Super Bowl 2019: Live stream pregame coverage before Patriots vs. Rams

By Thom Craver

/ CBS News

The 2019 Super Bowl is finally here. The NFL championship game between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams is coming up, with kick-off set for 6:30 p.m. ET in Atlanta.

The teams are on the field

Tom Brady and the Patriots have taken the field at Mercedes-Benz stadium. Warm-ups are underway as the two teams get ready for kick off at Super Bowl LIII.

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Rams, Patriots players depart for Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Bill Belichick enters Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Super Bowl LIII CBS

Players from both teams have boarded their respective busses en route to their date at Super Bowl LIII. Moments ago the busses arrived at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Tom Brady was seen entering the stadium with headphones and sunglasses. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick walked in just behind his players.

What time does Super Bowl 2019 start?

The Super Bowl kickoff time is 6:30 p.m. ET. Coverage begins on CBS at 6 p.m. from Atlanta.

The pregame coverage will include the coin toss and the signing of the national anthem.

Who is singing the national anthem today?

This year, Gladys Knight will be singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the game. The gospel and R&B legend is best known for her hits "Midnight Train to Georgia" and "That's What Friends Are For."

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will fly over Mercedes-Benz Stadium during the anthem. If the timing is right, the F-16 jets should pass over as Knight is holding her final note.

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Super Bowl latest line and betting odds

What's the line on Super Bowl LIII?

As of noon on Super Bowl Sunday, the latest line is either New England -2 or -2.5, depending on the betting house. Either way, New England is at least a 2-point favorite to win the 2019 Super Bowl.

The Super Bowl line opened with the Rams as a surprising 1-point favorite on Championship Sunday. That changed almost immediately after the opening line was posted.

Early last week, the Patriots were 2.5-point favorites. That's where the line has mostly stayed at most sportsbook locations, though Rams +3 and Patriots -2 has been seen in some betting circles, as well.

Super Bowl 2019 odds

According to the latest odds on Sportsline, the Patriots are -135 to win outright, meaning bettors must risk $135 to win $100. The Rams are +115 to win the moneyline, meaning a bet of $100 would win $115 plus the original bet.

Over / Under for Rams – Patriots

The over/under – betting on the total combined score of the game – opened at 58. As of game day, the over/under is now 56.

When betting the over/under, you wager that the sum of both the Rams' and Patriots' score will be less than 56 (under) or more than 56 (over). If the combined scores equal 56, the house wins.

Security at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Sunday night's drama will unfold at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta's new $2 billion crown jewel.

The security plan has been two years in the making, with more than 40 law enforcement agencies overseeing a network with thousands of downtown security cameras, bomb-sniffing dogs and X-ray inspections of every truck delivery. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told CBS News there is no known threat against the Super Bowl.

"It's a huge part of our culture and a lot of Americans and others will be tuning in on Sunday," she said. "As a result, we work very closely together to make sure it's a safe and secure day."

Inside the stadium, fans gawk at a six-story video wall and the massive retractable roof.

"Basically row one of the stadium, you encircle that, that's how big the opening is of the roof," said Scott Jenkins, the stadium's general manager. "And you need steel to be able to hang that video board."

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Inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium. CBS News

Opening the roof creates an optical illusion resembling a camera lens opening. Eight translucent panels — each weighing 1 million poundws — slide straight back. It takes eight minutes to close or open, start to finish.

The game-time weather forecast looks promising for the roof to be open. Temperatures are expected to peak at a high of 59 degrees and a low of 42 degrees with only a 20 percent chance of precipitation. That's better than the snow Atlanta experienced last week.

President Trump says football is dangerous

President Trump has had plenty to say about the NFL. In an interview televised on "Face the Nation" Super Bowl Sunday, the President called football "dangerous" and said he would have have a "hard time" allowing his 12-year-old son Barron to play football amid growing concerns over the safety of the sport.

Mr. Trump's relationship with the NFL has been fraught with tension during his time in office. Amid growing protests against racial injustice led by NFL players on the sidelines of pro games, the president has said players should be forced to stand as the national anthem played, claiming players were being disrespectful to the American flag and service members. The president of the NFL Players Association has vehemently disagreed.

The NFL announced last week that concussions were down 29 percent in 2018, from 190 a year ago to 135 this season.

Super Bowl 2019 predictions

It's the Super Bowl and everyone has an opinion. Seven of the eight pundits at CBS Sports are predicting a Patriots win. Here are some predictions from the CBS Sports team.

Pete Prisco: Patriots 24, Rams 20
"The Patriots don't blow out teams in the Super Bowl, and they won't here."

Jason La Canfora: Patriots 35, Rams 27"I see New England getting an early lead, the pressure getting to Jared Goff early, and the Rams playing much better in the second half to make it closer, but this result never really being in doubt."

Will Brinson: Patriots 31, Rams 28"The Rams defense has a Hall of Fame coordinator and a ton of talent, but they were 19th in DVOA this season."

More Super Bowl predictions:

Super Bowl halftime show

Maroon 5 will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII halftime show. The band will be joined by rapper Travis Scott and Big Boi.

Maroon 5 are a Los Angeles-based band best known for their hits, "She Will be Loved," "Moves like Jagger," "This Love" and more. While they have collaborated with other artists, they have not (yet) joined forces with either Travis Scott or Big Boi.

The 2019 halftime show was without a headliner until less than three weeks ago when Maroon 5 was officially announced. Controversy immediately ensued, with critics calling on Maroon 5 to drop out of the show in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. A Change.org petition garnered more than 100,000 signatures.

