Super Bowl LI -- that's Super Bowl 51 for those of you who don't remember your Roman numerals lessons in elementary school -- will be played on Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston.

Fox will televise Super Bowl LI, its seventh time being the host network. The game also will stream live on and the Fox Sports Go app. Westwood One will carry the radio broadcast.

Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will call the Super Bowl for Fox, with Erin Andrews working as the sideline reporter.

Kickoff between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots is set for approximately 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time at NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans and site of Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 when the Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers, 32-29, on field goal by Adam Vinatieri with four seconds left.

Houston also hosted Super Bowl VII at Rice Stadium in 1974, when the Miami Dolphins completed the only perfect season in NFL history with a 14-7 win over the Washington Redskins.

Lady Gaga will headline the Super Bowl LI halftime show.

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Country music star Luke Bryan will sing the national anthem.

Renee Elise Goldberry, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Phillipa Soo -- three of the original cast members of the Broadway show "Hamilton" -- will sing "America the Beautiful" before the game.

Fox has full day planned for Super Bowl LI coverage

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Fox’s Super Bowl Sunday programming will begin a mere 7 1/2 hours before kickoff, first with a traditional staple of every network’s game-day slate, then with something completely different.

At 11 a.m., "Road to the Super Bowl," starts it off, in which NFL Films provides its customary look back at the season using slow-motion highlights, in-game audio from players and inspirational music.

Then, at noon, comes “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed Super Bowl Special,” in which the heavily promoted debate show starring Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe will, um, debate stuff.

Charissa Thompson hosts “Fox Super Bowl Kickoff” from 1 to 2 p.m., featuring Dave Wannstedt, Charles Tillman and Colin Cowherd, not to be confused with “Fox Super Bowl Pregame” from 2 to 6:30 p.m., starring the regular pregame studio crew of Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson and Howie Long.

That show is to include a taped interview by Bill O’Reilly with President Donald Trump. Jim Gray will host the WWE Hall of Famer for Westwood One Radio.

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The game itself will feature Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in the booth, with Erin Andrews and Chris Myers handling sideline reporting.

When it is over, Bradshaw will officiate over the Lombardi Trophy presentation to the winner and, if need be, break up squirmishes involving NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Patriots owners, coaches or players.

Fox will premiere “24: Legacy” after the postgame coverage. It’s something about Army Rangers and terrorists and a former intelligence officer who is seeking to become First Lady of the United States and a fatwah.

For the game itself, Fox will use 70 cameras, 91 microphones, 13 mobile units and 180,000 feet of cable.

ESPN’s “Countdown” show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. is noteworthy because Odell Beckham Jr. and Rex Ryan will serve as guest analysts, and because it will be Chris Berman’s final turn as the show’s host.

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Lady Gaga returns to site of Janet's 2004 'Wardrobe Malfunction'

At the time of Super Bowl I in 1967, the idea that Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and The Who someday would be considered low-risk alternatives as Super Bowl halftime acts would have seemed laughable.

But so it was when the NFL responded to Janet Jackson’s infamous performance at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 with a series of Baby Boomer favorites from the 20th century, including the aforementioned as well as Prince, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna.

The league did not start to adjusting to the current millennium until recent seasons with the likes of Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry. That brings us to Super Bowl LI, in which Lady Gaga headlines the first halftime in Houston since Jackson’s 13 years earlier.

The big questions related to Gaga will be whether she will attempt a political statement during her performance, and whether she will make an entrance from the roof of NRG Stadium. But it will take some doing to match the uproar that followed the moment in which Justin Timberlake stripped away a piece of Jackson’s outfit to expose her right breast.

“Everything is going to be nice and tight for the game, so I wouldn’t worry about that, unfortunately,” Gaga said Thursday during her pre-Super Bowl news conference. “Some of you might have been excited for that.”

She declined to comment on her plans for the show itself, but said this when asked whether she will have any sort of political message in an attempt to unify the country: “I don’t know if I will succeed in unifying America. You’ll have to ask America when it’s over. But the only statements that I’ll be making during the halftime show are the ones that I have been consistently making throughout my career.

"I believe in a passion for inclusion, I believe in the spirit of equality and the spirit of this country as one of love and compassion and kindness. So my performance will uphold those philosophies.”

Lady Gaga said she was inspired to go into show business in part by seeing Michael Jackson’s halftime performance in 1993, when she was 6.

The remarkable thing about that incident from a 2010s perspective is how slowly news of it unfolded. This was in the early days of DVRs, and relatively few households had the ability to rewind and replay what was a brief moment – although those that did replayed it early and often.

And it was a world before Twitter and other forms of social media, so many viewers were in the dark during the game itself – including many members of the media.

After the game, NFL officials began distributing news releases from CBS and Timberlake along with the usual sheets of transcribed quotes from players.

CBS apologized, as did Timberlake, who infamously referred to the “wardrobe malfunction” that had occurred. More than one reporter had to call his or her office to ask what the heck they were talking about - at least two hours after the fact.

Simpler times.

Super Bowl LI betting odds

The Patriots opened as a 3-point favorite, with a Super Bowl-record over/under of 59 points.

Super Bowl LI prop bets

Las Vegas sports books only allow exotic Super Bowl bets that involve things that actually happen in the game, but what’s the fun in that?

Fortunately, books based outside the U.S. happily send along prop bets involving everything from the length of the national anthem to the color of the Gatorade bath to amaze and amuse readers.

