andy Reid and Eric Bieniemy offense. Combined with dominant weapons like wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce, Kansas City is tough to stop.
But if anyone can find a way to win yet again on the biggest stage, it’s Brady. He’s won six Super Bowls in his career, but those were all in New England. He departed Bill Belichick and company in the offseason, choosing to join Bruce Arians’ Buccaneers in pursuit of another title even at 43 years old. There was already offensive firepower in place in the form of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Ronald Jones, and veterans followed Brady in the hopes of this exact stage, including Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski and Leonard Fournette.
Tampa Bay will be the first team to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium, and it will be only the second Super Bowl in franchise history. They won their only other appearance, back in Super Bowl 37 in 2003.
The Chiefs played in the first and fourth Super Bowls, winning in 1970 in their second appearance, but then went 50 years without playing in the season’s final game. That changed a year ago when Mahomes led Kansas City past the 49ers with a late-game comeback to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
Below, you’ll find all the information you need on when and how to tune into Super Bowl 55, including TV channel, live stream and radio details.
What channel is the Super Bowl on in 2021?
The NFL’s latest Super Bowl broadcast rights deal was struck in 2014 with CBS, Fox and NBC continuing a rotation begun in 2006. This was actually meant to be NBC’s year in the rotation after Fox broadcast Super Bowl 54, but NBC and CBS swapped to allow NBC to do 2022 Winter Olympics promotion along with its Super Bowl broadcast next year.
This will be CBS’ last turn of the current rights deal, which expires after the 2022 Super Bowl and is sure to set off a major bidding war for the next rights to broadcast the Super Bowl. CBS has broadcast the Super Bowl more than any other network, with this being the 21st time CBS will show the big game.
The crew that broadcast the AFC Championship will be back on your screens for the Super Bowl as CBS brings out all the big guns. Jim Nantz will do play-by-play, marking his sixth Super Bowl with those duties. Former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is his color commentator for the second time in a Super Bowl.
They’ll be joined by three sideline reporters. Tracy Wolfson will be a part of her fourth Super Bowl with CBS. Evan Washburn and Jay Feely will both take part in their third Super Bowl broadcast on the sidelines. Feely, a former NFL kicker, lends kicking expertise to the mix.
Former official Gene Steratore is the CBS rules expert that will join the call whenever there’s an officiating or rules question.
Below are the top 40 TV markets in the Unites States and the local CBS affiliate for each.
|Market||Fox affiliate (digital/virtual channel)|
|New York||WCBS (2)|
|Los Angeles||KCBS (2)|
|Dallas-Ft. Worth||KTVT (11)|
|San Francisco/Bay area||KPIX (5)|
|Washington D.C.||WUSA (9)|
|Tampa/St. Petersburg||TWSP (10)|
|Minneapolis-St. Paul||WCCO-TV (4)|
|St. Louis||KMOV (4)|
|San Diego||KMFB (8)|
|Salt Lake City||KUTV (2)|
|San Antonio||KENS (5)|
|Las Vegas||KLAS-TV (8)|
|Oklahoma City||KWTV-DT (9)|
|New Orleans||WWL-TV (4)|
Super Bowl start time 2021
- Buccaneers vs. Chiefs kickoff time: 6:30 p.m. ET
The 6:30 p.m. ET kickoff time has become the norm for the Super Bowl. It means the game could end by about 10 p.m. ET, which should allow the kids to stay up until the end even with school the next day. It’s an unused kickoff time during the NFL’s regular season but is certainly welcome for the season’s final game.
Super Bowl 2021 TV schedule
If you don’t want to change your TV channel on Super Bowl Sunday, you can flip to CBS at 2 p.m. ET and stay there right up until game time.
The following is NFL Network’s Super Bowl Sunday schedule:
- 8:00 a.m. – NFL GameDay View
- 9:00 a.m. – NFL GameDay Morning LIVE
- 5:30 p.m. – Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials
- 6:30 p.m. – Super Bowl Game Center
- 10:00 p.m. – NFL GameDay Final LIVE
The following are ESPN’s Super Bowl Sunday NFL offerings:
- 8:30 a.m. – NFL Matchup (ESPN2)
- 10:00 a.m. – Postseason NFL Countdown
- 10:30 p.m. – NFL Primetime
Super Bowl 2021 streaming options
There are plenty of options for cord-cutters to live stream Super Bowl 55, including Sling, Hulu, YouTube TV, fuboTV and AT&T Now. If you don’t subscribe to those services, NFL Digital will be free to stream the game on, as will Yahoo Sports.
CBS is offering the Super Bowl on the CBS Sports App and CBSSports.com for free. Those who already subscribe to CBS All Access will be able to watch the game there, as well.
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.
Below are links to all of the streaming services on which Super Bowl 55 will be available.
Super Bowl 2021 radio stations
Super Bowl 55 will be broadcast on Westwood One radio stations around the country. To find how to tune to your local Westwood One station, click here.
The Super Bowl is also available on satellite radio. U.S. listeners can use SiriusXM channel 104, while in Canada, the game is on XM 88.