In a recent interview, frontman Adam Levine say he "expected" the controversy and spoke with "many people" before committing to perform in the NFL's big halftime show.

Maroon 5, Big Boi and Travis Scott to perform at 2019 Super Bowl halftime show

Super Bowl winners by year

New England is playing in their ninth Super Bowl and hoping to take home their sixth Vince Lombardi trophy.

The last time the Rams were in a Super Bowl was 17 years ago in Super Bowl XXXVI, which featured the then-St. Louis Rams against the Patriots on Feb. 3, 2002. New England got the better of the Rams 20-17 with MVP honors going to quarterback Tom Brady.

Here are the results of the previous 52 Super Bowls, courtesy of CBS Sports.

Super Bowl winners, 1967 – 2018

SUPER BOWL DATE SCORE MVP
LII Feb. 4, 2018 Philadelphia 41, New England 33 Nick Foles
LI Feb. 5, 2017 New England 34, Atlanta 28 (OT) Tom Brady
50 Feb. 7, 2016 Denver 24, Carolina 10 Von Miller
XLIX Feb. 1, 2015 New England 28, Seattle 24 Tom Brady
XLVIII Feb. 2, 2014 Seattle 43, Denver 8 Malcolm Smith
XLVII Feb. 3, 2013 Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31 Joe Flacco
XLVI Feb. 5, 2012 NY Giants 21, New England 17 Eli Manning
XLV Feb. 6, 2011 Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 25 Aaron Rodgers
XLIV Feb. 7, 2010 New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17 Drew Brees
XLIII Feb. 1, 2009 Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23 Santonio Holmes
XLII Feb. 3, 2008 NY Giants 17, New England 14 Eli Manning
XLI Feb. 4, 2007 Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17 Peyton Manning
XL Feb. 5, 2006 Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 10 Hines Ward
XXXIX Feb. 6, 2005 New England 24, Philadelphia 21 Deion Branch
XXXVIII Feb. 1, 2004 New England 32, Carolina 29 Tom Brady
XXXVII Jan. 26, 2003 Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 21 Dexter Jackson
XXXVI Feb. 3, 2002 New England 20, St. Louis 17 Tom Brady
XXXV Jan. 28, 2001 Baltimore 34, NY Giants 7 Ray Lewis
XXXIV Jan. 30, 2000 St. Louis 23, Tennessee 16 Kurt Warner
XXXIII Jan. 31, 1999 Denver 34, Atlanta 19 John Elway
XXXII Jan. 25, 1998 Denver 31, Green Bay 24 Terrell Davis
XXXI Jan. 26, 1997 Green Bay 35, New England 21 Desmond Howard
XXX Jan. 28, 1996 Dallas 27, Pittsburgh 17 Larry Brown
XXIX Jan. 29, 1995 San Francisco 49, San Diego 26 Steve Young
XXVIII Jan. 30, 1994 Dallas 30, Buffalo 13 Emmitt Smith
XXVII Jan. 31, 1993 Dallas 52, Buffalo 17 Troy Aikman
XXVI Jan. 26, 1992 Washington 37, Buffalo 24 Mark Rypien
XXV Jan. 27, 1991 New York Giants 20, Buffalo 19 Ottis Anderson
XXIV Jan. 28, 1990 San Francisco 55, Denver 10 Joe Montana
XXIII Jan. 22, 1989 San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16 Jerry Rice
XXII Jan. 31, 1988 Washington 42, Denver 10 Doug Williams
XXI Jan. 25, 1987 New York Giants 39, Denver 20 Phil Simms
XX Jan. 26, 1986 Chicago 46, New England 10 Richard Dent
XIX Jan. 20, 1985 San Francisco 38, Miami 16 Joe Montana
XVIII Jan. 22, 1984 Los Angeles 38, Washington 9 Marcus Allen
XVII Jan. 30, 1983 Washington 27, Miami 17 John Riggins
XVI Jan. 24, 1982 San Francisco 26, Cincinnati 21 Joe Montana
XV Jan. 25, 1981 Oakland 27, Philadelphia 10 Jim Plunkett
XIV Jan. 20, 1980 Pittsburgh 31, Los Angeles 19 Terry Bradshaw
XIII Jan. 21, 1979 Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31 Terry Bradshaw
XII Jan. 15, 1978 Dallas 27, Denver 10 H. Martin, R. White
XI Jan. 9, 1977 Oakland 32, Minnesota 14 Fred Biletnikoff
X Jan. 18, 1976 Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17 Lynn Swann
IX Jan. 12, 1975 Pittsburgh 16, Minnesota 6 Franco Harris
VIII Jan. 13, 1974 Miami 24, Minnesota 7 Larry Csonka
VII Jan. 14, 1973 Miami 14, Washington 7 Jake Scott
VI Jan. 16, 1972 Dallas 24, Miami 3 Roger Staubach
V Jan. 17, 1971 Baltimore 16, Dallas 13 Chuck Howley
IV Jan. 11, 1970 Kansas City 23, Minnesota 7 Len Dawson
III Jan. 12, 1969 NY Jets 16, Baltimore 7 Joe Namath
II Jan. 14, 1968 Green Bay 33, Oakland 14 Bart Starr
I Jan. 15, 1967 Green Bay 35, Kansas City 10 Bart Starr

First published on February 3, 2019

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Thom Craver

Thom is a technical analyst for CBS Interactive.

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