The XLVI Super Bowl game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots is a favorite American pastime and stops just short of being declared a national holiday, only because it's on a Sunday.
There are quite a few apps out there that can help you get in the mood for the big game - from listing every minor stat about the players' pets and replays of the memorable game moments, to helping you spread the word about the next nip slip throughout the Twitterverse.
Super Bowl XLVI Guide
Super Bowl XLVI Guide official NFL app
Just outed recently, the official Super Bowl XLVI Guide (Android, iOS) app from the NFL tries to merge everything in one interface - from pinning
where you parked, to following trending Twitter topics and game events, centered around an excellent 3D presentation of the Lucas Oil stadium with the surrounding hotels and restaurants.
For the first time ever, the game will also be officially streamed to mobile devices, but exclusively on Verizon's network, and you can just tap the "Live" button within the app to start watching it wherever you are on Big Red's network. Bear in mind that you have to pay $3 a day if you are on a 3G data plan for Verizon's video service. For LTE users, Verizon is streaming for free, but the live game will probably hit your data cap in no time, so watch out, and Verizon said it will be sending warning often.
A great accompanying app would be the Super Bowl XLVI Commemorative app (Android, iOS), as it is loaded with history and game stats useful to bounce around in a conversation, and the NFL charges $2.99 for it.
New York Giants and New England Patriots apps
The official apps of this year's Super Bowl finalists the New York Giants Mobile (iOS, Android) and New England
Patriots (iOS, Android) offer stats, scores and tidbits galore, as well as a way to insulate yourself from those annoying friends who are rooting for the other team.
Besides dry stats and audio and video highlights, the Patriots app includes a slideshow with their cheerleaders, so... you know, it might be more fun than the often boring game they fill Super Bowls with in-between the commercials.
Of course, you can always get the excellent ESPN ScoreCenter app, including for Windows Phone, if you don't already have it, to follow every minutiae of the game, teams and players withing a rich and interactive interface.
Super Bowl Commercials
Speaking of the awesome commercials that very often overshadow the uptight NFL season finale game, there's an app for that as well. Super Bowl Commercials costs $1.99 at the App Store, and spans six years worth of commercials, while Android users have an even richer app, called Funny Commercials, that has a Super Bowl category, but also a bunch of other hilarious skits, including a pretty weird Japanese ads collection.
Thus you can refresh your memory on the outrageously funny or idiotic clips that have peppered the Super Bowl event throughout the years, and compare to whatever we will be up against on Sunday. Watch a preview of the Kia commercial below that will appear during the Super Bowl on Sunday, featuring bikini clad Adriana Lima and, yes, a car.
NFL Photo Booth
The NFL Photo Booth official app is available for iOS, and it's a must-have for the game night, as it allows you to insert your buddies or your kids in photos with NFL stars, edit them by adding helmets and jerseys, and share the collage to the whole wide world to enjoy your crew in Super Bowl outfits. In-app purchases boil down to additional players, like $0.99 Tom Brady or Tim Tebow, and NFL paraphernalia.
NFL Super Bowl Trivia
Get in the game before it starts by poking the surrounding humans with annoying trivia questions about the Big Game that only you know the answers of, with the $1.49 NFL Super Bowl Trivia for Android, or the $1.99 Red Zone SB for iOS.
You can team up and play against the rest in the room, you know it's all going to end with even more beer, so what's to lose here? The quizzes are timed, and the winning team can rank itself against a global score board of users.