The invites have been sent, the wings and dip ordered, and the beverages are cooling in the fridge. There's only one last bit of Super Bowl preparation left, and it's getting your phone or tablet ready for keeping tabs on the big game. Whether you're looking for more information than the TV's providing, or you'll be away from a TV, it doesn't matter. We've rounded up the best apps for keeping up with the 49ers and the Ravens at Super Bowl XLVII.
NFL Mobile is the must-have app for the game. The entire game will be streamed through the Android and iPhone apps. (It will also be streamed on CBSSports.com.) Beyond that, the app will be stocked with stats and league ranking. It also can serve as your social hub; there's a "Social" button to post your game "smacktalk" to Facebook. But while it is a one-stop shop for viewing information, it isn't made for everyone. You need a Verizon Wireless account to use a lot of the features, including the streaming. (iOS and Android)
Super Bowl XLVII Guide
The Super Bowl XLVII Guide, on the other hand, is for the uber fan, who is either attending the Big Game or is in the New Orleans area for the festivities. The app displays a map of Super Bowl events in the Big Easy. Tap on "Music" or "Restaurants" to get directions to venues, or visit points of interest, such as the Backstreet Cultural Museum. The app also displays a calendar of events taking place by the hour, and users can bookmark categories on the map as they dive into Super Bowl fandom. You won't get newsfeeds, blog posts, or stats of your favorite players from this app. In fact, you probably won't have much use for it after the game, but if you are fortunate enough to be in New Orleans this weekend, make sure you download this one. (iOS and Android)
If you're a sports fiend, you likely already have ESPN's ScoreCenter app on your phone. It's an all-inclusive resource for fans with everything from NFL Football to NHL Ice Hockey to NASCAR and Golf. But for the game it's going to be a great one to have for checking out stats on the Ravens and the 49ers. From the "Home" screen, you can swipe to the right to see video replays from previous games, relevant headlines and team info. With so much information at your fingertips, it is easy to get lost in this app. However, the well-designed layout makes for an effortless user experience. (iOS and Android)
Official Team Apps (49ers Gameday Live and Baltimore Ravens Mobile)
Oh, yes, the teams have their own apps. Made by YinzCam Inc., both apps provide similar features, including real-time stats, clips from the game and previous games, and tweets from all the team members. Those routing for the Ravens have the Ravens Mobile app and those cheering on the 49ers have the 49ers Gameday Live app. (iOS and Android)
Superbowl-Ads.com and Others
So you're good to go on all the sports info, but what about the other major reason people watch the game – the commercials. Android users can try out Superbowl-Ads.com, which brings in articles from the website about the latest ads and lets you watch some of them. However, CBS Sports will be posting all the ads on its site and on its tablet-friendly version of its site. And for those who want to relive some of the best Super Bowl commercials from years past, there's the A+ Super Bowl Commercials app for the iPhone.