A publicist for Bovada, one of the most active players in that game, shared some recently, and offered journalists a peek at another 20 pages' worth of them upon request. He also invited journalists to invent their own ideas and have oddsmakers set odds to fit them. Umm . . . how about the odds that halftime performer Lady Gaga and Patriots coach Bill Belichick agree to switch jobs for the evening?

Among the perennial offerings is the length of the national anthem, this year to be sung by Luke Bryan. The over / under is 2:09, and yes, Bryan said, he is well aware that it is a subject of interest to gamblers.

Bryan said at his pre-Super Bowl news conference Thursday that friends, family and “people that I don’t even know walking down the street” have sought inside information from him.

He recalled one friend asking, “’Hey, man, you going long?’ I’m like, ‘What are you talking about?’” Bryan said he will sing the song a capella and has no idea how long it will last.

“I’m going to kind of walk out there and follow my heart and follow the vibe of the room,” he said.

Bryan, who grew up in Georgia, said he will root for the Falcons. He was in college at Georgia Southern when they shocked the Vikings after the 1998 season to reach their only previous Super Bowl.

Other prop bets this year include:

What will Luke Bryan wear when he starts singing the anthem? Blue jeans, 1 / 2; any other pants or shorts, 3/2

Will Luke Bryan be wearing a hat when he sings the national anthem? Yes, 7/5; No, 5/9

Will any players on either roster be seen kneeling during the national anthem? Yes, 3/2; No, 1 / 2

How many times will "Trump" be said on TV during the game portion of the Fox telecast? Over/under, 1 1/2

Who will Donald Trump pick to win? Patriots, 1/10; Falcons, 11/2

How many times will "Matty Ice" be said on TV during the game portion of the telecast? Over/under, 2

How many times will Gisele Bundchen be shown on TV during the game broadcast? Over 1 1/2, 11/10; Under 1 1/2, 2/3

Will the word “lacrosse” be said on TV during the game telecast? Yes 1/3 ; No, 2/1

What color liquid will be poured on the winning coach? Clear, 3/1; lime/green, 3/1; orange, 3/1; yellow, 3/1; red, 6/1; blue, 15/2; purple, 12/1

What song will Lady Gaga play first during the halftime show? “Born This Way,” 9/4; “Bad Romance,” 5/2; “Edge of Glory,” 6/1; “Poker Face,” 10/1; “Just Dance,” 10/1; any other song, 11/10

Will the teams combine to score a record 76 or more points? Yes, 11/2; No, 1/10

Will the game go to overtime? Yes, 15/2; No, 1/15

Favorite to win MVP: Tom Brady, 7/5; Matt Ryan, 5/2; Julio Jones, 9/1

Total passing yards for Matt Ryan: Over/under, 310 1/2

Total passing yards for Tom Brady: Over/under, 310 1/2

What will be higher on Sunday? Patriots points scored, 5/7; Russell Westbrook points scored, 1/1

What will be higher on Sunday? Matt Ryan TD passes or total goals in Leicester vs. Manchester United game

Super Bowl always rates

The Super Bowl is the Super Bowl of television ratings, of course, an endless source of fascination for people in the business and journalists who cover it.

Here are a few historical nuggets as we get closer to the big game:

-- The Super Bowl audience is about 53 percent male and 47 percent female, compared to 64 percent male and 36 percent female for regular NFL games.

-- Ratings measure the percentage of television households that are tuned in to a given show, while viewership measures the average number of people watching. Because the U.S. population keeps rising, the rating tends to be a fairer apples-to-apples way to gauge relative audience interest over time than viewership is.

So what makes recent Super Bowl figures even more impressive than the fact the audience regularly exceeds 110 million these days is the fact that unlike almost everything else on television, the rating figures also have been going up.

In the 13 years following the Cowboys’ victory over the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX -- America’s Team’s last visit to the big game -- the average rating did not hit 45 percent of homes.

The past seven Super Bowls have averaged 45.0 or higher. (The rating has exceeded 40.0 for 26 consecutive years., by the way.)

The record household remains 49.1 percent of homes in 1982 for the 49ers’ victory over the Bengals, an era that set many still-standing ratings records because it came just before the cable television explosion.

The biggest Super Bowl audience was two years ago, when 114.4 million, on average, watched the Patriots beat the Seahawks.

Puppies, kittens and Sterling, oh my!

In these contentious times, Sunday at last will bring with it three things most American can agree on: football, kittens and puppies.

Yup, it is time for Kitten Bowl IV (starting at noon on Hallmark Channel) and Puppy Bowl XIII (starting at 3 p.m. on Animal Planet, after three hours of pregame programming).

Time flies! The puppies from the inaugural show are now, um . . . up there in dog years.

Beth Stern is back as host of the Kitten Bowl, along with regulars Boomer Esiason, John Sterling and Mary Carillo.

This year’s big innovation: Kitten Bowl 360, a 3D feature that gives fans a new look at the action.

Food for thought

Super Bowl Sunday traditionally is the biggest day of the year for pizza sales in the United States, according to, followed by New Year’s Eve, Halloween, the day before Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

Overall, Super Bowl Sunday ranks second to Thanksgiving Day in food consumption by Americans, even though the menus for the two holidays tend to have only one thing in common: football.

Houston, we have a solution

The NFL will honor astronauts before the game, in recognition of the game’s proximity to the Johnson Space Center, including John Glenn and Gene Cernan, who died in December and January, respectively.

Also on the list is Buzz Aldrin, 87, the second man to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission. How long ago was that? At the time, the Jets were the reigning Super Bowl champs.